T.V. Show Prompts Plaintiff to Try to Re-Open Case

According to Mr. Mehedi he was scammed. He paid $3,742 to a company to provide career development services and assist him in finding a job. Prior to paying the fees, Mr. Mehedi asserts that he was promised that the company would find him a job as a project manager with a salary of $70,000. That job never materialized.

Mr. Mehedi sued the company and its principals. He lost at trial. The trial judge found the defendants to be credible and concluded that there was no basis for finding that any of the defendants made any promises or commitments to Mr. Mehedi that went unfulfilled.

Mr. Mehedi appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal. The appeal was dismissed.

About a month after the appeal was dismissed, and nearly two years after the case had been dismissed at trial, CBC’s Marketplace ran a segment entitled “Recruitment Rip-off”. The segment purports to expose how the recruitment agency (allegedly the same one that Mr. Mehedi unsuccessfully sued) exploits vulnerable unemployed persons by promising to find them good jobs in exchange for fees.

After seeing the program Mr. Mehedi has attempted to re-open his case to use the Marketplace episode, complete with hidden camera interviews, as fresh evidence in his case.

After a lot of procedural runaround, the Justice Juriansz of the Court of Appeal directed Mr. Mehedi to make his request to re-open the trial before a Superior Court Judge. In the decision, Justice Juriansz appears to have signaled that Mr. Mehedi’s request has merit, noting that the video tape “provides considerable support for Mr. Mehedi’s position” and later suggesting that Mr. Mehedi “consider attempting to obtain the entire hidden camera interviews with the defendants.”

I, for one, am looking forward to see how the next step of Mr. Mehedi’s quest for justice unfolds.



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