“There is no doubt that the hurt and anger that the families feel against the Iranian Regime is unimaginable,” says Miller. “The acts of Iran do need to be addressed. It is our view that it is a serious mistake to sue the Iranian Regime on behalf of families, especially those who have families still in Iran. The Iranian Regime has threatened family members in Iran if they are part of a lawsuit against the country.”
On Jan. 8, 2020, 176 people were killed when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down a passenger airplane headed to Kiev, shortly after it took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. Of the victims, 138 had ties to Canada and 57 were Canadians.
On Feb. 22, Superior Court Justice Benjamin Glustein certified the proposed class action brought on behalf of the families of victims. In December, the court had awarded carriage to a team led by class actions and civil litigation lawyer Tom Arndt.
Arndt told Law Times he and his co-counsel are coordinating with Iranian nationals and other class members, from around the world, and he and his colleagues are conducting townhall meetings over videoconference with a Farsi/Persian interpreter.
“We are working on an agreed statement of facts, jurisdiction and applicable laws. We hope to reach consensus with the Airline on many points and conduct discoveries this summer.”