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Riley Saunders Class Action

The settlement of this class action proceeding, dealing with the harm caused by social worker Robert "Riley" Saunders, was approved by the Honourable Mr. Justice A. Ross of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on October 23, 2020.  The class was certified by the Court under the Class Proceedings Act on July 28, 2020.

For detailed information, please link to the Notice of Settlement or to the shorter, less detailed Short Form Notice.  Procedural details are found in the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

If you believe you may be a class member, please contact our office at 604-694-1919, or toll free at 866-230-2752, or by email to saundersclassaction@gratlandcompany.com.

The deadline for applying for eligibility for Basic Payments and Elevated Damages is October 23, 2022.

The representative plaintiff is  T.L., a child in care under the age of 19.  The Public Guardian and Trustee is providing instructions of his or her behalf as litigation guardian.

Robert "Riley" Saunders generally neglected children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development assigned to his guardianship.  Most of the children for whom Saunders' was acting as guardian were Indignenous children, and their cultural and spiritual development was ignored and neglected.

Saunders defrauded many children in the care of the Ministry of their food, clothing and shelter allowances, leaving many of them desititute and homeless.  The Ministry of Child and Family Development is named as a defendant on the basis that it failed to properly supervise Riley Saunders and failed implement sufficient policies and safeguards to prevent and detect the fraud and neglect, and that they failed to notify the class members once the fraud was detected.

A copy of the Further Amended Notice of Civil Claim is linked here.

A copy of supporting Affidavit #5 of Shauna Stewart, which sets out background information, is linked here.

If you believe you may be a class member, please contact our office at 604-694-1919, or toll free at 866-230-2752, or by email to saundersclassaction@gratlandcompany.com.