High-profile Saskatchewan lawyer Tony Merchant has been disciplined by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for alleged inappropriate conduct involving a “threatening” letter pressuring a residential school survivor to use her settlement money to pay unrelated legal bills.
Merchant’s licence will be suspended for eight months starting in February 2021. He told the Regina Leader-Post newspaper that he intends to appeal the decision and that the facts do not support the findings. CBC has contacted Merchant for a response.
The society found Merchant inappropriately withheld about $21,310 that was supposed to be paid to the woman through a federal settlement agreement for residential school survivors.
Merchant and his law group led the class action lawsuit against the federal government, which led to compensation for residential school survivors in 2005.
‘We could sue you’
Merchant wanted the woman to use part of the settlement to pay prior legal bills for her and