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A request that $200 million from Robert Miller's assets be set aside was denied in Superior Court, Monday.

A Mareva motion – a rarely used legal measure – was requested as part of a class action against the fallen billionaire. This lawsuit, which has not yet been authorized, now has 41 participants.

Recall that the businessman is the target of allegations according to which he allegedly sexually exploited minor girls, as revealed in a report on the program Enquête, broadcast last February.

Since the release of these revelations, Robert Miller has resigned from his position as CEO of Future Electronics. He is now targeted by four lawsuits: the class action, then three individual lawsuits seeking nearly $30 million.

According to the lawyers representing the alleged victims in the class action, a freeze of Robert Miller's assets was necessary to ensure that the victims had access to compensation in the event of a favorable judgment.

In their request, the lawyers from the Consumer Law Group, who are leading the case, explained that Robert Miller's team was taking multiple steps to hide the businessman's money. They also claimed that the billionaire's lawyer had alluded to the fact that the latter's money was tied up in his business.

In September, Taiwanese company WT Microelectronics announced that it was acquiring 100% of Future Electronics' shares for more than $5 billion. /p>

The lawyers for the alleged victims are concerned about the possibility that this money will not return to Canadian soil and will not be accessible to their clients.

This did not convince judge Eleni Yiannakis. There has been no demonstration, even on its face, that there is a real risk of disappearance of the assets by the defendants, Miller and Future Electronics, she wrote in her decision.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Jeff Orenstein of the Consumer Law Group said he was disappointed with the decision. We will discuss the judgment with our clients and evaluate our options, he wrote to Radio-Canada.

One ​​thing is certain: we continue to moving forward with the class action to seek justice for all members of the class. If we succeed on the merits, we will use all available legal means to compensate our clients.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116