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Global Learning Group Inc. Class Action —

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of the approximately 60,000 Canadian taxpayers who suffered damages as a result of their participation in the GLGI charitable donation program between 2004-2014.

Case Overview

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of the approximately 60,000 Canadian taxpayers who participated in the Global Learning Group Inc. (GLGI) charitable donation program (the Program) between 2004-2014, but excludes those who sold the Program or were otherwise involved in its operations.

From 2004-2014, GLGI operated a charitable tax program called the Global Learning Giving Initiative. Canadian taxpayers made donations through the Program – including cash and software donations – on the understanding that the donations would support underserved communities and entitle the taxpayers to valuable charitable tax credits.

Beginning in about 2007, the Canada Revenue Agency began reassessing the participants’ tax returns, disallowing the tax credits claimed and charging interest and penalties.

In 2015, the Tax Court of Canada found that the Program was a “sham” perpetrated by GLGI. The software licence valuations that were used to support the charitable receipts were wrong and GLGI and its accomplices received approximately 90% of the cash donations intended for charities. The trust structure of the Program was also found to be invalid.

This proposed class action is brought against GLGI and its related entities, together with the legal and accounting professionals who supported the Program. The plaintiffs have commenced a class action to seek return of the cash paid into the Program and to recover damages for the interest and penalties assessed.

For more information on this class action please complete our confidential online form and a member of our team at Waddell Phillips PC will respond to you, typically within 1-2 business days.

Case Overview

This proposed class action is brought on behalf of the approximately 60,000 Canadian taxpayers who participated in the Global Learning Group Inc. (GLGI) charitable donation program (the Program) between 2004-2014, but excludes those who sold the Program or were otherwise involved in its operations.

From 2004-2014, GLGI operated a charitable tax program called the Global Learning Giving Initiative. Canadian taxpayers made donations through the Program – including cash and software donations – on the understanding that the donations would support underserved communities and entitle the taxpayers to valuable charitable tax credits.

Beginning in about 2007, the Canada Revenue Agency began reassessing the participants’ tax returns, disallowing the tax credits claimed and charging interest and penalties.

In 2015, the Tax Court of Canada found that the Program was a “sham” perpetrated by GLGI. The software licence valuations that were used to support the charitable receipts were wrong and GLGI and its accomplices received approximately 90% of the cash donations intended for charities. The trust structure of the Program was also found to be invalid.

This proposed class action is brought against GLGI and its related entities, together with the legal and accounting professionals who supported the Program. The plaintiffs have commenced a class action to seek return of the cash paid into the Program and to recover damages for the interest and penalties assessed.

For more information on this class action please complete our confidential online form and a member of our team at Waddell Phillips PC will respond to you, typically within 1-2 business days.

The Statement of Claim for this action was issued on September 28, 2017.

The application to appoint a receiver over GLGI and the Trust company was denied on November 14, 2017.

The Plaintiffs will now be amending, then serving their statement of claim, and then scheduling the motion for certification as a class proceeding.

The motion for certification of this action as a class proceeding has not yet been scheduled.

Further updates will be posted as this matter progresses.

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