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The financial practices of Javad Heydary – who, along with his firm, was recently found in contempt for ignoring a court order to repay $2.1 million of $3.6 million being held in trust for a Mississauga couple – have been questionable and concerning for years, Toronto commercial litigator Ben Hanuka says in the Toronto Star.

Heydary launched a high-profile lawsuit on behalf of investors in the Trump International Hotel & Tower last year, the Star reports, noting it is believed he fled to his native Iran on Nov. 15.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has seized his practice and alleged the “misappropriation” and "mishandling" of trust funds, the report says.

In 2009, Hanuka was retained by one of Heydary’s clients, the Star reports, noting the client had paid Heydary a retainer fee to handle a business dispute, but was told it would cost more to also resolve a lease issue, so the client went to Hanuka for that part of the file.

Heydary launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against Hanuka for “conspiracy” to take over the file, the article says, noting the client later moved the rest of the file to Hanuka, and Heydary unsuccessfully sued the client for unpaid fees.

“Nothing that he did made sense,” Hanuka, a lawyer with Law Works Professional Corporation, says in the Star. “I’ve been telling colleagues and friends that he will go bankrupt, that he can’t survive in the business of law by treating clients, colleagues and the courts this way. The only mistake that I’ve made is that I predicted that this would happen in the next couple of years.”

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