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Settlement agreement for Victims of sexual abuse committed by Frère Jean-Paul Thibault approved by the court

February 2016

Kugler Kandestin is pleased to announce that the Honourable Michel A. Pinsonnault, judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, approved a settlement of the class action instituted on behalf of victims of sexual abuse committed by Jean-Paul Thibault while he was affiliated with Collège St-Hilaire.

Pursuant to the Judgment approving the settlement, victims of Frère Thibault are eligible to receive a minimum of between $55,000 and $110,000 net as compensation. Furthermore, the settlement agreement prohibits Mr. Thibault or any of the Respondents from knowing the names of the victims who make claims, and nobody will have the right to contest any victim’s claim.

Claims must be made no later than July 5, 2016, failing which victims will lose their rights. All people who were victims of sexual abuse or who know of people who were victims are strongly encouraged to contact Robert Kugler or Olivera Pajani, free of charge, in order that we may inform you of your rights and assist you. Your name and information will be kept strictly confidential.

Members who wish to submit a claim must do so by sending a claim form to the Honourable André Forget, Adjudicator, on a confidential basis, by no later than July 5, 2016:

  1. By registered mail (attesting to the date of shipment) to the following address:
    Attention: The Honourable André Forget
    55 Castonguay Street, Suite 400
    Saint-Jérôme, Québec
    J7Y 2H9;
    or
  2. By fax (with fax transmission slip) to the following number:
    450-436-9735;

A copy of the duly completed claim form must also be sent to the attorneys of the Class, Kugler Kandestin, to the attention of Robert Kugler:

  1. By e-mail: rkugler@kklex.com;
  2. By fax (with fax transmission slip) to the following number: 514-875-8424;
  3. Hand delivered;

Failure to submit one’s claim by the deadline (July 5, 2016) will result in the forfeiture of any right to benefit from the Settlement Agreement.


January 2016

Kugler Kandestin is pleased to announce a settlement of the class action instituted on behalf of victims of sexual abuse committed by Jean-Paul Thibault while he was affiliated with Collège St-Hilaire. The settlement agreement requires Court approval. The Hearing of the Application to approve the settlement agreement will take place February 1, 2016, at the Montreal Court House, in room 15.07, at 10:00 am.

If the settlement agreement is approved, victims of Frère Thibault will be eligible to receive as much as $110,000 in compensation. The settlement agreement prohibits Mr. Thibault or any of the Respondents from knowing the names of the victims who make claims, and nobody will have the right to contest any victim’s claim.

Claims will have to be made within a strict delay, failing which victims will lose their rights. All people who were victims of Frère Thibault or who know of people who were victims of Frère Thibault are encouraged to contact Robert Kugler or Olivera Pajani, free of charge, in order that we may inform you of your rights and assist you. Your name and information will be kept strictly confidential.

The class action is on behalf of victims of Jean-Paul Thibault only. If you or someone you know was sexually abused by someone else at Collège St-Hilaire, we strongly urge you to contact Robert Kugler or Olivera Pajani, free of charge and confidentially, in order to discuss your rights.


March 2015

Robert Kugler and Olivera Pajani are acting on behalf of the Petitioner with respect to a Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action against Frère Jean-Paul Thibault, Collège St-Hilaire and the religious order, l’Institut des Frères de Notre-Dame de Miséricorde, on behalf of individuals who were sexually abused.

The victims are entitled to use a pseudonym so that their names and identities are kept confidential.

If you believe you are affected by this class action, kindly contact Robert Kugler or Olivera Pajani, free of charge, to discuss the case, and so that we may inform you of your rights. Your communications with us will be kept strictly confidential.

Robert Kugler
rkugler@kklex.com
(514) 878-2861 ext. 116

Olivera Pajani
opajani@kklex.com
(514) 878-2861 ext. 149

Current as of February 2016.