Class Actions

November 16, 2021: Partial settlement of the class action against Québec City for failure to have detainees appear in court within 24 hours of their arrest

We are pleased to announce that a partial settlement of the class action lawsuit against the Attorney General of Quebec, the City of Montreal and the City of Quebec has been reached. The partial settlement concerns only Québec City, for the benefit of persons who were arrested and held in detention in Québec City for a period of more than 24 consecutive hours without appearing in the Municipal Court of Québec City, while the courts were not in session.

Under the partial settlement, Québec City will pay a global amount of $412,750 to be distributed to class members who are eligible under the settlement agreement during the period from December 15, 2017 to February 9, 2020.

The class action continues against the Attorney General of Quebec and the City of Montreal on behalf of all class members.

As is required by law, in order for a class action settlement to be valid, it must be approved by the Court. On December 3rd, 2021, a hearing will be held by videoconference before the Superior Court of Québec during which class counsel will present an application for approval of the settlement.

You may wish to review the following documents to understand the terms of the settlement and its benefits to class members:

Application for Approval of a Partial Class Action Settlement Agreement and Class Counsel Fees

Partial Settlement Agreement

Notice to Members Claim

Amended Class Action Statement of Claim

If the Superior Court of Québec approves the partial settlement, we will communicate additional information regarding the next steps.

You can view the Notice informing class members of the hearing of the application for approval and how to attend virtually. Please note that class members do not have to attend the hearing in order to benefit from the settlement.

If you or someone you know is a member of the class, you can contact class counsel:

Mtre Sophie-Anne Décarie
(819) 770-6666, extension 201

Mtre Jean-François Benoît
(819) 770-4888, extension 112

Mtre Robert Kugler
(514) 878-2861, extension 116

Mtre Alexandre Brosseau-Wery
(514) 878-2861, extension 147

Mtre Éva Richard
(514) 878-2861, extension 141