Resounding Victory for Abuse of Process by DS Décarie Lawyers

Sophie-Anne Décarie, managing partner of the Gatineau office of DS Décarie Lawyers, successfully represented a group of defendants being sued by plaintiffs who claimed they had acquired part of the defendants’ lot by prescription. 

Ms. Décarie was not only successful in having the claim for acquisitive prescription dismissed, but secured a declaration for abuse of process and reimbursement of extrajudicial fees as well. The court also awarded $20,000 in punitive damages to deter the plaintiffs from continuing the behaviour deemed abusive and allowed the counterclaim for damages in the amount of $12,500 for trouble and inconvenience.

Such judgments are rare, making this an even greater source of pride. In fact, the court noted the quality of the work of the DS Décarie Lawyers team in the judgment itself. Thanks to the excellent work of Ms. Décarie and her team, the defendants are hoping this declaration of abuse of process will put an end to a legal saga that has gone on for some 20 years.

Congratulations to Sophie-Anne Décarie and her team on this great victory!

Class action victory for DS Décarie Lawyers

Sophie-Anne Décarie, managing partner of DS Décarie Lawyers in Gatineau, successfully represented Benoît Atchom Makoma, who had been wrongfully detained by the City of Gatineau in 2018, in a class action before the Superior Court of Québec.

Mr. Atchom Makoma was arrested by the Gatineau police and held in prison for 38 hours before being able to appear at the Montreal courthouse.

Thanks to the work of Ms. Décarie and her team, the parties ultimately settled for an amount of $4.3 million, or $3,730 for each of the 1,153 people identified who had similar experiences between 2017 and 2020.

The agreement also stipulates that the City will pay $130,000 to cover the management and publication costs associated with the settlement.

Droit-inc. also made the headlines in a recent article (in French only).

Congratulations to Sophie-Anne Décarie on this fine victory!

Our team assisted Evolugen in an agreement with the City of Gatineau

Our team at DS Décarie Lawyers in Gatineau helped Evolugen by Brookfield Power sign a long-term agreement to provide more recreational infrastructure in eastern Gatineau, including bike paths and trails.

Our partner, Sophie-Anne Décarie, had the privilege of representing the company in this important agreement.

Thanks to this agreement, the City of Gatineau will create a multi-purpose, recreational trail on the west side of the Lièvre River. Local residents will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities, including walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.