Clercs de Saint-Viateur: Judge Rejects $28M Settlement Over Fees
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The lawsuit against the Catholic religious order Les Clercs de St-Viateur involved acts committed between 1935 and today in more than 20 establishments of the organization.
A judge of the Quebec Superior Court has dismissed a $28 million settlement in a sexual abuse lawsuit against Les Clercs de Saint-Viateur due to high legal fees associated with the settlement.
The agreement would have awarded the Montreal law firm Arsenault, Dufresne and Wee, which represented the plaintiffs, more than $8 million in legal fees.
Judge Thomas Mr. Davis writes in a July 4 ruling that these fees are excessive and not in the best interests of the more than 375 sexual abuse victims who were part of the class action.
Judge Davis says the firm has done an outstanding job and expects a new deal with reasonable fees can be reached and submitted back to court.
The lawsuit against the Catholic religious order Les Clercs de Saint-Viateur concerned acts committed between 1935 and today in more than 20 establishments run by the group, including boarding schools.
In July 2021, a priest of the order, the Reverend Jean Pilon, was sentenced to three years and half of prison for criminal acts of a sexual nature on a dozen minor victims at the time of the crimes committed between 1961 and 1989.