The tricky issue of calculating the interest and additional indemnity following final judgment in a class action: two “introductory” motions, one summons

by Ashley Kandestin, stagiaire endroit Degrandpré, Chait In the context of aclass action, the Superior Court must first authorize the bringing of theaction before a group can serve its introductory motion. Such authorization isobtained on a motion duly served upon the defending party (s. 1002, 1011 Codeof civil procedure). The service of these two motions upon the defendantcan cause confusion when it comes to calculating the interest and additionalindemnity (s. 1618, 1619 Civil code of Quebec) upon the rendering of afinal judgment. At what point does the interest begin to accrue? The answerdepends, of course, on the terminology used in the conclusions of theintroductory motion. More specifically, when a party seeks to have the interestcalculated since the summons of the defendant (depuis l’assignation), towhich motion is the trial judge supposed to refer? In Kavanaght c. Montréal (Ville de), 2012 QCCS 2190, the Honourable justice André Prévost confirms the positiontaken by… Lire la suite