The clan Villanueva calls for 990 000$ for a lawyer

News 20 December, 2017
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    Fredy Villanueva, deceased

    Michael Nguyen

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:35

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:35

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    The family of the deceased Fredy Villanueva, claiming nearly a million dollars to his ex-lawyer, for late filing of a judicial document in a civil case against the City of Montreal.

    “The right [of the Villanueva family] has been reduced to nil as a direct consequence of actions and omissions for which is responsible Me Peter Georges-Louis,” can it be read in a civil lawsuit filed this week at the palais de justice of Montreal.

    The clan Villanueva is hoping to get a million $ out of the pocket of their former counsel, the professional liability insurance Fund of the Barreau du Québec, in connection with the death of Fredy Villanueva, which occurred in August 2008.

    On this day, the young man had been shot and killed during an intervention of officers Jean-Loup Lapointe and Stéphanie Pilotte.


    The coroner had criticised both the work of the police officers that the behaviour of the brethren Villanueva. If the version of the police officer that he had feared being disarmed was not raw, it might have been feared, incorrectly, that his life was in danger, ruled the coroner.

    Following the death, the Villanueva family had initiated a civil lawsuit of $ 990,000 against the City of Montréal and the police officers.

    “[The clan Villanueva] trust Me, Georges-Louis and entrusted it with the mandate of enforcing its rights, ” says the civil lawsuit.

    The civil file, however, had been put on ice, the time that the public inquiry into the death of Fredy is completed.


    However, once the investigation is completed, the lawyer had 180 days to re-register the civil lawsuit against the city, that he had not. As a result, the dispute ended abruptly.

    “No one thus identifies any inability for them to act within the mandatory time limit “, explained the judge, while accusing the “laxity” of these lawyers.

    And it is precisely because of this “laxity” that the Villanueva family now wants to sue the lawyer, since the question of the civil liability of police officers and the City will never be heard by the court because of the delays to re-register the cause.

    “If [the clan Villanueva] had benefited from the opportunity to present his case, he would have been successful,” says the court document.

    Unless an amicable agreement, the civil lawsuit will be brought before a judge within the next few weeks.

    Me Georges-Louis has not recalled the Newspaper.