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Quebec defendants must show need to force addition of new parties to litigation

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:22 AM | By Daniel Urbas

Distinguishing “necessary” from merely “useful,” Justice Manon Lavoie in Vêtements de sport RGR inc. v. Me Jean Morin Notaire 2018 QCCS 1772 dismissed a defendant notarial firm’s attempt to add parties to the plaintiffs’ action for professional negligence. Justice Lavoie determined that the plaintiffs are still entitled to choose which defendants they will include in their litigation. The forced intervention of other parties can occur provided their presence as parties is necessary to the complete solution of the dispute as already framed.

In April 2015, the...