Hinse Accepts $4.5M Settlement in Civil Suit against Government of
Québec; the Federal Government is condemned to pay $8.6M
MONTRÉAL, April 14 /CNW/ - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Canada's largest national law firm, is pleased to announce that Mr.
Réjean Hinse's civil lawsuit, which was tried over a period of six
weeks last November and December at the Montréal courthouse has
resulted in a successful condemnation against the Federal government
for $8.6M (including interest) and a historic settlement agreement of
$4.5M (prior to judgment) with the Province of Québec. The $13.1M overall award is the most significant compensation of its
kind so far in Québec, and even throughout Canada, for a victim of
"After living through an unending, traumatizing and painful legal saga,
it is difficult to express how satisfied I am at having reached the
light at the end of the tunnel. I feel a great wave of relief for both
my family and myself. From now on, I'll be able to focus on the present
and perhaps even look forward to better days during the few years I
have left," said Réjean Hinse now 73 years old.
Victim of an acknowledged miscarriage of justice, Mr. Hinse was
condemned to 15 years in prison in 1964. After completing his sentence,
he was subsequently acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada more than
30 years later (in 1997) as a result of fresh evidence. Following his
acquittal, Mr. Hinse had to file a civil lawsuit against the federal
and provincial governments, from which he had never received any form
of apology or compensation.
"This is a great result for Mr. Hinse and an important victory for BLG
and our pro bono team," commented Alex De Zordo, Partner and Regional
Manager of the Litigation Department. "It is the type of complex
litigation that litigators live for. To obtain justice for Mr. Hinse
required the efforts of a dedicated team ready to review 50 years of
evidence and address a myriad of legal questions. Our goal was to
secure the best possible indemnity for Mr. Hinse to compensate for the
irreparable wrongs that he suffered. It's every litigator's dream to
successfully help a client through such a difficult legal battle. To
make a difference in the life of such a client. To advance the law. To
embrace such a worthy cause."
For the past three years, BLG lawyers have provided pro bono representation to Mr. Hinse, through the support of a team comprised of
Guy J. Pratte, Partner and Chair of BLG's National Council, Alexander L. De Zordo, Partner and Regional Manager of the Litigation Department, Katherine Loranger, Marc Unger and Patrick Plante, associates within the BLG Commercial Litigation Group.
"Among the litigators I've come to know, Mr. De Zordo, Mr. Pratte and
Ms. Loranger of BLG are truly in a league of their own. Indeed, this
law firm pioneered the pro bono movement in this province by promoting
the creation of Pro Bono Québec. They are true champions for those who,
like myself, have struggled with unbearable injustice," expressed Mr.
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