Ville de Montréal, et al. v. Davide Lonardi, et al.

(Quebec) (Civil) (By Leave)


Civil liability - Apportionment of liability.


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Civil liability — Apportionment of liability — Riot causing damage — Definition of joint wrongful act or omission within meaning of art. 1480 of Civil Code of Québec — Whether rioters solidarily liable for damages caused by them — Whether Court of Appeal erred in interpreting art. 1480 of Civil Code of Québec — Whether respondents committed common fault or contributory faults making them solidarily liable within meaning of art. 1526 of Civil Code of Québec.

In 2008 in Montréal, a riot erupted following a win by the Montréal Canadiens hockey team. Ten of the police vehicles belonging to the applicant City of Montréal were destroyed during the riot. Some of the rioters were identified, and the City instituted separate civil actions against each of them, asking the court to find them solidarily liable for the full value of the vehicle they had played a part in destroying. The courts below found the respondents liable but refused to find them solidarily liable, except for two of them.