Montreal advised widow in a professional negligence case

March 14, 2019

Client: Judith Matte-Thompson and 166376 Canada Inc.

Our Montreal office successfully represented Judith Matte-Thompson and 166376 Canada Inc. before the Supreme Court of Canada in the matter of Salomon v. Matte-Thompson. An eight to one majority of the court decided in favour of our clients  against the lawyer Kenneth Salomon and Montreal firm Sternthal Katznelson Montigny LLP, resulting in an award of damages of more than C$9.4m.
Ms. Matte-Thompson lost the investments made in two offshore funds negligently recommended and endorsed by her former lawyer, Salomon. The bulk of those investments came from monies inherited from her husband. The two investment advisers negligently recommended by Salomon who controlled the funds, Themis Papadopoulos and Mario Bright, were operating a Ponzi scheme and fled Canada when their fraud was exposed. Norton Rose Fulbright was retained to sue the advisers as well as Salomon and his firm. The firm obtained a default judgment against the advisers. During the proceedings against Salomon, members of the team discovered that he had received secret payments from Papadopoulos after Ms. Matte-Thompson made a significant investment with the latter.
This case started 11 years ago and included a loss at trial, a reversal by the Quebec Court of Appeal, an improbable leave to appeal granted by the Supreme Court, and then a confirmation of the Court of Appeal judgment by an eight to one majority of the Supreme Court. 
The team included Azim Hussain, Pierre Bienvenu, Andres Garin, François-David Paré, Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly and Helen Hamel (paralegal).