The value is about $25,000.00
My logging contractor has crossed the line (there is NO survey) and removed two loads (one poplar and one hardwood). Total value of wood removed is about 1,500.00
I arranged a meeting with the neighbor and the contractor on location.
The contractor admitted that his employees had made a mistake.
The contractor offered to do clean up and pay $2,500.00 compensation.
The neighbor refused this offer and demanded $10,000 in damages.
At first the neighbor was going to sue the contractor, but now he decided to seek damages from me. I and my wife are the owners of the property.
To put pressure on me the neighbor threatens to put all the cost of the legal action on me, which in final conclusion could cost me a lot more.
Is it true that in Quebec the loosing party does not have to pay the legal costs of the winning party?
And finally, I do not understand why I could be liable for any damages.
I hired the contractor to cut trees on my property, not the neighbor's.
In fact I marked the line (to best of my abilities), and the neighbor agreed on the line. Unfortunately, some hunters placed red ribbons in other parts of the property and that caused confusion. Is the neighbor not guilty of negligence (allowing multiple sets of ribbons on his property, knowing well that there is logging going on).
Sorry, is that too many questions?