SNCLavalin sues former CEO for millions over hospital bribery scandal

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is suing its former CEO in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital.The beleaguered engineering and construction giant says in court documents that Pierre Duhaime hurt the company when he helped a public servant commit a breach of trust tied to $22.5-million in bribes that helped secure the McGill University Health Centre project for SNC-Lavalin.Duhaime, who led the Montreal-based company between 2009 and 2012, is currently serving 20 months of house arrest after pleading guilty to the criminal charge last month. What’s next for SNC-Lavalin: Five potential scenarios, from decamping to the U.K. to a wholesale break-up Why Jody Wilson-Raybould likely never pushed prosecutors to settle the case against SNC-Lavalin Investors sensing a Warren Buffett moment in SNC Lavalin should look before they leap The documents, filed in Quebec Superior Court on Friday, also say Duhaime acted “in bad faith” when he signed a retirement agreement without disclosing his “criminal wrongdoing.” The agreement saw the company cover Duhaime’s $1.17 million in legal costs during his trial and dole out more than $1 million so far as part of a larger retirement package, all money that SNC-Lavalin wants back.The company is demanding Duhaime and other defendants — whose lawsuit he’s been tacked on to — repay the $22.5 million in bribes and pony up $17.5 million in punitive damages and compensation for reputational harm.The lawsuit is unrelated to the corruption charges linked to SNC-Lavalin’s dealings in Libya that have thrown the company into the eye of a political firestorm in Ottawa.