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Pierre-Luc Desgagné Speaks on the Evolution of Climate and Energy Files After President Trump’s First Year in Office

November 9, 2017 - University of Quebec at Montréal

On November 9, Pierre-Luc Desgagné, a partner in the business law group, was invited by the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies of the University of Quebec at Montréal to speak on the evolution of energy and climate files since the election of Donald Trump, during a panel discussion on relations between Quebec and the United States.

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Loyalty Programs, Consumer Credit and Advertising to Consumers: New Rules for Quebec Merchants

February 16, 2018

This article first appeared in French in the January 2018 newsletter of the Quebec retailers association (Conseil québécois du commerce de détail)
On November 15, 2017, the Consumer Protection Act (the “CPA”) was amended by An Act mainly to modernize rules relating to consumer credit and to regulate debt settlement service contracts, high-cost credit contracts and loyalty programs1 (the “Act”) which, as its title indicates, imposes new rules and obligations on Quebec merchants regarding consumer credit, as well as a new legal framework for loyalty programs. In addition the Act creates new requirements for merchants concerning their business practices and advertising.

Employer Ordered by Ontario Superior Court to Pay $2.6 Million for OHS-Related Criminal Negligence

February 9, 2018

In August 2017 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered Detour Gold Corp. (the “Corporation”) to pay a fine of $1.4 million after it pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing the death of an employee1. A surcharge of $420,000 was added to the amount of the fine, and the Corporation was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $805,333 to the family of the deceased.

Revisiting the Dunkin’s Brand Decision in Light of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increase

February 9, 2018

Following the recent increase in Ontario’s minimum wage from $11.60 to $14.00, the decision by a Tim Horton’s franchisee to reduce employee benefits to compensate for such increase caused an international uproar.

While no such increase has been made in Quebec thus far, the debate remains current and has the potential to impact any franchise employing workers who would be affected by such a measure.

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