Vincent de l'Étoile
Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
Vincent de l’Étoile is a partner of the litigation group and has specialized mainly in the fields of civil and commercial litigation, class actions, product liability, consumer law and competition law. Vincent is a creative and dedicated lawyer combining pragmatism and depth to satisfy clients’ needs.
He is leading cases, advises and assists his clients in various fields. His practice is mainly characterized by the defense of the rights and interests of clients in industries such as banking and payment operations, manufacturing, telecommunications and air transportation. Vincent’s skills are regularly put into practice in cases having commercial, strategic and economic implications. Vincent also assists his clients in non-contentious matters in relation to the compliance of their activities, operations and business practices.
Vincent represented various businesses and institutions before judicial courts in first instance and at the appellate level, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. Vincent also appeared before trial and appellate courts of other Canadian provinces for specific mandates.
Vincent frequently writes on class actions matters and legal developments, having been cited by the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Superior Court of Quebec, as well as he speaks at legal conferences.
In 2015, Vincent was designated as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 years old by Lexpert Rising Stars, Leading Lawyers Under 40. In 2016, he was ranked as “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation Canada and listed as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. In 2017, Vincent was also ranked as “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation Canada and listed in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in class actions.
2010 – Trial Advocacy Seminar, Quebec Bar
2004 – Law Degree, LLB, Laval University
Rankings & Recognitions
Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2016 – Litigation Lawyer to Watch
Areas of Practice
Financial Institution – Regulated Activities – Consumer Law – Competition Law
Represents a major financial institution in various class actions instituted by credit card holders in relation to the establishment of fees relating to the services provided and the legality of provisions of revolving credit agreements, as well as in class a action instituted in British Columbia by merchants alleging infringements to competition. In addition to the technical and regulatory issues specific to this industry, these proceedings involve the application of the Consumer Protection Act as well as the Competition Act.
Industrial Equipment Manufacturer – Product Liability – Product Performance and Warranties
Represents a manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment in the context of disputes involving the conception, design and performance of various products, as well as the application of both the legal and conventional warranties. Assists and advises the client in relation to claims brought in various Canadian provinces.
Air Carrier – Regulated Activities – Consumer Law and Civil Liability
Represents an air carrier in the context of a class action and other judicial disputes involving pricing policies and conditions of transportation, damages claims, as well as the compliance of its business practices with the applicable legal and regulatory framework. Theses mandates involve a specialized scheme in relation to a technical and complex industry.
Manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) – Competition Law & Antitrust – Civil Liability – Class Actions
Represent various manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers in the electronic, technology and automobile industries the context of class actions involving price fixing and anticompetitive agreement in relation to components and products directed to distribution chains or the consumer market. These cases often involve teams over various jurisdictions and coordination on a national and international basis.
Telecommunication – Regulated Activities – Consumer Law – Class Actions – Penal Law
Represents a telecommunication company in various class actions and alleged penal offences in relation to consumer law issues, in addition to other matters pertaining to its dealings with its clientele, business partners and other industry stakeholders. These mandates often involved technical and complex issues in a specialized regulation scheme and require the collaboration and integration of resources and various teams.
Human Rights and Freedoms – Supreme Court of Canada – Pro Bono
Represented the Young Bar Association of Montreal as an Intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in the matter of McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin,  2 S.C.R. 108, in the context of a pro bono mandate. That case dealt with mandatory retirements policies in the legal profession and alleged discrimination and infringements to Human Rights principles in accordance with the law of British Columbia and globally.
- 2017 – Class Actions Are (Not) Getting Some Appeal in Quebec
- 2017 – Bill 134: Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act and Novel Issues for Quebec Merchants
- 2017 – Class Actions: 2016 Recap & 2017 Forecast
- 2016 – Multijurisdictional Class Actions: Fewer Boundaries
- 2016 – The Supreme Court of Canada Confirms the Primacy of the Professional Secrecy of Lawyers and Notaries Over Government Audits
- 2016 – Changes Governing Class Actions in Quebec
- 2015 – Multijurisdictional Class Actions: the Companion Case’s Evidentiary Record Cannot be Blindly Imported into Quebec
- 2015 – The Limit to the Insurer’s Subrogatory Action Against the Manufacturer
- 2014 – Small Claims: Upcoming Increase of the Ceiling to $15,000
- 2014 – Engaging and Competing in Conspiracy Class Actions in Quebec
- 2014 – Class Actions: the Supreme Court of Canada Reaffirms the Flexibility of the Conditions for the Authorization of a Class Action in Quebec
- 2013 – Class Actions and the Securities Act
- 2013 – The Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Amounts of Settlements are Protected by Settlement Privilege
2017 – “L’action collective est-elle votre prochaine locataire? Enjeux et réflexions pour le bailleur commercial” (Is a Class Action Your Next Tenant? Issues for the Commercial Landlord), co-authored with Anne-Marie Hébert, Le bail commercial, 3rd Edition, La Collection Blais, Volume 27, Cowansville, Yvon Blais Editions, 2017, p. 123.
2017 – “La communication avec une partie non représentée dans le cadre d’une action collective” (Communicating with Self-Represented Litigants in Class Proceedings), co-authored with Annie Gallant, La Référence, June 2017, Yvon Blais Editions, EYB2017REP2248.
2017 – “Judgment-Sharing Agreements”, co-authored with Sandra Desjardins, Colloque national sur l’action collective, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 428, 2017, p. 1.
2017 – Contributor : “D. Christopher Robinson, Product Liability Case Law Update” (Canada Section), Product Liability Conference, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, IL, 2017.
2017 – “L’action collective n’altère pas la nécessaire démonstration du lien de causalité” (Class Action Proceedings Not Altering the Need to Prove Causation), co-authored with Sean Griffin, La Référence, January 2017, Yvon Blais Editions, EYB2017REP2106.
2016 – “The Exclusivity of the Montreal Convention in Class Actions Arising From International Air Transportation”, Class Action Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, 2016, p. 13.
2016 – “L’usage des règles relatives au déroulement de l’action collective au stade de l’autorisation sous le nouveau Code de procédure civile” (The provisions pertaining to the conduct of a class action at the authorization stage under the new Code of Civil Procedure), co-authored with Anne-Marie Hébert, Repères, July 2016, Yvon Blais Editions, EYB2016REP1979.
2016 – “Quebec’s Singular Class Action Authorization Regime Changes – An Overview”, For the Defense, Vol. 58, No. 5, May 2016, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, IL, 2016, p. 77.
2016 – “Récents développements en droit de l’action collective au Québec” (Recent Developments in Class Actions in Quebec), co-authored with Benoît Marion, Colloque national sur l’action collective, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 410, 2016, p. 1.
2016 – “Action collective – Risques et solutions RH” (“Class Actions – HR Risks and Answers”), co-authored with Catherine Galardo, Revue RH (CRHA-CRIA), Volume 19, No 1, January-February-March 2016, p. 44.
2016 – “The Consumer Protection Act Fuels Automobile Misrepresentation Class Action in Quebec: Misfire or Upcoming Trend?”, co-authored with Antoine Brylowski, Class Action Journal, Volume X, No. 4, Toronto, Federated Press, 2016, p. 667.
2016 – Contributor : “Mark D. Katz, Product Liability Case Law Update” (Canada Section), Product Liability Conference, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, IL, 2016.
2015 – “Récents développements en recours collectifs au Québec” (Recent Developments in Class Actions in Quebec), co-authored with Benoît Marion, Colloque national sur les recours collectifs, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 397, 2015, p. 147.
2015 – “The Limit to the Insurer’s Subrogatory Action Against the Manufacturer”, co-authored with Renée-Maude Vachon-Therrien, Canadian Insurance Law Reporter, March 2015, No. 771, Wolters Kluwer CCH, 2015, p. 1.
2014 – “Le rappel de produit : commentaires sur la responsabilité” (Product Recall: Perspective on Liability), Responsabilité Civile – En bref, No. 26 – October 2014, Yvon Blais Editions, 2014, p. 2.
2014 – “Engaging and Competing in Conspiracy Class Actions in Quebec: Overview of Applicable Legal Principles”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Colloque national sur les recours collectifs, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 380, 2014, p. 405.
2013 – Vincent de l’Étoile, “Le commerce électronique” (e-Commerce), in Guide de démarrage de l’entreprise, 2nd Edition, Young Bar Association of Montreal, 2013, p. 54.
2013 – ”Recours collectif : géométrie du droit d’appel”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Colloque national sur les recours collectifs, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 362, 2012, p. 109.
2013 – ”Interrogations sur l’interrogatoire avant l’autorisation d’exercer un recours collectif”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Repères, March 2013, EYB2013REP1331.
2012 – Contributor: “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America” (Quebec Section), Release 1 – 2012, Juris Publishing, Huntington, New York, 2012, p. QU-1.
2012 – ”Employment Law Class Action: Uncommon Common Issues “, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain and John C. Field, Développements récents en recours collectifs, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 345, 2012, p. 97.
2011 – ”L’injonction collective : le recours collectif et l’injonction, un mariage heureux?”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Revue du Barreau, Tome 70, Printemps 2011, p. 63
2010 – “Les 4.2 critères pour autoriser l’exercice d’un recours collectif”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Développements récents en recours collectifs, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 327, 2010, p. 207
2009 – ”Survol de la jurisprudence marquante de la dernière année en matière de recours collectif : de l’avis aux membres à la rémunération du représentant…”, co-authored with Chantal Chatelain, Développements récents en recours collectifs, Service de la formation continue, Barreau du Québec, Volume 312, 2009, p. 161.
2009 – Mini-colloque ”L’heure juste sur l’affaire BCE à la suite du jugement motivé de la Cour suprême du Canada : quand acteurs et institution de prestige se rencontrent”, co-authored with Stefan Chripounoff, Point de Mire, Volume 14, no. 4, July 2009, p. 7.
2005 – ”L’investissement étranger en capital de risque au Canada” (Foreign Venture Capital Investment in Canada), co-authored with Serge Kronström, Revue Action Canada – France, Volume XIII, p. 18.
- 2017 – Langlois Lawyers to Participate to the Third Annual Commercial Lease Symposium of Les Éditions Yvon Blais
- 2017 – National Conference on Class Actions: Recent Developments in Québec, in Canada and in the U.S. (2017)
- 2015 – 2015 Annual Convention of the Quebec Bar
2017 – “Is a Class Action Your Next Tenant? Issues for the Commercial Landlord”, Speaker, Commercial Lease Symposium, Yvon Blais Editions (Thomson Reuters)
2017 – “L’action collective québécoise… Un an plus tard” (Quebec Class Actions… One Year Later), speaker at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Paralegals
2017 – “Nouveau Code de procédure civile : Bilan de l’an 1 – Recours multijuridictionnels et les intérêts des membres québécois” (The New Code of Civil Procedure: Review of Year 1 - Multijurisdictional Class Actions and the Interests of Quebec Class Members), speaker at the Quebec Bar National Symposium on Class Actions, Recent Developments in Quebec, Canada and in the United States of America.
2016 – “Récents développements en droit de l’action collective au Québec” (Recent Developments in Class Actions in Quebec), speaker at the Quebec Bar National Symposium on Class Actions; Recent Developments in Quebec, Canada and in the United States of America.
2015 – “Les développements récents en recours collectifs au Québec : regard analytique” (Recent Developments in Class Actions in Quebec: Analytical Perspectives), speaker at the Quebec Bar 2015 Annual Convention (“Regards 360○ “).
2015 – “Récents développements en recours collectifs au Québec” (Recent Developments in Class Actions in Quebec), speaker at the Quebec Bar National Symposium on Class Actions; Recent Developments in Quebec, Canada and in the United States of America.
2012 – ”Class Actions: Quebec Perspectives”, Presentation in the context of the internship program for the students of the University of Aix-Marseille (France), Master Degree Law and Taxation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal.
2010 – ”Les 4.2 critères pour autoriser l’exercice d’un recours collectif “, Quebec Bar Symposium on Class Actions: Recent Developments in Quebec, Canada and in the United States.
2008 – Preparation of the presentation Case Law Review in Quebec and Ontario – Bankruptcy and Insolvency (2007-2008): Selected Cases, delivered at the 4th Pan-Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Conference of the Canadian Bar Association, held in Vancouver on September 19, 2008.
2007 – Assisted in the preparation of a presentation entitled “Handling Claims Involving Landlord/Tenant Relations”, Accreditation No. AFC03147 (4UFC).
2005 – Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, Collonges-la-Rouge, France.
2004 – Winner of the “Coupe du Doyen”, Laval University Faculty of Law’s moot competition (Best-Pleader Honours in quarterfinals).
2004 – Prepared the presentation Public–Private Partnerships: “A Housing Stock Financing Tool: Quebec Perspectives”, delivered at the 48th conference of the Union internationale des avocats, Real Estate Law division, held in Geneva.
2016-2017 – Contributing Editor to the “Class Action Review” by the Canadian Institute
Since 2015 – Member of DRI (Defense Research Institute)
Since 2012 – Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Since 2012 – Member of the subcommittee on the “Fonds d’aide aux actions collectives” of the Quebec Bar’s Committee on Class Actions
2008-2015 – Member of the Young Bar Association of Montreal
2012 – Contributor to the Comité de recherche et de législation (“CRL”)’s blog of the Young Bar Association of Montreal
2011-2012 – Member of the national subcommittee “Measuring Diversity” of the Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equality
2005-2008 – Member of the Young Bar Association of Quebec City
2004 – Member of the Revision Committee for the Laval University Law Students Charter