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Langlois Is Pleased to Announce the Hiring of Two New Lawyers at Its Montréal Office

March 12, 2019

Jean-François Landry joins the litigation group in Montréal. He practices administrative law and civil and commercial litigation, primarily in the areas of professional liability, the liability of directors and officers, and insurance coverage disputes. He holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University.

Mike Siméon also joins the litigation group in Montréal. His practice focuses in particular on class actions, insurance law, regulatory penal law and corporate governance. During his law studies, Mike was vice-president of the Université de Montréal chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, where he was involved in the creation of various initiatives to promote diversity within the legal community. Previously, Mike served for 10 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve.

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers 2019

March 5, 2019

Pierre Y. Lefebvre Inducted Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Langlois lawyers is pleased to announce that Pierre Y. Lefebvre, a partner in our Montréal office, has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the most prestigious legal organizations in North America.

Recognized as one of the highest distinctions, College brings together the best litigators in the United States and Canada who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality.

Pierre has practiced commercial and corporate litigation for more than 25 years, and is recognized as one of Canada’s best class action lawyers, and for his expertise in managing complex files. In that capacity he has been lead counsel in many complex and highly publicized cases in a number of areas of the law, including corporate law, securities, and shareholder disputes. He has pleaded before all levels of the courts including, on several occasions, the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Findings of Bad Faith on the Part of a Municipality Upheld by the Court of Appeal

March 5, 2019

In a unanimous decision rendered on December 4, 2018, the Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal filed by the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux (“DDO”) of a judgment rendered by Superior Court Justice Pepita G. Capriolo on July 19, 2016.

In this matter, DDO had sold a parcel of land to 4164717 Canada Inc. (“Canada Inc.”) on the condition that it build a real estate project as outlined in the sale contract. Following a six-day trial, the judge concluded that through its conduct, which she considered to have been in bad faith, DDO effectively prevented Canada Inc. from performing the project.

The judge accordingly declared the sale contract dissolved and ordered DDO to reimburse the sale price to Canada Inc., as well as the municipal taxes it had paid since the sale. She also acknowledged Canada Inc.’s right to claim damages from DDO.

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