Privacy protection in Quebec: an overview of amendments to the law governing the private sector

June 26, 2020

On June 12, the Quebec government introduced bill 164, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information (“the Bill”), first announced nearly a year ago. Once adopted, the Bill will result in significant changes to various laws in order to modernize the regulatory framework for the protection of personal data in Quebec.

The modernization process will target private and public sector institutions as well as political parties, and will require compliance efforts by all these organizations. Indeed, the nature of the new requirements and the hefty penalties for violations mean that privacy protection can no longer be ignored with impunity.

Heritage Handoff Holdings, LLC v. Ronald Fontanella: the importance of fundamental representations and warranties in mergers and acquisitions

June 22, 2020

When a business is being sold, whether through a sale of shares or assets, the risks associated with the transaction can be allocated between the seller and purchaser through contractual mechanisms, such as representations and warranties.

In general, it is in the purchaser’s interest that the representations and warranties from the seller be as broad and numerous as possible to minimize the risk of pre-closing issues being discovered after the transaction. The reverse is generally true for the seller, who will seek to minimize exposure to indemnification proceedings and the risk of being found liable after closing.

Preventing visual pollution and valid constitutional limits on freedom of expression

June 18, 2020

On May 7, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by commercial advertisers wishing to appeal a September 25, 2019 ruling by the Quebec Court of Appeal, which upheld the City of Montréal’s principal appeal on the matter of the legality of a ban on billboards in the Plateau Mont-Royal (“PMR”) borough. Consequently, the commercial advertisers will have to remove and/or demolish the billboards still in place in the borough.

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Éric Thibaudeau made a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

June 15, 2020

Langlois lawyers congratulates partner Éric Thibaudeau for being made a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary society, composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. The society devotes itself to promoting advocacy and ethical standards in construction law and has an exclusive U.S. and international membership of 1,200 practising Fellows.

Langlois joins the Regroupement des firmes de services professionnels indépendantes

May 25, 2020

In the wake of initiatives, such as “J’achète Local” and “Le Panier bleu”, both of which encourage Quebecers to choose local businesses, Langlois has joined a group of more than 150 independent firms providing professional services – the RFSPI – in a combined effort to promote Quebec’s economic recovery plan.

Canadian Law Awards 2020

April 28, 2020

Langlois lawyers is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in two prestigious categories of the first edition of the Canadian Law Awards: Québec Law Firm of the Year – Langlois lawyers and Litigator of the Year – Sean Griffin.

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Sarto Veilleux to present a web conference on “Drugs and alcohol in the workplace”

June 1, 2020

On June 4th, lawyer, partner and mediator Sarto Veilleux, who specializes in labour and employment law, has been invited to present a web conference on the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace. The invitation comes from the Human Resources Sectorial Committee on the Maritime Industry (CSMOIM) and the Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (Sodes), the Quebec body overseeing the St-Lawrence seaway’s economic development.

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