Articles

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.

Discrimination in hiring: what level of risk should an employer assume?

June 11, 2020

Should an employer proceed with a hiring process after learning that a candidate’s disability may affect his or her ability to perform the job safely? The Quebec Court of Appeal considered this issue in CDPDJ v. Société de transport de Montréal.

In this case, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (the “CDPDJ”) claimed that the employer had violated a candidate’s right to equal access to employment by discriminating against him on the basis of his disability and by terminating the hiring process with the candidate due to his health condition. The Human Rights Tribunal and the Court of Appeal rejected these claims.

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News

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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Events

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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