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Class actions: Supreme Court of Canada upholds the status quo over authorization criteria in Quebec

November 2, 2020

On October 30, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited decision in Desjardins Financial Services Firm Inc. v. Asselin (the “Asselin decision”). Ever since leave to appeal was granted in June 2019, practitioners and litigants have been kept in suspense, anticipating a potential amendment to the analytical framework of the criteria for authorization of a class action in Quebec.

However, far from liberalizing or restricting the interpretation and application of the authorization criteria in Article 575 of the Quebec Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”), the Asselin decision maintains the status quo with respect to the legal framework for authorizing a class action in Quebec. The Court reiterated the position and the principles it developed in Infineon, Vivendi, and Oratoire Saint-Joseph, which form the jurisprudential basis for this critical procedural stage, without modifying the applicable law.

Partial reopening of office spaces: What to expect

October 28, 2020

This article originally appeared on the Canadian Lawyer InHouse website.

Agility and adaptability will be essential for Canadian employers moving forward.

In recent weeks, public authorities across the country have made several announcements regarding the resumption of activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In certain instances, these announcements have generated some confusion.

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News

Lexpert® Rising Stars 2020 – Leading Lawyers Under 40

November 16, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Biron and Jean Patrick Dallaire, have been named Rising Stars: Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert® Magazine. This award is presented annually to exceptional Canadian lawyers under the age of 40.

Geneviève Claveau chooses Langlois

September 24, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Geneviève Claveau who will be joining the litigation group at Langlois Lawyers’ Montréal office. Geneviève practice includes all areas of civil and commercial litigation, public and administrative law, with a particular focus on shareholders’ disputes, injunctions and other extraordinary remedies, in addition to government and public affairs.

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Events

Langlois Workshop | Education Law – Review of the 2020 Case Law

November 20, 2020

Lawyers Yann Bernard, Catherine Galardo, Jonathan Garneau, Pierre-Olivier Lessard, René Paquette, Geneviève Plante and Paule Veilleux presented a webinar on November 20, in which they reviewed this year’s case law and legislation to an audience of education professionals. The Web conference aimed to raise awareness in terms of common trends and key factors affecting the field during 2020, including a reform of the education system, the impact of COVID-19 and major court rulings.

Langlois Lawyers and Québec International join forces to broach access to Québec’s public procurement contracts with European investors

November 10, 2020

On November 26, Langlois lawyers Sébastien Laprise, Jean-Benoît Pouliot and Guillaume François Larouche will join Québec International to present a webinar. The conference will showcase the City of Québec’s business and economic environment, as well as provincial public procurement potential. Ms Michèle Boisvert, Québec’s Delegate General in Paris will deliver the welcome and opening remarks.

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