In a recent decision, the Superior Court of Quebec addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the contractual obligations of parties to a commercial lease. This decision is likely the first of many to address this increasingly pervasive issue for businesses operating in Quebec.
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The forced hiatus in business activity and the economic shock caused by COVID-19 have hit many Quebec business owners hard. The impact is especially heavy for owners saddled with the burden of succession planning and finding no one to take over the reins. Currently, 30 to 60,000 Quebec businesses are in danger of disappearing within five years due to a lack of suitable successors.
Prohibiting genetic discrimination: a valid criminal law subject, according to the Supreme Court of Canada
In a contentious 5-4 split decision, with 3 justices providing the main reasons, 2 justices concurring and 4 judges dissenting, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Parliament of Canada has the power to prohibit genetic discrimination. Specifically, Justice Karakatsanis found that the purpose of the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act is to ensure that individuals’ genetic test results will not be used against them and to prevent any form of discrimination based on that information. This, according to the Court, falls squarely within Parliament’s criminal law powers under s. 91(27) of the Constitution Act of 1867 because it responds to a threat of harm to several overlapping public interests protected by the criminal law – autonomy, privacy, equality and public health.
Langlois lawyers is proud of partner and lawyer Marie‑Claude Carrier for her recognition as Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society acknowledging excellence and accomplishment in construction law..
Langlois lawyers is proud to announce that Katherine Loranger and Elisabeth Neelin, lawyers and partners in its Montréal office, have been named in 2020 Benchmark 40 and Under Hot List and Future Stars. The extensive peer review process and career profile assessment acknowledge the outstanding achievement of North American partners aged 40 or younger, whose talent and adaptability have made them leading practitioners in their respective litigation fields.
Langlois lawyers is pleased to announce that five newly called lawyers are joining the firm. After completing their six-month internship, Aude, Rémi-Pier, Tess, Marie Diane and Raphaëlle have accepted our offer to pursue their careers at Langlois lawyers’ Montréal and Québec City offices. These emerging talents practice in labour and employment law, civil and commercial litigation, and insurance law.
Caroline Deschênes and Jean-François De Rico to take part in a legal information session about the Bill 64 draft
On July 8th at 12:00 pm, partners and lawyers Caroline Deschênes and Jean-François De Rico will host an information session about the draft of Bill 64 and the scope of the possible changes to the protection of personal information. The session is organized by the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ, Quebec Employers’ Council).
On June 18, partner and lawyer Sebastien Laprise, who specializes in public contract law at Langlois lawyers, has been invited by the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ).
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.