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

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.

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Chambers Canada 2021

Langlois stands out once more: 11 lawyers and 4 areas of practice recognized by Chambers Canada

Langlois stands out in the Chambers Canada Guide 2021, in which four areas of practice were recognized: Insurance Dispute Resolution and Shipping Transportation in Canada, Employment and Labour Law and General Commercial Litigation in Quebec and eleven lawyers were also recognized across several practice areas.

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Victory for Langlois in an environmental class action

Langlois Lawyers successfully represented their client, Compagnie d’Arrimage de Québec (“CAQ”), a Quebec City company specializing in handling solid bulk cargo, in a class action regarding neighbourhood disturbances related to dust. A group of Limoilou residents was suing the CAQ and the Québec Port Authority for more than $350 million in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a permanent injunction to change their operations.

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Langlois Acts for Victoriaville & Co. in an Important Acquisition

Langlois Lawyers acted as lead counsel for Victoriaville & Co., one of the largest wood casket manufacturer in North America, in its acquisition of all the shares of Alliance St-Laurent Casket Corporation, a subsidiary of Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ: MATW), based in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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