CUSMA: A wind of change in copyright

Following the official signing of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in November 2018, the new agreement came into force on July 1, 2020. The CUSMA now replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had been in place since 1994. At the time, NAFTA created the largest free-trade region in the world and shaped commercial activities on the continent. The far-reaching impact of the CUSMA will be felt in numerous fields of commercial activity and its implementation will take time. In terms of intellectual property, its effects are already noticeable.

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The bill to amend the Charter of the French Language: expected impacts for employers in Quebec

On May 13, 2021, the Quebec government tabled Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec, which proposes various amendments to the Charter of the French Language.

Once adopted and in force, this bill will impact several areas. We will focus here on the main changes affecting employers and their employees or potential employees in Quebec.

In light of the proposed changes, employers would be well advised to follow the debates on this bill and potentially reassess their compliance with the new version of the Charter.

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Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2021

We are pleased to announce that Marie-Hélène Jetté received Canada’s prestigious Labour and Employment Litigator of the Year Award during the Benchmark Litigation Awards ceremony. This is an outstanding achievement underlining her remarkable talent.

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Benchmark Litigation Canada 2021

We are pleased to announce that 27 of our lawyers have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation Canada. For their clients and peers, these Langlois lawyers stand out in terms of their expertise, thorough work and a solid reputation. The firm also stood out in the highly recommended firm – Québec category.

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Representative Work

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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