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December 15, 2020

The SCC released a short decision on December 10 confirming unanimously that it is the bank’s customer who bears the risk of loss of an amount that the bank transferred by electronic payment order from the customer’s account to a third party as a result of a phishing scam1. The decision adopts the reasoning of...

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November 20, 2020

Against the backdrop of an ongoing criminal trial, the Supreme Court of Canada has denied an application for leave to appeal from the Québec Court of Appeal’s refusal to authorize a sexual harassment class action against Québec businessman and Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon1. The Québec Court of Appeal denied authorization on the basis...

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November 4, 2020

On October 7, Québec’s Minister of Finance, tabled Bill 68 (Bill): An Act mainly to allow the establishment of target benefit pension plans to amend the Supplemental Pension Plans Act, thereby enabling the creation of target benefit pension plans (TBPPs) in Québec. The long-awaited Bill is a right of a recommendation from the expert panel...

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September 30, 2020

On September 25, the Ontario government amended O. Reg 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020) (Regulation) in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Among other things, the amendments require businesses and organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations and...

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May 28, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Torys’ litigation practice has been honoured with four awards at the 2020 Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards, including Ontario Litigator of the Year and Product Liability Firm of the Year. Chair of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice Linda Plumpton was named Ontario Litigator of the Year. She has...

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April 22, 2020

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), enacted on April 11, 2020, is a key measure in the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The CEWS is designed to provide financial assistance to businesses experiencing substantial decreases in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to enable these employers to retain or rehire their...

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April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic raises unique challenges not only for companies generally, but for their directors and officers personally. Corporate insolvency may be a looming and unexpected threat in the face of restricted operations and the liquidity crunch resulting from significant revenue declines (including from sales declines and challenges collecting receivables) and increased costs (such as...

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April 7, 2020

Life sciences companies are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19, including by manufacturing and distributing urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns necessary for frontline workers, and medical devices, such as test kits and respirators. Health Canada has in turn taken steps to expedite approvals of certain products that can...

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April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the physical (social) distancing measures implemented to help fight it, have meant that courts have had to limit their operations (see our full overview on court access in Canada during the COVID-19 crisis). While some urgent court hearings are proceeding virtually and some courts are taking steps to expand the availability...

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April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically, if temporarily, changed the way that Canadians live, work, save, shop and play. Physical (social) distancing and the associated measures that come with it have changed a reasonably favourable business environment into a world where only essential/priority services remain open to the public, and most people are restricted to working...

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April 3, 2020

Courts across Canada have limited their operations, and access to the court system, in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of court users and staff. Filing deadlines (and, in two provinces, limitation periods) have also been suspended or modified. This bulletin provides an overview of changes to...

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April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted tax-related measures and announcements from the Government of Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Tax Court of Canada (Tax Court) on an unprecedented scale, including economic relief for businesses and individuals, deferrals of due dates for certain upcoming tax filing and payment obligations, and the temporary suspension of...

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April 2, 2020

On March 30, 2020 and April 1, 2020, the federal government announced the details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for employers. While the CEWS remains subject to parliamentary approval, the key details as proposed are summarized below (for details on tax issues related to the CEWS, read our bulletin here). Further information relating...

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March 31, 2020

On March 13, the Government of Québec declared a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 infections have spread worldwide and across Canada. The Canadian federal government and the government of every Canadian province have now declared COVID-19 to be a public health emergency. The emergency measures ordered by...

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March 31, 2020

On March 13 and March 23, we wrote about some of the key issues facing employers in light of COVID-19. Since then, the situation has escalated and continues to evolve in real time, with a myriad of new issues for employers to consider. This Québec-focused update contains information on the obligations of Québec employers under...

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March 24, 2020

As the coronavirus crisis deepens in Canada, the regulatory and business landscape continues to rapidly change. The provinces of Ontario and Québec have now ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in those provinces. Companies have only a day’s notice to determine whether they qualify as an essential service and assess the implications of...

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March 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic raises critical and unprecedented issues for all organizations. How an enterprise responds to these challenges will influence how it fares through the crisis and its positioning for recovery afterwards. We believe that the issues below warrant special attention by senior management and directors. Torys has prepared, or will be subsequently issuing, detailed...

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March 2, 2020

Torys is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, encouraging people to take action for equality and raise awareness against bias. Giving back This year, we are partnering with two organizations—Threads and Dress For Success. Threads is a women-owned and operated small business selling...

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December 9, 2019

Montréal office Managing Partner Sylvie Rodrigue has told Droit-Inc that, if given her time again, she would change “absolutely nothing” about the strategy the firm took in building its presence from the ground up in Montréal. Droit-Inc sat down with Sylvie to discuss Torys’ six years in Montréal, what it took to get there and...

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December 9, 2019

By Sylvie Rodrigue, Ad. E. On November 29, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal, 2019 SCC 59 and unanimously ruled in favour of Bela Kosoian, overturning the decisions of the Québec courts below and ordering the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) (the...

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December 3, 2019

By Torys’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice On November 29, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), as intervener, won a major victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case of Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal. Torys represented the CCLA in its intervention with a team comprised of Sylvie Rodrigue, Marie-Ève Gingras and...

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November 20, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that two of our leaders at Torys, partners Cheryl Reicin and Sylvie Rodrigue, have been named winners of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. This year, Cheryl has been given the honor of joining the WXN Hall of Fame, and Sylvie’s win falls...

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October 16, 2019

Matt Cockburn has been elected by the firm’s partnership to succeed Les Viner as Managing Partner effective April 1, 2020. “We are thrilled that Matt has agreed to take on this new role at the firm,” said Les. “Matt has always exemplified and role modeled the very finest of the attributes to which we aspire...

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September 26, 2019

Torys is pleased to announce that Guillaume Lavoie is joining the firm’s Montréal office as a partner. Guillaume is recognized as a leader in M&A, private equity and venture capital in Canada. His recognitions include being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers (Canadian Lawyer, young influencer category). “I am thrilled to join...

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May 22, 2019

By Geneviève Bertrand | Thomas H. Yeo | Emma Loignon-Giroux A new procurement complaints process overseen by the Autorité des marchés publics (Autorité) will enter into force on May 25. This process will allow for the consolidated and uniform treatment of bid protests arising in the course of public sector procurements in Québec. What you...

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March 6, 2019

This week, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a grassroots movement that grew out of the women’s movement in the early 1900s for voting rights and better pay. Over a century later, this global event has become a worldwide phenomenon celebrating and honoring women while calling for gender equality. The 2019 campaign for International Women’s...

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July 20, 2018

Partner Sylvie Rodrigue and senior associate Marie-Ève Gingras have written a piece called "The Overcompensation Scheme in Québec Consumer Protection Class Actions" in a publication by the International Bar Association. The article discusses the history and reasoning behind Québec's generous class action and consumer protection regimes, and how this has arguably leveled out the economical...

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July 17, 2018

By Teresa A. Reguly | Geneviève Bertrand The Québec government's draft Regulation1 under the Act respecting prescription drug insurance (Act), concerning exceptions to the general prohibition on a manufacturer covering some or all of the costs of a drug for a patient, was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on July 4.2 What You...

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April 12, 2018

Québec legal publication Le Monde Juridique has spoken about Torys’ Montréal office as it celebrates its fifth anniversary in April. In its most recent edition, the French publication ran a story that spoke of the office’s rise from humble beginnings, all built on a culture of people, rather than profit. The article touches on the...

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April 3, 2018

Today we come together to happily celebrate five years since the opening of our Montréal office. What started in 2013 as a small (yet powerful) team made of partner Sylvie Rodrigue and one associate has now grown into a powerhouse group made of three partners, seven associates and incoming law students. The office specializes in...

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March 6, 2018

Torys proudly celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8. International Women's Day means different things to different people. For some, it is a time to reflect on progress made, for others it is an opportunity to honour important women in their lives and for many it is a call to action. Here at Torys, we...

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March 5, 2018

By Sylvie Rodrigue, Ad. E. | Marie-Ève Gingras The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) adopted the new Canadian Judicial Protocol for the Management of MultiJurisdictional Class Actions and the Provision of Class Action Notice (2018 Judicial Protocol) as best practices at its annual meeting on February 15 and the Class action division, Montréal division, is in...

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March 2, 2018

By Molly Reynolds | Eve-Lyne Morin New regulations approved by the Québec government which outline the installation and use of surveillance mechanism in long-term care facilities will come into effect on March 7. The regulation is a part of the adoption of Bill 115, An Act to Combat Maltreatment of Seniors and Other Persons of...

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January 31, 2018

This session will provide an analysis of decisions from significant cases decided in 2017, which have important implications for in-house legal counsel. When: February 14, 2018 Where: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Notre-Dame Room Time: 12:00-12:15 p.m. Lunch 12:15-1:30 p.m. Seminar Panelists: Sylvie Rodrigue Ad. E., Christopher Richter, Matthew Angelus, Eve-Lyne Morin. To...

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September 26, 2017

On September 16 and 17 the Torys Montréal office’s dragon boat team rowed their way to winning the women’s premier division of the Dragon Boat Québec Cup held at the Parc Jean-Drapeau. Their successes included taking first place in the 500m and the 2000m races, in addition to achieving third place in the 200m race....

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September 18, 2017

We are thrilled to announce Torys partner Sylvie Rodrigue has been named the Legal Media Guide’s (LMG) Life Sciences Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year. The LMG Life Sciences directory recognizes the top firms and lawyers practicing in all areas within Life Sciences. Leading firms and lawyers are nominated for the awards following interviews...

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July 14, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Christopher Richter who will be joining Torys as a partner in our growing Montréal office. Chris has decades of experience in corporate, commercial, and civil litigation and is exceptionally well respected in the Québec and Canadian legal communities. He is a member of the Bars of Québec, Ontario and British...

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May 29, 2017

On May 19, members of the firm participated in the Association du jeune Montréal annual fundraising event for Dans la rue and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 500 persons took part in the event, raising more than $105,000 to help young people at risk of homelessness, both in Montréal and abroad. Torys was...

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March 8, 2017

On March 8, women and men across the world come together to bring attention to gender inequality, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. We proudly acknowledge International Women’s Day. Torys honours the...

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January 24, 2017

On December 6, 2016 the Québec National Assembly passed Bill 92, "An Act to extend the powers of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, regulate commercial practices relating to prescription drugs and protect access to voluntary termination of pregnancy services." In order to better oversee the various areas under the Régie de l’Assurance Maladie...

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December 5, 2016

The Québec Court of Appeal rules on the test applicable to the right of appeal from a judgment authorizing a class action By Sylvie Rodrigue and Marie-Ève Gingras When the Act respecting the class action was adopted in 1978,1 both plaintiff and defendant could appeal, as of right, from a judgment on an application for...

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November 29, 2016

By Michelle Nelles, Kevin Tuohy, Geneviève Bertrand and Manpreet Singh In another step towards implementing French language signage rules, the Government of Québec has announced that modifications to the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business of the Charter of the French Language (the Regulation) which have been in effect since November 24, 2016.1...

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November 23, 2016

Québec Court of Appeal’s recent case law reinforces the Supreme Court of Canada’s liberal interpretation of authorization criteria By Sylvie Rodrigue and Marie-Ève Gingras In 2016, the Québec Court of Appeal has allowed no less than five appeals from judgments that refused to authorize class actions. In Charles v. Boiron Canada inc.,1 Sibiga v. Fido...

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November 23, 2016

We are delighted to report that two of Torys’ top leaders have joined the ranks of Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. Partners Cheryl Reicin and Sylvie Rodrigue will be honoured at a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24. Cheryl and Sylvie join...

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October 13, 2016

Two new changes to Québec’s Code of Civil Procedure will influence important aspects of how class actions are conducted in the province. Partner and class actions expert Sylvie Rodrigue provides her insight into the changing dynamics of the class actions arena for Les Affaires. Below is an excerpt of the article, translated into English: “In...

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April 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Torys’ Montréal office celebrates its third anniversary in April 2016. Led by Partner Sylvie Rodrigue, Torys Montréal has established a full-service litigation practice with particular strength in class action litigation. The Montréal office is seamlessly supported by our national litigation team and benefits from Torys’ wide-ranging expertise. To read...

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April 4, 2016

Torys' Joanna Lozowik, litigation associate in Torys’ Montreal office, is featured in a Droit Inc. article spotlighting her recent move to Torys. Joanna, whose four-year-old practice has focused on a range of litigation matters, describes the move to Torys as a means to develop a greater focus on class action litigation: "It is indeed a...

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June 2, 2015

Torys is pleased to announce that partner Sylvie Rodrigue, Ad. E., was honoured yesterday at the Great Evening of Law event, held by Premières en Affaires where their special legal magazine issue was launched. Sylvie was among eight women lawyers recognized as the ‘most influential key players’ in the legal market (“Incontournables du Droit”). Premières...

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June 1, 2015

We are pleased to welcome William (Bill) McNamara to the firm as a partner. Bill’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with emphasis on the defence of product liability and competition law class actions, infrastructure/construction claims, banking law and corporate disputes. He is a member of the Bars of Ontario, Québec and...

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May 13, 2015

Torys represented DPTS Marketing (DPTS) and Dakota Petroleum Transport Solutions (Dakota) with a team that included Sylvie Rodrigue, Geneviève Bertrand and Marie-Ève Gingras. On May 8, 2015, Justice Martin Bureau authorized the petitioners to institute a class action against some respondents but refused such authorization against DPTS and Dakota. Justice Bureau concluded that the facts...

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May 12, 2015

With the Royal Assent of Quebec Bill 28, the Minister of Health and Social Services (the Minister) can now enter into product listing agreements (PLAs) with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers. Bill 28 was an omnibus bill tabled at the Quebec National Assembly last November, with the overall goal of balancing the Quebec budget.1 The provisions related...

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April 27, 2015

On April 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Theratechnologies Inc. v. 121851 Canada inc., confirming that the "reasonable possibility" test provided for under section 225.4 of the Quebec Securities Act for authorization to commence an action under the new Quebec statutory secondary market liability regime and the leave test in...

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February 24, 2015

On February 5, 2015, the Québec Court of Appeal (QCA) rendered its decision in Lévesque v. Vidéotron, s.e.n.c., concluding that the level of competence that a proposed representative must demonstrate to prove that he or she is in a position to represent the members of the proposed class adequately is minimal, and that the amount...

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September 23, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte and its companion cases, Marcotte v. Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec and Amex Bank of Canada v. Adams. It held that: (1) certain provincial consumer protection legislation imposing fee disclosure requirements on credit card issuers, and remedies for their...

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September 18, 2014

Torys is delighted to announce that partner Sylvie Rodrigue, was honoured yesterday during a special award ceremony with the distinction of “Ad. E.” (Advocatus Emeritus) by the Québec Bar. This award is presented to members of the Bar who gain distinction as a result of their outstanding legal career, remarkable contributions to the profession, or...

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July 30, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada’s late-2013 set of decisions in the direct/ in-direct purchaser trilogy1 and in AIC Limited v. Fischer2 continues to emphasize that the bar to certifying a class proceeding in Canada, including in Quebec, is a low one. However, it remains the case that for an action to be certified as a...

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June 30, 2014

Sylvie Rodrigue a été choisie afin de recevoir la distinction « Ad.E. » Barreau du Québec [available in French only] « Montréal, le 30 juin 2014 - Le Barreau du Québec annonce les noms des avocates et des avocats qui reçoivent cette année la distinction Avocat émérite (Ad. E.). La cérémonie officielle d’attribution de la...

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June 30, 2014

Torys is pleased to announce that partner Sylvie Rodrigue, has been chosen to receive the distinction of “Ad. E.” (Advocatus Emeritus) by the Quebec Bar. This award is presented to members of the Bar who gain distinction as a result of their outstanding legal career, remarkable contributions to the profession, or who has dedicated his...

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January 24, 2014

On January 16, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Vivendi Canada Inc. v. Dell’Aniello, concluding that the commonality requirement in Quebec civil procedure for the authorization of a class action is broader and more flexible than it is in the common law provinces. In a unanimous decision, the SCC ruled...

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December 19, 2013

The February 2013 announcement that Torys would open a new office in Montreal made Droit-Inc.’s list of top events that shaped the legal market in Quebec in 2013. Read the full article here (in French only): Revue juridique de l'année 2013.

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November 5, 2013

On October 31, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released three long-awaited decisions that will have a significant impact on Canadian class actions going forward. The cases (Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation, Sun-Rype v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, and Infineon Technologies AG v. Option consommateurs) address several important issues relevant to competition-related claims and...

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October 29, 2013

On September 4 and 5, 2013, the Québec Superior Court dismissed no less than three motions for authorization to institute a class action, namely in Jasmin v. Société des alcools du Québec, Mouaikel v. Facebook and Bélair v. Bayer Inc. In Jasmin, the Court found that flawed legal syllogism, lack of knowledge of the file...

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August 6, 2013

The Quebec Court of Appeal rendered its decision in Theratechnologies Inc. v. 121851 Canada Inc. on July 17, 2013. This is the Court of Appeal’s first ruling on Quebec’s secondary market liability regime since the adoption of those provisions in the Quebec Securities Act (“s. 225.4 of the QSA”) in 2007. The Court of Appeal...

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April 26, 2013

On April 25, Torys threw a celebration in honour of our new Montréal office; the happy occasion was featured in this article in Legal Feeds, the blog of Canadian Lawyer & Law Times. Below is an excerpt of their coverage of the festivities. Torys put on the ritz yesterday evening to formally celebrate the opening...

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April 25, 2013

With our Montréal office approaching its first month of operation, a recent Montréal Gazette story has profiled both the new office and Torys’ Montréal partner Sylvie Rodrigue, calling her “an accomplished class-action and product-liability lawyer” and “a rarity in the legal profession in Canada” – a lawyer who is truly active in both civil and...

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April 3, 2013

[translation] As reported on February 15 by Droit-inc.com, the new Torys Montréal office is in hiring mode ... and has just finalized recruiting two new, young and talented lawyers. Starting April 15 Antoine Brylowski and Geneviève Bertrand will open the Torys Montréal office at Place Ville-Marie. The two lawyers will practice in litigation. Mr. Brylowski...

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March 1, 2013

Businesses in Canada are understandably nervous about the proliferation of class actions. No less than 123 class actions were filed across the country last year, up from 106 in 2011 and nearly four times as many as 2006, according to the Canadian Bar Association’s National Class Action Database. Over the past few years, class action...

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February 19, 2013

Torys has hired competition litigation specialist Sylvie Rodrigue as lead partner to open the firm’s new office in Montreal. "The opportunity presented to me by Torys was very much in line with my class action practice," Rodrigue tells GCR. "Torys has a fantastic platform and a great team." Linda Plumpton, competition litigation partner at Torys...

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February 14, 2013

The growing number of class-action lawsuits against corporations filed in Quebec and elsewhere across the country is behind Torys LLP’s latest surprising move: the hiring of respected litigator Sylvie Rodrigue, and the opening of a small, litigation-focused office in Montreal. "We realized that we were doing a lot of national litigation, and that we could...

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February 13, 2013

Torys LLP is pleased to announce that Sylvie Rodrigue is joining the firm as partner, effective immediately. Ms. Rodrigue is recognized as a leading lawyer in class action litigation in Canada. She is the founder and past Chair of the Class Action Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Chair of the National Task Force on...

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