What is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your professional and ethical obligations?

Many professionals in Quebec are wondering what impact the ongoing COVID-19 crisis may have on their professional and ethical obligations. Fortunately for the public, the pandemic has not relaxed the ethical obligations of professionals who are members of an order governed by the Professional Code1 or members of a self-regulating professional body. Generally speaking, all professionals, regardless […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Is it possible to seek legal recourse under a pseudonym?

This article is a modified version of a commentary originally published by Éditions Yvon Blais in July 2020 (EYB2020BRH2319). When parties bring a civil suit to court, not only are their identities made public, but aspects of their private lives are sometimes laid bare. However, there are some circumstances that warrant an exception to the open […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

COVID-19 in Israel – Legal disputes over the Second wave

Israel – with a population of 9 million – has reported 99,599 coronavirus cases and 795 deaths. Businesses have been reopening subject to health regulations and policies, schools and universities are planned to open under restrictions after the summer vacation, and culture events will reopen soon. Yet, the second wave consequences and rapid increase of reported […]

Gilad BermanFounding Partner, Gilad Berman Law Firm & Notary

The Administrative Tribunal of Québec reconfirms the principles governing reimbursement of legal expenses

It has long been established that a party subject to expropriation is not entitled to the reimbursement of legal fees as damages caused by the expropriation. However, there are two exceptions to this rule: (1) where there has been bad faith or abuse of process by the expropriating party; and (2) where expropriation proceedings have […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

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.1 Specifically, Justice Karakatsanis found that the purpose of the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act is to ensure that individuals’ genetic test […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

The Coronavirus Charter of Commitment: have you signed?

Over 890 employers and employees in Quebec have already signed the Charter of Commitment to Combat Coronavirus in the Workplace (the Charter). The Charter was published on the initiative of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), following consultations with major union and employer representatives.  The primary purpose of the Charter […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Federally regulated employers, be prepared: new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations due to take effect in a few months

Introduction In the wake of recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code1 to address harassment and violence in the workplace,2 the draft Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations (the “Regulations”) have been of particular interest to federally regulated employers due to the magnitude of the changes being introduced. We have been waiting to hear the precise date when the new […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

New investment opportunities for French and other foreign investors in Quebec

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 […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

The Superior Court weighs in on COVID-19 and force majeure

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.  The decision  In Hengyun International Investment Commerce Inc. v. 9368-7614 Québec Inc.,1 the Court […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

STUDIO | LEGALE joins IR as the exclusive Insurance Law Member in Belgium

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Lieselotte Vrints of STUDIO | LEGALE. Lieselotte has joined IR as our exclusive Insurance Law member in Belgium. STUDIO|LEGALE is a young (°2009) and dynamic law firm with a single objective: to assist you quickly and pragmatically in your legal matters.We […]

Lieselotte VrintsPartner, STUDIO | LEGALE

Privacy protection in Quebec: an overview of amendments to the law governing the private sector

On June 12, the Quebec government introduced bill 164, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information (“the Bill”), first announced nearly a year ago. Once adopted, the Bill will result in significant changes to various laws in order to modernize the regulatory framework for the protection of personal data in Quebec.  […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP