Belleau Lapointe’s 2019 new faces
Belleau Lapointe is proud to have welcomed, since the beginning of 2019, two new lawyers in class action and civil and commercial litigation, Mélissa Bazin and Emilie Kokmanian.
Mélissa Bazin joined the Belleau Lapointe team in 2019. Practicing in civil and commercial litigation, as well as in class actions, she has developed particular expertise in construction law, professional and civil liability and real estate law. Before joining the team, Mélissa practiced civil and commercial litigation at a major regional firm and completed her articling in a national firm.
Emilie Kokmanian also joined the team in 2019. Member of the Québec bar since 2012 and of the New York bar since 2015, she has experience in civil and commercial litigation, maritime law and class actions. Prior to joining the firm, Emilie represented investors in several securities class actions, notably in matters of inside trading and misrepresentations in filings before various forums. Emile also completed the securities training offered by the Canadian Securities Institute.
Celebrating this year the firm’s 18th anniversary, Belleau Lapointe continues to develop and aspire to maintain its reputation based on the excellence of its lawyers, experienced litigators who defend the interests of their clients both in the court room and around the negotiation table.
Belleau Lapointe Makes Its Debut in the Prestigious Chambers Canada 2019 Guide
Belleau Lapointe stands out again as the firm makes its debut in the prestigious Chambers Canada Guide, one of the most recognized guides in the legal industry. Also, our partners Daniel Belleau and Maxime Nasr are again named in the 2019 edition of the Guide.
Indeed, Belleau Lapointe is named as a Highly Recommended firm in the Class Actions (Plaintiff) category, at the national level. The quality of the firm’s work is emphasized when defending consumers’ rights in the context of class actions of national scope.
Daniel Belleau and Maxime Nasr are now appointed as Recognized Practitioners in the same category. Daniel’s leadership and negotiating skills, as well as Maxime’s energy and vigor in the Courtroom, are highlighted.
Chambers’ observations about the Firm, Daniel and Maxime can be read here.
This recognition by their industry peers is an addition to the ones from Best Lawyers, Benchmark Canada and Lexpert that the firm and the members of its team have continued to receive for several years.
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2019: Our Lawyers Recognized by their Peers
Once again this year, we are proud to announce that our partners, Benoît Lapointe, Daniel Belleau and Maxime Nasr, as well as the Belleau Lapointe firm, stand out for the excellence of their work and are recognized by their peers in The Best LawyersTM in Canada 2019 repertoire.
Benoît distinguishes himself both in the Corporate and Commercial Litigation category and the Class Action Litigation category. Daniel and Maxime Nasr are recognized by their peers for the quality of their work in the Class Action Litigation category.
A special mention for Daniel and Benoît, who are recognized by their peers for the tenth consecutive year!
Volkswagen Class Action: Starting of the Claims Period for the 3.0L Diesel Vehicles
The Volkswagen Class Action is entering a new significant step for Québec drivers. The Courts have recently approved the Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche 3.0L Diesel Emissions Settlement in Canada. The settlement provides benefits for approximately 20,000 affected 3.0L diesel vehicles.
The Belleau Lapointe team, acting as Option consommateurs’ attorneys in the class action against Volkswagen and Audi, is proud of the accomplished work in this case.
Starting today, Canadian and U.S. settlement class members with affected 3.0L diesel vehicles that were first sold or leased in Canada may submit claims online at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca. Claimants may also call the Canadian Settlement Claims Centre at 1-888-670-4773 if they have questions.
Claimants have until May 31, 2019 to submit a claim.
The vehicles affected by the Settlement are the following :
|Generation One Vehicles|
|VW Touareg, 2009-2012|
|Audi Q7, 2009-2012|
|Generation Two Vehicles|
|VW Touareg, 2013-2016|
|Audi A6, 2014-2016|
|Audi A7, 2014-2016|
|Audi A8/A8L, 2014-2016|
|Audi Q5, 2014-2016|
|Audi Q7, 2013-2015|
|Porsche Cayenne, 2013-2016|
The entire agreement and a summary of its provisions are available at www.vwcanadasettlement.ca/en/.
Samsung and Kenmore Washers: Important Milestone for Quebec Consumers
Belleau Lapointe and Option consommateurs are marking a milestone to defend the interests of the owners of certain models of Samsung and Kenmore top load washers purchased in Quebec. In fact, the Superior Court of Québec recently authorized a class action for anyone who purchased in Quebec one of the following Samsung or Kenmore models of top-load washers manufactured between March 1, 2011 and October 31, 2016:
WA5471ABP/XAA, WA5451ANW/XAA, WA5451ANP/XAA, WA422PRHDWR/AA, WA456DRHDSU/AA, WA456DRHDWR/AA, WA50F9A8DSP/A2, WA45H7200AP/A2, WA45H7200AW/A2, WA45H7000AW/A2, WA40J3000AW/A2, WA48J7770AW/A2, WA52J8700AP/A2, WA56H9000AP/A2, 592-29212, 592-29222, 592-29227 et 592-29336.
The class action alleges that Defendants Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Canada inc. and Sears Canada inc. produced, marketed and sold defective top-load washers that may explode, causing damages to persons and property nearby. Given the order to stay the proceedings obtained by Sears under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, the proceedings against Sears Canada are stayed, but the class action is ongoing against the defendants Samsung.
You can register online at http://recourscollectif.info/en/cases/laveusesamsung/.
Daniel Belleau and Maxime Nasr recognized one more time as Litigation Stars by Benchmark Canada
Belleau Lapointe is still standing out, as two of the firm partners are recognized by their peers for their outstanding work and expertise in litigation in the most recent edition of The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Benchmark Canada named Daniel Belleau once again as a Litigation Star in the class action and the general commercial categories. As for Maxime Nasr, he is once again named Litigation Star for class actions.
Daniel Belleau has been part of the guide since its inaugural year in 2012 and Maxime Nasr has been named since 2015. Congratulations to Daniel and Maxime!
You can read the Benchmark Canada ranking online.
La transition d’entreprise : Isabelle Lafont informe la relève d’affaires de l’AQDFL
In French only
Notre associée Isabelle Lafont donnait cet après-midi une formation auprès de la relève d’affaires de l’Association québécoise de la distribution des fruits et légumes (AQDFL). Avec pour thème « La relève : ce que vous voulez savoir », elle a abordé avec ces aspirants chefs d’entreprise les sujets clés devant les préparer à jouer un nouveau rôle au sein de leur entreprise. La présentation visait à exposer les enjeux auxquels ils doivent être alertes et à leur donner des outils afin de favoriser la prise de la relève, tout en évitant les conflits.
Belleau Lapointe, Main Sponsor of the Option consommateurs 2018 Fundraising Evening
Belleau Lapointe is proud to have partnered with Option consommateurs as the main sponsor of its 2018 Fundraising Evening. This major event organized under the theme Un chef à l’érable (A Maple-Flavoured Chef) took the guests away to an urban sugar shack within the folklore of Québec’s gastronomic traditions.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Option consommateurs took this opportunity to recognize the contribution of two influential people active in the field of access to justice and of the defense of consumers’ rights. Jacques St Amant, one of the 12 cofounders of Option consommateurs, received the Protection des consommateurs award. Fellow at the UQÀM Department of Legal Sciences, he has distinguished himself by his many research projects in consumer law, and particularly those regarding financial services and personal information protection. He also played a great advisory role with many consumer associations and government institutions.
Our colleague Daniel Belleau had the honor of presenting the Accès à la justice award to Pierre Noreau, professor at the Centre de recherche en droit public of the Université de Montréal, for his engagement in the community and his role in creating and managing a major research consortium on the access to law and justice. Congratulations to all.
Belleau Lapointe is happy to be a partner of this great evening and to support Option consommateurs in defending consumers’ rights.
Volkswagen Class Action: Belleau Lapointe Is Proud of the Agreement Involving the 3.0L Diesel Vehicles
Belleau Lapointe, acting as Option consommateurs’ counsel in the class action against Volkswagen, is proud of the agreement reached in the 3.0L diesel vehicles lawsuit. Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel have reached a settlement agreement on January 9, 2018, worth up to CAD $290.5 million.
The nationwide agreement, which provides benefits for approximately 20,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0L diesel vehicles, is still subject to court approval.
Notices summarizing the terms of the proposed 3.0L settlement are being published today online (http://bit.ly/2DHnKSR) and in newspapers, and are being sent to potential Settlement Class Members.
In short, the agreement provides for:
- Cash payments to owners and lessees of affected model year 2013-2016 vehicles who receive the recall for an emissions repair to bring their vehicle into full compliance with originally certified emissions standards.
- Cash payments are also available to owners and lessees of affected model year 2009-2012 vehicles, as well as additional options that include buyback, trade-in, early lease termination. Also, a modification to reduce emissions could be available if approved by the U.S. EPA and if made available by a recall in Canada.
Current and former owners and lessees who wish to make a claim for benefits under the 3.0L settlement do not need to take any action at this time. The period to submit a claim will not begin until after the proposed settlement receives approval by the Courts.
The entire agreement and a summary of its provisions are available at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca/en/.
For more information about the settlement, visit: www.recourscollectif.info/volkswagen-3litres.
Belleau Lapointe : un incontournable de la défense des droits des consommateurs
In French only
Belleau Lapointe est fier de l’année 2017. Trois des plus importantes actions collectives au Québec ont été menées par les avocats du cabinet : Volkswagen, Mousse de polyuréthane flexible et Meubles Léon. Comme le mentionnait Le Journal de Montréal dans son article récemment paru, il s’agit d’une année historique pour les Québécois.
« Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir défendu les droits des consommateurs québécois, explique Maxime Nasr, avocat associé chez Belleau Lapointe. Ils sont au cœur de notre mission. C’est ce qui nous pousse, en tant qu’équipe, à redoubler d’efforts. Dans chaque dossier, nous travaillons toujours avec excellence afin d’aller chercher le meilleur résultat possible pour les consommateurs. »
Rappel des faits saillants pour ces trois grandes actions collectives qui ont touché un grand nombre de Québécois :
Volkswagen est le plus gros règlement en matière de consommation jamais survenu dans l’histoire des actions collectives au Canada.
Le règlement est évalué à 2,1 milliards de dollars.
Rappelons que les tribunaux du Québec et de l’Ontario ont approuvé en avril 2017 l’entente de règlement visant à régler, au Canada, les réclamations des clients concernant l’affaire des émissions des véhicules diesel 2,0 L qui touche environ 105 000 véhicules.
Mousse de polyuréthane flexible
- Les Québécois qui ont acheté des meubles, des matelas et des sous-tapis faits en mousse de polyuréthane flexible fabriquée au Canada de 1999 à 2012 ont droit à un remboursement minimal de 20 $ dans le cadre d’un règlement à l’amiable intervenu à la suite d’actions collectives.
- Les fabricants de mousse de polyuréthane flexible ont accepté de verser 38 millions de dollars. Ils étaient soupçonnés d’avoir fixé les prix pour les gonfler.
- Il s’agit d’un des plus importants règlements d’une action collective concernant la fixation des prix au Canada.
- La Cour supérieure du Québec a condamné Meubles Léon à payer près de 2,4 millions de dollars à quelque 7360 consommateurs floués en raison de sa publicité trompeuse. Le jugement a été porté en appel.
- Rappelons que l’action collective avait été intentée par Option consommateurs en novembre 2009, au sujet des frais annuels de 21 $ facturés aux consommateurs dans le cadre de la campagne de publicité « achetez maintenant, payez plus tard ». Option consommateurs estimait que Meubles Léon avait donné des informations trompeuses lors de la promotion de son programme de financement.