A New Addition to Belleau Lapointe’s Team: Sarah Holloway

Our congratulations to our new lawyer Sarah Holloway, who was sworn in on September 18. Sarah first joined Belleau Lapointe’s team as an articling student . She will be focusing her practice on class actions, as well as civil and commercial litigation. Her work experience in a reputable Montreal notary firm also leads her to take a great interest in estate litigation matters.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Sarah Holloway with Maxime Nasr, partner at Belleau Lapointe, and Carole-Anne Emond, lawyer at Belleau Lapointe, during her swearing-in ceremony.

Sarah enjoys new challenges and had the opportunity to study at Beijing University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and the Faculty of Law of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose while studying for her bachelor’s degree. She was also involved in the Legal Aid Clinic of the Université of Montreal. This will to surpass herself makes Sarah a precious asset in Belleau Lapointe’s team.

Celebrating its 18th anniversary, Belleau Lapointe continues to develop and aspires to maintain its reputation based on the excellence of its lawyers, committed litigators who defend the interests of their clients both in the court room and around the negotiation table. In fact, the skills of some of its lawyers are recognized year after year in such prestigious legal directories as Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Benchmark Litigation Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Belleau Lapointe Participates in the Most Recent Case of the Supreme Court of Canada About Class Actions

Our colleagues Maxime Nasr and Violette Leblanc argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in the court’s most recent case regarding class actions and competition law. Their intervention allowed Option Consommateur, intervener in the Pioneer Corp v. Godfrey case, to present a comparative analysis between the Québec civil law and the common law applicable in the other provinces.

In this case, the plaintiff initiated a class action against manufacturers of optical disc drives who allegedly conspired to fix prices of these electronic devices, which allegedly caused harm to the purchasers of these products.

But many legal questions were raised and needed to be answered in order to determine the plaintiff’s right to proceed with the class action. First, it was necessary to determine if the statutory causes of action enacted in the Competition Act barred common law or equitable claims. It was also necessary to clarify if the umbrella purchasers could be part of the class action. Umbrella purchasers purchased products that were included in the class action but were manufactured and supplied by a non‑defendant.

Finally, another question concerned the two-year limitation period, before which it was necessary to initiate an action. More specifically, the question was to determine if the computation of this limitation period started at the time the material acts on which the cause of action is based took place, or at the moment these material facts were discovered by the plaintiff.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the plaintiff on all three questions. Congratulations to our colleagues for this great intervention and to Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, and Siskinds, representing the plaintiff in this class action.

Belleau Lapointe recognized for a second year in the Prestigious Chambers Canada 2020 Guide

For a second year in a row, Belleau Lapointe stands out in the prestigious Chambers Canada Guide. Named in the Class Actions (Plaintiff) category, at the national level, Belleau Lapointe is recognized for its accomplished practice in class actions. The quality of the firm’s work is highlighted in the area of unfair competition, securities and product liability.

Our partners Daniel Belleau and Maxime Nasr are named again in the 2020 ranking in the same category. Daniel’s years of experience in class actions and versatility, as well as Maxime’s energy and skill in the Courtroom, are highlighted.

This recognition by their industry peers is an addition to the ones from Best Lawyers, Benchmark Canada and Lexpert that the firm and its team members have continued to receive for several years.

The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020: 4 lawyers from Belleau Lapointe recognized by their peers

For the past 18 years, Belleau Lapointe has continued to distinguish itself through its expertise and its lawyers specializing in class actions and civil and commercial litigation. This year, Belleau Lapointe is proud to announce that four of these lawyers, Benoît Lapointe, Daniel Belleau, Maxime Nasr and Jean-Philippe Lincourt, as well as the firm, stand out for the excellency of their work and are recognized by their peers in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020 repertoire.

Indeed, all four were nominated in the “Class Action Litigation” category for the quality of their work. Benoît Lapointe was also recognized in the “Corporate and Commercial Litigation” category for his exceptional skills.

The entire team is proud to count on experts like them to lead the firm even further. Congratulations!

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 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 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.

Maxime Nasr and Daniel Belleau.

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.