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Québec Superior Court Enforces Right to Collective Bargaining of State Employees[47]

Oct. 08, 2019 – The Québec Superior Court (QSC) recently struck down as unconstitutional back-to-work legislation (Bill 1271) aimed at the Québec government’s advocates and notaries. The decision, released on September 18, 2019, builds on the recent case law of the Supreme Court of Canada which declared that the…

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Top Court Expands Scope of Potential Liability in Price-Fixing Class Actions[48]

Sept. 24, 2019 – The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision in two companion appeals that have significant implications for class actions alleging conduct that contravenes the criminal provisions found in Part VI of the Competition Act (Act). In its decision in Pioneer Corporation v Godfrey…

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Québec Court of Appeal Says Current Civil Jurisdiction of the Court of Québec Is Unconstitutional[49]

Sept. 17, 2019 – A seven-member panel of the Québec Court of Appeal (QCA) recently rendered an important decision regarding the civil and administrative jurisdiction of the Court of Québec (CQ), a provincial court. The decision follows a reference submitted to the QCA by the Québec government in the wake of a legal…

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Québec Court Rules Restriction on Growing Cannabis at Home Is Unconstitutional[50]

Sept. 10, 2019 – As a result of a recent decision of the Québec Superior Court (QSC) in Murray Hall c. Procureure générale du Québec1, residents in Québec are no longer prohibited from growing or possessing cannabis plants at home for personal purposes. Under the Cannabis Regulation Act2, possessing cannabis plants…

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Québec’s Securities Tribunal Prevents Group Mach from Blocking Transat A.T./Air Canada Deal[51]

Aug. 14, 2019 – The Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities tribunal) issued a split 2–1 decision resulting in a cease trade order on an offer made by Group Mach to acquire 19.5% of Transat A.T. Inc.’s shares. Certain features of Group Mach’s mini-tender, which was designed to…

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