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Disputes.
Our firm acts regularly in large, complex and high-stakes litigation or arbitration, in matters of vital importance to our clients. We are there to counsel and to  represent our clients, and to defend their interests, whether before the courts of justice or arbitration tribunals, or by way of negotiation or mediation. 

Complex commercial cases

We have represented clients in the context of highly complex and strategic disputes. Here are some recent examples:

Vidéotron, G.P. v. Bell ExpressVu, l.p.– 2015 QCCA 422 : Our clients, Vidéotron and TVA, obtained a condemnation in capital of over $82,000,000 to compensate for their losses of revenues as a consequence of Bell’s negligence to adequately control the piracy of its own satellite signals for the distribution of television services.  This award represents one of the most important condemnations awarded in Canadian judicial history.

BCE Inc. v. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, (Re), 2008 ONCA 587 : We represented Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in this dispute involving the interpretation of a $1.2 billion break-up fee (liquidated damages) clause further to the termination of the agreement contemplating the $52 billion acquisition of BCE Inc.

BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders,  [2008] 3 S.C.R. 560: We represented the purchasers Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in this historic matter where the Supreme Court of Canada approved the transaction whereby our clients were to purchase BCE Inc. for $52 billion and dismissed the contestation by certain Bell Canada bondholders. One of the central questions in dispute was the interpretation of the contracts pursuant to which the bonds were issued.

Metcalfe & Mansfield Alternative Investments II Corp., (Re), 2008 ONCA 587:  We acted in the matter of the restructuring of the Canadian market of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP), worth some $32 billion. We also challenged the restructuring plan for a one billion dollar group of noteholders, namely Air Transat, Pharmacies Jean-Coutu, Aéroports de Montréal and the Société générale de financement du Québec.

Re: Canwest Global Communications Corp., 2010 ONSC 4209: We represented Goldman Sachs in connection with its approx. $700 million claim in litigation relating to the restructuring of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and its $2 billion acquisition by Shaw Communications Inc.

Bell v. Molson, 2015 QCCA 583: Our firm stepped in at the Court of appeal level to obtain the reversal of a decision which, in first instance, had ordered the beneficiaries of a trust to reimburse approx.. $3.2 million in defence costs to the trustees who were sued for professional negligence notwithstanding the fact that the trustees were found to have been negligent and liable for damages towards the beneficiaries. This decision clarifies the law with respect to the right of trustees and other administrators of property of others to have their defence costs reimbursed when called upon to defend themselves against legal proceedings and it confirms, among other things, that the administrators of property of others canned obtain the reimbursement of their defence costs when defending their own personal interests and not the interests of the beneficiaries.

Bell Canada v. Vidéotron s.e.n.c., docket no.500-17-075017-122 of the Superior Court: We successfully defended Videotron in this case where Bell sought injunctions against our client’s advertising campaign.

Mouvement d’éducation et de défense des actionnaires et Marc Lamoureux v. Société Financière Manuvie, docket no. 200-06-000117-096 of the Superior Court: Our firm defends Manulife Financial in this class action launched by the MÉDAC in relation to Manulife’s duties of continuous disclosure.

Myette v. Commission administrative des régimes de retraite et d’assurances (CARRA), 2009 QCCS 5144 and 2010 QCCS 2797: We represented retired public servants in a claim against the body responsible for the management of their pension funds. 

Bank of Nova Scotia v. Thibault [2004] 1 S.C.R. 758 (S.C.C.):In this matter involving seizure of an RRSP, Mtre. James Woods was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court of Canada.