Québec’s French Language Requirements Still in Force for Business Publications (Including Websites)

By Vinay Desai     LawyerBorden Ladner Gervais S.E.N.C.R.L.,S.R.L. TheQuébec Charter of the French Language(the “French Charter”) received aconstitutional win following the recent decision in 156158 Canada inc. v. AttorneyGeneral of Québec, 2017 QCCA 2055, where the Québec Court of Appeal upheldthe validity of several provisions relating to product packaging, publications(including websites), posters and commercial advertising. Background Elevenbusinesses in Montreal operated or controlled by individuals whose primarylanguage is English were fined for: (i)having product packaging solely in English contrary to s. 51 of the FrenchCharter; (ii)having websites solely in English contrary to s. 52 of the French Charter; or (iii)advertising solely in English or where the French text was not markedlypredominant contrary to s. 58 of the French Charter. Thetrial judge found all businesses guilty and the Superior Court of Québec aswell as the Court of Appeal (the “Court”)upheld the judgement. Court of Appeal Decision Theissue on appeal before the Court… Lire la suite

Cancellation fees of wireless telephone contracts : class action lawsuit

By Vinay DesaiLawyerLapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. In January 2011, the Quebec Superior Court(the “Superior Court”) authorizedthe plaintiff, Mr. Denis Gagnon (the “Representative”)to commence a class action lawsuit against Bell Moblité Inc. (“Bell”) concerning cancellation feescontained in wireless telephone contracts entered into between January 1st,2007 and June 30, 2010 with Bell.  The Representative argued that the anticipatorycancellation fees were illegal and contravened articles 2125 and 2129 of the Civil Code of Quebec (the “CCQ”) as well as article 8 of the Consumer Protection Act (the “CPA”). The members of the class shared thefollowing:–       they entered into a fixed-term contractwith Bell;–       they then received a discount on thepurchase price of a mobile telephone;–       they resiliated their contracts prior tothe expiration of the contracts; and–       they therefore paid the amounts providedfor in the “Cancellation Fees” clause. The Cancellation Fee clause stipulatedthat the cancellation fee would be the higher of (i) $100 or (ii) $20 per monthremaining on… Lire la suite

Quebec Court refers Bieber to arbitration

By Vinay DesaiLawyerLapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. The successful pop star, Justin Bieber, was sued for $650,000in the Superior Court of Quebec (the “Court”)by a Montreal event promoter (9302-7654Quebec Inc. (Team Productions) c. Bieber,2017 QCCS 1100). The plaintiff, a company carrying on business as TeamProductions, organized and promoted a birthday event at the Beach Club inMontreal for Kylie Jenner, a prominent socialite. Justin Bieber was scheduledto appear at the event, Jenner’s 18th birthday, for a fee of $425,075USD (of which his agent kept $75,075). However, leading up to the event, the plaintiffbelieved that Bieber wasn’t sufficiently fulfilling his obligations topublicize the event on social media and requested a discount in the second oftwo payments due. Despite negotiations, the matter was not resolved and Bieberunilaterally cancelled his appearance. On the morning of the scheduled event,August 22, 2015, Bieber tweeted to an estimated 80 million + followers: The plaintiff considered the tweet to… Lire la suite

Nouvelles exigences pour l’affichage public au Québec

Par Me Vinay Desai,  Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. Le débat concernant l’utilisation de la langue française comme langue d’affichage commercial au Québec s’est intensifié à la suite de l’introduction d’un projet de règlement proposant la modification de la Charte de la langue française (la « Charte »). Les amendements obligeraient les entreprises qui utilisent des marques de commerce anglaises dans leur affichage public au Québec à y inclure une description française ou une autre « présence suffisante du français. » Historique  La Charte actuelle, ainsi que le Règlement sur la langue du commerce et des affaires (le « Règlement »), stipulent que les enseignes et les affiches publiques, de même que la publicité commerciale, doivent être rédigés soit uniquement en français soit en français et dans une autre langue, pourvu que, dans ce dernier cas, le français y figure de façon nettement prédominante. Le Règlement prévoit cependant une exception… Lire la suite