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Litigation and dispute resolution

FicheTechnique-DirectivesTemoignage-ENWhether you require help with litigation prevention strategies, dispute resolution or representation before the courts, at De Grandpré Chait, our lawyers focus on listening, providing sound advice and achieving a satisfactory outcome. Throughout the process, our litigators work collaboratively with you, delivering high-quality service while keeping in mind budget and time constraints.

Our litigators represent clients before all levels of courts in Québec, as well as administrative bodies, including the Tribunal administratif du Québec, regulatory bodies such as the Autorité des marchés financiers and the Régie de l’énergie, as well as professional disciplinary bodies. We handle important cases involving the review, revocation and appeal of decisions from these administrative bodies, and regularly act in matters regarding injunctions.

Where appropriate and to better serve your interests, we will discuss with you the possibility of implementing alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and settlement conferences, which in many cases can lead to speedier settlements and considerably reduced costs. Other matters will be better served by resorting to a hearing before an arbitration tribunal, resulting in shorter delays than the hearings taking place before common law tribunals.

Commercial litigation

Even the best of intentions, commitments and contracts cannot prevent a business relationship from deteriorating and leading to a dispute. In the event of a conflict resulting from the breakdown of a business relationship, the interpretation of contracts, contract compliance, manufacturer’s liability, debt collection or the protection of your intellectual property rights, our litigators combine experience and creativity to help you resolve the dispute as advantageously as possible.

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Shareholder disputes and directors’ and officers' liability

The protection of shareholder rights and directors' and officers’ liability are part of the day-to-day reality for any corporation doing business in Canada. Our firm’s experience in such matters dates back to 2004 with the first case in which a Québec court recognized that misconduct by a shareholder could lead to the forced redemption of his shares, based on the court's power to oversee legal persons incorporated in Québec. Our services have also been retained to act in rectification actions and oppression remedies. The adoption in 2011 of the new Québec Business Corporations Act finally makes a range of recourses and remedies available to people harmed by a corporation’s actions to rectify abuses against them.

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Professional law and disciplinary complaints

All professionals could b subject to a claim regarding their professional liability or being investigated by the syndic of their professional order, potentially leading to a disciplinary complaint. We can help you effectively deal with this early on in the process, which can be very trying. Our experience enables us to assist you throughout such an ordeal and provides all the necessary support under the circumstances, from the moment the demand letter is received, to the syndic's investigation, the liability claim and the disciplinary complaint. Our expertise covers the following:

  • Representing professionals with respect to investigations by syndics and before disciplinary councils following the issuance of a complaint, as well as before appeal tribunals
  • Negotiating settlement through mediation in the course of the investigation of syndics, to try avoiding the issuance of disciplinary complaints by the disciplinary council
  • Representing many categories of professionals and professional liability insurers in cases involving professional liability
  • Representing professional orders and professionals in the course of civil and statutory matters

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Class actions

Since the amendments made to the Code of Civil Procedure in 1978, the number of class actions has dramatically increased, both in the volume of claims made annually and the extent of the economic and social issues involved. The globalization of trade and markets has a domino effect on claims to which no jurisdiction, whether national or provincial, is immune.

De Grandpré Chait is one of the rare firms in Québec that acts both for plaintiffs and defendants in class actions. This combination of skills gives us a unique advantage: that of knowing, understanding and anticipating an opponent’s strategies in order to maximize gains and minimize losses.

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