Patrick Plante

Patrick Plante  


Executive Summary

Patrick Plante focuses his practice on commercial litigation, and acts in many lawsuits dealing with civil and contractual liability. Patrick handles complex class actions in the fields of product liability, consumer law and privacy, and he has also dealt with defamation, banking litigation, constitutional law, administrative law, disciplinary law and international commercial arbitration. He participates in the preparation of cases and pleads before all judicial bodies in Québec.

Representative Work

  • Participates in defending important class actions, and in particular:
    • Belongs to the BLG team representing JTI-Macdonald Corp. in the class actions against tobacco manufacturers (Conseil québécois sur le tabac et la santé c. JTI-Macdonald Corp. et al. and Létourneau c. JTI-Macdonald Corp. et al.)
    • Defends the interests of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in the class action relating to the Lac Mégantic accident (Ouellet c. Canadian Pacific Railway Company et al.)
    • Defends the interests of Google in two class actions before the Québec Superior Court dealing respectively with privacy (Elkoby c. Google Canada Corporation et al.) and consumer rights (Benabu c. Vidéotron et al.)
    • Defends the interests of HSBC in the Defrance Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee class action (Defrance et Vaillancourt-Thivierge c. Banque de Montréal et al)
    • Defends the interests of Aéroports de Montréal in the class action relating to the agreements concluded with Uber and Téo Taxi (Zaim et D'Amico c. Procureure Générale du Québec et al.)
    • Defends the interests of AIC Global Holdings Inc. in the class action relating to the so-called "market timing" financial operations (Ravary c. Fonds mutuels CI Inc. and AIC Global Holdings (500-06-000256-046)
  • Participated in the debate concerning the constitutional validity of the Tobacco-related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act.
  • Has represented individuals who have been the victims of defamatory campaigns on the Internet and has taken measures to protect their public images.
  • Has participated in obtaining an injunction order to prevent protesters from obstructing the access to and free circulation in and around an airport.
  • Has obtained injunction orders in the case of trademarks violation and forced a company to change its corporate name.
  • Has represented a Canadian financial institution before the courts in a dispute dealing with unjustified enrichment of adverse parties resulting from an error made in a bank transfer
  • Has participated in the debate on prohibiting the disclosure in court proceedings of supervisory information sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Publications & Presentations

  • GRONDIN, François and Patrick PLANTE. "Présomptions," in Preuve et prescription, P.C. Lafond, ed. JurisClasseur Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2017.
  • GRONDIN, François and Patrick PLANTE. "Les principes directeurs de la procédure civile," in La Procédure Civile, P.C. Lafond., ed. JurisClasseur, Québec, Collection Droit Civil, LexisNexis, Montréal, 2017.
  • PLANTE, Patrick and Hugo SAINT-LAURENT. "Quebec Superior Court Circumscribes Banks' Obligation to Investigate Deposit of Cheques", in THE EXCHANGE: BLG's Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, Montréal, April 29, 2016.
  • Speaker at "BLG's 13th National Symposium on Class Actions" held in Toronto. The lecture addressed the provisions of the new Code of Civil Procedure in class action matters, April 21, 2016.
  • PLANTE, Patrick. "Disclosure: Information exchanged with the OSFI", in Federated Press, Commercial Litigation, Volume XVI, No. 2, 2015.
  • Speaker on civil evidence at the CCH Colloquium (2013), on the topic "Cinq grands défis de la preuve civile" addressing recent developments relating to articles 403 C.C.P. and 2870 C.C.Q. and certain amendments provided for by the Act to enact the new Code of Civil Procedure.
  • "La prévention des pertes dans le commerce de détail (aspects légaux)," lecture given to the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD) with follow-up provided to shopping centres.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation's 40 and Under Hotlist.
  • Finalist at the Young Bar Association of Montreal (YBAM) Lawyers of the Year Award (2015): civil and commercial litigation.
  • Recipient of the Lexpert® Zenith Award (2011), awarded to the pro bono team of the year, for having represented Mr. Réjean Hinse.
  • Selected as "Star Graduate" at the University of Ottawa at the conferral of degrees in 2008, recognizing his exceptional achievements during his university years.
  • Recipient of some 20 awards of excellence, including the Gold Medal and Plaque of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa for achieving the highest average in the civil law program.
  • Recipient of the Barreau du Québec Award in 2008 for having maintained the highest average among all law students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Ottawa.
  • Recipient in 2007 of the Ronald St. John MacDonald Award that is granted to the team with the highest score for the factum it presented in the Canadian qualifications for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition. The following year, Patrick acted as pleading consultant for the University of Ottawa team, in the same competition.
  • Recipient in 2006 of a BLG Research fellowship that enabled him to collaborate in the writing of a research document (monograph) on contract law in Québec, which will be published in the International Encyclopaedia of Law.