Maxime Nasr is a partner of Belleau Lapointe. He has developed particular expertise in class action, having practised in this field for nearly 20 years.
He has been involved in many of the most influential and frequently cited class action suits in Quebec and Canada. He is one of the few lawyers in Quebec to have pleaded and won an authorized class action on the merits.
Among his major cases, Maxime has piloted class actions in consumer rights, competition, environment, transportation, health and labour. He has led many national and international class actions of a complex nature and requiring coordination of efforts at a Canadian or North American level.
He has pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Quebec Superior Court and the Federal Court.
Maxime is also interested in civil and commercial litigation.
Representative work :
- Represented a large consumer association in a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada setting out the conditions for authorization to bring a class action in Quebec and recognizing, for the first time in civil law, consumers’ right to bring legal proceedings against the members of an international cartel: Infineon Technologies AG v. Option consommateurs, 2013 SCC 59.
- Represented investors who were victims of a Ponzi scheme, in the first Canadian class action suit to include accounting firms and securities custodians as defendants, based on their extracontractual liability: Ménard v. Matteo, 2011 QCCS 4287.
- Represented a consumer in an important ruling by the Quebec Court of Appeal on the conditions for allowing a class action in competition law: Harmegnies v. Toyota Canada Inc., 2008 QCCA 380.
- Represented Canadian users of a pharmaceutical product in the first Quebec court case to explicitly acknowledge the possibility of bringing a class action on behalf of a pan-Canadian group: Brito v. Pfizer Canada Inc., 2008 QCCS 2231.
- Participated in two of the biggest settlements in Canadian securities class action history (international settlements worth over $2 billion): Association de protection des épargnants et investisseurs du Québec (APEIQ) v. Nortel Networks Corporation 500-06-000126-017 and Skarstedt v. Nortel Networks Corporation 500-06-000277-059.