Jean-Philippe Groleau

Partner

Jean-Philippe Groleau

Jean-Philippe Groleau

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 2004

A determined and skilled litigator, Jean-Philippe acts for a highly diversified range of clients from both the private and public sectors.

Jean-Philippe dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending clients in class action suits and white collar crime prosecutions, and to launching judicial reviews. He has an excellent track record of success at all level of courts across a range of issues, including alleged breach of consumer protection legislation and constitutional challenges.

Jean-Philippe is a member of the board of directors of Health and Education Now!, an organization involved in community development in Benin and Cameroon. He is also a member of our Montréal Student Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Jean-Philippe Groleau

Partner

A determined and skilled litigator, Jean-Philippe acts for a highly diversified range of clients from both the private and public sectors.

Jean-Philippe dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending clients in class action suits and white collar crime prosecutions, and to launching judicial reviews. He has an excellent track record of success at all level of courts across a range of issues, including alleged breach of consumer protection legislation and constitutional challenges.

Jean-Philippe is a member of the board of directors of Health and Education Now!, an organization involved in community development in Benin and Cameroon. He is also a member of our Montréal Student Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Brault & Martineau Inc., Corbeil Électrique Inc. and Sears Canada Inc.

Acting for Brault & Martineau Inc., Corbeil Électrique Inc. and Sears Canada Inc. in defence of various class actions instituted on behalf of consumers alleging that the sale of additional warranties breaches the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Brault & Martineau Inc.

Acted successfully for Brault & Martineau Inc. in defence of a class action instituted on behalf of consumers who purchased goods with financing that was alleged to breach the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Société des casinos du Québec

Acting for the Société des casinos du Québec in connection with two class actions regarding electronic banking fees charged on certain transactions made in Loto-Québec's casinos.

McInnis Cement Inc.

Acted for McInnis Cement Inc. in defence of a motion to quash a permit issued by the Minister of Environment allowing McInnis to move forward with its project to build a $1 billion state-of-the-art cement plant in Port-Daniel, Gaspésie.

Concordia University

Acted successfully for Concordia University in the Bisaillon v Concordia University case before the Supreme Court of Canada. Davies argued that the Superior Court had no jurisdiction to entertain a class action initiated by Bisaillon claiming the payment by Concordia of well over $100 million to the pension fund of its employees.

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Acted successfully for the Société de transport de Montréal in a dispute with Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. and Alstom Canada Inc. concerning the $1.2-billion contract for the renewal of the cars of the Montréal subway. The Superior Court granted the STM's motion to dismiss the motion for declaratory judgement instituted by the subway car manufacturers.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, in which the Supreme Court of Canada had to decide the circumstances under which parents may request that their children be excused from attending mandatory classes on the basis that they interfere with their freedom of religion.

René Allard

Acting for proposed class representative René Allard in a class action proceeding regarding constitutional damages against the government of Québec on behalf of retired members of Québec's public and parapublic sectors' management personnel, as well as their spouses, whose retirement pension indexing was unilaterally suspended and retrospectively modified by a statute adopted by the Québec National Assembly.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Acted for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) in defence of a class action relating to fees charged to patients. The group representatives allege that the FMSQ prompted its members to charge certain fees to insured patients in violation of the Health Insurance Act.

Canadian Malartic GP

Acting for Canadian Malartic GP, an impleaded party in an application for judicial review to obtain the annulment of a governmental decree.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires as an intervener in a litigation with the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec on the constitutionality of section 22.6 of the Health Insurance Act.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for leave to intervene produced in favour of an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Leading Gas Retailer

Acting for a leading gas retailer in two class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix gasoline prices in 14 different cities and regions in Québec.

Healthcare Professionals

Acting for healthcare professionals in an investigation by a Québec governmental body into the practices of the medical products manufacturing industry. The investigation could give rise to administrative, civil, disciplinary and criminal prosecutions.

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of confidential clients against various media outlets in court proceedings in the context of the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission) to obtain a publication ban on ITOs supporting several warrants.

Confidential Clients

Acted on behalf of various confidential clients regarding the investigation by the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission).

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of various confidential clients regarding investigations by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit.

Bluberi Group Inc.

Successfully acted for 9354-9186 Québec Inc. and 9354-9178 Québec Inc. (formerly known as Bluberi Gaming Technologies Inc. and Bluberi Group Inc.) with regards to (i) appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada and (ii) their restructuring efforts under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The judges of the Supreme Court, on the bench, unanimously ruled in favour of our clients and overturned the Court of Appeal.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ)

Acting for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) in defence of a class action filed by the Council for the Protection of Patients. The representative of the class action claims that the FMSQ encouraged radiologists to use pressure tactics on patients in order to succeed in their negotiations with the government regarding accessory costs.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for declaratory judgment against the Attorney General of Québec and the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec concerning the interpretation of a recent statute adopted by the Québec legislature regarding certain obligations imposed upon all pharmacists in Québec.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Acting for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec in a number of important disputes with the Ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (Québec's Ministry of Health).

Daisye Marcil

Acted for the plaintiffs in a class action involving all Québec parents who were required to pay fees for the purchase of school books or other didactic material even though these fees should have been assumed by the school boards.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acted for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists [AQPP]) in connection with an application for arbitration against Québec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP claimed that the MSSS had breached an agreement between them, resulting in a loss of potential earnings of more than $150 million for pharmacists. The AQPP reached a settlement with the MSSS, thus saving its members several hundred million dollars in payments.

Karatbars International GmbH

Successfully acted for Karatbars International GmbH in connection with a motion filed by the Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") to obtain a cease trading order against the corporation. The Financial Markets Administrative Tribunal dismissed the AMF's motion in an important precedent-setting decision on investment contracts and network marketing that will have authority throughout Canada and possibly North America.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for a company in the construction industry, including in obtaining the dismissal at a preliminary stage of one of two criminal charges laid by the Competition Bureau for alleged bid-rigging against the corporation.

City of Lévis

Acting for the City of Lévis in defence of a class action and other related actions instituted by citizens who have built houses on land which they claim was unsuitable for traditional constructions.

In the News

Jean-Philippe Groleau Speaks to La Presse on Tracing Individuals with COVID-19

May 07, 2020 - With Ottawa and some provincial governments considering a national strategy to track Canadians infected with COVID-19 using geolocation technology, La Presse featured Jean-Philippe Groleau for his insights on the legal and constitutional questions that such a strategy might raise. In the...

Bulletin

Québec Superior Court Enforces Right to Collective Bargaining of State Employees

Oct. 08, 2019 - The Québec Superior Court (QSC) recently struck down as unconstitutional back-to-work legislation (Bill 127 1 ) aimed at the Québec government’s advocates and notaries. The decision, released on September 18, 2019, builds on the recent case law of the Supreme Court of Canada which declared that...

Article

“Les honoraires en demande en matière d’actions collectives : comment éviter de jouer à l’apprenti-sorcier en vue de moduler le comportement des avocats”, co-author

May 03, 2019 - Recent Developments in Québec, Canada and the United States, Vol. 455 (National Conference on Class Actions)
Read this article (in French).

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Professional Development, 16th National Symposium on Class Actions, “Case Study: The Biggest Case You’ve Never Heard Of”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 04, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Barreau du Québec, National Conference on Class Actions, “Legal Issues Related to Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions”; Montréal, QC

Mar. 22, 2019

Bulletin

Amendments to English Signage Requirements in Québec

Dec. 01, 2016 - On November 24, 2016, the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business (Rules) came into force. The Rules come in the wake of Québec (Procureure générale) v Magasins Best Buy ltée. In Best Buy, the Québec Court of Appeal ruled that...

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canadas Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Commercial (Litigation Star)

Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2020)—Recipient

The Legal 500 Canada—Dispute Resolution: Québec (Next Generation Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Class Actions; Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended)

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate Practice; Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Defamation and Media Law

Young Bar Association of Montréal—Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lawyer of the Year Award 2013)

ARISTA Provincial Competition—Young Professional Category (Finalist 2014)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2004

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM (International Law) (First Class Honours, Senior Harris Scholar), 2004
Université de Montréal, LLB (Dean’s List), 2002
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), French Law Cert., 2002

Board Memberships

Health and Education Now!

A determined and skilled litigator, Jean-Philippe acts for a highly diversified range of clients from both the private and public sectors.

Jean-Philippe dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending clients in class action suits and white collar crime prosecutions, and to launching judicial reviews. He has an excellent track record of success at all level of courts across a range of issues, including alleged breach of consumer protection legislation and constitutional challenges.

Jean-Philippe is a member of the board of directors of Health and Education Now!, an organization involved in community development in Benin and Cameroon. He is also a member of our Montréal Student Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Brault & Martineau Inc., Corbeil Électrique Inc. and Sears Canada Inc.

Acting for Brault & Martineau Inc., Corbeil Électrique Inc. and Sears Canada Inc. in defence of various class actions instituted on behalf of consumers alleging that the sale of additional warranties breaches the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Brault & Martineau Inc.

Acted successfully for Brault & Martineau Inc. in defence of a class action instituted on behalf of consumers who purchased goods with financing that was alleged to breach the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Société des casinos du Québec

Acting for the Société des casinos du Québec in connection with two class actions regarding electronic banking fees charged on certain transactions made in Loto-Québec's casinos.

McInnis Cement Inc.

Acted for McInnis Cement Inc. in defence of a motion to quash a permit issued by the Minister of Environment allowing McInnis to move forward with its project to build a $1 billion state-of-the-art cement plant in Port-Daniel, Gaspésie.

Concordia University

Acted successfully for Concordia University in the Bisaillon v Concordia University case before the Supreme Court of Canada. Davies argued that the Superior Court had no jurisdiction to entertain a class action initiated by Bisaillon claiming the payment by Concordia of well over $100 million to the pension fund of its employees.

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Acted successfully for the Société de transport de Montréal in a dispute with Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. and Alstom Canada Inc. concerning the $1.2-billion contract for the renewal of the cars of the Montréal subway. The Superior Court granted the STM's motion to dismiss the motion for declaratory judgement instituted by the subway car manufacturers.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, in which the Supreme Court of Canada had to decide the circumstances under which parents may request that their children be excused from attending mandatory classes on the basis that they interfere with their freedom of religion.

René Allard

Acting for proposed class representative René Allard in a class action proceeding regarding constitutional damages against the government of Québec on behalf of retired members of Québec's public and parapublic sectors' management personnel, as well as their spouses, whose retirement pension indexing was unilaterally suspended and retrospectively modified by a statute adopted by the Québec National Assembly.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Acted for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) in defence of a class action relating to fees charged to patients. The group representatives allege that the FMSQ prompted its members to charge certain fees to insured patients in violation of the Health Insurance Act.

Canadian Malartic GP

Acting for Canadian Malartic GP, an impleaded party in an application for judicial review to obtain the annulment of a governmental decree.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires as an intervener in a litigation with the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec on the constitutionality of section 22.6 of the Health Insurance Act.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for leave to intervene produced in favour of an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Leading Gas Retailer

Acting for a leading gas retailer in two class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix gasoline prices in 14 different cities and regions in Québec.

Healthcare Professionals

Acting for healthcare professionals in an investigation by a Québec governmental body into the practices of the medical products manufacturing industry. The investigation could give rise to administrative, civil, disciplinary and criminal prosecutions.

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of confidential clients against various media outlets in court proceedings in the context of the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission) to obtain a publication ban on ITOs supporting several warrants.

Confidential Clients

Acted on behalf of various confidential clients regarding the investigation by the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission).

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of various confidential clients regarding investigations by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit.

Bluberi Group Inc.

Successfully acted for 9354-9186 Québec Inc. and 9354-9178 Québec Inc. (formerly known as Bluberi Gaming Technologies Inc. and Bluberi Group Inc.) with regards to (i) appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada and (ii) their restructuring efforts under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The judges of the Supreme Court, on the bench, unanimously ruled in favour of our clients and overturned the Court of Appeal.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ)

Acting for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) in defence of a class action filed by the Council for the Protection of Patients. The representative of the class action claims that the FMSQ encouraged radiologists to use pressure tactics on patients in order to succeed in their negotiations with the government regarding accessory costs.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for declaratory judgment against the Attorney General of Québec and the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec concerning the interpretation of a recent statute adopted by the Québec legislature regarding certain obligations imposed upon all pharmacists in Québec.

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Acting for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec in a number of important disputes with the Ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (Québec's Ministry of Health).

Daisye Marcil

Acted for the plaintiffs in a class action involving all Québec parents who were required to pay fees for the purchase of school books or other didactic material even though these fees should have been assumed by the school boards.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acted for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists [AQPP]) in connection with an application for arbitration against Québec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP claimed that the MSSS had breached an agreement between them, resulting in a loss of potential earnings of more than $150 million for pharmacists. The AQPP reached a settlement with the MSSS, thus saving its members several hundred million dollars in payments.

Karatbars International GmbH

Successfully acted for Karatbars International GmbH in connection with a motion filed by the Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") to obtain a cease trading order against the corporation. The Financial Markets Administrative Tribunal dismissed the AMF's motion in an important precedent-setting decision on investment contracts and network marketing that will have authority throughout Canada and possibly North America.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for a company in the construction industry, including in obtaining the dismissal at a preliminary stage of one of two criminal charges laid by the Competition Bureau for alleged bid-rigging against the corporation.

City of Lévis

Acting for the City of Lévis in defence of a class action and other related actions instituted by citizens who have built houses on land which they claim was unsuitable for traditional constructions.

In the News

Jean-Philippe Groleau Speaks to La Presse on Tracing Individuals with COVID-19

May 07, 2020 - With Ottawa and some provincial governments considering a national strategy to track Canadians infected with COVID-19 using geolocation technology, La Presse featured Jean-Philippe Groleau for his insights on the legal and constitutional questions that such a strategy might raise. In the...

Bulletin

Québec Superior Court Enforces Right to Collective Bargaining of State Employees

Oct. 08, 2019 - The Québec Superior Court (QSC) recently struck down as unconstitutional back-to-work legislation (Bill 127 1 ) aimed at the Québec government’s advocates and notaries. The decision, released on September 18, 2019, builds on the recent case law of the Supreme Court of Canada which declared that...

Article

“Les honoraires en demande en matière d’actions collectives : comment éviter de jouer à l’apprenti-sorcier en vue de moduler le comportement des avocats”, co-author

May 03, 2019 - Recent Developments in Québec, Canada and the United States, Vol. 455 (National Conference on Class Actions)
Read this article (in French).

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode Professional Development, 16th National Symposium on Class Actions, “Case Study: The Biggest Case You’ve Never Heard Of”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 04, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Barreau du Québec, National Conference on Class Actions, “Legal Issues Related to Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions”; Montréal, QC

Mar. 22, 2019

Bulletin

Amendments to English Signage Requirements in Québec

Dec. 01, 2016 - On November 24, 2016, the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business (Rules) came into force. The Rules come in the wake of Québec (Procureure générale) v Magasins Best Buy ltée. In Best Buy, the Québec Court of Appeal ruled that...

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canadas Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Commercial (Litigation Star)

Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2020)—Recipient

The Legal 500 Canada—Dispute Resolution: Québec (Next Generation Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Class Actions; Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended)

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate Practice; Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Defamation and Media Law

Young Bar Association of Montréal—Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lawyer of the Year Award 2013)

ARISTA Provincial Competition—Young Professional Category (Finalist 2014)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2004

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM (International Law) (First Class Honours, Senior Harris Scholar), 2004
Université de Montréal, LLB (Dean’s List), 2002
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), French Law Cert., 2002

Board Memberships

Health and Education Now!