QST and GST

Usually, when you carry on commercial activities, you are required to register for the GST and QST. Since these taxes influence the method used to enter transactions, it is important to understand how the process works. The acronyms QST and GST mean "Quebec Sales Tax" and "Goods and Services Tax,"…

Non-compete clauses : Beware of the red ink!

In legal drafting, although it is not recommended, it is common for lawyers to insert standard terms in contractual clauses that have a very broad scope, that can sometimes be excessive, with a statement specifying the discretionary power left to the judge to corrects and minimize the extent of such…

Shotgun Clauses: the Importance of “Shooting” First

A shareholders’ agreement is often the appropriate legal tool for a new project or business partnership. Such a union is usually compared to a marriage contract, rightly so, since the shareholders' agreement, like said marriage contract, aims to provide the new "partners" with clear corporate governance rules. But often the…

Legal warranty : The Court of Appeal Authorizes a Class Action

The court of appeal allowed, on February 4th of this year, a class action to proceed against seven major furniture and appliance Quebec-based retailers located in Fortier c. Meubles Léon Ltée. The plaintiffs allege that they were offered extended warranty plans by these merchants without ever being informed about the…

Lance Armstrong, the cycling champion, could get away with penal charges.

Lance Armstrong, the cycling champion, could get away with penal charges. Indeed, some American lawyers believe prosecutors may drop charges against Lance Armstrong due to limitation period prescribed by US penal law. In fact, when it comes to charges related to illegal possession and distribution of steroids, human growth hormone…