Sidney Elbaz Photo
Sidney Elbaz Photo
Sidney Elbaz Photo

Sidney Elbaz is a litigation lawyer with extensive experience in class actions, competition and antitrust, product liability, and consumer protection. Representing clients in the automotive, banking and finance, and life sciences sectors, he appears before all levels of court in Québec, the federal courts and a variety of tribunals.

Defending class action proceedings under Québec’s Consumer Protection Act, Sidney has deep insight into matters concerning allegations of false representations, as well as product liability and failure to warn claims.

Sidney has also acted as Québec counsel in numerous cartel and conspiracy cases, defending major class actions involving allegations of anti-competitive activities relating to air cargo, air passengers, chocolate, gasoline, dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and optical lenses.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in class action litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada, Sidney is also listed as a litigation star in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation Canada.

Representative Matters

  • Acting as Quebec counsel to major global manufacturers in connection with their product liability litigations;
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in a class proceeding in Quebec involving product liability and consumer protection allegations;
  • Acted for an online streaming service in a class action matter concerning allegations of violating the Quebec consumer protection act;
  • Acted on behalf of manufacturers in a product liability claim resulting in personal injury claims;
  • Representing a gas retailer in the Quebec class action concerning the allegations of price fixing of gasoline in the retail level;
  • Quebec co-counsel for a defendant in the DRAM alleged price fixing class action;
  • Co-counsel acting on behalf of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) before the Supreme Court of Canada in Quebec (Revenue) v. Caisse populaire Desjardins de Montmagny, 2009 SCC 49, [2009] 3 SCR 286
  • Counsel for the receiver in a cross-border restructuring of major plastic manufacturer.
  • Counsel for secured lenders in a cross boarder restructuring

Speaking Engagements

Démystifier le processus de l'action collective, Québec bar webinar, Speaker

January 20, 2021

Les grands rendez-vous de la formation 2020, Québec bar training session, Speaker

May 26, 2020

L’Association du Barreau Canadien Section Litiges commerciaux : revue des décisions marquantes de la dernière année en litige commercial


Colloque National des Recours Collections, Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis. Influence du nouveau code de procédure civile au stade de l'autorisation


L’Association du Barreau Canadien, Section Litiges commerciaux : Revue jurisprudentielle en litige commercial


OpenForum Financement et Sureté : Revue annuelle des décisions marquantes en matière de sûreté au Québec et en Ontario : leurs impacts sur votre pratique


Presentation to the Canadian Institute of Contemporary Jewish Law and Ethics – Chabad of Town of Mont Royal-Goals of Class Actions in Canada: Access to Justice, Judicial Economy, and Behavior Modification With Examples


L’Association du Barreau Canadien, Section Litiges commerciaux : un bilan jurisprudentiel de la dernière année en matière commerciale


Rendez-vous 2015 en droit des sociétés : Recours en oppression au Québec : développements récents depuis l'arrêt de la Cour suprême dans BCE


10th Annual Pan-Canadian Insolvency & Restructuring Law Conference. Challenges Encompassing Consumer Insolvency Issues

23 - 24 October 2014
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Teaching Engagements

  • Lecturer University of Ottawa National Program – Security for Debt (in 2008 and 2009)


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2022 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers as a Leading Litigation Lawyer
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Law
  • Recognized in the 2022 Benchmark Litigation: Canada Guide as a Litigation Star
  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Law
  • Recognized in the 2021 Benchmark Litigation: Canada Guide as a Litigation Star
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Class Action Litigation and Corporate & Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Class Action Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2020 Benchmark Litigation: Canada Guide as a Litigation Star
  • Recognized in the 2019 Benchmark Litigation Canada Guide as a Litigation Star

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer for child and adult services activities aimed at integrating adults with developmental disabilities into their community

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Education & Admissions

Called to the Québec Bar
LLMCambridge University
LLB (Common Law)University of Ottawa
LLL University of Ottawa
BA McGill University


Insights (8 Posts)

Featured Insight

Round One of Competition Act Amendments Passed; National Security Review Regime Amended

New amendments to the Competition Act were passed today as part of the budget implementation bill.

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Jun 27, 2022
Featured Insight

Outlook 2022: Class Actions in Canada

Join members of McMillan’s national Class Action group on Thursday, June 9th for an in-depth discussion on the developments and trends impacting the legal landscape for class actions in Canada.

Thursday, June 9, 2022
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Significant Changes Coming to Canada’s Competition Act

The Canadian federal government has introduced a series of significant changes to Canada's Competition Act.

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May 3, 2022
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Québec Class action – What’s new? Examination of the defendant at the authorization stage

EIn class actions, the right to examine an affiant is the subject of conflicting case law.

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Jun 14, 2021
Featured Insight

Advertising in the Virtual World

Join members of the Marketing and Advertising Group on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12 pm ET as we discuss current trends in marketing and advertising in an increasingly virtual world, and during the ongoing global pandemic.

June 17, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Featured Insight

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms: Hypothecary Notices In Québec Receiverships Are Here To Stay

Supreme Court of Canada confirms: hypothecary notices in Québec receiverships are here to stay.

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Apr 6, 2021
Featured Insight

McMillan’s Automotive Industry Webinar Series – Part One

Join us for McMillan’s Two Part Automotive Industry Webinar Series, and hear from speakers from Transport Canada, McMillan Vantage, and McMillan LLP on policy points, legislative updates, regulatory issues, and other important developments spanning the industry.

December 2, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Featured Insight

What Are “Moral Damages” Worth? Quebec Court of Appeal Limits when Consumers’ Frustration Constitutes a Recoverable Harm

The Quebec Court of Appeal's decision in Meubles Léon v. Options Consommateurs sheds light on when a "moral damage" is recoverable.

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Mar 2, 2020

Deals & Cases (1 Posts)

Featured Insight

Optical Disk Drives Price Fixing Class Action

In December 2018, McMillan appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) to appeal the certification decision. The action was certified in British Columbia and upheld by the BC Court of Appeal.

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Sep 1, 2019