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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 2019 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

10th ANNUAL PAN-CANADIAN INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING LAW CONFERENCE, October 23-24, 2014. Challenges Encompassing Consumer Insolvency Issues

2014

RENDEZ-VOUS 2015 EN DROIT DES SOCIÉTÉS : Nov. 27, 2015 : Recours en oppression au Québec : développements récents depuis l'arrêt de la Cour suprême dans BCE

2015

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

2016

OpenForum Financement et Sureté : REVUE ANNUELLE DES DÉCISIONS MARQUANTES EN MATIÈRE DE SÛRETÉS AU QUÉBEC ET EN ONTARIO : LEURS IMPACTS SUR VOTRE PRATIQUE

2017

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.

2017

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

2018

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

2019

Colloque National des Recours Collections Développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis (2019) INFLUENCE DU NOUVEAU CODE DE PROCÉDURE CIVILE AU STADE DE L’AUTORISATION (GESTION DE L’INSTANCE, MOYENS PRÉLIMINAIRES, PROPORTIONNALITÉ, PERMISSION D’EN APPELER)

2019

Teaching Engagements

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

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Rankings & Recognition

  • 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

2006
Called to the Québec bar
2008
LLMCambridge University
2006
LLB (Common Law)University of Ottawa
2004
LLL University of Ottawa
2001
BA McGill University

Insights by Sidney Elbaz (1 Posts)

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

Mar 2, 2020

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