Alexandre Fallon

Alexandre is a trusted advisor to clients looking for compliance advice about unique Québec issues, such as language laws and consumer protection legislation. As a litigator, Alexandre also has significant experience dealing with large-scale infrastructure project disputes, defending class actions, and acting in commercial and regulatory disputes, including appearing before specialized tribunals.

Alexandre has represented clients before the Québec agricultural and food products marketing board (the Régie des marches agricoles et alimentaires du Québec), the Québec energy board (the Régie de l’énergie), the Québec access to information commission (the Commission d’accès à l’information), the Québec human rights commission (the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission, the Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal, a Canadian Judicial Council Inquiry Committee, various arbitral tribunals, the Court of Québec, the Québec Superior Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has also advised clients appearing before the Québec environmental assessment board (the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement) and a Joint Review Panel constituted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada.

Alexandre regularly represents clients in their dealings with the board charged with overseeing compliance with the Charter of the French Language (the Office Québécois de la langue française) as well as the Québec consumer protection bureau (the Office de la protection du consommateur) and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.

Alexandre is a thought leader on language laws and consumer protection matters, having published extensive commentary on the evolution of the law in these areas and been regularly interviewed on these subjects by leading media organizations such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, Le Devoir, The Canadian Press and Lexpert.

From 2013 to 2019, Alexandre taught various subjects in the North American Common Law Program at the Université de Montréal including torts, judicial remedies and trial advocacy.


Representative Work

  • Béton Provincial

    Béton Provincial in its acquisition of CRH Canada Group Inc.

  • WT Microelectronics

    WT Microelectronics in its acquisition of Future Electronics for USD$3.8 billion

  • Nasdaq

    Nasdaq in its acquisition of Metrio

  • Veolia Health Operating Services

    Veolia Health Operating Services in the design-build defect claims against the constructors of the new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

  • Association of Ontario Chicken Processors

    The Association of Ontario Chicken Processors in its intervention before the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec to preserve harmonized assurance of supply for chicken processors in Québec and Ontario.

  • Veolia, in several disputes pertaining to the new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, where Veolia was a partner in the ProjectCo retained to finance, construct and operate the multi-billion dollar facility, as well as the service provider retained for the operation of the facility. Alexandre and his team notably secured arbitration awards totaling more than 15 million dollars against the design-build consortium for defects in the design of critical facility systems such as an automated materials transport system and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (see Veolia Santé Services Montréal c Construction Santé Montréal, 2023 QCCS 2 and Veolia Santé Services Montréal c Santé Montréal Collectif CJV, 2023 QCCS 1771).
  • Leading software, IT hardware and IT service providers, retailers, franchisors, travel service providers, product manufacturers, financial services firms, professional services firms and critical infrastructure providers, in counselling on compliance with the Québec Charter of the French Language and the Federal Official Languages Act and assisting organizations in their dealings with the regulators charged with overseeing compliance with these statutes.
  • Montoni, a pioneer of sustainable building in Canada, in the context of the completion of the 1.3 million square feet Espace Montmorency mixed-use project in Laval, Québec, and the 1.2 million square feet Molson revitalization project in Montréal, notably as concerns the impact of the restructuring of Groupe Sélection, a partner in both projects under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
  • Amazon, defending against a class action pertaining to the sale of extended warranties in Québec. Alexandre and his team achieved an early resolution of the matter through settlement and secured Court approval (see Bitton c Amazon.com.ca, 2024 QCCS 1387).
  • DoorDash, defending against class actions brought by consumers in respect of delivery fees, services fees and the computation of sales taxes, as well as by merchants in respect of fees. In each case, Alexandre and his team managed to achieve early resolution of the matters through settlements and discontinuances (see, for example, Leung c DoorDash Technologies Canada Inc., 2022 QCCS 1083).
  • A number of leading travel agencies and travel service providers, in counselling on compliance with the Québec Consumer Protection Act, the Québec Travel Agents Act, the Québec Charter of the French Language, the Québec Tourist Accommodation Act and the Ontario Travel Industry Act and assisting them in their dealings with the regulators charged with enforcement of these statutes in both Québec and Ontario.

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Jul 3, 2024

    Québec publishes final regulation modifying the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business

    In January 2024, the Québec government proposed extensive amendments to the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and...

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    Québec publishes final regulation modifying the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business
  • Osler Update Mar 1, 2024

    Québec further tightens language rules for commerce and business: what you need to know

    Québec is making further changes to its language law, with proposed amendments to the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business.

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    Québec further tightens language rules for commerce and business: what you need to know
  • Osler Update Feb 26, 2024

    Yes, Québec consumer protection laws actually can get stricter: what you need to know about the new warranty and repair obligations of Bill 29

    Québec’s Bill 29 introduces new warranty requirements, a prohibition on planned obsolescence, stricter penalties for non-compliance and other...

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    Yes, Québec consumer protection laws actually can get stricter: what you need to know about the new warranty and repair obligations of Bill 29
  • Report Feb 1, 2024

    Guide to Doing Business in Québec

    Québec is Canada’s largest province by geography  and its second most populous province. Québec’s strategic location offers unique...

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    Guide to Doing Business in Québec
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Awards and Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Recognized as a Litigation Star in Class actions, commercial disputes, intellectual property disputes and securities litigation
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Class Action Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Franchise Law – Franchisor; Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • Thomson Reuters: “Stand-out Lawyer”

Media Mentions

  • Media Mentions Feb 27, 2024

    Consumers will ultimately pay the price for Québec’s new language rules, experts say – CBC.ca

    Alexandre Fallon was interviewed by CBC journalists Isaac Olson and Shawn Apel about upcoming changes to Québec’s language laws that will require...

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  • Media Mentions Jan 26, 2024

    U.S. trade officials among those concerned about Québec’s new French-language sign rules – CBC News

    A new draft regulation that would require significant redesign of storefront signage in Québec has businesses and foreign trade officials concerned...

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  • Media Mentions Aug 3, 2023

    Bill C-13 presents challenges for employers even outside of province: Lawyers – HR Reporter

    Organizations that have to translate documents and computer data into French as a result of Québec’s new Bill C-13 legislation may find this...

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  • Media Mentions Mar 3, 2023

    Federally chartered companies do not comply with “Bill 96” – Le Devoir

    The federal government’s Bill C-13, designed to strengthen and modernize the Official Languages Act, is stricter on employers than Québec’s...

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Community Involvement

  • Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch, Citizenship and Charter Committee, President
  • Intégration Jeunesse du Québec, Member of the Board

Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario 28th Annual Conference, Ottawa, May 3, 2018
  • Speaker, Association des cycles supérieurs en droit de l’Université de Montréal Seminar, Montréal, April 10, 2018
  • Speaker, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Education Awards, Keynote Speaker, Toronto, February 4, 2017
  • Speaker, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Clerkship Program Speaker Series, Ottawa, February 3, 2017

 

Published Work

« Significant changes to Quebec’s Charter of the French Language could impact estates and trusts », STEP Inside, Vol 21, No. 3, November 2022 (with Héléna Gagné)


Credentials

Education

  • Université Montpellier I, Master II (International Business Law)
  • Université de Sherbrooke, LL.M. (transnational and common law)
  • Université de Sherbrooke, LL.B.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Association Pipeline