Admitted to the Bar association of Quebec in 1996, Mr. Painchaud became senior partner at Sylvestre Painchaud et associés in 2004. He acquired distinctive expertise in class actions, notably in matters of finance, competition and consumer law. Mr. Painchaud is the lead lawyer in the first and ongoing Canadian class action against mutual funds managers regarding the market timing scheme (Ravary v. CI et al.), as well as in class actions directed against multinationals such as RBC, Maple Leaf, Apple, Volkswagen. He was also the lead lawyer in the class action against the AMT involving commuter train service disruptions. With 12 years of experience in this particularly complex field, Mr. Painchaud is now highly specialized in managing and undertaking national class actions. His clients also benefit from the considerable experience he gained over 20 years of practice in estate litigation, construction, real estate and mortgage law. He provides services to individuals and businesses, and pleads regularly before the courts, having notably pleaded for Olivia’s Oasis against Industries Lassonde before the Superior Court and Quebec Court of Appeal. In 2009, he successfully represented the majority of the Montreal taxi industry against Aéroports de Montréal. Normand Painchaud is a certified mediator and sits on the Bar of Quebec’s class-action committee. He has spoken at conferences and judiciary peer panels in Montreal and Toronto. Recently, he co-authored an article on food and supplements class actions. As an active member of his community, Mr. Painchaud has served as a member of several Boards and executive committees of hospital foundations and non-profit organizations. He is currently Treasurer for the Caisse Desjardins de L’Île-des-Sœurs-Verdun.
Petitioner Mr Marcel Nadeau, for himself and for all the members of the Group hereinafter described, blames Mercedes-Benz for having used, in the construction of its M272 V6 and M273 V8 engines, a component affected by a design flaw.
Class Action Against RBC Royal Bank of Canada Regarding Olympus United Funds Corporation (Norshield)
This class action alleges RBC's responsibility for the losses incurred by Canadian retail investors who had invested in Olympus United Funds Corporation and could not redeem their shares in June 2005. Mrs Calder argues that, without RBC's collaboration with the Norshield Group, the fraud of which the Canadian retail investors were victims would not have occured.
This class action alleges that CI, AIC and CIBC Asset management allowed frequent short term market timing transactions in some of their funds, such transaction having the effect of diluting the return of ordinary long term investors.
Claimant alleged that TicketMaster and TicketsNow conspired to give the impression that tickets for venues were sold out on the primary market, thus artificially hiking prices of tickets on the secondary markets.
This class action alleges that ebooks publishers Hachette, Harper Collins, MacMillen, Penguin and Simon & Schuster (the Respondent Publishers) conspired with Apple to fix ebooks prices in Canada since Apple’s Ipad launch in April 2010.
Completed Class Actions
A class action on behalf of owners of 2006 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles for which a wiring harness that goes from the body to the inside of the driver’s door is too short. This design defect causes the sleeves of the wires to crack which causes short circuits affecting electrical accessories and the electrical system.