Diplomas

Called to the Barreau du Québec (2004);

LL.M., Laval University (with thesis) (2011);

B.C.L., LL.B., McGill University (2002);

M.A., English Studies (with thesis), University of Montreal (2001);

Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Concordia University (1998);

B.A., Western Society & Culture, Liberal Arts College, Concordia University (1997).

Profile

French version is available here.

Shaun E. Finn is a lawyer in BCF's Montreal-based litigation department and co-leader of the firm’s Class Action Defence Strategic Team. His practice includes complex commercial litigation and class actions.

After articling and clerking at the Québec Court of Appeal, Mr. Finn has appeared before the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec, the Municipal Court, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the NAFTA arbitration tribunal, the Superior Court of Quebec, the Quebec Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Mr. Finn’s class action work involves the representation of corporate and institutional defendants in the areas of product liability, mass torts, consumer protection, privacy, and securities. Mr. Finn has been cited by courts including the Superior Court of Quebec, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Québec Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also been interviewed by Law Times, Investment Executive, National, and Droit Inc. for his perspective on class action trends.

Prior to joining BCF in 2015, Mr. Finn was a counsel in a national Canadian law firm where he played an instrumental role in the evaluation of class action claims, the articulation of defence strategy, and the preparation of arguments, legal proceedings, and other written and oral pleadings before the trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Finn has written three books on class actions:

Mr. Finn is also the editor of, and a contributing author for, The Quebec Class Action: A Roadmap (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016), and Manuel de l’action collective (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2017), two easy-to-use primers designed for business people and in-house counsel.

In the context of his earlier practice, Mr. Finn was a contributing author for Defending Class Actions in Canada (2nd and 3rd eds.) and has published numerous legal articles in the Canadian Bar Review, the Revue du Barreau, the Canadian Class Action Review, the Revue générale de droit, Développements récents, the Class Action Defence Quarterly, and La référence.

Mr. Finn is a sessional lecturer on class actions at the McGill University Faculty of Law, and an occasional guest lecturer at the HEC Montreal business school and the University of Montreal's Faculty of Law. He has frequently been an active participant in class action conferences, symposia, and discussion panels in Quebec and Ontario.

Mr. Finn holds a B.C.L. and an LL.B. from McGill University, as well as an LL.M. from Laval University. Prior to his legal studies, Mr. Finn obtained a B.A. in Western Society & Culture from Concordia University, where he was a member of the Liberal Arts College, and completed graduate studies in journalism (Dip. Journ.) and English literature (M.A.).

Conferences

Mr. Finn has actively participated in several class action conferences, symposia, and discussion panels, including most recently:

  • A conference given to the judges of the Superior Court of Quebec on evolving class action trends, Montreal Courthouse, May 9, 2017 (with Mr. Mathieu Charest-Beaudry);

  • A discussion panel on privacy law in the context of the 14th National Symposium on Class Actions, Toronto, April 6-7, 2017 (with Mr. Ted Charney);

  • An update on class action case law in Quebec in the context of the National Colloquium on Class Actions, Montreal, March 23-24, 2017 (with Mr. Mathieu Charest-Beaudry);

  • A presentation on the drafting and dissemination of notices in the class action setting, Canadian Bar Association event, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 23, 2016;

  • A presentation on the state of class actions given during the launch of L’Action collective au Québec, Quebec Court of Appeal, Montreal, October 17, 2016 (with the Honourable Duval Hesler, Chief Justice of Québec, and Mr. André Ryan );

  • A presentation on the intersection between class actions and business strategy during the launch of The Quebec Class Action: A Roadmap, an easy-to-use primer for business people and in-house counsel, Montreal, October 4, 2016 (with Caroline Beaudoin, Emmanuelle Demers, Annie Mathieu, Isabelle Landry, Marie-Christine Levasseur, and André Ryan);

  • A discussion panel on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Infineon Technologies AG v. Option consommateurs and Vivendi Canada Inc. v. Dell’Aniello, Canadian Bar Association event, Montreal, January 29, 2014 (with Messrs. Daniel Belleau, Maxim Nasr, and Yves Martineau).

Representative work

Mr. Finn has played a key strategic and legal role for his clients, including by:

  • acting for a major automaker in a class action brought under the Competition Act

  • representing an oil and gas producer in the context of NAFTA arbitration proceedings;

  • representing a former CFO and director in a multijurisdictional, multibillion-dollar securities class action;

  • representing a medical device manufacturer in the context of parallel Canadian class actions;

  • acting for the world's premier consumer electronics corporation in the areas of consumer protection, product liability, advertising, privacy, and breach of contract (14 separate matters);

  • successfully representing a Crown corporation, in first instance and appeal, in a $2.4 billion dollar class action brought under the Consumer Protection Act;

  • advising an international pesticide company in a multimillion-dollar product defect litigation;

  • representing a tank car manufacturer in the context of the Lac Megantic rail disaster;

  • conducting extensive written advocacy and witness preparation for one of three tobacco companies sued in a $27 billion class action, the largest of its kind in Canadian history;

  • structuring the Quebec component of a multijurisdictional settlement following a worldwide data breach;

  • representing Canada's largest telecommunications company in commercial cases involving signal theft and dealer compensation.

Publications

Some of Mr. Finn’s more recent publications include:

BOOKS

  • Manuel de l’action collective (Montreal : LexisNexis, 2017) (editor and contributing author)

  • Code de procédure civile annoté 2017-2018 (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2017) (contributing author)

  • The Quebec Class Action: A Roadmap (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016) (editor and contributing author)

  • L’action collective au Québec (Montreal: Yvon Blais, 2016), a significantly revised edition of Recours singulier et collectif, below.

  • L'Expertise, LegisPratique (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2016) (contributing author).

  • Code de procédure civile annoté 2016-2017 (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2016) (contributing author)

  • Code de procédure civile annoté 2015-2016 (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2015) (contributing author)

  • Code de Procédure Civile Annoté 2014-2015 (Montreal: LexisNexis, 2014) (contributing author)

  • Class Actions in Quebec : Notes for Non-Residents (Montreal: Carswell, 2014)

  • Recours singulier et collectif: Redéfinir le recours collectif comme procédure particulière (Montreal: Yvon Blais, 2011)

  • Defending Class Actions in Canada, 3rd ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2011) (contributing author)

  • Defending Class Actions in Canada, 2nd ed (Toronto: CCH, 2007) (contributing author)

ARTICLES AND BLOGS

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Canada (Procureur général) c. Thouin – L'immunité de l'État en matière d'interrogatoire préalable : la Cour suprême se prononce", published on the online legal research service La référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, November 2017.

  • “The Advent and Challenges of Copycat Class Actions: A North American Perspective”, published in the September 2017 edition of the Class Action Defence Quartery magazine

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Masson c. Telus Mobilité – Le (sans-)fil d'Ariane : comprendre le labyrinthe juridique des frais de résiliation en matière de télécommunications", published on the online legal research service La référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, June 2017.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Baratto c. Merck Canada inc. – L'analyse des critères d'autorisation n'est pas un exercice superficiel", published on the online legal research service La référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, June 2017.

  • Commentaire sur la décision Badamshin v. Option Consommateurs – La Cour d'appel confirme que le premier à déposer une demande pour autorisation n'est pas forcément celui qui pilotera la procédure, published on the online legal research service La Référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, May 2017.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Choquette v. Air Canada – La juridiction de la Cour supérieure en tant que tribunal de droit commun et la preuve requise à l'étape de l'autorisation pour démontrer une cause défendable", published on the online legal research service La Référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, May 2017.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Baulne v. Bélanger – La responsabilité professionnelle comme fondement d'une action collective", published on the online legal research service La Référence, provided by Éditions Yvon Blais, April 2017.

  • "The Attenuation of Quebec's Authorization Analysis: Sibiga v. Fido Solutions Inc.", published in the December 2016 edition of the Class Action Defence Quartery magazine.

  • "Class Actions as a Bridge Between Cultures of Dignity and Victimhood", published in the Canadian Class Action Review, vol. 12, no. 1, 2016-2017.

  • “The Clone Wars: North America’s Expanding Class Action Market and the Challenge of Copycat Litigation”, IBA North American Regional Forum newsletter, September 2016.

  • “Class Action Trends in Quebec and What They Mean for Your Business”, Canadian Class Action Review, vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 293-307, March 2016.

  • CIBC v. Green: The Supreme Court Reaffirms the High Bar for Certifying Securities Class Actions”, published in the March 2016 edition of the Class Action Defence Quartery magazine.

  • "Les dommages punitifs comme arme de dissuasion massive : Biondi c.Syndicats des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (SCFP-301)", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), January 2016.

  • "Commentaire sur les décisions Sofio c. Organisme canadien de réglementation du commerce des valeurs mobilières (OCRCVM) et Zuckerman v. Target Corporation – La Cour d'appel précise les exigences à respecter pour autoriser un recours collectif fondé sur la perte ou le vol de renseignements personnels", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), January 2016 (Co-authored with Marie-Christine Levasseur).

  • "Chronique- Comment concilier l’article 1 du nouveau Code de procédure civile avec l’action collective", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), December 2015.

  • "Girard c. Vidéotron : les dommages punitifs en matière de recours collectifs", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), December 2015.

  • "‘Once More Unto the Breach’s: How Privacy Rights and the Vulnerability of Data are Shaping Class Actions in Quebec", published in the December edition of the Class Action Defence Quarterly magazine, December 2015 (Co-authored with Marie-Christine Levasseur).

  • "Chronique – La suprématie parlementaire et le droit à un procès juste et équitable : un (dés)équilibre précaire", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), December 2015 (Co-authored with Geneviève Thériault Lachance).

  • "Ramacieri c. Bayer inc. – L’importance de démontrer le lien de causalité dès l’étape de l’autorisation d’un recours collectif", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), December 2015.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. c. Conseil québécois sur le tabac et la santé – La Cour d’appel précise l’opportunité de l’ordonnance exécutoire en matière de recours collectifs", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), November 2015 (Co-authored with Geneviève Thériault Lachance).

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Marineau c. Bell Canada – Comment la prescription peut mettre fin à un recours collectif dès l’autorisation", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), November 2015 (Co-authored with Geneviève Thériault Lachance).

  • "MÉDAC c. Société financière Manuvie : Les limites de la flexibilité procédurale en matière de preuve lors d’un recours collectif autorisé", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), October 2015.

  • "Option Consommateurs c. Banque Nationale du Canada : Le «reliquat» et sa pertinence dans le cadre d’une entente visant à régler un recours collectif", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), October 2015.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision J. (J.) c. Province canadienne de la Congrégation de Sainte-Croix – La Cour supérieure précise la notion de représentant adéquat du paragraphe 1003d) C.p.c.", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French)October 2015.

  • "La suprématie parlementaire et la fragilité relative du concept de procès équitable : La Cour d’appel remet les pendules à l’heure dans l’arrêt Imperial Tobbaco Canada Ltd. c. Québec", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), October 2015.

  • "Le sort du représentant «adéquat» en matière de recours collectif", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), September 2015.

  • "Commentaire sur la décision Martel c. Kia Canada inc. – Qu’est-ce qu’un représentant adéquat en matière de recours collectifs?", published on La référence, the online legal research service from Éditions Yvon Blais (in French), September 2015.

  • "La prescription est un motif suffisant pour rejeter une requête en autorisation", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), September 2015.

  • "Novo codex, nova lex? Quelques observations concernant le nouveau Code de procédure civile et le régime de recours collectifs", published on the Éditions Yvon Blais blog (in French), September 2015.

Contact

514 397-6899
shaun.finn@bcf.ca

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