Anne Merminod

Partner

Montréal
AMerminod@blg.com
514.954.2529

Anne Merminod is an experienced and skilled litigator who devotes her practice to defending class actions.

She currently defends clients, both at authorization, on the merits, or involved in settlements before judicial courts in first instance and at the appellate level, across a broad variety of industries in the fields of:

  • consumer protection
  • product liability
  • privacy law
  • health law
  • competition law
  • environmental law

A sought-after speaker and author, she regularly speaks and write on the subject of class actions. Her recent works include, "Awarding of Punitive Damages in the Context of Consumer Law Class Actions – A North American Study" (Éditions Yvon Blais, 2019) and "Privacy Class Actions" in the Book entitled "Managing Privacy in a Connected World" (LexisNexis, 2020).

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Class Actions Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec Division) and sits on the committee of the National Conference of the Barreau du Québec on Class Actions – Recent Developments in Québec, Canada, and the United States, the largest continuing professional training activity in the field in Canada.

Anne also represents Canadian and foreign clients in major commercial litigations, including cases relating to:

  • manufacturers' liability
  • consumer law

Anne consistently takes a personalized, practical and business-oriented approach to the delivery of legal services. She regularly pleads before the Superior Court of Québec and the Court of Appeal of Québec.

She is consistently recognized as one of Canada's leading class counsel lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and as well as Acritas Star®.

Experience

  • Hébert v. Kia Canada Inc. – Defeated authorization on behalf of Kia Canada in the defective Bluetooth system class action. The Court of Appeal of Québec upheld the decision in appeal.
  • Sofio v. Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) – Defeated authorization on behalf of IIROC in the class action following the loss of personal information of 50,000 investors. The Court of Appeal of Québec upheld the decision in appeal.
  • Maxwell vShoppers Drug Mart Inc./Loblaws & all (2019) – Obtained the discontinuance of the class action regarding the alleged practice at differentiating prices according to the gender of the consumer, commonly referred to as "pink tax".

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Executive Committee of the Class Actions Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec Division)
  • Member, Québec Bar Association
  • Member, Young Bar Association of Montreal
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Board member, Cuisine Atout (since 2013)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Class Action Litigation).
  • Recognized as Acritas Star 2019 (and since 2016) by a survey of 4,000 general counsels and senior leaders at legal departments around the world.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2010
  • BCL/LLB, McGill University, 2008
  • McGill University exchange student in Legal Studies, National University of Singapore, 2008
  • B.A. (honours) in History, Concordia University, 2005
  • Concordia University exchange student in History, Institut d'Études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Paris, France, 2003