Sean Griffin: Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Sean Griffin

Montreal,  QU  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation & Investment Products
  • White Collar Defence and Investigations
University Université Panthéons-Assas, Paris
Law SchoolUniversité Laval, LL.B., 2006
Admitted2007, Québec

Sean Griffin is a senior associate in our Litigation and Bankruptcy & Restructuring law group in Montreal.

Mr. Griffin's practice is mainly focused on high profile and complex commercial and corporate litigation with a focus on defending public companies and acting on behalf of different players in the securities and financial services industries. Mr. Griffin works primarily to defend financial institutions, public corporations, officers and directors against various statutory and civil recourses, including consumer and securities class actions.

Mr. Griffin's recent experience includes acting on behalf of:

•A Quebec based insurance company in a consumer class action alleging notably false and/or misleading representations in the sale and distribution of insurance products to the retail market;
•Several entities of an important financial group in a consumer class action alleging notably false and/or misleading representations in the sale and distribution of market linked-notes to the retail market;
•The auditors of Sino-Forest Corporation in securities class actions alleging false and/or misleading representations on the primary and secondary markets;
•A former Manulife Insurance Co. D&O in securities class action alleging false and/or misleading information on the secondary market;
•An important financial institution and broker in litigation related to false and/or misleading representations in the distribution of structured products;
•The D&Os of a public biotechnology company listed on the TSX in a securities class action alleging violation of their fiduciary duties and their duties to shareholders;
•A financial and risk management consultant in a commercial arbitration with respect to investments in off-shore accounts and off-shore funds of hedge funds; and
•A major telecommunication company in multi-million-dollar claims and injunctive proceedings for satellite signal piracy.

Mr. Griffin studied philosophy and English literature at McGill University in Montreal. He completed his Master's degree in philosophy at Universite Laval in Quebec City and the University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his civil law degree at Universite Laval as well as Universite Pantheons-Assas in Paris. Mr. Griffin received his Bachelor of Civil Law degree (LL. B.) in 2006 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2007.


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Interim Injunctive Relief Against Google as a Tool to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights Worldwide
Sean Griffin,Catherine Martin, July 17, 2014
Following the decision last month in which Google Inc. (“Google”) was ordered by the European Union’s Court of Justice to “forget” certain personal information, the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Court”) issued an interim injunction on June 13,...

Proactive Monitoring: Lack of Employee Oversight Leads to the Certification of the first Privacy Class Action Based on the Novel Tort of “Intrusion Upon Seclusion”
Sean Griffin,Anne-Elisabeth Simard, June 27, 2014
On June 6, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court certified the first privacy class action based on the novel tort of “intrusion upon seclusion”, recognised in 2012 by the Ontario Court of Appeal in Jones v. Tsige

Privacy Breaches: Statutory Torts of the British Columbia’s Privacy Act Override Forum Selection Clauses
Sean Griffin,Anne-Elisabeth Simard, June 18, 2014
On May 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia rendered a judgment certifying a class action against Facebook Inc. (“Facebook”). In Douez v. Facebook Inc., the plaintiff alleges that Facebook used the names or portraits of Facebook users without their consent in advertisements...
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Sean Griffin

Suite 2500, 1000 de La Gauchetière Street West
MontrealQU H3B 0A2

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