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    Metellus v. Attorney General of Quebec

    Loss of value of taxi permits

    The class action aims to compensate taxi permit owners for expropriation by the Quebec government, in an amount equivalent to the market value of the permits before the decline observed following the arrival of Uber. The plaintiff alleges that by adopting the Loi sur le transport rémunéré de personnes par automobile, the Quebec government expropriated taxi permit owners without paying fair and reasonable compensation.

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    On June 21, 2024, Justice Silvana Conte of the Superior Court of Quebec rendered a landmark class action judgment ordering the Quebec government to pay over $219 million in compensation to thousands of former taxi permit holders.

    For more information, please see our press release here, and the judgment here.

    If you have any questions, you can consult our frequently asked questions here.

    Conditions to be part of this class action

    You are part of the class action if you hold or have held a taxi owner’s licence in the province of Quebec since October 28, 2013.

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    Summary of the class action

    On October 28, 2013, the company known as Uber began commercial activities of remunerated transportation of people by motor vehicle in Quebec without holding the necessary permits to engage in such activities.

    On October 15, 2016, the Government of Quebec adopted a pilot project that allows Uber to offer taxi services without a permit, whereas any other person who wants to offer taxi services must hold a permit whose value could be more than $ 200,000 before Uber’s arrival.

    On September 20, 2016, Dama Metellus, a taxi owner and driver’s permit holder, filed an application to authorize a class action against the Government of Quebec alleging that, by gross negligence and refusal to respect and act respect the laws of Quebec, it has in fact expropriated the taxi licence holders.

    On October 31, 2018, Justice Mark G. Peacock authorized the class action for taxi owner permit holders.

    On March 28, 2019, Justice Silvana Conte approved the content of the following notices to members. You can view here the short notice or the long notice.

    On December 18, 2019, the Applicant filed an Application for Leave to Amend the Originating Application. The purpose of this amendment was to include all holders of taxi owner’s licences in Quebec in this class action, regardless of the territory covered by the licence. On January 16, 2020, Justice Silvana Conte granted the Application for Leave to Amend the Originating Application and ordered new notices to be published to the class members. You may view the short Notice to members or the full Notice to members.

    For information on the loss of income for taxi drivers, see the class action Jean-Paul v. Uber Technologies Inc.

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