Friday, February 27th6.9°C
25154
24285

Quebec government will appeal court ruling on French business signs

MONTREAL - The Quebec government says it will appeal a recent court ruling that major retailers don't have to translate their trademarked English names into French.

The government had until this week to decide whether to appeal the decision by Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau.

Yergeau ruled last month that businesses that have storefront signs with their trademark name in a language other than French do not contravene the French Language Charter.

Several multinationals took the province to court after they were told by the language watchdog to change their names or risk running afoul of the rules governing the language of business in Quebec.

The Office quebecois de la langue francaise wanted the companies to change their signs to either give themselves a generic French name or to add a slogan or explanation to reflect what they sold.

But a list of companies that included Best Buy, Costco, Gap, Old Navy, Guess, Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us and Curves opposed the idea.

Yergeau also ruled the watchdog could not suspend, revoke or refuse to renew certificates or attempt to impose any other sanction stemming from the trademarks issue.

The office of Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said it won't comment any further given the case is now back before the courts.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News




Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15265.71+24.55
S&P CDNX704.11+3.18
DJIA18132.38-82.04
Nasdaq4963.528-24.362
S&P 5002104.49-6.25
CDN Dollar0.7998+0.0007
Gold1203.00+6.10
Oil51.64+1.25
Lumber296.70+1.20
Natural Gas2.895-0.007

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.12+0.005
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.55-0.03
Cantex0.035-0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.190.00
Metalex Ventures0.035-0.005
Russel Metals25.48+0.18
Copper Mountain Mining1.30+0.04
Colorado Resources0.15+0.015
ReliaBrand Inc0.008-0.0007
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.05+0.015
Mission Ready Services0.235+0.025

 



25195

FEATURED Property
2215342101 - 2780 Auburn Road
2 bedrooms 2 baths
$224,500
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Creating your retirement vision

A vision means different things to different people. To the head of a large corporation, it’s the ability to chart a course that will deliver success (think Steve Jobs and Apple), to a shaman, i...


It's OK to say 'I'm sorry'

Photo: ContributedStand-up comedians and sitcoms have been making fun of Canadians for being polite as long as I can remember. Being known for our niceness is certainly not a bad thing and I wish more...


Are you asking the right questions?

Have you ever had this happen to you? You are in the middle of your second or third good discussion with a prospect and everything seems to be going great. The prospect seems engaged and happy to work...

_








Member of BC Press Council


24850