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A bailiff seized more than $800,000 in assets from the Montreal company that runs the Just for Laughs comedy festival one week before the company announced it was seeking protection from its creditors.

The seizure came after the company, Groupe Juste pour rire inc., failed to make a court-ordered payment to a former employee who was laid off in 2019 despite having been promised a job for life.

The Quebec Court of Appeal ordered Juste pour rire to pay Andre Gloutnay, an archivist, $666,500, to cover lost wages since the layoff and future earnings until he reaches retirement age, along with interest and an additional indemnity.

Gloutnay testified that the festival’s founder Gilbert Rozon had offered him the post in exchange for a collection of comedy videos.

“I want you to give me your collection in exchange for a permanent job for life. It’s you who will decide when you …

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