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Canadian Auto Parts Price-Fixing Class Actions

April 17, 2017

Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds in Canadian Auto Parts Price-Fixing Class Actions

Between 1999 and 2017, did you or your company:

Purchase and/or lease a new or used automotive vehicle in Canada or for import into Canada; and/or

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NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT APPROVAL HEARING IN THE AUTOMOTIVE WIRE HARNESS SYSTEMS CLASS ACTION

August 25, 2016

If you bought or leased a new or used vehicle, or an Automotive Wire Harness System, between January 1, 1999 and December 4, 2014, you should read this notice carefully.

English here

French here.

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Financing a Car?

March 10, 2016

DON’T FINANCE THE PURCHASE A VEHICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS RECENTLY RELEASED REPORT BY THE FINANCIAL CONSUMER AGENCY OF CANADA.

English version here, and french version here.

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Proposed Settlements in Auto Parts -Fixing Class Actions

January 14, 2016

NOTICE OF CERTIFICATION FOR SETTLEMENT PURPOSES AND SETTLEMENT APPROVAL HEARING IN THE CANADIAN AUTO PARTS PRICE-FIXING CLASS ACTIONS

If you bought or leased a new or used vehicle, or certain automotive parts, since January 1, 1999, you should read the following notices carefully. It may affect your legal rights.

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Class Action Notice

September 28, 2015

Harrison Pensa LLP and Consumer Law Group Inc. commenced proposed class actions in Ontario and Quebec against various lawn mower and lawn mower engine manufacturers.  It is alleged that the defendants participated in an unlawful conspiracy to raise, fix, maintain or stabilize the price of lawn mowers in Canada, lessen unduly competition in the production, manufacture, sale and/or supply of lawn mowers and lawn mower engines, and/or to conduct business contrary to the Competition Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. The class actions are brought on behalf of all persons in Canada who purchased a walk-behind or riding lawn mower containing a gas combustible engine labeled at 30 horsepower or less between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 2012.
 
Previous settlements have been reached with MTD, Briggs & Stratton, Electrolux, John Deere, Husqvarna, Kohler and Toro, totalling $4.5 million dollars. A further settlement has now been reached with Honda for $700,000. Hearings have been set in Ontario and Quebec courts to approve the Honda settlement agreement.  The Ontario hearing will be held on October 26, 2015 at 10:00am at 80 Dundas Street, London, Ontario and the Quebec hearing will be held on October 27, 2015 at 9:30am at 1, rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, Québec.
 
The case is continuing against the remaining defendants and as a result, no distribution of settlement funds will be made at this time. For more information about the Honda settlement agreement and the case, visit www.lawnmowersettlement.ca.

The official English class action notice is here and the official French class action notice is here.

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