Press Releases

Proposed Settlements in Auto Parts -Fixing Class Actions

January 14, 2016


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

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

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Election Questions Consumers Should Be Asking All Party Leaders

August 6, 2015

The federal election period is an important time for Canadians to ask questions about where parties stand on Consumer Issues to help us make our decision at the ballot box. Over the next 11 weeks the Consumers' Association of Canada will be releasing key questions that we want you to ask Party Leaders and local candidates to see where they stand on important marketplace issues that impact your finances, health, food, communciations and travel.

Let's Protect our Consumer Rights!

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Consumers’ Association of Canada Opposes Bill s-202

October 9, 2014

The Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC) presented its opposition to bill s-202 today to the Senate Standing Committee with respect to bill s-202.

"This is a bill designed for merchants. We are perplexed that government is proposing to intervene in the credit card market in a manner that puts the interests of merchants ahead of those of consumers. We are also tired of hearing claims that both the government and retailers are acting in our (consumers') interest when this is not a consumer concern", says Mel Fruitman.

Click here for the full presentation. French version is here.

CAC Contacts:

Bruce Cran, President

Mel Fruitman
Vice President

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Paper Bill Fees Must End: Wireless Carriers and CRTC Disappoint Consumers; Legislation Necessary


August 31, 2014                                                                            

OTTAWA – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC) reacted today to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) announcement that it had failed yesterday to convince Canadian telecommunications carriers and broadcast distributors to eliminate fees for providing bills in paper format.  PIAC and CAC noted that the agreement reached with these companies was unacceptable for the vast majority of customers and noted the CRTC’s own displeasure with the outcome, and promise of a public inquiry.

Click here for the complete news release.

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