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This action is one of approximately 40 class actions that have been commenced regarding alleged price-fixing of automobile parts. The unlawful conspiracies relate to the prices of parts installed by automakers in new vehicles. The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (ie. automakers).

The air flow meters class action alleges that the Defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain the price of air flow meters sold in North America and elsewhere.

An air flow meter, otherwise known as a mass air flow sensor, measures the volume of air flowing into combustible engines, (ie. how much air is flowing through a valve or passageway). The air flow meter provides information to the vehicle’s electronic control unit in order to ensure that the proper ratio of fuel to air is being injected into the engine.

Developments

Settlements

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $725,000. The Hitachi settlement was approved by the Ontario and Quebec Courts. The time to opt out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the Courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

FAQs

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the air flow meters class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who between January 1, 2000 and March 20, 2017:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased an air flow meter in Canada.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I exclude myself from the class action?

The time to opt out of the action has passed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases or leases of new vehicles from 1995 onwards. This period covers the entire duration of all auto parts price-fixing cases. You might be affected by multiple auto parts price-fixing cases.
  2. Keep records of any purchases of air flow meters for installation in new vehicles from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.
  3. Register receive updates about the class action by filling out the form provided on this page.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have a question, please use the contact form provided on this page.

Documents

Hitachi Settlement Agreement

Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds (English) (French)

May 1, 2017 Hitachi Settlement Approval Order

Settlements

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $725,000. The Hitachi settlement was approved by the Ontario and Quebec Courts. The time to opt out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the Courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the air flow meters class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who between January 1, 2000 and March 20, 2017:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased an air flow meter in Canada.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I exclude myself from the class action?

The time to opt out of the action has passed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases or leases of new vehicles from 1995 onwards. This period covers the entire duration of all auto parts price-fixing cases. You might be affected by multiple auto parts price-fixing cases.
  2. Keep records of any purchases of air flow meters for installation in new vehicles from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.
  3. Register receive updates about the class action by filling out the form provided on this page.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have a question, please use the contact form provided on this page.

Hitachi Settlement Agreement

Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds (English) (French)

May 1, 2017 Hitachi Settlement Approval Order

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