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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 Automotive Wire Harness Systems (“AWHS”) class action alleges that the Defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain the price of automotive wire harness systems and related products sold in North America and elsewhere.

AWHS are an assembly of cables and certain integrated components that transmit signals or electric power between electronic components throughout an automotive vehicle.

Developments

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totalling approximately $25.5 million:

  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc., and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”)
  • G.S. Electech, Inc., G.S.W. Manufacturing Inc. and G.S. Wiring Systems Inc. (“G.S. Electech”)
  • Leoni AG, Leoni Kabel GmbH, Leoni Wiring Systems, Inc., Leonische Holding, Inc., Leoni Wire Inc., Leoni Elocab Ltd., and Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme Gmbh (“Leoni”)
  • Yazaki Systems Technologies GmbH (formerly S-Y Systems Technologies Europe, GmbH) (“S-Y Systems”)

The Lear, Yazaki, Chiyoda, Furukawa, Fujikura, Sumitomo, G.S. Electech, Leoni and S-Y Systems settlements have already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts and 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. We anticipate that a notice explaining how to apply to receive settlement benefits will be sent in the Fall of 2018. Please check here periodically for updates.

Contested Litigation

By orders dated June 14, 2013, February 3, 2014, June 25, 2014, October 30, 2014 and December 9, 2015 and January 28, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the following defendants:

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).

Who is affected by the automotive wire harness systems class action?

You are affected by the class action and a “member” of either Settlement Class A or Settlement Class B if you are a person in Canada who between January 1, 1999 and December 4, 2014 or between December 5, 2014 and November 2, 2016:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased an automotive wire harness system (or component thereof) in Canada for installation in a new vehicle.

The contested certification motion seeks certification of a shorter class period (from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 2010).

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.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself) from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in 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?

  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 automotive wire harness systems (or components thereof) for installation in new vehicles from January 1, 1999 to November 2, 2016.
  3. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

Documents

Settlements

Contested Litigation

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totalling approximately $25.5 million:

  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc., and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”)
  • G.S. Electech, Inc., G.S.W. Manufacturing Inc. and G.S. Wiring Systems Inc. (“G.S. Electech”)
  • Leoni AG, Leoni Kabel GmbH, Leoni Wiring Systems, Inc., Leonische Holding, Inc., Leoni Wire Inc., Leoni Elocab Ltd., and Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme Gmbh (“Leoni”)
  • Yazaki Systems Technologies GmbH (formerly S-Y Systems Technologies Europe, GmbH) (“S-Y Systems”)

The Lear, Yazaki, Chiyoda, Furukawa, Fujikura, Sumitomo, G.S. Electech, Leoni and S-Y Systems settlements have already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts and 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. We anticipate that a notice explaining how to apply to receive settlement benefits will be sent in the Fall of 2018. Please check here periodically for updates.

Contested Litigation

By orders dated June 14, 2013, February 3, 2014, June 25, 2014, October 30, 2014 and December 9, 2015 and January 28, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the following defendants:

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).

Who is affected by the automotive wire harness systems class action?

You are affected by the class action and a “member” of either Settlement Class A or Settlement Class B if you are a person in Canada who between January 1, 1999 and December 4, 2014 or between December 5, 2014 and November 2, 2016:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased an automotive wire harness system (or component thereof) in Canada for installation in a new vehicle.

The contested certification motion seeks certification of a shorter class period (from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 2010).

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.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself) from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in 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?

  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 automotive wire harness systems (or components thereof) for installation in new vehicles from January 1, 1999 to November 2, 2016.
  3. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

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