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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 manual steering column class action alleges that the Defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain the price of manual steering columns sold in North America and elsewhere.

A manual steering column is a shaft on which an automotive vehicle’s steering wheel is mounted and by which it is connected with the steering gears.

Developments

The auto parts class actions (including the manual steering column class action) are being case managed together by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Order dated September 21, 2018, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Robert Bosch Inc. and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH.

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 manual steering column 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 September 1, 2007 and October 1, 2012:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased a manual steering column in Canada for installation in a new vehicle.

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?

Yes. After the class action is certified, you will be given an opportunity to opt-out (exclude yourself from the class action). If you opt-out, you will not be able to participate in any settlement or court award achieved in the class action, but you may be able to pursue your claim on an individual basis. Generally speaking, you would only want to opt-out of a class action if you intend to bring individual litigation. In most circumstances, it is more cost effective to participate in a class action because the legal costs are spread over a large number of people, making it more economic for any individual class member to obtain relief.

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 manual steering columns for installation in new vehicles from September 1, 2007 to October 1, 2012; and
  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.

The auto parts class actions (including the manual steering column class action) are being case managed together by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Order dated September 21, 2018, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Robert Bosch Inc. and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH.

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 manual steering column 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 September 1, 2007 and October 1, 2012:

  • purchased or leased a new vehicle in Canada; or
  • purchased a manual steering column in Canada for installation in a new vehicle.

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?

Yes. After the class action is certified, you will be given an opportunity to opt-out (exclude yourself from the class action). If you opt-out, you will not be able to participate in any settlement or court award achieved in the class action, but you may be able to pursue your claim on an individual basis. Generally speaking, you would only want to opt-out of a class action if you intend to bring individual litigation. In most circumstances, it is more cost effective to participate in a class action because the legal costs are spread over a large number of people, making it more economic for any individual class member to obtain relief.

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 manual steering columns for installation in new vehicles from September 1, 2007 to October 1, 2012; and
  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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