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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 auto parts class actions are being case managed together by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

Developments

For information on a specific auto parts class action, click on the link below:

Auto Parts – Air Conditioning Systems

Auto Parts – Air Flow Meters

Auto Parts – Alternators

Auto Parts – Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts

Auto Parts – Autolights

Auto Parts – Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers

Auto Parts - Automotive Exhaust Systems

Auto Parts - Automotive Steel Tubes

Auto Parts – Bearings

Auto Parts - Braking Systems

Auto Parts – Body Sealing Parts

Auto Parts – Ceramic Substrates

Auto Parts – Constant Velocity Joint Boot

Auto Parts – Electric Powered Steering Assemblies

Auto Parts – Electronic Control Units (ECU)

Auto Parts – Electronic Throttle Bodies

Auto Parts – Fan Motors

Auto Parts – Fuel Injection Systems

Auto Parts – Fuel Senders

Auto Parts – Heater Control Panels (HCP)

Auto Parts – High Intensity Discharge Ballasts

Auto Parts – Hoses

Auto Parts – Ignition Coils

Auto Parts – Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC)

Auto Parts – Inverters

Auto Parts – Manual Steering Columns

Auto Parts – Motor Generators

Auto Parts – Occupant Safety Systems (OSS)

Auto Parts – Oxygen Sensors

Auto Parts – Plastic Interior Trim

Auto Parts – Power Window Motors

Auto Parts – Radiators

Auto Parts – Shock Absorbers

Auto Parts – Spark Plugs

Auto Parts – Starters

Auto Parts – Steering Angle Sensors

Auto Parts – Switches

Auto Parts – Windshield Washer Systems

Auto Parts – Windshield Wiper Systems

Auto Parts – Wire Harness Systems

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.

Can I join the class actions?

There are no steps required to “join” a 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 actions?

Yes. After a 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; and
  2. 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 a question, please use the contact form provided on this page.

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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.

Can I join the class actions?

There are no steps required to “join” a 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 actions?

Yes. After a 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; and
  2. 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 a question, please use the contact form provided on this page.

 

 

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