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The Auto Parts actions are comprised of approximately forty-five (45) 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). In Ontario, the auto parts class actions are being case managed together by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. In Quebec, Applications for authorization to institute class actions have also been filed and are case managed by Justice Clément Samson, j.c.s.. The following is a list of the actions started to date in one or both jurisdictions:

Air Conditioning Systems, Air Flow Meters, Alternators, Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts, Autolights, Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers and Oil Coolers, Automotive Brake Hoses, Automotive Exhaust Systems, Automotive Steel Tubes, Bearings, Braking Systems, Body Sealing Parts, Ceramic Substrates, Constant Velocity Joint Boot, Electric Powered Steering Assemblies, Electronic Control Units (ECU), Electronic Throttle Bodies, Fan Motors, Fuel Injection Systems, Fuel Senders, Heater Control Panels (HCP), High Intensity Discharge Ballasts (HID Ballasts), Hoses, Ignition Coils, Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC), Inverters, Manual Steering Columns, Motor Generators, Occupant Safety Systems (OSS), Oxygen Sensors, Plastic Interior Trim, Power Window Motors, Power Window Switches, Radiators, Shock Absorbers, Spark Plugs, Starters, Steering Angle Sensors, Switches, Windshield Washer Systems, Windshield Wiper Systems, Wire Harness Systems.

A description of each automotive part and the relevant class periods can be found here.

Developments

Settlements

To date, settlements have been entered into with 24 defendant groups, totalling approximately $102.5 million. Details of the settlements can be found here­.

All settlements have been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and/or Quebec Courts, as applicable.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. See the Distribution section below for additional details.

Distribution

Approved - Automotive Wire Harness Systems

Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the Automotive Wire Harness Systems action. The Courts have approved a protocol for the distribution of the Automotive Wire Harness Systems settlement funds.

The deadline to apply for compensation has passed. The Claims Administrator is currently processing the claims received. This process can take anywhere from a year to 18 months from the claims deadline. Visit www.autopartsettlement.ca for updates.

Approved – Air Flow Meters, Electronic Control Units, Fan Motors, Fuel Senders, Power Window Motors, and Windshield Washer Systems

Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the above-noted actions. The Courts have approved a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds. Persons who applied to receive settlement benefits in the Automotive Wire Harness Systems class action will automatically be considered for eligibility to participate in the distribution. Eligibility will be based on the information provided in the context of the Automotive Wire Harness Systems class action.

A copy of the Distribution Protocol can be found here.

Contested Litigation

None of the cases have been decided on their merits. However, several of the actions have proceeded to or are proceeding towards certification. 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).

In Quebec, the fuel injection systems class action was authorized (certified) on behalf of residents of Quebec.

The Plaintiffs have brought motions for certification or authorization in the Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts, Radiators and Bearings class actions. In Quebec, the motion proceeded to authorization on June 22, 2020, and the court has not yet issued a decision.  The Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts and Radiators motions have not yet been heard or decided.

Discontinuances

The Plaintiffs have discontinued, on a without costs and without prejudice basis, various actions against certain defendants. Details of the discontinuances can be found here.

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.

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 auto parts class actions?

You are affected by an auto parts class action if you are a person in Canada who, during the relevant class period:

  • purchased or leased a new or used Automotive Vehicle in Canada;
  • purchased a new or used Automotive Vehicle for import into Canada; or
  • purchased an automotive part in Canada for installation in a new Automotive Vehicle.

A description of the automotive parts and the relevant class periods can be found here.

In several cases, the courts have approved or have been asked to approve a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds (see Developments, Distribution).  At a later stage, the courts will be asked to approve a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds in the other class actions.  At that stage, the courts will be asked to determine which settlement class members are entitled to share in the distribution.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opt-out (exclude 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?

In some of the class actions, the period to opt-out of (exclude yourself from) the class action has expired.  In other cases, the period to opt-out will run in the future.  Details of the status of the opt-out are available here.

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.

If you exclude yourself or opt out:

  • you will not be eligible to participate in the ongoing class action, and
  • you will not receive any money from the class action, but
  • you will be able to start or continue your own case against the defendants regarding the claims at issue in the class action.

If you do nothing, and so do not exclude yourself or opt out:

  • you will be eligible to participate in the ongoing class action, and
  • you may receive money from the class action, but
  • you will not be able to start or continue your own case against the defendants regarding the claims at issue in the class action.

You will only be provided with a single opportunity to opt-out of the class actions.

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 an automotive part for installation in new vehicles during the class period. A description of the automotive parts and the relevant class periods can be found here; 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.

Documents

DISTRIBUTION

Automotive Wire Harness Systems

Air Flow Meters, Electronic Control Units, Fan Motors, Fuel Senders, Power Window Motors, and Windshield Washer Systems

SETTLEMENTS

  • Autoliv, Inc., Autoliv ASP, Inc., Autoliv B.V. & Co. K.G., Autoliv Electronics Canada Inc., Autoliv Japan Ltd., Autoliv Safety Technology, Inc., Autoliv Canada, Inc. and VOA Canada Inc.
  • DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Canada, Inc., DENSO Sales Canada, Inc., DENSO Korea Corporation (f/k/a separately as DENSO International Korea Corporation and DENSO Korea Automotive Corporation), DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. (f/k/a DENSO Sales California, Inc.), DENSO Automotive Deutschland GmbH, ASMO Co., Ltd., ASMO North America, LLC, ASMO North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Greenville of North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Manufacturing, Inc., Korea Wiper Blade Co., Ltd. and Techma Corporation

Settlements

To date, settlements have been entered into with 24 defendant groups, totalling approximately $102.5 million. Details of the settlements can be found here­.

All settlements have been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and/or Quebec Courts, as applicable.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. See the Distribution section below for additional details.

Distribution

Approved - Automotive Wire Harness Systems

Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the Automotive Wire Harness Systems action. The Courts have approved a protocol for the distribution of the Automotive Wire Harness Systems settlement funds.

The deadline to apply for compensation has passed. The Claims Administrator is currently processing the claims received. This process can take anywhere from a year to 18 months from the claims deadline. Visit www.autopartsettlement.ca for updates.

Approved – Air Flow Meters, Electronic Control Units, Fan Motors, Fuel Senders, Power Window Motors, and Windshield Washer Systems

Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the above-noted actions. The Courts have approved a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds. Persons who applied to receive settlement benefits in the Automotive Wire Harness Systems class action will automatically be considered for eligibility to participate in the distribution. Eligibility will be based on the information provided in the context of the Automotive Wire Harness Systems class action.

A copy of the Distribution Protocol can be found here.

Contested Litigation

None of the cases have been decided on their merits. However, several of the actions have proceeded to or are proceeding towards certification. 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).

In Quebec, the fuel injection systems class action was authorized (certified) on behalf of residents of Quebec.

The Plaintiffs have brought motions for certification or authorization in the Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts, Radiators and Bearings class actions. In Quebec, the motion proceeded to authorization on June 22, 2020, and the court has not yet issued a decision.  The Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts and Radiators motions have not yet been heard or decided.

Discontinuances

The Plaintiffs have discontinued, on a without costs and without prejudice basis, various actions against certain defendants. Details of the discontinuances can be found here.

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.

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 auto parts class actions?

You are affected by an auto parts class action if you are a person in Canada who, during the relevant class period:

  • purchased or leased a new or used Automotive Vehicle in Canada;
  • purchased a new or used Automotive Vehicle for import into Canada; or
  • purchased an automotive part in Canada for installation in a new Automotive Vehicle.

A description of the automotive parts and the relevant class periods can be found here.

In several cases, the courts have approved or have been asked to approve a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds (see Developments, Distribution).  At a later stage, the courts will be asked to approve a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds in the other class actions.  At that stage, the courts will be asked to determine which settlement class members are entitled to share in the distribution.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opt-out (exclude 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?

In some of the class actions, the period to opt-out of (exclude yourself from) the class action has expired.  In other cases, the period to opt-out will run in the future.  Details of the status of the opt-out are available here.

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.

If you exclude yourself or opt out:

  • you will not be eligible to participate in the ongoing class action, and
  • you will not receive any money from the class action, but
  • you will be able to start or continue your own case against the defendants regarding the claims at issue in the class action.

If you do nothing, and so do not exclude yourself or opt out:

  • you will be eligible to participate in the ongoing class action, and
  • you may receive money from the class action, but
  • you will not be able to start or continue your own case against the defendants regarding the claims at issue in the class action.

You will only be provided with a single opportunity to opt-out of the class actions.

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 an automotive part for installation in new vehicles during the class period. A description of the automotive parts and the relevant class periods can be found here; 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.

DISTRIBUTION

Automotive Wire Harness Systems

Air Flow Meters, Electronic Control Units, Fan Motors, Fuel Senders, Power Window Motors, and Windshield Washer Systems

SETTLEMENTS

  • Autoliv, Inc., Autoliv ASP, Inc., Autoliv B.V. & Co. K.G., Autoliv Electronics Canada Inc., Autoliv Japan Ltd., Autoliv Safety Technology, Inc., Autoliv Canada, Inc. and VOA Canada Inc.
  • DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Canada, Inc., DENSO Sales Canada, Inc., DENSO Korea Corporation (f/k/a separately as DENSO International Korea Corporation and DENSO Korea Automotive Corporation), DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. (f/k/a DENSO Sales California, Inc.), DENSO Automotive Deutschland GmbH, ASMO Co., Ltd., ASMO North America, LLC, ASMO North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Greenville of North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Manufacturing, Inc., Korea Wiper Blade Co., Ltd. and Techma Corporation

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