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Anyone who purchased LIBs or LIB Products in Canada between January 1, 2000 and January 1, 2012 is eligible to claim settlement benefits.

  • “LIB” means lithium ion batteries, a type of rechargeable batteries.
  • “LIB Products” are laptop computers, notebook computers, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants, handheld GPS, handheld video players, cellphones or smartphones (excluding cell phones acquired as part of a cell phone service contract), or replacement batteries for any of these products.

The claims process is now open. The deadline to make a claim is December 17, 2021.  

Claims can be submitted online at www.batteriessettlement.ca. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call the claims administrator toll-free at 1-866-726-4080.

Please see the Notices for more details about the claims process:

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling over $21 million:

  • NEC Corporation and NEC Tokin Corporation (“NEC”);
  • Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. and Samsung SDI America, Inc. (“Samsung”);
  • Sony Corporation, Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc. and Sony of Canada Ltd. (“Sony”);
  • LG Chem, Ltd. and LG Chem America, Inc. (“LG Chem”);
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. and Toshiba of Canada Limited (“Toshiba”);
  • Maxell Holdings, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America ("Maxell"); and
  • Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc., and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. (“Panasonic”).

The Settlements have been approved by the Ontario and Quebec Courts, as applicable.

The Courts also approved a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds and how settlement class members can apply to receive compensation. The distribution protocol can be found here.

The claims process has now begun. For information on how you can apply to receive a payment, click here.

The deadline to file a claim is December 17, 2021. Visit www.batteriessettlement.ca to claim your refund.

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?

No, class counsel are paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful in the litigation. Class counsel fees are payable out of any recovery achieved in the litigation. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is eligible to claim for compensation in the lithium ion batteries class action?

All persons in Canada who purchased LIBs or LIB Products between January 1, 2000 to January 1, 2012, except the Excluded Persons, are eligible to claim for compensation.

For the purpose of the distribution protocol, the following definitions apply:

  • “LIB” means a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, including battery cells and battery cells that have been assembled into packs, but excluding lithium-ion rechargeable batteries designed for use in automobiles or other vehicles; and
  • “LIB Products” means the following products containing lithium-ion batteries: notebook computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants, handheld GPS, handheld video players, cell phones or smart phones (excluding cell phones acquired as part of a cell phone service contract) and replacement lithium-ion battery packs.

“Excluded Persons” means the Defendants, the directors and officers of each Defendant, the subsidiaries or affiliates of each Defendant, the entities in which each Defendant or any of that Defendant’s subsidiaries or affiliates have a controlling interest and the legal representatives, heirs, successors and assigns of each of the foregoing, and those Persons who validly and timely opt-out of the Proceedings in accordance with the orders of the applicable court

Can I join the class action?

Under the class proceeding legislation, you are automatically included in the class action unless you request to opt-out. The deadline for opting-out has passed.

However, to participate in the distribution, you must file a claim.  See the Developments page for more information

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

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

Claims Process

MAKE A CLAIM NOW

Anyone who purchased LIBs or LIB Products in Canada between January 1, 2000 and January 1, 2012 is eligible to claim settlement benefits.

  • “LIB” means lithium ion batteries, a type of rechargeable batteries.
  • “LIB Products” are laptop computers, notebook computers, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants, handheld GPS, handheld video players, cellphones or smartphones (excluding cell phones acquired as part of a cell phone service contract), or replacement batteries for any of these products.

The claims process is now open. The deadline to make a claim is December 17, 2021.  

Claims can be submitted online at www.batteriessettlement.ca. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call the claims administrator toll-free at 1-866-726-4080.

Please see the Notices for more details about the claims process:

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling over $21 million:

  • NEC Corporation and NEC Tokin Corporation (“NEC”);
  • Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. and Samsung SDI America, Inc. (“Samsung”);
  • Sony Corporation, Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc. and Sony of Canada Ltd. (“Sony”);
  • LG Chem, Ltd. and LG Chem America, Inc. (“LG Chem”);
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. and Toshiba of Canada Limited (“Toshiba”);
  • Maxell Holdings, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America ("Maxell"); and
  • Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc., and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. (“Panasonic”).

The Settlements have been approved by the Ontario and Quebec Courts, as applicable.

The Courts also approved a protocol for the distribution of the settlement funds and how settlement class members can apply to receive compensation. The distribution protocol can be found here.

The claims process has now begun. For information on how you can apply to receive a payment, click here.

The deadline to file a claim is December 17, 2021. Visit www.batteriessettlement.ca to claim your refund.

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?

No, class counsel are paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful in the litigation. Class counsel fees are payable out of any recovery achieved in the litigation. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is eligible to claim for compensation in the lithium ion batteries class action?

All persons in Canada who purchased LIBs or LIB Products between January 1, 2000 to January 1, 2012, except the Excluded Persons, are eligible to claim for compensation.

For the purpose of the distribution protocol, the following definitions apply:

  • “LIB” means a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, including battery cells and battery cells that have been assembled into packs, but excluding lithium-ion rechargeable batteries designed for use in automobiles or other vehicles; and
  • “LIB Products” means the following products containing lithium-ion batteries: notebook computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants, handheld GPS, handheld video players, cell phones or smart phones (excluding cell phones acquired as part of a cell phone service contract) and replacement lithium-ion battery packs.

“Excluded Persons” means the Defendants, the directors and officers of each Defendant, the subsidiaries or affiliates of each Defendant, the entities in which each Defendant or any of that Defendant’s subsidiaries or affiliates have a controlling interest and the legal representatives, heirs, successors and assigns of each of the foregoing, and those Persons who validly and timely opt-out of the Proceedings in accordance with the orders of the applicable court

Can I join the class action?

Under the class proceeding legislation, you are automatically included in the class action unless you request to opt-out. The deadline for opting-out has passed.

However, to participate in the distribution, you must file a claim.  See the Developments page for more information

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

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