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Auto Parts Class Actions

Sotos Class Actions has commenced a series of approximately 42 class actions relating to the alleged price-fixing of various automobile parts. The lawsuits allege that the defendants entered into illegal backroom agreements to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of auto parts from around 1999 to 2012.

Sotos Class Actions is bringing these actions together with the law firm of Siskinds LLP in London, Ontario, Siskinds Desmeules in Quebec City, Quebec, and Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman in Vancouver British Columbia.

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

Access Mechanisms

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of access mechanisms incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2002 to May 31, 2013.

This action includes a variety of automotive access mechanisms used within a vehicle including, but not limited to, inside and outside door handles, tailgate or trunk handles; keys, lock sets, key sets and door locks; and electrical steering column locks and mechanical steering column locks.

Air Conditioning Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of air conditioning systems incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2001 to March 1, 2010.

Air conditioning systems are systems that cool the interior environment of a vehicle and are part of an automobile’s thermal system. Air conditioning systems include the following components: compressors, condensers, HVAC units (blower motors, actuators, flaps, evaporators, heater cores, and filters embedded in a plastic housing), control panels, sensors, and associated hoses and pipes.

Updates

  • October 7, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated October 7, 2014 re: discontinuance as against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

Air Flow Meters

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of air flow meters incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

An air flow meter, otherwise known as a mass air flow sensor, measures the volume of air flowing into combustible engines, (ie. how much air is flowing through a valve or passageway). The air flow meter provides information to the vehicle’s electronic control unit in order to ensure that the proper ratio of fuel to air is being injected into the engine.

Updates

  • June 19, 2017 – the deadline for opting out of the class action has expired
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and Hitachi
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with Hitachi dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Reasons of Justice Belobaba dated May 10, 2017 re: Hitachi Settlement
Order of Justice Belobaba dated May 1, 2017 re: Hitachi Settlement Approval

Notices to the Class

Hitachi –Notice of Consent Certification and Settlement Approval

Alternators

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of alternators incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

An alternator is a device that charges a vehicle’s battery and powers the electrical system of a vehicle when its engine is running.

Updates

  • June 19, 2017 – the deadline for opting out of the class action has expired
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and Hitachi
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • June 14, 2016 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.
  • February 3, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with Hitachi dated December 2, 2016
Settlement Agreement with Mitsubishi dated March 2, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Reasons of Justice Belobaba dated May 10, 2017 re: Hitachi Settlement
Order of Justice Belobaba dated May 1, 2017 re: Hitachi Settlement Approval
Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 14, 2016 re: discontinuance against Bosch Electrical Drives Co. Ltd.
Order of Justice Belobaba dated February 3, 2014 re: discontinuance as against Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Notices to the Class

Hitachi – Long-Form Notice of Consent Certification and Settlement Approval

Anti-Vibration Rubber

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of anti-vibration rubber incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from March 1, 1996 to June 1, 2012.

Anti-vibration rubber parts are comprised primarily of rubber and metal, and are installed in automotive vehicles to reduce engine and road vibration.

Updates

  • July 17, 2018 – the plaintiffs served a supplementary expert affidavit in support of their certification motion
  • December 21, 2017 – the plaintiffs served the first tranche of their certification motion record
  • October 7, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants Toyota Tire U.S.A. Corp., Toyo Tire Canada Inc., Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Canada Inc. and Toyota Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated October 7, 2014 re: discontinuance as against Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. and Toyo Tire Canada Inc. (1)
Order of Justice Belobaba dated October 7, 2014 re: discontinuance as against Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Canada Inc. and Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. (2)

Autolights

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of autoligths incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from June 1, 1997 to August 1, 2011.

This action includes headlights and rear combination lights used in automobiles and other light-duty vehicles. A headlight may also include a clearance light and/or turn signal. A rear combination is installed in the back of an automobile, and may include a back-up light, tail light, stop light, and/or turn signal.

Updates

  • July 8, 2019 – the deadline for opting out of the class action has expired
  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the Mitsuba defendants
  • April 2, 2019 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with Mitsuba dated February 19, 2019

Orders and Decisions

Reasons of Justice Belobaba dated May 29, 2019 re: Mitsuba Settlement Approval
Order of Justice Belobaba dated May 28, 2019 re: Mitsuba Settlement Approval

Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of automatic transmission fluid warmers incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from November 1, 2002 to March 1, 2010.

Automatic transmission fluid warmers are devices located within an automotive vehicle’s engine that improve fuel economy by warming transmission fluid to lower its viscosity, allowing the transmission fluid to flow more easily.

Updates

  • June 19, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and T.Rad
  • June 19, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements
  • January 5, 2018 – the deadline for opting out of the class action has expired
  • August 30, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • July 20, 2017 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with T.Rad dated July 20, 2017

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 19, 2018 re: T.Rad Settlement Approval

Notices to the Class

T.Rad – Long-Form Notice of Consent Certification and Settlement Approval

Automotive Brake Hoses

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of automotive brake hoses incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from February 1, 2004 to October 1, 2010.

Automotive Brake Hoses are flexible hoses that carry brake fluid through the hydraulic brake system of an automotive vehicle.

Automotive Exhaust Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of automotive exhaust systems incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2002 to March 25, 2014.

Automotive Exhaust Systems, include, to the extent included in the relevant requests for quotation, various related components, but not limited to, manifolds, flex pipes, catalytic converters, converters, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, oxygen sensors, isolators, gaskets, clamps, resonator assemblies, pipe accessories, mufflers, muffler assemblies, and tubes, installed in new automotive vehicles.

Automotive Steel Tubes

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of automotive steel tubes incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from December 1, 2003 to July 9, 2011.

Automotive Steel Tubes are tubes used in fuel distribution, braking and other automotive systems, Automotive Steel Tubes are sometimes divided into two categories; chassis tubes and engine parts tubes.  Chassis tubes include, to the extent included in the relevant requests for quotation, brake and fuel tubes, located in the body of an automotive vehicle,.  Engine parts tubes included to the extent included in the relevant requests for quotation, fuel inject rails, oil level tubes and oil strainer tubes.

Updates

  • May 3, 2019 – the action was discontinued against JTEKT

Orders and Decisions

Order  of Justice Belobaba dated May 3, 2019 re: discontinuance against JTEKT

Bearings

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of bearings incorporated into new vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from April 20, 1998 to March 31, 2012.

Bearings are friction-reducing devices that allow one moving part to glide past another moving part. Bearings (including automotive wheel hub unit bearings) are used in automotive vehicles, light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, buses, commercial vehicles, industrial machinery, construction equipment, mining equipment and/or railway vehicles (collectively, “Products containing bearings”).

Updates

  • June 14, 2016 – Justice Belobabaapproved the discontinuance of the action against Koyo

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 14, 2016 re: discontinuance against Koyo

Body Sealing Parts

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of body sealing products used in new vehicles and other light duty vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to September 30, 2012.

Body Sealing Products include with limitation, body-side opening seals, door-side weather stripping glass-run channels, trunk lids, trunk lid weather stripping and other small seals, which are installed in automobiles to keep the interior dry from rain and free from wind and exterior noises.

Updates

  • April 2, 2019 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • January 21, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Nishikawa Rubber Co.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with Nishikawa dated January 21, 2019

Order and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated April 2, 2019 re: Notice of Approval and Consent Certification

Notices to the Class

Long Form Notice of Certification and Settlement Approval

Ceramic Substrates

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of ceramic substrates for catalytic converters installed in new automotive vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from July 1, 1999 to July 31, 2011.

Ceramic Substrates are uncoated ceramic monoliths (cylindrical or rectangular tubes) containing a fine mesh-like inner structure that runs the length of the tube.  Ceramic Substrates are coated with a mix of metals and other chemicals and then incorporated into catalytic converters.  Catalytic converters are emissions control devices that convert certain pollutants into less harmful gases and are essential for Automotive Vehicles to meet emissions standards.

Updates

  • February 4, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with NGK

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with NGK dated February 4, 2019

Constant Velocity Joint Boot Products

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of automotive constant-velocity-joint boot products, used in automobiles and other light duty vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2006 to October 1, 2010.

Automotive Constant-Velocity Joint Boot Products are composed of rubber or plastic, and are used to cover the constant-velocity-joints of an automobile to protect the joints from contaminants.

Updates

  • October 7, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated October 7, 2014

Door Latches

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of side-door latches and latch minimodules, used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from September 1, 2008 to May 31, 2013.

Door Latches are the most crucial part of a car door lock system and an inherent part of almost every Automotive Vehicle.  An Automotive Vehicle has at least two door handles per door, with Door Latches that may be locked to prevent unauthorized access from the exterior.  Door Latches include side-door latches and latch minimodules.  Side-door latches secure an automotive door to a vehicle body and may be locked to prevent unauthorized access to a vehicle.  Latch minimodules include the side-door latches and all of the related mechanical operating components, including the electric lock function.

Electric Powered Steering Assemblies

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of electric powered steering assemblies (“EPS Assemblies”) used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2005 to October 1, 2012.

EPS Assemblies link the steering wheel to the tires, and include, to the extent included in the relevant requests for quotation (“RFQs”), the column, intermediate shaft, and electric power steering electric control unit, among other parts, but do not include the steering wheel or tires.

Updates

  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and dismissal against Mitsubishi
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the long form notice of settlement approval  and consent of certification
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi
  • December 9, 2015 – Justice Belobaba approved the discontinuance of the action against the defendant Koyo

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019
Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated September 21, 2018 re: settlement approval and dismissal against Mitsubishi
Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: Notice Approval and Consent Certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 9, 2015 re: discontinuance against Koyo
Order of Justice Belobaba dated October 7, 2014 re: discontinuance against TRW

Electronic Control Units (ECU)

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Electronic Control Units (“ECU”) used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 2010.

ECU is a generic term use to describe a wide variety of different types of electronic modules that control one or more of the different electrical systems or sub-systems in an automobile.  ECUs are essentially different types of small computers with embedded software.  For example, a body ECU is a module that receives electrical inputs and sends signals to certain components in the body (such as windshield wipers, powered mirrors, or door locks) in response to those inputs.  In addition, an engine control unit is a type of ECU that controls a series of actuators on an internal combustion engine to ensure optimal engine performance.  For the purpose of this action, ECUs excludes ECUs that were integrated into an automotive wire harness systems (“AWHS”) and procedure as part of a request for quotation (“RFQ”) for an AWHS.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved settlement between the plaintiffs and Mitsubishi
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the long-form notice and consented to certification with Mitsubishi
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi
  • May 1 ,2017 – Justice Belobaba approved settlement between the plaintiffs and Hitachi
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the long-form notice and consent for certification with Hitachi
  • December 19, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved settlement between the plaintiffs and Sumitomo
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Hitachi
  • November 2, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the long-form notice and consent for certification with Sumitomo
  • September 28, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Sumitomo
  • December 5, 2013 – Justice Belobaba approved the discontinuance of the action against the defendant Valeo

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018
Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016
Sumitomo Settlement Agreement dated September 28, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated September 21, 2018 re: settlement approval
Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: notice and certification with Mitsubishi
Order of Justice Belobaba dated May 1, 2017 re: settlement approval
Order of Justice Belobaba dated March 20, 2017 re: notice and certification with Hitachi
Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 19, 2016 re: settlement approval
Order of Justice Belobaba dated November 2, 2016 re: notices and certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 5 2013 re: discontinuance against Valeo
Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 14, 2013 re: discontinuance against Delphi and Visteon

Electronic Throttle Bodies

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Electronic Throttle Bodies used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

An Electronic Throttle Body is a component of an electronic throttle control system.  The Electronic Throttle Body controls the volume of air flowing into the engine according to a signal from the engine control unit.

Updates

  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi
  • December 19, 2017 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Aisan
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and dismissal of the action between the plaintiffs and Hitachi
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019
Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018
Aisan Settlement Agreement dated December 19, 2017
Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

 Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: Notice of Approval and Consent Certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dated May 1, 2017 re: settlement approval and dismissal
Order of Justice Belobaba dated March 20, 2017 re: Notice Approval and Consent Certification

Exhaust Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Exhaust Systems installed in new Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2002 to March 25, 2014.

Automotive Exhaust Systems include, to the extent included in the relevant requests for quotation (“RFQs”), various related components, but not limited to, manifolds, flex pipes, catalytic converters, converters, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, oxygen sensors, isolators, gaskets, clamps, resonator assemblies, pipe accessories, mufflers, muffler assemblies, and tubes.

Fan Motors

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Fan Motors used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Fan Motors are small electric motors that are used to turn radiator cooling fans.

Updates

  • April 2, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification
  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated April 2, 2019 re: Notice Approval and Consent Certification

Fuel Injection Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Fuel Injection Systems used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Fuel Injection Systems admit fuel or a fuel/air mixture into engine cylinders.  Fuel Injection Systems include, without limitation, the following components: injectors, high pressure pumps, rail assemblies, fee lines, and other components sold as a unitary system.

Updates

  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification against Aisan, Bosch and Mitsubishi
  • June 26, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Bosch
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi
  • December 19, 2017 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Aisan
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement with Hitachi
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Hitachi
  • June 14, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the discontinuance of the action against RBKB

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019
Bosch Settlement Agreement dated June 26, 2018
Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018
Aisan Settlement Agreement dated December 19, 2017
Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

 Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: notice approval and certification against Aisan, Bosch and Mitsubishi
Order Justice Belobaba dated May 1, 2017 re: settlement agreement
Order of Justice Belobaba dated March 20, 2017 re: notice approval and certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dates June 14, 2016 re: discontinuance against RBKB

Fuel Senders

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Fuel Senders used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 2010.

Fuel Senders reside in the fuel tank of an automobile and measure the amount of fuel in the tank.

Updates

  • January 28, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and dismissal against Yazaki
  • December 9, 2015 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement and consent for certification against Yazaki
  • October 19, 2015 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Yazaki
  • December 5, 2013 – Justice Belobaba approved the discontinuance against Nippon and New Sabina

Settlement Agreements

Yazaki Settlement Agreement dated October 19, 2015

 Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated January 28, 2016 re: settlement and dismissal against Yazaki
Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 9, 2015 re: settlement and certification against Yazaki
Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 5, 2013 re: discontinuance against Nippon and New Sabina
Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 14, 2013 re: discontinuance against Spectrum

Notices to the Class

Notice of Settlement Approval

Heater Control Panels (HCP)

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Heater Control Panels used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

A Heater Control Panel is located in the centre console of an automobile.  It consists of operational panels incorporating buttons and switches which control the temperature of the interior environment of a vehicle.

Updates

  • December 19, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement with Sumitomo and K&S
  • November 2, 2016 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • September 28, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Sumitomo and K&S
  • June 25, 2014 – Justice Belobaba approved the discontinuance against K&S and Sumitomo

Settlement Agreements

K&S and Sumitomo Settlement Agreement dated September 28, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated December 19, 2016 re: settlement agreement
Order of Justice Belobaba dated November 2, 2016 re: Notice Approval and Certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 25, 2014 re: discontinuance against K&S and Sumitomo
Order of Justice Belobaba dated June 14, 2013 re: discontinuance of Delphi and Visteon

High Intensity Discharge Ballasts

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of High Intensity Discharge Ballasts (“HID Ballasts”) used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from July 1, 1998 to March 1, 2010.

A HID Ballast is an electrical device that limits the amount of electrical current flowing to a high intensity discharge headlamp, which would otherwise rise to destructive levels due to the high intensity discharge headlamp’s negative resistance.

Updates

  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: Notice Approval and Certification

Hoses

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Automotive Hoses used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from February 1, 2004 to October 1, 2010.

Automotive Hoses include high pressure and low pressure hoses, made from a variety of materials, including but not limited to rubber, metal and silicon, which carry and transfer fluids throughout and between various component parts and are integral to the operation of Automotive Vehicles, but exclude, where the subject of a separate request for quotation (“RFQ”), automotive  brake hoses.

Updates

  • April 2, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the long-form notice and certification as a class proceeding

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated April 2, 2019 re: notice and certification

Ignition Coils

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Ignition Coils used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

An Ignition Coil is an induction coil in an automobile’s ignition system.  It transforms the low voltage of the automobile’s battery to the thousands of volts needed to create an electric spark in the spark plugs to ignite the fuel.

Updates

  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class with Mitsubishi
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsubishi
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class with Hitachi
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into an agreement with Hitachi

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018

Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order of Justice Belobaba dated August 13, 2018 re: Notice Approval and Certification
Order of Justice Belobaba dated March 20, 2017 re: Notice Approval and Certification

Notices to Class

Long-Form Settlement Notice
Abbreviated Settlement Notice

Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC)

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Instrument Panel Clusters (“IPC”) used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 1998 to May 31, 2012.

IPC, also known as meters, are the mounted array of instruments and gauges housed in front of the driver of an Automotive Vehicle.

Updates

  • January 28, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc.
  • January 28, 2016 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Yazaki settlement.
  • January 21, 2016 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc.
  • October 19, 2015 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc.
  • April 29, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Faurecia SA, Faurecia Automotive Holdings SAS and Faurecia USA Holdings Inc.
  • February 3, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • June 14, 2013 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Visteon Corporation.

Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreement with Yazaki dated October 19, 2015

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Yazaki Settlement Approval dated January 28, 2016
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Yazaki Settlement dated January 28, 2016
Order Re discontinuance as against Faurecia SA, Faurecia Automotive Holdings SAS and Faurecia USA Holdings Inc. dated April 29, 2014
Order Re discontinuance as against Johnson Controls, Inc. dated February 3, 2014
Order Re discontinuance as against Visteon dated June 14, 2013

 Notices to the Class

Long-Form Notice of Consent Certification and Settlement Approval (EN, FR)

Inverters

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Inverters used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Inverters provide power to motors by converting direct current (DC) electricity from a vehicle’s battery to alternating current (AC) electricity.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Robert Bosch Inc.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to Mitsubishi settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc.
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to Hitachi settlement.
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • June 14, 2016 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Hitachi Metals America, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018
Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order Re discontinuance as against Bosch Parties dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Mitsubishi Settlement Approval dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mitsubishi Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Mitsubishi Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re Hitachi Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Hitachi Settlement dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Hitachi Settlement, dated March 20, 2017
Order Re discontinuance as against Hitachi Metals America, Inc. dated June 14, 2016

Notices to the Class

Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds (EN)

Manual Steering Columns

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Manual Steering Columns used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from September 1, 2007 to October 1, 2012.

The 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.

Updates

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

Orders and Decisions

Order Re discontinuance as against Bosch Parties dated September 21, 2018

Motor Generators

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Motor Generators used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Motor Generators are electric motors used to power electric drive systems that can also capture energy from the process of stopping a vehicle to generate electricity through regenerative braking.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018– the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Robert Bosch Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Hitachi settlement.
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • June 14, 2016 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Hitachi Metals America, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order Re discontinuance as against Bosch Parties, dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Hitachi Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Hitachi Settlement dated May 1, 2017
Order Re discontinuance as against Hitachi Metal America, Inc., dated 14 June, 2016

Notices to the Class

Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds (EN, FR)

Occupant Safety Systems (OSS)

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of seatbelts, steering wheels and airbags (collectively “Occupant Safety Systems”) used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2003 to July 1, 2011.

An Occupant Safety System is a collection of safety devices in an Automotive Vehicle, including but not limited to seat belts, steering wheels, and air bags.

Updates

  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Mitsubishi settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, 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.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Autoliv settlement.
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against 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.
  • February 1, 2017 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with 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.
  • March 10, 2015 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., TRW Automotive Inc. and TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH.
  • March 10, 2015 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to TRW settlement.
  • December 8, 2014 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., TRW Automotive Inc. and TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH.
  • October 31, 2014 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., TRW Automotive Inc. and TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH.
  • June 14, 2013 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Autoliv Inc., Autoliv Canada, Inc., Autoliv Electronics Canada, Inc, and VOA Canada Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement, dated March 2, 2018
Autoliv Settlement Agreement, dated February 1, 2017
TRW Settlement Agreement, dated October 31, 2014

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Mitsubishi Settlement Approval dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mitsubishi Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Mitsubishi Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re Autoliv Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Autoliv Settlement dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Autoliv Settlement, dated March 20, 2017
Order Re TRW Settlement Approval dated March 10, 2015
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in TRW Settlement dated March 10, 2015
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in TRW Settlement, dated December 8, 2014
Order Re discontinuance as against Autoliv Inc., Autoliv Canada, Inc., Autoliv Electronics Canada, Inc, and VOA Canada Inc., dated June 14, 2013

Notices to the Class

Notice Of Certification For Settlement Purposes And Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Oxygen Sensors

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Oxygen Sensors used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Bosch settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • June 26, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • June 14, 2016– the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, NGK Oxygen Sensors (U.S.A.), Inc. and NGK Oxygen Sensors Canada Limited.

Settlement Agreements

Bosch Settlement Agreement, dated June 26, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Bosch Settlement Approval, dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Bosch Settlement, dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Bosch Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re discontinuance as against NGK Oxygen, dated June 14 2016

Notices to the Class

BC Residents – Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing

Plastic Interior Trim

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Plastic Interior Trim used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from June 1, 2004 to September 30, 2012.

Plastic Interior Trim includes molded trim parts made from plastics, polymers, elastomers and/or resins manufactured and /or sold for installation in automobile interiors.

Power Window Motors

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Power Window Motors used in Automotive Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Power Window Motors are small electric motors that are used to raise and lower vehicle windows.

Updates

  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Mitsuba settlement.
  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • February 9, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • September 21, 2018– the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement, dated February 19, 2019

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Mitsuba Settlement Approval dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mistuba Settlement dated May 28, 2019
Order Re discontinuance as against Bosch Parties, dated September 21, 2018

Notices to the Class

Notice Of Certification For Settlement Purposes And Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Radiators

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Radiators used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from June 1, 2000 to July 31, 2011.

A Radiator is a device that helps prevent automotive vehicles from overheating.

Updates

  • June 19, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc.
  • June 19, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to T.Rad settlement.
  • August 30, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc.
  • July 20, 2017 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc.

Settlement Agreements:

T.Rad Settlement Agreement dated July 20, 2017

Orders and Decisions:

Order Re T.Rad Settlement Approval dated June 19, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in T.Rad Settlement dated June 19, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in T.Rad Settlement, dated August 30, 2017

Notices to the Class:

Notice Of Certification For Settlement Purposes And Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Shock Absorbers

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Shock Absorbers used in Automobiles, Motorcycles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 2012.

Shock Absorbers include mechanical or hydraulic devices of either a twin-tube or mono-tube design used to absorb and damp shock impulses allowing for improved ride quality and vehicle handling.

Updates

  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Hitachi settlement.
  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • February 27, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated February 27, 2019

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Hitachi Settlement Approval dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Hitachi Settlement dated May 28, 2019

Notices to the Class

Notice Of Certification For Settlement Purposes And Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Spark Plugs

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Spark Plugs used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to August 1, 2011.

A Spark Plug is an engine component that delivers high electric voltage from the ignition system to the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine.  It ignites the compressed fuel/air mixture with an electric spark while containing combustion pressure within the engine.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Bosch settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • June 26, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc., and Robert Bosch LLC.

Settlement Agreements

Bosch Settlement Agreement dated June 26, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Bosch Settlement Approval dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Bosch Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Bosch Settlement, dated August 13, 2018

Notices to the Class

BC Residents – Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing

Starters

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Starters used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to July 31, 2011.

A Starter is a device that powers a vehicle’s battery to “turn over” and start when the driver turns the ignition switch.

Updates

  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • May 28, 2019 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Mitsuba settlement.
  • April 2, 2019 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Mitsubishi settlement.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc. and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Bosch settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc. and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • June 26, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Inc. and Robert Bosch LLC.
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Hitachi settlement.
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • June 14, 2016 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.
  • February 3, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement, dated February 19, 2019
Bosch Settlement Agreement, dated June 26, 2018
Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement, dated March 2, 2018
Hitachi Settlement Agreement, dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Mitsuba Settlement Approval dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mitsuba Settlement dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Mitsuba Settlement, dated April 2, 2019
Order Re Mitsubishi Settlement Approval, dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Bosch Settlement Approval, dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Bosch and Mitsubishi Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Mitsubishi Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Bosch Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re Hitachi Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Hitachi Settlement dated May 1, 2017
Order Re discontinuance as against Bosch, dated June 14, 2016
Order Re discontinuance as against Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., dated February 3, 2014

Notices to the Class

Notice Of Certification For Settlement Purposes And Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Steering Angle Sensors

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Steering Angle Sensors (“SAS”) used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

A SAS is installed on the steering column of a vehicle and may be connected to and part of a combination switch (a switch installed behind the steering wheel that is used to control both the turn signal and windshield wipers).  A SAS detects the angle of the vehicle’s steer and sends signals to a vehicle computer, which, in turn, controls for vehicle stability during turns.

Updates

  • September 14, 2016 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. and American Furukawa Inc.
  • October 7, 2014 – the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants, Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd., N.S. International, Ltd., and New Sabina Industries, Inc.

Orders and Decisions

Order Re discontinuance as against Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. and American Furukawa Inc. dated September 14, 2016
Order Re discontinuance as against Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd., N.S. International, Ltd., and New Sabina Industries, Inc. dated October 7, 2014

Switches

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of steering wheel switches, turn switches, wiper switches, combination switches, and door courtesy switches (“Switches”) used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from September 1, 2003 to March 1, 2010.

Switches refers to a variety of switches used within a vehicle including, but not limited to, steering wheel switches, turn switches, wiper switches, combination switches, and door courtesy switches.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Omron Corporation, Omron Electronics Co., Ltd., Omron Automotive Electronics, Inc., and Omron Automotive Technologies Inc.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements as against Omron Corporation, Omron Electronics Co., Ltd., Omron Automotive Electronics, Inc., and Omron Automotive Technologies Inc.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Omron Corporation, Omron Electronics Co., Ltd., Omron Automotive Electronics, Inc., and Omron Automotive Technologies Inc.
  • March 6, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with Omron Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd.

Settlement Agreements

Omron Settlement Agreement dated March 6, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Omron Settlement Approval dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Omron Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Omron Settlement, dated August 13, 2018

Notices to the Class

BC Residents – Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing

Valve Timing Control Devices

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Valve Timing Control Devices used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Valve Timing Control Device means a device within the variable valve timing system, which controls the timing of the opening and closing of engine valves.

Updates

  • September 21, 2018 Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Mitsubishi Electric settlement.
  • August 13, 2018 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. And Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • March 2, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. And Mitsubishi Sales Canada, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • May 1, 2017 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Hitachi settlement.
  • March 20, 2017 – Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  • December 2, 2016 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsubishi Settlement Agreement dated March 2, 2018
Hitachi Settlement Agreement dated December 2, 2016

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mitsubishi Electric Settlement dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Hitachi Settlement, dated August 13, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Hitachi Settlement dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Hitachi Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
Order Re Notice Approval and Consent Certification in Hitachi Settlement, dated March 20, 2017

Windshield Washer Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Windshield Washer Systems used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to March 1, 2010.

Windshield Washer Systems include the pump, hoses, nozzle, and tank necessary to deliver washer fluid to vehicle windows.

Updates

  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • April 2, 2019 Justice Belobaba certified the action for settlement purposes and approved the notice to the class as against Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019

Orders and Decisions

Order re Notice of Consent Certification and Settlement Approval dated April 2, 2019

Notices to the Class

Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Windshield Wiper Systems

This class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Windshield Wiper Systems used in Automobiles and other light-duty Vehicles and sold to dealers and consumers across Canada from January 1, 2000 to July 31, 2011.

Windshield Wiper Systems include windshield wipers and components such as the motor, linkage arm and blade.

Updates

  • May 8, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Hitachi, Mitsuba, NGK Insulators and Sumitomo Riko and TK Holdings.
  • February 19, 2019 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the settlement agreement entered into between the plaintiffs and the defendants, Robert Bosch Gmbh, Robert Bosch Inc., Robert Bosch LLC and RBKB Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.
  • September 21, 2018 – Justice Belobaba approved the payment of Class Counsel’s fees and disbursements with respect to the Bosch settlement.
  • June 21, 2018 – the plaintiffs entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, Robert Bosch Gmbh, Robert Bosch Inc., Robert Bosch LLC and RBKB Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.

Settlement Agreements

Mitsuba Settlement Agreement dated February 19, 2019
Bosch Settlement Agreement dated June 21, 2018

Orders and Decisions

Order Re Mitsuba Settlement Approval dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Mitsuba Settlement dated May 28, 2019
Order Re Bosch Settlement Approval dated September 21, 2018
Order Re Class Counsel Fee Approval in Bosch Settlement dated September 21, 2018

Notices to the Class

BC Residents – Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing
Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing (EN, FR)

Wire Harness Systems

This class action alleged that the defendants unlawfully conspired to rig bids for and artificially inflate the prices of Automotive Wire Harness Systems used in automotive vehicles sold to dealers and consumers across Canada

This class action is now fully settled with approximately $25.5 million less fees and disbursements available for distribution. If you purchased and/or leased a vehicle between January 1, 1999 and November 30, 2014 under any of the following brands you may be eligible for compensation: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Subaru, Nissan, and Infiniti.

Please sign up for updates on how to claim your share of the settlement.

Orders

  • Order Re Lear Settlement Approval dated March 10, 2015
  • Order Re Yazaki Settlement Approval dated January 28, 2016
  • Order Re Chiyoda Settlement Approval dated January 28, 2016
  • Order Re Furukawa Settlement Approval dated September 14, 2016
  • Order Re Fujikura Settlement Approval dated September 14, 2016
  • Order Re Sumitomo Settlement Approval dated December 19, 2016
  • Order Re G.S. Electech Settlement Approval dated December 19, 2016
  • Order Re Leoni Settlement Approval dated May 1, 2017
  • Order Re S-Y Systems Settlement Approval dated June 19, 2018
  • Order Re Distribution Protocol Approval dated September 1, 2018
  • Order Re Delphi Discontinuance dated June 14, 2013
  • Order Re Visteon Discontinuance dated February 2, 2014
  • Order Re Furukawa Wiring Systems America Inc. Discontinuance dated June 25, 2014
  • Order Re K&S Wiring Systems Discontinuance dated June 25, 2014
  • Order Re Continental Discontinuance dated October 30, 2014
  • Order Re Tokai Rika Discontinuance dated December 9, 2015
  • Order Re ASTI Discontinuance dated January 28, 2016