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Auto Parts Class Action Overview

Numerous class actions 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 parts which were the subject of the alleged price fixing include essential components found in all modern motor vehicles. The auto dealers assert in the lawsuits that the defendants entered into illegal backroom agreements to artificially inflate the prices of the auto parts throughout the 00’s. This led to higher overall prices for motor vehicles charged to the dealers and their customers.

The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (i.e. automakers).

Sotos LLP is bringing this action together with the law firm of Siskinds LLP based in London, Ontario and Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman in British Columbia.

For a detailed list of all current cases click here.

Auto Parts Updates

Settlements

January 17, 2018: Radiators

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc. (“T.Rad”), in the amount of $1,053,975.67.

The T.Rad settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.   The British Columbia and Quebec.  The British Columbia and Quebec Courts have already approved the settlement and the motion to approve the settlement in Ontario will proceed in writing.

The time to opt out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto.  The class actions are in the early stages.

January 17, 2018: Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, T.Rad Co., Ltd. and T.Rad North America, Inc. (“T.Rad”), in the amount of $113,476.33.

The T.Rad settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario. A Motion to approve the T.Rad settlement will be heard in writing.

The time to opt out of the action has passed..

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto.  The class actions are in the early stages.

January 17, 2018: Automotive Wire Harness Systems

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totalling approximately $25.5 million:

  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc. and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”)
  • S. Electech, Inc., G.S.W. Manufacturing Inc. and G.S. Wiring Systems Inc. (“G.S. Electech”)
  • Leoni AG, Leoni Kabel GmbH, Leoni Wiring Systems, Inc., Leonische Holding, Inc., Leoni Wire Inc., Leoni Elocab Ltd. and Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme Gmbh (“Leoni”)
  • Yazaki Systems Technologies GmbH (formerly S-Y Systems Technologies Europe, GmbH (“S-Y Systems”)

The S-Y Systems settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.  The British Columbia and Quebec Courts have already approved the S-Y Systems settlement and the motion to approve the S-Y Systems settlement in Ontario will proceed in writing..

The Lear, Yazaki, Chiyoda, Furukawa, Fujikura, Sumitomo and G.S. Electech and Leoni settlements have already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts and the time to opt-out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members.  We anticipate that a notice explaining how to apply to receive settlement benefits will be sent in the spring of 2018.  Please check here periodically for updates.

Contested Litigation

By orders dated June 14, 2013, February 3, 2014, June 25, 2014, October 30, 2014, December 9, 2015 and January 28, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the following defendants:

  • Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, Delphi Automotive PLC and Delphi Automotive LLP
  • Visteon Corporation
  • Furukawa Wiring Systems America Inc.
  • K&S Wiring Systems US. Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc.
  • Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc., Continental AG and Continental Tire Canada, Inc.
  • Tokai Rika Co., Ltd., TRAM, Inc. and TRQSS, Inc.
  • ASTI  Corporation

April 19, 2017: Air Flow Meters

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $725,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

April 19, 2017: Alternators

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $950,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Orders dated February 3, 2014 and June 4, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the following defendants:

  • Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
  • Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.

 

April 19, 2017: Automotive Wire Harness

April 19, 2017: Auto Parts – Automotive Wire Harness Systems Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling approximately $25.5 million:

  •  Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  •  Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  •  Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  •  Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  •  Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc. and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)
  •  Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”)
  •  G.S. Electech, Inc., G.S.W. Manufacturing Inc. and G.S. Wiring Systems Inc. (“G.S. Electech”)
  •  Leoni AG, Leoni Kabel GmbH, Leoni Wiring Systems, Inc., Leonische Holding, Inc., Leoni Wire Inc., Leoni Elocab Ltd. and Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme Gmbh (“Leoni”)

The Leoni settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Leoni settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

The Lear, Yazaki, Chiyoda, Furukawa, Fujikura, Sumitomo and G.S. Electech settlements have already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts and the time to opt-out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At the Leoni approval hearing, the courts will be asked to approve a method for distributing the settlement funds to class members. Please click and review a copy of the Proposed Distribution Protocol.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendant and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto.

By orders dated June 14, 2013, February 3, 2014, June 25, 2014, October 30, 2014, December 9, 2015 and January 28, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the following defendants:

 

April 19, 2017: Electronic Control Units

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants:

  •  Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. and Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Sumitomo”), in the amount of $150,000.
  •  Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

The Sumitomo Settlement has already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts and the time to opt-out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

April 19, 2017: Electronic Throttle Bodies

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $1,000,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

April 19, 2017: Fuel Injection Systems

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $1,267,084.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages. By Order dated June 14, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the Defendant, RBKB Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.

April 19, 2017: Ignition Coils

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $1,100,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (EnglishFrench)  for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

April 19, 2017: Inverters

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Order dated June 14, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendant, Hitachi Metals America, Inc.

April 19, 2017: Motor Generators

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, French) for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Order dated June 14, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the Defendant, Hitachi Metals America, Inc.

April 19, 2017: Occupant Safety Systems

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants:

  • TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., TRW Automotive Inc. and TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH (“TRW”), in the amount of CND$850,000.
  • 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. (“Autoliv”), in the amount of USD$3.2 million.

The Autoliv settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Autoliv settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

The TRW Settlement has already been approved by the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec courts and the time to opt-out of the action has passed.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By order dated 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.

April 19, 2017: Starters

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $575,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (English, Frenchfor more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

By Orders dated February 3, 2014 and June 14, 2016, the action was discontinued on a without costs and without prejudice basis as against the defendants Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. and Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.

April 19, 2017: Valve Timing Control Devices

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. (“Hitachi”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Hitachi settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario and Quebec. Motions to approve the Hitachi settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Proposed Settlements and Distribution of Settlement Funds here (EnglishFrench)  for more information.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

Contested Litigation

Litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants and is being case managed together with the other auto parts class actions by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. The class actions are in the early stages.

FAQs

November 29, 2016: Auto Parts – Electronic Control Units (ECU)

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. and Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Sumitomo”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Sumitomo settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Sumitomo settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on December 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., and the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Requests to opt-out of the BC proceedings must be post-marked by January 30, 2017.  Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing for more information.

  • Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing (English)(French)

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

November 29, 2016: Auto Parts – Heater Control Panels (HCP)

A settlement has been reached with the defendants, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”), in the amount of $150,000.

The Sumitomo settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Sumitomo settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on December 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., and the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Settlement Class Members have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing for more information.

  • Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing (English)(French)

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

November 29, 2016: Auto Parts – Wire Harness Systems

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling approximately $25.2 million:

  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  •  Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc., and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., SEWS Canada Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.), Inc., K & S Wiring Systems Inc. and Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc. (“Sumitomo”)
  • G.S. Electech, Inc., G.S.W. Manufacturing Inc. and G.S. Wiring Systems Inc. (“G.S. Electech”)

The Sumitomo and G.S. Electech settlements are subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Sumitomo and G.S. Electech settlements will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on December 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., and the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Members of Settlement Class B (purchases made between December 5, 2014 and November 2, 2016) may have an opportunity to opt-out of the action. Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing for more information.

  • Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing (English)(French)

The Lear, Yazaki, Chiyoda, Furukawa and Fujikura settlements have already been approved by the courts.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

August 22, 2016: Auto Parts – Wire Harness Systems Settlement

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling approximately $14.4 million:

  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc., and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)

The Furukawa and Fujikura settlements are subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Furukawa and Fujikura settlements will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on September 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on September 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

The Lear, Yazaki and Chiyoda settlements have already been approved by the courts.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

January 21, 2016: Auto Parts – Fuel Senders Settlement

A settlement has been reached with the defendants Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. in the amount of $100,000 (the “Yazaki Settlement”). The Yazaki Settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Yazaki Settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on February 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The Courts will decide whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the settlement class members.

January 21, 2016: Auto Parts –  Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC) Settlement

A settlement has been reached with the defendants Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. in the amount of $500,000 (the “Yazaki Settlement”). The Yazaki Settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Yazaki Settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on February 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The Courts will decide whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the settlement class members.

 

  • August 22, 2016: Auto Parts – Wire Harness SystemsSettlementSettlements have been reached with the following defendants totalling approximately $14.4 million:
  • Lear Corporation and Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“Lear”)
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki”)
  • Chiyoda Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Chiyoda USA Corporation (“Chiyoda”)
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (“Furukawa”)
  • Fujikura Ltd., Fujikura America Inc., and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (“Fujikura”)

The Furukawa and Fujikura settlements are subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Furukawa and Fujikura settlements will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on September 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on September 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

The Lear, Yazaki and Chiyoda settlements have already been approved by the courts.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members. At a later date, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.

  • January 21, 2016: Auto Parts – Fuel SendersSettlementA settlement has been reached with the defendants Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. in the amount of $100,000 (the “Yazaki Settlement”). The Yazaki Settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Yazaki Settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on February 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The Courts will decide whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the settlement class members.
  • Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing (English)
  • Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing (French)

 

  • January 21, 2016: Auto Parts –  Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC) Settlement A settlement has been reached with the defendants Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. in the amount of $500,000 (the “Yazaki Settlement”). The Yazaki Settlement is subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Yazaki Settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in Toronto on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on February 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., and the Quebec Court in Quebec City on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The Courts will decide whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the settlement class members.
  • Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing (English)
  • Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing (French)

 

  • March 19, 2012: The plaintiffs’ claims were expanded to include related price fixing allegations concerning fuel senders, instrument panel clusters, electronic control units and heater control panels. Two separate class action lawsuits were accordingly commenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The statement of claim for the fuel sender and instrument panel cluster claim can be viewed here, and the statement of claim for the electronic control unit and heater control panel claim can be viewed here.
  • February 17, 2012: The plaintiffs issued their statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Auto Parts Documents

Orders

 

Pleadings

Auto Parts News

Canadian auto dealers launch class action over alleged price-fixing by auto parts manufacturers
Three class action lawsuits have been launched in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking over $700 million in damages on behalf of Canadian auto dealers over alleged price fixing on parts used in the manufacture of automobiles.
2018-05-02 14:35:19

Wire harness class action claim expanded to include more alleged auto parts conspiracies
The representative plaintiffs in the proposed wire harness price fixing class action have launched two similar lawsuits for other automobile parts, namely fuel senders, instrument panel clusters, electronic control units and heater control panels.
2018-05-15 17:45:33

Frequently Asked Questions

A class action is a special form of lawsuit in which one plaintiff brings a claim against one or more defendants based on allegations which are common to a group, or class, of people. In order for the action to become a class action, it must proceed through a stage known as “certification”.

A statement of claim is issued on behalf of a “representative plaintiff”. The representative plaintiff’s role is to work with class counsel to bring the action forward and to represent the class members in court.

In order for an action to proceed on behalf of the entire class, a judge must decide (among other things) whether the members of the proposed class have common issues, and whether a class action is the preferred way to resolve the issues. The process to decide these issues is known as the “certification motion”. If the judge is satisfied that the case meets all of the requirements for certification, he or she will issue an order which certifies the action as a class action.

No. If the lawsuit is certified, and you are included in the class as defined, you are automatically included in the lawsuit.

No. We will work primarily with the class representative.

Those who do not wish to remain in the class will be given the option to opt-out by sending an opt-out form at the appropriate time to us.

Certification as a class action will enable us to prove the facts in a single lawsuit rather than in numerous individual lawsuits. This has obvious benefits to the class members and to the courts.

There is no timeframe. We will move the case forward diligently but it can take a considerable period of time to reach trial.

Many class actions settle and thereby remove the need for a trial. However, we cannot predict with any certainty whether or not there will be a settlement in a given action.

The chances of “winning” can never be accurately predicted.

Class action lawsuits are typically brought on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyers will only be paid if the action is successful at trial or results in a settlement in favour of the plaintiffs. Legal fees would then be paid out of the settlement or judgment proceeds as approved by a judge.

Disbursements (i.e. out-of-pocket expenses, including expert reports) may be dealt with in one of two ways.

Most commonly, the lawyers will absorb the cost of disbursements. The lawyers may seek funding assistance from the Class Proceeding Fund, which may provide funding for disbursements if granted.

In some cases, disbursements may be funded by the class members, including the class representative. This typically occurs in smaller class actions brought on behalf of an organization or network of individuals where each member of the class is easily identifiable and known to the representative plaintiff. If the class action is successful, amounts advanced for disbursements are re-paid from the proceeds of any judgment or settlement to class members (and others).

Only the class representative may be liable for costs of the common issues portion of the action if it is unsuccessful.

A “payout” or an award for damages is never certain.

The action may settle or it may proceed to trial, at which time a judge will determine the amount of damages, if any, to which the class members are entitled to. Regardless, the amount of “payout” cannot be predicted, and we cannot predict when the action may settle or when the trial will conclude.

If the lawsuit is certified as a class action, you will receive a formal notice from the court explaining the nature of the case and providing you with the opportunity to opt out if you wish. General information about the lawsuit will be posted on Sotos LLP’s website at https://www.sotosclassactions.com.

We ask that you keep a copy of any documents, correspondences, records, invoices, receipts, etc. that you feel might be relevant to your individual claim in the class action. If there is a “payout,” this documentation may be required in order to support your claim for compensation.

It is not required that you send any documents to us at this time.

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