The Auto Parts actions are comprised of approximately forty-five (45) class actions that have been commenced regarding alleged price-fixing of automobile parts. The unlawful conspiracies relate to the prices of parts installed by automakers in new vehicles. The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (ie. automakers). In Ontario, the auto parts class actions are being case managed together by Justice Belobaba in Toronto. In Quebec, Applications for authorization to institute class actions have also been filed and are case managed by Justice Clément Samson, j.c.s.. The following is a list of the actions started to date in one or both jurisdictions:
Air Conditioning Systems, Air Flow Meters, Alternators, Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts, Autolights, Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers and Oil Coolers, Automotive Brake Hoses, Automotive Exhaust Systems, Automotive Steel Tubes, Bearings, Braking Systems, Body Sealing Parts, Ceramic Substrates, Constant Velocity Joint Boot, Electric Powered Steering Assemblies, Electronic Control Units (ECU), Electronic Throttle Bodies, Fan Motors, Fuel Injection Systems, Fuel Senders, Heater Control Panels (HCP), High Intensity Discharge Ballasts (HID Ballasts), Hoses, Ignition Coils, Instrument Panel Clusters (IPC), Inverters, Manual Steering Columns, Motor Generators, Occupant Safety Systems (OSS), Oxygen Sensors, Plastic Interior Trim, Power Window Motors, Power Window Switches, Radiators, Shock Absorbers, Spark Plugs, Starters, Steering Angle Sensors, Switches, Windshield Washer Systems, Windshield Wiper Systems, Wire Harness Systems.
A description of each automotive part and the relevant class periods can be found here.
Settlements have been reached in the following actions:
Air Conditioning Systems, Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts, Autolights, Braking Systems, Electronic Throttle Bodies, High Intensity Discharge Ballasts, Ignition Coils, Instrument Panel Clusters, and Valve Timing Control Devices.
The Ontario Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve these settlements virtually on October 28, 2021 at 10:00 am.
The Quebec Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve some of the settlements virtually on November 10, 2021 at 9:00am.
The links below will redirect you to the long form notice which outline the nature of the settlements.
Settlements have been reached with all defendants in the above-noted action. The proposed protocol for distributing the settlement funds is subject to Court approval in Ontario.
The motion to approve the proposed Distribution Protocol will be heard virtually in Ontario on October 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
A copy of the proposed Distribution Protocol can be found below.
Autoparts Class Action: Settlement Updates - View
Auto-Parts Distribution - View