Hydrogen peroxide is a clear, colourless, inorganic liquid used primarily as a bleach or oxidizer. Hydrogen peroxide is sold in aqueous solutions, typically 35%, 50% or 70% by weight, in different grades or formulations specifically tailored for enhanced performance in a particular application of the product.
Class action lawsuits have been ongoing in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec alleging that from January 1, 1994 to January 5, 2005, the defendants and senior executives of the corporate defendants participated in illegal and secretive meetings and made arrangements relating to price targets, specific price increases, and market share divisions for hydrogen peroxide.
A national settlement, totaling $3.25 million has been reached with FMC Corporation and FMC of Canada, Ltd. (collectively “FMC”). The FMC settlement has been approved by the Ontario court and was declared applicable and enforceable by the British Columbia court. The Quebec action was previously discontinued as against FMC.
In order to be eligible to receive settlement benefits, a completed claim form must be submitted and postmarked no later than September 3, 2019. A link to a Claim Form can be found in the “Documents” section below.
The class action is resolved in its entirety.
Class proceeding lawsuits were initiated in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. The lawsuits allege that the Defendants conspired to fix prices for Hydrogen Peroxide in Canada.
The Plaintiffs allege that from November 1, 1998 and December 31, 2003, the Defendants and senior executive of the corporate defendants participated in illegal and secretive meetings and made arrangements relating to price targets, specific price increases, and market share divisions for Hydrogen Peroxide.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a clear colourless inorganic liquid used primarily as a bleach or oxidizer. Hydrogen Peroxide is sold in aqueous solutions, typically 35%, 50% or 70% by weight, in different grades or formulations specifically tailored for enhanced performance in a particular application of the product. The term “Hydrogen Peroxide Products” refers to Hydrogen Peroxide, products that contain Hydrogen Peroxide and products the production of which involved the use of Hydrogen Peroxide.
Separate settlements have been reached with Solvay Chemicals Inc. and Solvay S.A., with Evonik Degussa Corporation formerly Degussa Corporation, Evonik Degussa formerly Degussa A.G. and Evonik Degussa Canada Inc. formerly Degussa Canada Inc., with Eka Chemicals, Inc., Eka Chemicals Canada Inc. and AkzoNobel Chemicals International B.V. and with Kemira OYJ and Kemira Chemicals Canada Inc. These settlements have been approved by the courts and the deadline for filing a claim under these settlement agreements has passed.
A settlement has been reached with Atofina Chemicals Inc., Arkema Inc., Arkema Canada Inc, and Arkema S.A. which has been approved by the courts. The Arkema settlement funds were applied against expenses incurred in the litigation with the Court’s approval.
In September 2009, Madam Justice Rady certified the action as a class proceeding as against the defendants Atofina Chemicals Inc., Arkema Inc., Arkema Canada Inc., Arkema S.A., FMC Corporation, and FMC of Canada, Ltd.
The action was certified on behalf of a class of all persons in Canada (excluding the defendants and their subsidiaries, affiliates and predecessors) who purchased hydrogen peroxide, products containing hydrogen peroxide, or products produced using hydrogen peroxide in Canada between January 1, 1994 and January 5, 2005. The Defendants sought leave to appeal the certification decision and leave to appeal was denied on June 8, 2010.
The deadline to opt out of this proceeding passed on August 7, 2009. If you previously opted out of this proceeding, you will not be able to participate in any further judgments. If you did not previously opt out of this proceeding, you will be bound by any future judgment obtained in this proceeding whether favourable or not, including judgment on the common issues. There will be no further opportunity to opt out of this proceeding.
In October 2015, the Ontario court approved an amendment to the class definition that narrowed the class and excludes some former class members. The class is now defined as follows:
All persons in Canada (excluding the defendants and their subsidiaries, affiliates and predecessors) who purchased hydrogen peroxide directly from a manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide or through a distributor of hydrogen peroxide in Canada, between November 1, 1998 and December 31, 2003.
The amendment narrowed the class in two ways:
On January 13, 2016 the limitation period began to run for:
More information can be obtained by contacting class counsel:
The law firm of CFM Lawyers LLP represents Settlement Class Members in British Columbia. British Columbia Class Counsel can be reached toll free at 1-800-689-2322 or 604-689-7555, or by email at [email protected].
The law firms of Siskinds LLP and Sutts, Strosberg LLP represent Settlement Class Members in Ontario, and in provinces other than British Columbia or Quebec, as well as corporations of more than 50 employees in Quebec. Siskinds LLP can be reached toll free at 1-800-461-6166 ext. 2455 or by email at [email protected]. Sutts, Strosberg LLP can be reached toll free at 1-800-229-5323 ext. 8296 or by email at [email protected].
Hydrogen Peroxide National Settlement Approval - View
Hydrogen Peroxide Class Definition Amended - View
Notice of Hearing in Hydrogen Peroxide Class Action - View