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January 29, 2020

The British Columbia ODD class action has been certified on behalf of a national class.

January 24, 2020

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants: – DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Canada, Inc., DENSO Sales Canada, Inc., DENSO Korea…

January 10, 2020

Here are the notices of certification for this class action: Long Form Notice Short Form Notice

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INFORMATION FOR LAWYERS LOOKING FOR LEGAL EXPERTISE IN BC AND CANADA

Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing

Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing

The British Columbia ODD class action has been certified on behalf of a national class.

Autoparts – New Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants:

– DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Canada, Inc., DENSO Sales Canada, Inc., DENSO Korea Corporation (f/k/a separately as DENSO International Korea Corporation and DENSO Korea Automotive Corporation), DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.(f/k/a DENSO Sales California, Inc.), DENSO Automotive Deutschland GmbH, ASMO Co., Ltd., ASMO North America, LLC, ASMO North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Greenville of North Carolina, Inc., ASMO Manufacturing, Inc., Korea Wiper Blade Co., Ltd. and Techma Corporation (“DENSO”);

– Hitachi Metals, Ltd. and Hitachi Cable America Inc. (“Hitachi Metals”); and

– NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc., NGK Spark Plugs Canada Limited, NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. and NTK Technologies, Inc. (“NGK Spark”).

Members of the Air Conditioning Systems and Automotive Exhaust Systems settlement classes can opt-out of these proceedings by sending a signed letter to Class Counsel, with the following information:

– your full name, current address and telephone number;

– if you are writing on behalf of a company, the name of the company and your position at the company; and

– a statement saying that you (or the company) want to opt out of the class actions. You must identify which class actions you (or the company) want to opt out of.

Requests to opt out of the proceedings must be post-marked by March 24, 2020.

The Ontario Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve these settlements at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, in the City of Toronto on February 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

The Quebec Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve these settlements at Quebec Courthouse, at 300 Boulevard Jean Lesage, in the City of Quebec on March 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

In accordance with the Canadian Judicial Protocol for the Management of Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions, if the Ontario Court approves the settlements, the BC settlement approval applications will be heard in writing.

Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing by clicking on the links shown below:

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.

Coast Capital Foreign Exchange

Here are the notices of certification for this class action:

Lithium Ion Batteries Class Action

A settlement has been reached with Maxwell for USD $300,000.

Foreign Exchange Manipulation (ForEx) Class Action

Settlement Class Members who wish to apply for compensation under the settlements must apply no later than January 15, 2020. Claims that are not made within the deadline will not be eligible for compensation.

Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing

A settlement has been reached with PLDS totaling over $5 million.

Guatemalan protestors reach landmark conclusion to lawsuit

CFM announces conclusion of landmark Garcia et al., v Tahoe Resources Inc. case – http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/July2019/30/c9373.html.

Auto-Parts – Settlement

Settlement

A settlement has been reached with the defendant, Nishikawa Rubber Co. (“Nishikawa”), in the amount of $5,750,000.

The Nishikawa settlement releases the claims against Nishikawa, Nishikawa of America, Inc., Nishikawa Cooper LLC, Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. and Cooper-Standard Automotive Canada Limited and is subject to court approval in Ontario. The motion to approve the settlement will be heard in the Ontario Court in the City of Toronto on July 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.  The hearing will be broadcast live via video link in the Québec Courthouse, at 300 Boulevard Jean Lesage, in the City of Quebec.  If you wish to attend the broadcasting, please email [email protected], to the attention of Karim Diallo no later than June 28, 2019.

The settlement is also subject to a further enforcement and recognition application to be held in Québec. Should the Ontario Court approve the Nishikawa settlement, a hearing will be held at the Québec Courthouse, at 300 Boulevard Jean Lesage, in the City of Quebec on September 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. to enforce and recognize the Ontario order. The objective of this process is to enforce, in Quebec, the potential Ontario order approving the Nishikawa settlement that will have been rendered in Ontario.

The settlement is also subject to a further recognition process in British Columbia. The potential Ontario order approving the Nishikawa settlement will be registered at the court registry in British Columbia in accordance with the Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act, or, failing this, an application will be brought before the British Columbia Court for an order recognizing and enforcing the order. The objective of this process is to enforce, in British Columbia, the potential Ontario order approving the Nishikawa settlement that will have been rendered in Ontario.

All Nishikawa Settlement Class members will be able to make submissions to the Ontario Court. Nishikawa Settlement Class members who are resident of Québec will further be able to make submissions to the Québec Court.  Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing listed below 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.

Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries Settlements

Settlements have been reached with LG Chem and Toshiba totaling over $5 million.

Autoparts – New Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the defendants in the following actions:

Starters

Mitsuba Corporation and American Mitsuba Corporation (“Mitsuba”), in the amount of $1,228,599.32.

Windshield Wipers

Mitsuba, in the amount of $4,273,388.97.

Fuel Injection Systems

Mitsuba, in the amount of $179,105.24.

Anti Vibration Rubber Parts

Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly known as Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.), SumiRiko Tennessee, Inc. (formerly known as DTR Tennessee, Inc.) and SumiRiko Ohio, Inc. (formerly known as DTR Industries, Inc.) (“Sumitomo Riko”), in the amount of USD$1,150,000.00.

Requests to opt-out of the Anti Vibration Rubber Parts  proceedings must be post-marked by July 8, 2019.

The Mitsuba and Sumitomo Riko settlements are subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Motions to approve the Mitsuba and Sumitomo Riko will be heard in the Ontario Court in the city of Toronto on May 28, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. and in the Quebec Court in the City of Quebec on June 17, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.

On June 19, 2019, at 9:00am the British Columbia Court will hold a hearing at the Vancouver Court House.

Please review the Notice of Certification for Settlement Purposes and Settlement Approval Hearing by clicking on the link shown below:

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.

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