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Roulements à billes / Ball Bearings

On February 3rd, 2015, a Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action was filed with the Superior Court of Québec on behalf of any person who purchased in Québec one or more small size ball bearings or any product containing a small size ball bearing between June 1st, 2003 and July 31st, 2011. The Motion alleges that certain manufacturers of small size ball bearings conspired to unduly limit the competition and to unreasonably raise their prices. Option consommateurs manages the file.

Ball bearings are components that allow, among other things, a mechanical system to work more fluidly, by redistributing the loads and the movement of certain elements so as to reduce the friction that is generated. Ball bearings having an exterior diameter of 26 mm or less are considered to be of small size.

Small size ball bearings are used in a wide variety of products, including telecommunication equipment, electrical household appliances, video cameras, office automation equipment, personal computers, printers, photocopy machines, AC units, vacuum cleaners, fishing reels, and power tools.

On August 4, 2016, the Superior Court authorized Option consommateurs to act as the representative in a class action for the following class:

[Translation] Any person who purchased in Québec one or more ball bearing with an exterior diameter of twenty-six millimeters or less or any product containing a ball bearing with an exterior diameter of twenty-six millimeters or less between June 1, 2003 and October 31, 2011.

You are automatically part of the class in the context of the present case if you correspond to the above-mentioned one.

If you are part of this class, we invite you to register as one of its members. This way, we will communicate with you whenever there are important developments in this file.

If you wish to opt-out of the class actions, you must submit your notice to opt-out received no later than February 6, 2019.

We invite you to consult the long notice available at the bottom of this page to find out about the implications of opt-outs and how to proceed.

On March 2nd 2018, a national settlement was reached between, notably, Option consommateurs and the defendant Minebeamitsumi inc. (formely Minebea Co.). The settlement provides summarily for Minebeamitsumi’s payment of $ 1 500 000.00 to the benefit of the Canadian class members, in exchange for a release. Furthermore, Minebeamitsumi undertakes to provide cooperation to Option consommateurs in the furtherance of the class action against NSK Ltd. and NSK Canada Inc.

The settlement funds will be held in an interest-bearing trust account until the class action will be decided or settled against the remaining defendants. At a later date, the Court will decide how the funds will be distributed and how you can apply to make your claim. Watch for the upcoming notice explaining the claim process by subscribing to our mailing list.

You can read the settlement here.

A hearing to authorize and consider approval of the settlement will be heard by the Superior Court of Quebec in the City of Montreal on January 22, 2019, by the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on March 7, 2019, and by the Ontario Court in the City of Goderich on February 25, 2019.

At the settlement approval hearings, the lawyers for the class will ask the Courts to approve payment of legal fees to them valued at up to 25% of the funds from the Settlement entered into with the Settling Defendants, plus disbursements and applicable taxes.

You may object to the proposed settlement or class counsel’s fees at the settlement approval hearing. To do so, your written submission describing your objection must be received by class counsel by no later than January 7, 2019

We invite you to consult the long notice available at the bottom of this page to find out more about the opt-out process.

This class action is led by Belleau Lapointe, LLP.

Chronology

January 22nd 2019

Hearing of the application for the approval of the settlement reached with Minebeamitsumi inc.

March 2018

A national settlement is reached between, notably, Option consommateurs and the defendant Minebeamitsumi inc.

August 2016

Superior Court authorizes the class action.

November 2015

The Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action is amended.

February 2015

Filing of the Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action.