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.
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.
This class action is led by Belleau Lapointe, LLP.
Superior Court approves the transaction reached with MinebeaMitsumi inc.
Hearing of the application for the approval of the settlement reached with Minebeamitsumi inc.
A national settlement is reached between, notably, Option consommateurs and the defendant Minebeamitsumi inc.
Superior Court authorizes the class action.
The Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action is amended.
Filing of the Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action.