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Meubles Léon

 

WHAT IS THIS CLASS ACTION ABOUT?

On November 19, 2009, Option consommateurs filed a class action against Leon’s Furniture for giving misleading information regarding its “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing program, and for the billing of an undisclosed annual membership fee of $21.

WHO IS A CLASS MEMBER?

Any person who purchased, in Québec, goods or services from the Respondent Leon’s Furniture, who has subscribed to their “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing program and who was charged an annual membership fee, or any other equivalent fee.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THIS CLASS ACTION?

On July 31, 2017, the Superior Court granted Option consommateurs’ class action and ordered Leon’s Furniture to pay:

  • $162, 918 for the annual membership fees charged to members;
  • $703, 800 in damages for its illegal advertising practices;
  • $1, 000, 000 in punitive damages; and
  • $495, 000 for the members’ judicial and extrajudicial fees.

The Court also granted in part Leon’s Furniture’s Recourse in Warranty against Fairstone Financial Inc. (previously known as Citi Financière).

This judgement is appealed by Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and by Fairstone Financial.

On January 20, 2020, the Court of Appeal overturned part of the Superior Court’s Judgement, notably by refusing to award damages and punitive damages to the Class Members. Only the Representative, Mrs. Chantal Noel de Tilly, is entitled to $85 as punitive damages.

An Application for Leave to Appeal this judgement to the Supreme Court was filed by Leon’s Furniture on February 27, 2020. Option consommateurs also filed its own Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court on March 19, 2020.

CAN I EXCLUDE MYSELF FROM THE CLASS ACTION?

No, the deadline to opt out of the class action has already passed.

HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED REGARDING THE UPCOMING STEPS IN THIS CASE?

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If you have any questions, you may also call or write to Option consommateurs or to its law firm, Belleau Lapointe:

Option consommateurs

Maison du développement durable
50 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Suite 440
Montreal, Québec  H2X 3V4

Toll free number :  1 888 412-1313
Telephone :  514 598-7288
Email : info@option-consommateurs.org

Belleau Lapointe

300 Place d’Youville, Suite B-10

Montreal, Québec  H2Y 2B6

Toll free number : 1 888 987-6701

Telephone :   514 987-6700
Email : info@belleaulapointe.com

 

 

Chronology

March 19, 2020

Option consommateurs’ Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court.

February 27, 2020

Leon’s Furniture’s Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court.

January 20, 2020

Judgement rendered by the Court of Appeal.

June 18, 2019

Court of Appeal Hearing.

August 2017

Leon’s Furniture and Fairstone Financial Inc. appealed the first Instance Judgment

July 31st 2017

Judgment granting the class action on the merits

From February 6th to the 13th 2017

The class action hearing will take place

June 2016

Judgment lifting stay on the publication of a notice to class members

December 2014

Filing of Request to set case down for trial and judgment

November 2012

Filing of the Motion to institute proceedings.

June 2012

The Superior Court authorizes the class action against Meubles Léon Ltd.

November 2009

Filing of the Motion for authorization to institute a class action.