Public expects capable consumer role in internal trade consultations
Awareness of federal-provincial governments' work on internal trade issues is low among Canadians, but, the more they learn, the more they expect capable representation for consumers. New Council research highlights consumer issues at play and the challenges to providing that representation. Learn more. Download the report.
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Retailers' Smartphone Apps Evaluated
A Consumers Council of Canada report concludes new smartphone apps of Canadian "bricks and mortar" retailers can help consumers get good deals, fail to deliver some important information and provide product reviews that can be useful if read critically. Learn more | Download the report
CLASS ACTION WATCH: Another lawn mower manufacturer settles
Harrison Pensa LLP and Consumer Law Group Inc. commenced proposed class actions in Ontario and Quebec against various lawn mower and lawn mower engine manufacturers. It is alleged that the defendants participated in an unlawful conspiracy to raise, fix, maintain or stabilize the price of lawn mowers in Canada, lessen unduly competition in the production, manufacture, sale and/or supply of lawn mowers and lawn mower engines, and/or to conduct business contrary to the Competition Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. The class actions are brought on behalf of all persons in Canada who purchased a walk-behind or riding lawn mower containing a gas combustible engine labeled at 30 horsepower or less between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 2012.
Previous settlements have been reached with MTD, Briggs & Stratton, Electrolux, John Deere, Husqvarna, Kohler and Toro, totalling $4.5 million dollars. A further settlement has now been reached with Honda for $700,000. Hearings have been set in Ontario and Quebec courts to approve the Honda settlement agreement. The Ontario hearing will be held on October 26, 2015 at 10:00am at 80 Dundas Street, London, Ontario and the Quebec hearing will be held on October 27, 2015 at 9:30am at 1, rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, Québec.
The case is continuing against the remaining defendants and as a result, no distribution of settlement funds will be made at this time. For more information about the Honda settlement agreement and the case, visit www.lawnmowersettlement.ca. Learn more
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