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A class action lawsuit is a procedure that facilitates access to Justice by allowing a person to take legal action both in their name and in the name of a group of people who find themselves in the same situation.

There are two distinctive steps to a class action suit.  Firstly, the Superior court must decide whether or not it authorizes the class action.  At this stage, the Court must decide if the remedy corresponds to the criteria set out in the Code of Civil Procedure.  If the Court decides the criteria are met, it will authorize the class action.

Secondly, the Court will examine the merits of the proceedings; this is the trial stage.  In the eventuality that there is a favorable judgment at trial, the Courts will determine the compensation that the members are allotted as well as the compensation method.  It is important to note that the people included in the group description are automatically part of the class action without taking any steps whatsoever.

However, a person who does not wish to be a part of the class action may exclude themself from the group during a determined period of time.

Gas Cartel in the following regions : Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke and Magog

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Jacques c. Ultramar ltée et all

On June 12 2008, the Competition Bureau of Canada announced that criminal charges would be laid against the companies and individuals accused of fixing gas prices at the pumps in the following regions: Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke and Magog.

The next day, Mister Jacques, deposited a claim in order to obtain authorisation to set up a class action lawsuit against certain companies and individuals for collusion in the gas industry. By virtue of this procedure, it is alleged that the defense is implicated in a conspiracy to fix the prices at the pump in the regions of Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke and Magog which contravenes the Competition act as well as the Civil Code of Quebec. More specifically, it is alleged that the defense as well as associated retailers were communicating by telephone and would come to an agreement about the price rise at the pumps to the detriment of the consumer.

In November 2009, the tribunal authorised the class action lawsuit against the gas cartel. The class action lawsuit aims to indemnify all persons, societies, or associations, for the 12 month period that precedes June 30 2006, having less than 50 employees, that purchased fuel at least once between January 1 2001 and June 30th 2006 in the region surrounding Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke and Magog.

If you believe that you belong to one of the groups mentioned above, you may register to participate by filling out the formula.

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Gas Cartel in 22 territories in the province of Quebec

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Thouin c. Ultramar et all

In November 2009, the first class action lawsuit for the gas cartel was authorized by the tribunal to indemnify the individuals that were the victims of price fixing at the pumps in the cities of Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke and Magog.

Mister Thouin, with the assistance of with the assistance of Bernier Beaudry inc., business lawyers and Paquette GADLER inc., deposited a claim in order to obtain authorisation to set up a second class action lawsuit against certain companies and individuals for collusion in the gas industry. According to this procedure, it is alleged that not only are the defendants price fixing in the four markets concerned in the first class action lawsuit, but are equally doing so in several other Quebec regions.

More specifically, it is alleged that the defense as well as associated retailers were communicating by telephone and would come to an agreement about the price rise at the pumps to the detriment of the consumer. This case of collusion contradicts the code of conduct for the Competition Bureau of Canada as well as the civil code of Quebec.

In October 2012, the tribunal authorized the second class action suit against the gas cartel. The second lawsuit aims to indemnify the persons that purchases fuel between January 1st 2002 and June 30 2006 in the following territories :  Coaticook, Saint-Hyacinthe, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Saint-Cyrille-de-Vendover, Princeville, Lac-Mégantic, Plessisville, Quebec, Levis, Saint-Georges, Sainte-Marie, Scott, Saint-Anselme, Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière, Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage, Vallée-Jonction, Montmagny, Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski, Mont-Joli  and Sept-îles. 

If you are a member of this group, you can register for the class action by filing out our formula.

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