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This article was published 17/3/2016 (1311 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
If you drove a vehicle in Manitoba between 2000 and 2010, Norman Boudreau wants you.
The Winnipeg-based lawyer has just launched a class-action lawsuit against more than two dozen automobile parts manufacturers from Canada, the U.S., Japan and South Korea, accusing them of price fixing and conspiracy.
The class action alleges the manufacturers’ actions, including bid-rigging, resulted in higher prices for consumers while also suppressing competition from other companies.
The parts in question include pretty much everything you could get replaced on your car or truck, such as cooling systems, wipers, starters and alternators.
Boudreau hasn’t determined the amount of the claim yet but he’s buoyed by the fact that the Competition Bureau of Canada has already fined the defendants more than $50 million for the kinds of transgressions he has documented in his 200-page statement of claim.
"So, you can imagine the amount of damages we can get from this class action," he said.
Just how many Manitobans are eligible to participate remains to be seen but Boudreau said the drivers of "most of the cars on the streets of Winnipeg" during the 10-year period will be eligible. That includes many Japanese cars and makes such as BMW and Mercedes.
The defendants include Hitachi Automotive Systems, Denso Corp., Yazaki North America and Furakawa Electric Co.
The class action has been filed in Manitoba and B.C. Interested motorists can sign up for it at www.boudreaulaw.ca.