IMPORTANT UPDATE AUGUST 2022
Payment has now been sent to most Class Members who filed Undocumented Claims in this class proceeding.
Payment was sent by Interac e-Transfer or cheque. Interac e-Transfers were sent in May 2022. Cheques were issued April 4, 2022 and will become stale dated after October 4, 2022.
If you filed an Undocumented Claim and have not yet received payment, you should continue to monitor the email you used to register your claim. Deficiency notices were sent to Class Members whose claims were not approved on June 21, 2022, and you may be required to take further steps to advance your claim.
For some Class Members, the initial Interac e-Transfer was unsuccessful. In such cases, the Claims Administrator will reissue payment.
If the Class Member provided the Claims Administrator with a valid email address, payment will be reissued by Interac e-Transfer. If the Class Member did not provide a valid email address, payment will be reissued by cheque.
The Claims Administrator will begin reissuing e-Transfers on August 9, 2022.
Class Members who do not have auto deposit set up with their financial institution will require a security answer to complete the Interac e-Transfer transaction. An advance email notification, which contains the security answer, has been sent to affected Class Members from [email protected]. Check your Junk Email folder if you cannot find the email in your Inbox.
If you still cannot locate your security answer, please forward a copy of your Interac payment to [email protected] asking for your security answer. The sender of the Interac e-Transfer will be either: (1) Lithium Batteries Class Action or (2) Computershare Trust Company (RicePoint Administration Inc.’s parent company).
Copy of Interac e-Transfer
If you filed a Documented Claim, you will not receive payment at this time. A second distribution to remaining approved Class Members will occur after all Documented Claims have been reviewed and the appeal deadline has passed.
Please check this website for updates.
Class action lawsuits were commenced in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec alleging that several LIB manufacturers (the “Defendants”) conspired to fix prices for LIBs, resulting in higher prices for LIBs and LIB Products sold in Canada.
LIBs are rechargeable batteries used in electronic products.
LIB Products are laptop computers, notebook computers, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants, handheld GPS, handheld video players, cellphones, smartphones (excluding cellphones and smartphones sold as part of a service contract) or replacement batteries for any of these products.
Settlements totaling CDN$21.3 million were reached with Defendants. The settlements have received court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and/or Quebec. The settlements are a compromise of disputed claims and are not admissions of liability. The settlements resolve the litigation in full.
The settlement funds (plus interest, less approved fees and expenses) are available for distribution to eligible claimants.
Subject to further court order, undocumented claims will be paid $20 and do not require proof of purchase. If you wish to be eligible to receive more than $20, proof of purchase is required.
The remainder of the settlement funds (after paying undocumented claims) will be distributed on a proportional basis, based on the value of your claim relative to the value of all approved claims.
The value of your claim for the purpose of determining your share of the settlement funds will be calculated based on:
(a) the number and type of LIBs or LIB Products purchased (a point value will be assigned based on the number of LIB cells and value of the LIB cells within each product type); and
(b) your position in the distribution chain.
See the FAQs tab for further information.