Open Class Action Lawsuit Settlements in Canada

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Updated December 13, 2022

The following are class action lawsuits affecting Canadians that have been settled and are open for claim submissions. You may be eligible and owed a rebate from one or more of these settlements in Canada.

Note: While some settlements do not require proof to make a claim, if you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim. You are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible claimants by submitting a fraudulent claim.

Honda, Acura paint defect

  • Why? Settle claims the company knowingly sold Honda and Acura vehicles with a paint defect that resulted in premature degradation, paint discoloration and peeling. 
  • Eligibility: Consumers who purchased a 2006 to 2013 Honda Civic or 2006 to 2011 Acura CSX vehicle in Quebec and observed paint degradation (paint discoloration or peeling) after May 4, 2015, for Honda vehicles or after Sept. 4, 2017, for Acura vehicles. Proof of Ownership and other documentation will be required
  • Deadline: March 13, 2023
  • Payout: up to $2,550 for repainting or $1,530 cash
  • Make a claim

CIBC mortgage prepayment fees

  • Why? Settle consumer claims that the bank unlawfully hit mortgage borrowers with prepayment fees.
  • Eligibility: Individuals in Canada outside Quebec who had a residential mortgage from CIBC from 2005 onwards who prepaid for all or part of it and paid a prepayment fee based on an interest rate differential. No proof of purchase applicable
  • Deadline: May 21, 2023
  • Payout: ~$224
  • Make a claim

Desjardins data breach

  • Why? Data breach reportedly compromised the names, dates of birth, social insurance numbers, phone numbers, email addresses and banking information of nearly 9.7 million Canadians. 
  • Eligibility: Desjardins members in Canada whose personal information was affected by the 2019 data breach
  • Deadline:
    • Subclass 1 claims: April 20, 2023 (<3 hours, no documentation required, >3 hours, description of actions completed)
    • Subclass 2 (year 1) claims: Oct. 20, 2023 (Documentary evidence confirming the identity theft)
    • Subclass 2 (year 2) claims: Oct. 20, 2024
    • Subclass 2 (year 3) claims: Oct. 20, 2025
  • Payout: $1,000 (suffered identity theft or fraud), $18 per hour, up to $90 (suffered lost time)
  • Make a claim

First Nations Drinking Water

  • Why? Claims that Canada failed to provide its First Nations communities with access to safe drinking water.
  • Eligibility: First Nations members who were born before Nov. 20, 1995, and lived on an affected First Nation during a water advisory that lasted for a year or longer between Nov. 20, 2013, and June 20, 2021. Government-issued ID, and supporting documents for specified injuries.
  • Deadline: March 7, 2023
  • Payout: Varies
  • Make a claim

Visa, Mastercard interchange fees (businesses)

  • Why? Banks and financial institutions charged high interchange fees and restricted merchants’ ability to surcharge or refuse higher-cost credit cards.
    • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto-Dominion Bank will pay $120 million
    • Mastercard International Inc. will pay $19.5 million
    • Visa Canada Corp. will pay $19.5 million
    • Féderation des caisses Desjardins du Québec will pay $9.9 million
    • Bank of America Corp. will pay $7.75 million
    • National Bank of Canada Inc. will pay $6 million
    • Capital One Bank (Canada Branch) will pay $4.25 million
    • Citigroup Inc. will pay $1.63 million
  • Eligibility: Anyone in Canada who accepted payments by Visa or Mastercard credit cards between March 23, 2001, and Sept. 2, 2021.
  • Deadline: December 30, 2022
  • Payout: Depends on merchant revenue
  • Make a claim

Expired settlements

Defrauded Indigenous Foster Children

  • Why? Lawsuits alleged that Robert Riley Saunders, a social worker in Kelowna, B.C. ripped foster children from stable homes and forced them to live on their own.
  • Eligibility: Those who were placed in Robert Riley Saunders’ caseload for more than 90 days while under the age of 19 and a resident of British Columbia between April 1, 2001 and 2018. The lawyer can help Class Members establish their claims.
  • Deadline: October 23, 2022
  • Payout: Up to $250,000
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Optical disc drive price-fixing

  • Why? Settling defendants TEAC, NEC, Hitachi, Sony, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic, Quanta, Pioneer and BenQ alleged to have engaged in a price-fixing plan that resulted in businesses and consumers paying artificially inflated prices.
  • Eligibility: Consumers who purchased ODDs or ODD products (CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray R/RW and HD DVD) in Canada between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 1, 2010, including computers and video game consoles.
  • Deadline: Nov. 14, 2022
  • Payout: $20 (no documentation), more if documentation can be provided
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Nissan CVT defect

  • Why? Company’s vehicles are allegedly equipped with defective continuously variable transmissions (CVTs)
  • Eligibility: Owners and lessees of 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, 2013-2017 Nissan Juke, 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra, 2012-2014 Nissan Versa, 2014-2017 Nissan Versa Note in Canada, excluding Quebec, as of Dec. 3, 2021.
  • Deadline: September 13, 2022
  • Payout: Varies
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Canada Federal Indian Day School Settlement

  • Why? Allegations of harm suffered by students attending Federal Indian Day Schools in Canada. It was settled for $1.27 billion.
  • Eligibility: Individuals who attended Federal Indian Day School(s) and Federal Day School(s) funded, managed and controlled by Canada, and suffered abuse or harm from teaching staff, officials, students and other third parties at the school. An estimated 120,000 to 140,000 individuals in Canada. Basic personal information as well as proof of enrollment and abuse and harm are required (report cards, class photographs, letters from teachers, attendance records, medical/therapy records).
  • Deadline: July 13, 2022
  • Payout: $10,000 to $200,000
  • Make a claim: Indian Day Schools
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Ford Fiesta & Focus Transmissions in Canada

  • Why? Alleged transmission defects causing vehicles to accelerate suddenly and without warning, delayed acceleration or be prone to skipping, bucking, and jerking unexpectedly.
  • Eligibility: Individuals who owned or leased a 2011 to 2016 Ford Fiesta or a Ford Focus model year 2012 to 2016 in Canada that was equipped with a PowerShift Transmission and have visited an authorized Ford dealer on multiple occasions because of the defect and repairs to the transmission, software flashes, a replacement clutch, or continuing problems must have or are still occurring.
  • Deadline: July 13, 2022
  • Payout: Up to $5,864 in Vehicle Discount Certificates or up to $2,932 in cash
  • Make a claim:
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Mazda, Lexus, Toyota, Subaru Airbags

  • Why? Defective airbag inflators could allegedly fail to explode upon deployment.
  • Eligibility: Consumers who own, owned, lease, or leased one of the following (must provide proof of out-of-pocket expenses):
    • Lexus vehicles: 2007 to 2012 ES350; 2010 to 2017 GX460; 2006 to 2013 IS; 2010 to 2015 IS250C/350C; 2008 to 2014 IS-F; 2012 LF-A; 2002 to 2010 SC430; 2016 to 2019 IS200T/300/350; 2006 to 2009 and 2014 to 2015 IS250/350; 2015 to 2019 RC-F/350/300/200T;
    • Mazda vehicles: 2004 to 2013 Mazda 6; 2006 to 2007 Mazda Speed 6; 2004 to 2011 RX-8; 2004 to 2009 B-Series; 2004 to 2006 MPV; 2007 to 2012 CX-7; 2007 to 2015 CX-9; 2010 to 2013 Mazda3; 2011 to 2014 Mazda2;
    • Saab vehicles: 2005 to 2006 Saab 9-2X;
    • Scion vehicles: 2011 to 2015 XB; 2016 iM;
    • Subaru vehicles: 2003 to 2006 Baja; 2009 to 2013 Forester; 2005 to 2011 Impreza; 2003 to 2017 Legacy; 2003 to 2017 Outback; 2004 to 2014 STI/WRX; 2006 to 2014 Tribeca;
    • Toyota vehicles: 2017 to 2018 Corolla iM; 2003 to 2019 Corolla; 2003 to 2014 Matrix; 2004 to 2005 RAV4; 2002 to 2007 Sequoia; 2011 to 2014 Sienna; 2003 to 2006 Tundra; 2006 to 2011 Yaris (hatchback); 2007 to 2012 Yaris (sedan); 2010 to 2017 4Runner.

Federal Administrative Segregation (Solitary Confinement)

  • Why? Plaintiffs allege inmates’ rights were violated when they were placed in administrative segregation.
  • Eligibility: Any individual who stayed in administrative segregation in a Canadian federal penitentiary for more than 16 consecutive days or more on or after March 3, 2011. OR individuals who stayed in administrative segregation in a Canadian federal penitentiary for any length of time on or after July 20, 2009, were diagnosed with a mental disorder before or during incarceration, and suffered serious impairment as a result of their disorder.
  • Deadline: September 7, 2022
  • Payout: $28 million, divided amongst class members
  • File a claim
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CannTrust stock

  • Why? Share price of CannTrust declined after July 8, 2019, when the company received a compliance report from Health Canada that explained how one greenhouse facility in Ontario was non-compliant with legal regulations
  • Eligibility: Anyone who purchased or acquired common shares of CannTrust between June 1, 2018, and Sep. 17, 2019. Copy of broker account statement or confirmation showing proof of stock purchase.
  • Deadline: March 16, 2022
  • Payout: $83 million, divided amongst class members
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Brothers of the Sacred Heart Sexual Abuse

Aveeno Active Naturals false advertising

  • Why? The plaintiffs allege the products labeled as containing “Active Naturals,” but the products really contained ingredients that were not natural, reportedly containing synthetic, unnatural, and even potentially harmful ingredients.
  • Eligibility: Canadian consumers who bought certain Aveeno Active Naturals products in Canada on or before Sep. 28, 2021 including products for body, hair, baby, sun, face, and more. No proof of purchase is required.
  • Deadline: March 11, 2022
  • Payout: Up to $126
  • Make a claim: File Claim
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Lithium ion batteries price fixing

  • Why? Several lithium ion battery manufacturers – including major electronics brands such as Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and others – allegedly worked together to fix prices on the product, resulting in higher prices for consumers.
  • Eligibility: Canadian consumers who purchased lithium ion batteries or battery products such as laptops, e-book readers, mp3 players, GPS units, and cellphones and smartphones between 2000 and 2012. No proof of purchase is required.
  • Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021
  • Payout: $20 or more with proof of purchase
  • Make a claim: File Claim
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Canadian Armed Forces Sexual Misconduct

  • Why? Alleged sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, and/or Staff of the Non-Public Funds Canadian Forces. It was settled for $900 million.
  • Eligibility: Current and former CAF members who experienced sexual misconduct up to and DND and SNPF who experienced sexual misconduct up to and including Nov. 25, 2019. This includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Deadline: November 24, 2021
  • Payout: $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the level of harm suffered
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2011 Apple MacBook Pro Graphics Defect

  • Why? Allegations of harm suffered by students attending Federal Indian Day Schools in Canada. It was settled for $1.27 billion.
  • Eligibility: All people in Quebec or who purchased in Quebec, a 2011 Apple MacBook Pro laptop with a 15- or 17-inch screen
  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Payout: $175
  • Make a claim
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Microsoft Windows & Office Software

  • Why? Microsoft and Microsoft Canada were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to illegally increase prices for certain Microsoft products. The class action was settled for $409,936,100.
  • Eligibility: Canadian resident as of May 25, 2016 who purchased the PC version of Microsoft’s Word, Excel, Office, Works Suite, or Home Essentials, MS-DOS or Windows operating system between December 23, 1998 and March 11, 2010. No proof of purchase is required.
  • Deadline: September 23, 2021
  • Payout: $6.50 to $13.00 per Microsoft product license
  • Make a claim: That Suite Money
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Canada Dry Ginger Ale

  • Why? Canada Dry Ginger Ale allegedly made false or misleading statements on the labels that led consumers to believe the beverages are made with more ginger than they actually are in advertisements, and on websites and labels.
  • Eligibility: Anyone who purchased, in Quebec, five or more Canada Dry Ginger Ale soft drinks at any time between Jan. 14, 2016, and Nov. 11, 2020. No proof of purchase is required.
  • Deadline: July 16, 2021
  • Payout: Up to $7.50
  • Make a claim: Canada Dry Settlement
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IKEA Chest of Drawers

  • Why? IKEA announced on June 28, 2016, that the chest of drawers models did not meet North American ASTM standards on free-standing stability.
  • Eligibility: Anyone who purchased any of a wide collection of IKEA chest of drawers between Jan. 1, 2002, and June 28, 2016 that were recalled by IKEA Canada. Children’s models taller than 60 cm (23 1/2 inches) or adult chest of drawer models taller than 75 cm (29 1/2) inches. Receipts, payment card statements, or photographs that prove the purchase
  • Deadline: July 28, 2021
  • Payout: Varies
  • Make a claim
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Prepaid Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards

  • Why? Cardholders were charged “maintenance/dormancy” fees in excess of what was permitted under Ontario law (it is illegal for gift cards to expire in Ontario). The cards also had expiry dates that led to cardholders losing the unused balance on their cards. The class action was settled for $17,000,000.
  • Eligibility: A consumer (not business) who purchased or received a Vanilla VISA or MasterCard or a Titanium+ Prepaid Cards between November 29, 2011 to April 30, 2014 and resided in Ontario at the time. No proof of purchase is required.
  • Deadline: June 4, 2021
  • Payout: $100+
  • Make a claim: Prepaid Card Class Action
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Volkswagen, Audi & Porsche Diesel Emissions

  • Why? Alleged emissions defeat device in certain diesel vehicles. It was settled for $9.27 million.
  • Eligibility: Individuals who made a claim for a Buyback or Buyback with Trade-In under a separate settlement and were unable to transfer a portion of their warranty coverage may be able to claim up to $500. Extended warranty claims must include either a Claim ID number or vehicle information, such as VIN and information about the extended warranty.
  • Deadline: April 8, 2021
  • Payout: Up to $500 per claim
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Rogers Wireless Early Termination Fees

  • Why? Early termination fees charged by Rogers were determined by the Québec Superior Court to be “abusive.” It was settled for $26 million.
  • Eligibility: Quebec consumers (~80,000) who live or lived in with a Rogers Wireless phone contract between January 1, 2007, and June 30, 2010; cancelled the contract before it ended; and paid an early termination fee between Feb. 21, 2008, and June 30 2013. Must provide the name of the Rogers Wireless account holder at the time of the termination, as well as one of the phone numbers associated with that account.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Payout: SME voice package $327.91, Consumer voice plan $103.86, SME data plan $42.70
  • Make a claim: Monbras
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