Lawn Mower Engine Horsepower Rating Conspiracy

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Summary of the Proceedings

This claim is brought on behalf of all Canadians who purchased, for their own use and not for resale, a lawn mower containing a gas combustible engine of 30 horsepower or less which was manufactured and/or sold by a defendant company between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 2012.

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.

Harrison Pensa LLP is working in concert on a national basis with Consumer Law Group Inc. in Quebec in the prosecution of this matter.

Status of the Proceedings

SETTLEMENTS

Under the MTD Settlement Agreement, MTD Products Limited and MTD Products Inc. (collectively “MTD”) has agreed to pay CAD$300,000.00 for the benefit of Settlement Class Members and to provide evidence and co-operation to the plaintiffs in pursuing their claims against the remaining non-settling defendants (the “MTD Settlement Agreement”). The MTD Settlement Agreement also resolved the allegations and litigation against Sears Canada Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (collectively “Sears”).

Under the Briggs & Stratton et al. Settlement Agreement, Briggs & Stratton Canada Inc., Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Electrolux Canada Corp., Electrolux Home Products, Inc., John Deere Canada ULC, Deere & Company, Husqvarna Canada Corp., Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products N.A. Inc., Kohler Canada Co., Kohler Co. and The Toro Company (Canada), Inc. and the Toro Company together have agreed to pay CAD$4,200,000.00 for the benefit of Settlement Class Members (the “Briggs & Stratton et al. Settlement Agreement”).

Under the Honda Settlement Agreement, Honda Canada Inc. and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have agreed to pay CAD$700,000.00 for the benefit of Settlement Class Members.

In exchange, the settling defendants will be provided with a full release of claims against them in the Lawn Mowers Class Action. The settling defendants do not admit any wrongdoing or liability in connection with the case.

The litigation continues as against all non-settling defendants to the proceedings.

SETTLEMENT APPROVAL

The MTD Settlement Agreement and the Briggs & Stratton et al. Settlement Agreement received approval from the Ontario Court on September 20, 2013 and from the Quebec Court on September 25, 2013.

The Honda Settlement Agreement received approval from the Ontario Court on October 26, 2015 and from the Quebec Court on November 17, 2015.

SETTLEMENT DISTRIBUTION

As the litigation is ongoing against the non-settling defendants, there will be no distribution of settlement funds at this time. The continuing litigation may or may not result in further settlements or judgments. If there is a further recovery, it will be added to the present settlement monies, which will be held in an interest-bearing trust account and an efficient distribution will be made at an appropriate time. The Courts will approve when and to whom the settlement funds are distributed.

Key Documents

Class Members

Persons who believe that they may be members of the class are encouraged to contact Harrison Pensa LLP for further information.  Inquiries should be directed to Anni Barry at 1-800-263-0489 ext. 759 or by e-mail to .