Settlements reached in Lawn Mowers Horsepower Labelling Class Action
LONDON, ON, July 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Two settlement agreements have been reached
in class actions brought in Ontario and Quebec concerning allegations
pertaining to horsepower labelling of certain lawn mowers in Canada (the
"Settlement Agreements"). Under the first agreement, the defendant 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 also
resolves the allegations and litigation against Sears. Under the second
agreement, the defendants Briggs, Electrolux, John Deere, Husqvarna, Kohler
and Toro together have agreed to pay CAD$4,200,000.00 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 Actions. 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.
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.
Class members who wish to exclude themselves from the Lawn Mowers Class Action
must do so by September 17, 2013.
Hearings have been set in Ontario and Quebec courts for settlement approval.
The Ontario hearing will be held on September 20, 2013 at 10:00am at 80 Dundas
Street, London, Ontario and the Quebec hearing will be held on September 25,
2013 at 9:30am at 1, rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, Québec.
Please visitwww.lawnmowersettlement.ca or contact Anita Thakkar at
1.800.263.0489 ext. 709.
SOURCE: Harrison Pensa LLP
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