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Ford Canada, California Auto Dealers Antitrust $82 Million Class Action Settlement

The Ford Motor Company logo is seen atop of their Canada headquarters office building; antitrust settlement

Ford Canada agreed to an $82 million antitrust settlement to settle claims it had with other companies to prevent vehicle exports.

The settlement benefits consumers who purchased or leased certain make of cars from a dealer in California between January 1, 2001 and April 30, 2003 and who were resident in California on November 15, 2010. Brands covered by the settlement include Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth , Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Toyota and Volvo .

Ford Canada is the Canadian arm of the car manufacturer. The company sells trucks, SUVs and other vehicles.

According to the antitrust class action lawsuit, Ford Canada partnered with Volvo, General Motors, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and other auto companies to prevent the export of new vehicles from Canada to the United States. This reportedly caused reduced competition in the US, including California. The lack of competition forced Californians to overpay for vehicles, the class action lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiffs in the antitrust class action lawsuit allege that the anti-export settlement violated California’s Cartwright Act.

No one has admitted to doing anything wrong in the case. However, several manufacturers and other defendants agreed to pay to resolve these allegations.

Previous settlements were reached when General Motors of Canada agreed to pay $20.15 million, while Toyota and the Canadian Automobile Dealers’ Association jointly paid $35.7 million. These settlements resulted in payments to affected consumers.

Ford Canada recently agreed to pay $82 million to resolve the claims.

Class members may receive a cash payment from the Ford settlement. Payments vary depending on the type of vehicle being leased or purchased and the recognized claim amount assigned to each model.

For example, a classmate who purchased a Chevrolet Avalanche in November 2002 has a recognized claim amount of $453. In contrast, a group member with a Toyota Corolla purchased in April 2003 has a much lower recognized claim amount of $6.

Payments may not be as high as the claim amount stated by the model, especially if a large number of claims are made. Class members can receive their payment digitally or, if their payment exceeds $10, in the form of a check.

The deadline for exclusion and objection is September 12, 2022.

The final approval hearing for the antitrust settlement is scheduled for October 5, 2022.

To receive a settlement payment, group members must submit a valid claim form by December 31, 2022.