QUEBEC CITY, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Simon Jacques of Quebec City, Mr.
Marcel Lafontaine of Victoriaville and the Automobile Protection Association
(APA) will appear before the Honourable Justice Dominique Bélanger of the
Quebec Superior Court to obtain authorization to proceed together in the class
action filed earlier over price fixing in gasoline retailing in Quebec.
The plaintiffs wish to obtain authorization to represent residents
throughout Quebec in an action against oil companies and the officers involved
in gas price fixing. This cartel came to light in the summer of 2008 when the
federal Competition Bureau brought criminal charges in this matter against 13
individuals and 11 corporations in the province of Quebec. To date, 6
individuals and 3 corporations have pleaded guilty. The penalties assessed
against the parties who pleaded guilty to date total more than 2.6 million
dollars, and jail time totals 44 months.
Among the defendants targeted by the APA's motion to amend are Ultramar,
Esso, Shell, Couche-Tard, Canadian Tire, Provigo, Irving, Olco and La Coop
Fédérée which operates the Sonic gas station chain.
APA President George Iny stated that the penalties imposed under the
Competition Act are a small percentage of the profits made by the cartel, and
that the current Act does not provide an effective means of restitution for
consumers of gasoline - both important reasons for APA's involvement in the
The hearing at the Quebec City Courthouse, 300 boul. Jean-Lesage, Quebec,
is scheduled to begin on the morning of April 6, 2009.
For further information:
For further information: Mr. George Iny, APA President, (514) 273-1662
(APA), (514) 867-1662 (cell); Mtre Pierre Lebel, Lebel Avocats, (418)
266-0871; Mtre Guy Paquette, Paquette Gadler Inc, (514) 816-2771