TORONTO, April 17, 2019 /CNW/ - The Ontario Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision, has upheld the dismissal of a $1.4 billion class action lawsuit launched four years ago against the Beer Store.
“The Court of Appeal reaffirmed our belief that this case was without merit. This is good news for the Beer Store’s 7,000 hard-working employees and for the 31 Ontario-based brewer owners, who collectively work hard every day to distribute beer from 191 brewers across Ontario. The Beer Store’s highly efficient network, which operates on a break-even basis, keeps beer prices down in a high tax environment. This is also good news for those who care about our province’s environment, given the Beer Store’s award-winning recycling program that collects more than 1.6 billion beer containers and 349 million wine and spirit containers annually," said Beer Store Board Chair Charlie Angelakos. “The bottom line is that the plaintiffs’ case was based on factual and legal errors about the way beer is sold in Ontario.”