CLASS ACTION CERTIFIED against Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. and Shoppers Drug Mart (London) Limited (together, "Shoppers Drug Mart")

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified a class action against Shoppers Drug Mart on behalf of past and present associate franchisees of Shoppers Drug Mart throughout Canada, excluding Quebec.

The plaintiffs are two pharmacists and their respective professional corporations that operate Shoppers Drug Mart franchises.  The plaintiffs are represented by the Toronto law firm Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP.

In the class action, the plaintiffs allege that Shoppers Drug Mart breached its franchise agreements by the way it carries out its inventory practices, and by charging excessive cost recovery fees for services it provides and in respect of contracts and leases relating to the class members' stores.  The plaintiffs seek, on behalf of the class, compensation for these alleged breaches of contract.

In addition, the plaintiffs seek compensation for losses suffered by a subclass of current and former franchisees whose franchises are or were located in Ontario.  This claim relates to money collected by Shoppers Drug Mart in respect of professional allowances that it allegedly received on behalf of this subclass of franchisees.

None of the allegations have been proven in court, and the defendants deny liability.

If you entered into an Associate Agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart between January 1, 2002 and July 9, 2013 and your franchised business is located in Canada, excluding Quebec, you are a member of the class and, potentially, the subclass.

SOURCE: Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

For further information:

please contact Class Counsel:

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
155 Wellington Street West, 35th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5V 3H1
Telephone (toll free):  1-877-203-2866

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