The Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved settlement in this matter at a hearing on December 6, 2013.
The settlement involves a fund of $1,575,000.00 being established, which, after deduction of legal costs and Representative Plaintiff Compensation, will be distributed to Class Members on a pro-rata basis in accordance with rebates received under the SFCC program.
The Court approved a notice and distribution program which will be carried-out shortly. A copy of the Court-Approved notice will be posted here soon.
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Settlement of Action
This action has been settled.
The settlement is subject to court approval.
A court approval hearing will take place on December 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
The deadline for opting-out of this class proceeding was January 15, 2011.
Only 4 class members opted-out. The Opt-Out Administrator has reported to the court on the Opt-out process as required.
Overview of Claim
A statement of claim was issued in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on May 15, 2009 proposing a class action brought by licensees operating Sears Floor Covering Centers against Sears Canada Inc., Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Home Coverings Buying Group Inc. The claim alleges receipt of undisclosed rebates/secret commissions by Sears to the determent of licensees.
The claim seeks damages of $15 million, plus punitive and exemplary damages.
The action has been commenced under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c.6, as amended, by McKee’s Carpet Zone.
The statement of claim alleges that Sears entered into license agreements with various parties and, contrary to the terms of the license agreements and duties and obligations owed in law, Sears received undisclosed rebates/secret commissions from approved suppliers arising from the sale of flooring products. The statement of claim alleges that these undisclosed rebates amount to secret commissions, contrary to section 426(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The plaintiff, McKee’s Carpet Zone, entered into a license agreement with Sears in August, 1998. The license agreement provided McKee with the exclusive right to operate a Sears Floor Covering business in Newmarket, Ontario. The license agreement required that McKee’s purchase products only from suppliers approved by Sears. The intended effect of this provision is that McKee’s would be able to purchase products at a discounted price in comparison to the price it would pay if it were not an agent for Sears. In or about, June, 2007 McKee’s received information that caused it to suspect that undisclosed rebates were being paid to Sears’ agent, Home Coverings Buying Group Inc. and/ or Sears, by approved suppliers.
The statement of claim contains allegations which have yet to be proven in Court.
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