High court OKs price-fixing suits
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says consumers can sue manufacturers who are caught fixing prices of goods that are part of other products.
The court ruled today on three class-action lawsuits alleging that manufacturers were involved in conspiracies to hike the price of their products.
The products, however, were merely parts of other final products that were then sold to consumers.
The high court says indirect purchasers can join class-action lawsuits under Canadian law.
In one case, it certified a class lawsuit against Microsoft Canada and in another, it allowed a suit to proceed against Infineon Technologies.
But it rejected a class-action suit against Archer Daniels Midland, based on the facts of the case.