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Option consommateurs brought a class action against the companies Panasonic Corporation, Sanyo Electric Group Ltd., Nippon Chemi-Con Corp., Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd., Hitachi Aic Inc., Nichicon Corporation, Elna Co., Ltd., Holy Stone Enterprise Co. Ltd., Holy Stone Holdings Co. Ltd., Matsuo Electric Co. Ltd., Rohm Co. Ltd., Rubycon Corp. and Toshin Kogyo Co. Ltd., in which it is alleged that they conspired to unduly increase the price of electrolytic capacitors in Canada.

“Electrolytic capacitors” are electronic components used in an electrical circuit in order to store a charge. Electrolytic capacitors are found in electronic devices like smartphones, gaming consoles, home appliances and televisions, among other products.

The class action seeks a judgment ordering the repayment of revenues generated by the artificially inflated portion of the price of electrolytic capacitors and/or product containing electrolytic capacitors. 

Who is a member of this class action? 

You are a class member if you purchased in Québec one or more electrolytic capacitors or one of more products equipped with one or more electrolytic capacitors between September 1st, 1997 and August 1st, 2014.

What is the status of this class action?

On March 22, 2019, the institution of the class action was authorized by the Superior Court.

The file is currently at the merit stage.

How can I stay informed of the upcoming steps in the case?

If you are a member of the class action, we invite you to register to our mailing list. This way, we can communicate with you as soon as important developments occur in the file.

For more information, you can also contact Belleau Lapointe directly.

Pleadings and judgments


August 6, 2014

Filing of the Motion for Authorization to Institute a Class Action.

December 3, 2018

Judgment Approving the Transaction with Okaya and Nitsuko.

December 11, 2018

Judgment Approving the Transaction with NEC Tokin.

March 22, 2019

Judgment Authorizing the Institution of a Class Action.

March 17, 2021

Judgment Approving the Transaction with Panasonic.