A class action has been filed against Google LLC, Google Canada Corporation and Alphabet Inc. (together, “Google”), and against Apple Inc. and Apple Canada Inc. (together, “Apple”), by which it is alleged that they would have conspired to unduly restrict competition in general online search services (search engine) so as to allow Google to control the price of advertising displayed on the results pages of a search query (“Search Ads”).
The class action seeks a judgment ordering Google and Apple to pay to class members an amount equivalent to the sum of revenues generated by the artificially inflated portion of the selling prices of Search Ads purchased in Québec.
Who is a member of this class action?
You are a member of the class action if you have purchased Search Ads from Google in Québec since January 1, 2005.
What is the status of this class action?
On September 27, 2021, an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action was filed before the Superior Court of Québec.
The class action is currently at the authorization stage, and on May 17, 2022, the proceedings were temporarily stayed by the Superior Court of Québec for a period of up to 60 days after a judgment to be rendered by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the certification of the case Performax Health Group v. Google LLP et al. (No. S-218036) or following any other order rendered by the Superior Court of Québec.
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
September 27, 2021
Filing of the Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action.
May 17, 2022
Judgment Granting the Stay of Proceedings.