LCBO, Beer Store face legal action over secret ‘sweetheart deal’

Revelations of a secret deal to carve up Ontario’s beer market between the big-brewer-owned Beer Store and the provincially owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario have spawned a proposed class-action lawsuit demanding $1.4-billion in damages on behalf of beer drinkers.

A five-page notice of action filed on Friday in Toronto in Ontario Superior Court alleges the retail outlets engaged in a “conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices of beer in Ontario” and “participated in illegal and secretive discussions and made agreements relating to prices and distribution areas of beer in Ontario.”

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  • Jason

    If they win there’d better be free beer for everyone – for a year!

    • BillyHW

      No justice, no peace!

  • Etobicoke Gladiator (EG)

    I’m so very very very shocked! Not!

  • Ron MacDonald

    It would be great if the Court could order an election.

  • mauser 98

    more Wynne incest

  • winniec

    Let the beer companies set their own prices, rather than the government setting them. Serve the consumer, rather than manipulate the market…it’s asking for lawsuits.

  • David

    I wonder who will pay that bill?

    • Good question, one assumes we will be on the hook.

  • Clink9

    Canadians are so good at taking it up the rump with monopolies. we can’t get enough. Please sir, may I have more?

    Can’t buy beer or wine in any outlet but government approved by our betters.

    • ntt1

      and milk and cheese and chicken…

  • minuteman

    A government mandated monopoly doing business with a government owned monopoly isn’t conspiracy, its just the way it is in a state with the type of liquor laws we have. The solution is to get rid of all government involvement in the liquor business. I am sure the sun would still rise every day if the government minded their own damn business.
    I understand the complaint is that the beer store doesn’t want the liquor store selling packages of more than six. If the brewers own the product are they under any obligation to sell it to someone they don’t want to sell it to? I don’t think they are. Why should they be force to sell in bulk to the liquor store when they can sell it retai themselves and make more profit. Their product to do what they want with.
    I don’t agree with the whole system, but unless we get rid of the LCBO and the “Beer Store”, this seams wholly reasonable to me.

  • DMB

    It will only be a matter of time before they get there hands in the cigarette business making them the only legal retailer of cigarettes in Ontario with the native smoke shops exempted of course.