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HONK Price Dripping Class Action Investigation - Canada

Slater Vecchio LLP is investigating a potential class action on behalf of Canadians against HONK for failing to disclose the existence of a Service Fee at the outset of the reservation process.
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What is this lawsuit about?

Slater Vecchio LLP is investigating a class action lawsuit against the parking reservation service provider HONK. It is alleged that HONK’s failure to disclose a Service Fee that at the outset of the reservation process constitutes false and misleading advertising.

Slater Vecchio LLP is investigating allegations that HONK engages in “price dripping” and “double ticketing” through the pricing of their online service in violation of Canada’s Competition Act.

Drip pricing or double ticketing may occur when the first price that a company advertises for a product or service does not equal the final price at checkout because the company adds non-government-imposed fees on top of the originally represented price. The fees are typically called a “service fee”, a “process fee” or an “improvement fee”.

What is a class action?

A class action is a legal case through which one person makes a claim to the Court on behalf of similarly situated class of people who have the same or a similar legal claim. A class action seeks to hold a defendant or defendants responsible for their conduct that affects each member of the class by resolving issues that are common to the class in the same legal proceeding, instead of each class member bringing a claim individually.

The individual who first files the claim must ask the Court for permission to proceed as a class action. If permission is granted (referred as “authorized” in Quebec, and “certified” in all other Canadian provinces) and the case may proceed as a class action, the Court will appoint an individual as “Representative Plaintiff” to represent the best interests of the class during the litigation and define the class group. Each person who meets the criteria of the class group is considered a “Class Member”.

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