Want some free groceries? Registration for a free $25 card from Loblaw opens today on January 8, 2018.
The freebie is being offered following the Canadian grocery chain’s admission to bread price fixing over 14 years.
According to the registration site, the free $25 cards “will not affect customers’ right to participate in any class action or to receive any incremental compensation that may be awarded by the court,” but to claim the card, applicants will be required to sign a release which states:
In exchange for this twenty-five (25) Canadian Dollar Loblaw Card you hereby release and forever discharge Loblaw (“Loblaw” includes Loblaw Companies Limited, its parent corporation George Weston Limited and their affiliates as well as all of their current and former officers, directors, and employees) from any and all claims or causes of action (of whatever nature or kind) for damages, costs or other relief that you may have relating to or otherwise in connection with any overcharge on the price of packaged bread in the period between January 1, 2002 and March 1, 2015, to the extent of twenty-five dollars.
Agreeing to this release will not impact your right to participate in any class actions relating to an overcharge on the price of packaged bread. However, doing so will mean that twenty-five (25) dollars will be deducted from any compensation that you may otherwise be entitled to receive in any class action judgment against, or settlement with, Loblaw relating to any overcharge on the price of packaged bread in the period between January 1, 2002 and March 1, 2015.
The registration form also advises potential applicants “to obtain independent legal advice, including by contacting one of the intended class action firms” before submission.
To be eligible, the only criteria is to be the age of majority (18 years or older in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec, or Saskatchewan, 19 years or older elsewhere) and to have purchased packaged bread products from a Loblaw Co. store between January 1, 2002, and March 1, 2015.
No documentation is required to claim the card. The deadline to register is May 8, 2018.