skip to main content skip to footer
Koskie Minsky LLP

Koskie Minsky LLP

Labatt’s Salaried Retiree Benefits


This class proceeding concerns improper changes to post-retirement benefits.

It is alleged that the Labatt Brewing Company Limited (“Labatt”) and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (also known as “Ambev”) improperly imposed changes to the Labatt Brewing Company Limited retiree benefit program (the "Retiree Benefit Plan") by imposing lifetime caps for previously unlimited benefits, and reducing coverages for other benefits.

A settlement in this matter has been reached and approved by the by the order of the Honourable Madam Justice Lax dated January 13, 2009. The settlement provides for the reinstatement of the Retiree Benefit Plan as it existed prior to March 1, 2007, with certain modifications.

The class of persons encompassed by the settlement includes all former, salaried, non-unionized employees of Labatt, its predecessor, John Labatt Limited, and their respective subsidiaries, residing in Canada with a date of retirement from their employment with Labatt before January 1, 2009 and who were eligible to be or are participants in the Retiree Benefit Plan, and such retirees' eligible dependents.


Latest Developments

March 19, 2009The Opt-out deadline expired.
January 22, 2009The settlement of this action was approved by the Honourable Madam Justice Lax by order dated January 13, 2009. If a class member wishes to opt out, he or she must notify Koskie Minsky LLP in writing on or before March 19, 2009.

Important Note: This website is intended to provide general information only. Despite our best efforts, it is not always completely up to date and should not be relied upon to make important legal decisions. This website does not offer legal advice and is not designed to answer questions about your individual situation or entitlement. It does not eliminate the need to obtain independent legal advice. Communications through this website will not be treated as private, privileged or confidential. It does not create a solicitor-client, fiduciary or other relationship. Whether you are a class member or not in a particular class action or not depends upon the court order made in that particular case. This website will be updated from time to time with information as it becomes available.