A Quebec consumers' group is seeking class-action status for a suit against a beer distributor managed by Sleeman Breweries that was found recently fined for trying to prevent retailers in the province from offering discounts on its products.

La Compagnie Brasserie Stroh, a Quebec beer distributor managed by Sleeman Breweries Ltd admitted to trying to prevent retailers from offering discounts on its beers. The company fined C$250,000 after a Federal Court case.

A statement of facts said Brasserie Stroh attempted to "influence upward, or to discourage the reduction of, the price" that retailers in Quebec charged for cases of six and 12 bottles from April, 1999, to April, 2000.

Now, the consumer group Option Consommateurs is claiming that "several thousand" Quebec consumers ended up paying more than they should have for Brasserie Stroh brands.
The Montreal-based advocacy group is seeking damages of $400,000 in Quebec Superior Court.