1. What are these Class Actions about?
  2. Who is affected by the Class Actions?
  3. What settlement has been reached?
  4. When can I submit a claim?
  5. Who is Class Counsel?
  1. What are these Class Actions about?

    Two actions (Jordan v CIBC Mortgage Inc. and Sherry v CIBC Mortgage Inc., together the “Class Actions”) were brought against the defendant CIBC Mortgages Inc. (“CIBC”) in connection with the calculation of certain prepayment charges on mortgages across Canada, excluding Quebec. The Class Actions apply to CIBC mortgages as well as mortgages through related entities such as Firstline Mortgages and President’s Choice Financial.

    

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  2. Who is affected by the Class Actions?

    Persons residing in Canada, except persons residing in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, who: (i) were or are mortgagors under mortgages issued by CIBC as mortgagee from 2005 onward on residential properties located in Canada; (ii) prepaid all or part of those mortgages; and (iii) in so doing paid a prepayment charge based on an Interest Rate Differential (“IRD”).  An Interest Rate Differential compares the prevailing interest rates at the time of borrowing and the time of prepayment;

    (this group of individuals is known as the “Ontario Class”)

    -and-

    Persons resident in British Columbia who (i) were or are mortgagors under mortgages issued by the defendant as mortgagee, (ii) prepaid part or all of the principal amounts secured by those mortgages from 2005 onwards; and (iii) paid a prepayment charge;

    (this group of individuals is known as the “British Columbia Class”)

    The Ontario Class and the British Columbia Class are defined collectively as the “Class Members.”

    *Excluded Persons are the Defendant CIBC Mortgages Inc. (“CIBC”) and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, senior employees, legal representatives, heirs, predecessors, successors, and assigns.

    

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  3. What settlement has been reached?

    CIBC has agreed to pay the total amount of CAD$7.5 million in settlement of the Class Actions (the “Settlement”). The Settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing by CIBC. The Settlement is subject to approval of the Ontario Court and the BC Court, and Class Members have a right to object to the Settlement. If the Settlement is approved by the courts, it will be paid into an interest-bearing account.

    After deduction of Class Counsel Fees and Administration Expenses, the balance of the Settlement Funds (the “Net Settlement Amount”) will be distributed to Class Members in accordance with the Distribution Protocol.

    Each Class Member who files a valid, eligible claim will receive a portion of the Net Settlement Amount calculated in accordance with the Distribution Protocol. The Distribution Protocol provides for a payment estimated at CAD$224.00 to each eligible claimant (but that amount may vary depending on the number of claims paid), in accordance with the following Chart that was developed with the assistance of an expert hired by Class Counsel:  

    Each Class Member’s entitlement to compensation will depend on when the Class Members borrowed money and prepaid their mortgage loan.  This is because changes in interest rates over time mean that some Class Members did not have to pay the charges that are at issue in these class actions.

    •            If the Claimant’s date of loan origination or renewal intersects with the date of prepayment in a ‘no’ square, the Claimant will not be eligible to share in the Net Settlement Amount.

    •            If the Claimant’s date of loan origination or renewal intersects with the date of prepayment in a ‘yes’ square, the Claimant will be eligible to share in the Net Settlement Amount.

     

    In the event that the total amount claimed exceeds the amount available for claims, each payment will be reduced on a pro rata basis. Once the allocations of all Class Members who have filed eligible claims have been ascertained, the Net Settlement Amount will be distributed.

    In the event that any amounts remain undistributed after the distribution of the Net Settlement Amount (whether as a result of a failure to locate claimants, the failure of any Class Member to make a valid claim, or as a result of any tax refunds or any distributed cheques having become stale-dated or ineligible for redemption), those amounts will be distributed to eligible Class Members in accordance with the Distribution Protocol (if sufficient to warrant a further distribution) or allocated cy-près to the Law Foundations of Ontario and BC.

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  4. When can I submit a claim?

    The Settlement Agreement has been approved; however, the Courts still need to approve the Distribution Protocol before the claims period can begin. Please monitor this website regularly for updates.

    

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  5. Who is Class Counsel?

    The law firms of Siskinds LLP and Branch McMaster LLP are Class Counsel. Inquiries may be directed to:

    Siskinds, LLP
    Barristers & Solicitors

    100 Lombard Street, Suite 302
    Toronto, ON  M5C 1M3

    Alex Dimson
    Jared S. Rosenbaum

    Tel: 416-362-8334
    Fax: 519-672-6065
    Email: donna.mcevoy@siskinds.com

    Website: www.siskinds.com/class-action/cibc-mortgages-prepayment-penalty/

    Branch MacMaster LLP
    Barristers & Solicitors

    777 Hornby Street, Suite 1410
    Vancouver, BC  V6C 1S4

    Luciana Brasil
    Jillian Dean

    Tel: 604-654-2999
    Fax: 604-684-3429
    Email: jdean@branmac.com

    Website: www.branchmacmaster.com/class_actions/cibc-mortgages-prepayment-penalty/

    

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