Judge nixes SAQ pricing lawsuit
A Montreal man has lost a court battle for cheaper booze in Quebec, but Jean-René Jasmin says he will appeal to have a class-action lawsuit against the SAQ heard.
Jasmin wants $2.4 billion dollars made by the liquor board in profits between April 2009 and April 2011 returned to customers, claiming the prices the SAQ charges for wine and spirits are abusive.
Judge Stéphane Sansfaçon with Quebec Superior Court ruled last week that there's nothing illegal in the way the SAQ sets its prices.
Jasmin claimed to have a study that proves Quebecers could save as much as 30 percent on the cost of wine and spirits if the SAQ's monopoly on their sale was broken.