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Optical Disc Drives (ODD) - All Devices With CD or DVD Players

Date Filed: May 6, 2010
Court: U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Type of Case: Antitrust
Case Number: 10-CV-02143
Status: Active
Company Name: Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Hitachi

Case Timeline & Updates:
June 24, 2010 - Judge Walker believed the broad stay of discovery DOJ requested was not justified here. The court intends to allow the normal evidence discovery process to proceed against the likes of Sony, Samsung and other optical disc drive makers, and address any specific concerns raised by the government if and when they arise.
June 4, 2010 – United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker appointed Steve Berman and Jeff Friedman with Hagens Berman as interim class counsel, representing plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed against ODD makers in April 2010. According to the court order, the final appointment of class counsel will be made when and if a class of indirect purchaser plaintiffs is certified.

Attorneys with Hagens Berman believe DVD hardware makers including Hitachi, LG Electronics, Sony, NEC, Toshiba, Samsung, Philips, Lite-On, Panasonic and Pioneer allegedly formed a cartel to stabilize the prices of optical disc drives (ODD) and products.

Plaintiffs believe that the ODD defendants engaged in a conspiracy to restrain competition in the ODD market, which operated from at least 2003 through 2009. Defendants colluded over prices at which ODDs were sold, and exchanged many other kinds of sensitive business information.

Consumers may have a legal standing to demand a refund on computers and stand-alone ODDs capable of playing DVDs. Attorneys believe consumers may have overpaid for certain electronic devices since these business practices gave current technology leaders an uninterrupted opportunity to collaboratively discuss pricing, capacity utilization and other prospective market information.

The ODD industry had many of the structural characteristics which support the existence of the conspiracy, including high barriers to entry, a small number of ODD manufacturers and many joint ventures and long standing business relationships.

Hagens Berman is representing consumers in the class-action lawsuit against ODD makers. If you purchased a laptop or desktop computer that features an optical disc drive between April 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2008, you are encouraged to contact the law firm to find out if you are eligible to join the case by emailing ODD@hbsslaw.com, calling 206-623-7292 or filling out the contact form on the right-hand side of this page.

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