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Optical Disc Drives (ODD)

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

 

Consumers have filed a lawsuit alleging that several of the largest CD and DVD hardware makers conspired to fix the price of optical disc drives, forcing consumers to overpay for video game systems, DVD and Blu-ray players and personal computers containing the drives.

If you purchased a video game console, such as an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, or another device containing an optical disc drive, you are encouraged to contact Hagens Berman, the law firm representing consumers, by emailing ODD@hbsslaw.com, calling 206-623-7292 or filling out the contact form on the right-hand side of this page.


Attorneys with Hagens Berman believe CD and DVD hardware makers including Sony, Hitachi, LG Technology and Philips allegedly conducted anticompetitive business practices that eliminated new market competitors and created artificially high prices for optical disc drives (ODD) and products.

The ODD market has dramatically increased over the last two decades and is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. ODD products can copy or play digital entertainment content via a CD or DVD, and are usually included in a range of products from laptops or desktop computers to gaming consoles and DVD players.

Since 2000, many of the world’s leading makers of ODD products came together through joint ventures and long standing business relationships to allegedly set high market barriers and fix prices on CD and DVD products, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit also states that the Department of Justice is currently investigating the technology industry for anticompetitive conduct and price-fixing of ODD products.

Attorneys with Hagens Berman believe these business practices created an anticompetitive marketplace by giving ODD industry leaders an uninterrupted opportunity to collaboratively discuss pricing, capacity utilization and other prospective market information.

The strong collaboration between ODD industry leaders caused potential and emerging competitors to refrain from entering the ODD market, the lawsuit states. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that consumers were forced to pay inflated prices for ODD products.

Hagens Berman is representing consumers in the class-action lawsuit against ODD makers. If you purchased a laptop, desktop computer, gaming consoles or entertainment player that features an optical disc drive after Nov. 1, 2005, you are encouraged to contact the law firm to find out if you are eligible to join the case.

 

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UPDATES:

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.

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.

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