Court Extends Deadline for Consumers to Claim Portion of $180 Million Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement

09/21/2017

Law firm urges those who bought a computer with a disk drive from 2003-2008 to make a claim

SEATTLE – Consumers who purchased computers from 2003-2008 now have a longer window of time to file a claim for a portion of a $180 million settlement against electronics manufacturers, according to class counsel, Hagens Berman. The extension comes from the court, and moves the claim filing deadline to Oct. 30, 2017 for any indirect purchasers (those bought from a retail store or website, for example) of certain optical disk drive (ODD) products.
 

WHAT IS THE CASE ABOUT?  

The $180 million lawsuit alleges a conspiracy involving ODD suppliers to fix, maintain or stabilize the prices of optical disk drives at artificially high levels in violation of federal and state antitrust laws for more than five years. In other words, consumers overpaid due to an ongoing scheme and agreement between the defendants. ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more defendants or their asserted conspirators. 

There are three separate groups of defendants in this lawsuit: 1.) Koninklijke Philips N.V., Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (collectively “PLDS”); 2.) Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd. (collectively “Pioneer”); and 3.) TEAC America, Inc.; TEAC Corporation (collectively “TEAC”).

AM I AFFECTED? COULD I FILE A CLAIM?

You may be eligible to file a claim in this case if you:

  • Indirectly* bought a computer with an internal optical disk drive and/or a stand-alone disk drive,
  • Between Apr. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2008,
  • For your own use, and not for resale and
  • While a resident of any of these 24 states: AZ, CA, DC, FL, HI, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, OR, TN, UT, VT, WV or WI.

*“Indirectly” means the product was purchased at a retail store or online site (ex: Walmart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, etc.), and not the manufacturer, directly.


HOW DO I FILE A CLAIM?

A detailed notice, which includes additional information about the settlements, as well as the ability to file an online claim, is available at www.DollarsforDiskDrives.com.


WHAT ARE THE SETTLEMENT BENEFITS?

The settlements provide for $55.5 million in recovery for class members (see below) in addition to $124.5 million already reached with four defendant families (Panasonic, NEC, Sony and HLDS) for a total settlement of $180 million.


Specifically, the PLDS settlement fund is $40 million, the Pioneer settlement fund is $10.5 million and the TEAC settlement fund is $5 million (for a total of $55.5 million).


WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

For more details about the Optical Disk Drive settlements, visit www.DollarsforDiskDrives.com, or call 1-877-368-9020. The settlement administrator may also be reached via mail at the following address: In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, P.O. Box 43424. Providence, RI 02940-3424.

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08/17/17: Claims Period Extended

The court has extended the claims period for the optical disc drive antitrust case until Oct. 30, 2017 for $180 million in settlements. Go to https://www.opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com/ to submit your claim now. 

08/29/16: SETTLEMENT UPDATE

To date, IPPs have reached settlements with Panasonic, NEC, Sony, and Hitachi providing for $124.5 million in recovery for the class.  On July 21, 2016, the Court granted preliminary approval for these settlements and Notice of the settlements was emailed to class members beginning in late August, 2016.  Class members are now invited to file a claim on the official Court-approved settlement website, which can be found at https://www.opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com.  The simple online claim form only takes 3-5 minutes for most individuals. The deadline to file a claim is July 1, 2017.  If final approval is granted to one, some or all of the settlements, class members who have filed valid and timely claims will receive an electronic payment. The amount of any settlement payment will be based on a class member’s qualifying purchases and the total number of class members.

06/24/10: Discovery Continues

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.

06/04/10: Hagens Berman Appointed as Interim Class Counsel

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.