Hagens Berman Reminds Washington, D.C. Consumers about Optical Disc Drive Lawsuit

08/11/2011

WASHINGTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hagens Berman today reminded Washington, D.C. consumers that it has filed a class-action lawsuit against the producers of optical disc drives (ODD) alleging that the companies illegally manipulated the prices of the drives.

According to the suit, these anticompetitive practices have caused consumers of a wide range of products including computers, video game consoles and CD, DVD and Blu-ray players to overpay for the devices.

Consumers in Washington D.C. who own one or more of these devices are encouraged to contact the Hagens Berman legal team to discuss their legal options as part of a nationwide legal action against the ODD manufacturers, which include Sony (NYSE: SNE), Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) and Philips (NYSE: PHG).

Consumers interested in learning more can call (206)-623-7292 or can contact the firm by email at DCODD@hbsslaw.com

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06/28/19: Case Update

The claims period for the $205 million class action settlement in the Optical Disk Drive Antitrust litigation is now closed. The district court overseeing this litigation has approved all the settlements as fair and reasonable, and has approved the payment of attorneys’ fees. 

A small number of class members have objected to the terms of the settlement and the payment of attorneys’ fees to lead counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. The objectors have appealed the district court’s approval of the settlement to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Under the governing case law, until the objections are resolved, we are unable to distribute the settlement funds to class members.

Hagens Berman believes that these objections are without merit. We are proud of the recovery on behalf of the indirect purchaser class, and believe that private class actions are an important counterbalance to the power of large corporations. This litigation sprawled many years, multiple continents, with millions of documents and dozens of depositions. Without joining together the claims of consumers, and allowing law firms to act on their behalf, there would be no recovery for the average consumer injured by such a coordinated and sophisticated cartel. We at Hagens Berman will continue to act on behalf of the class until the overcharges due to this cartel are returned to consumers.

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.