UPDATE September 26, 2017: A Claim Filing extension for this settlement comes from the court, and moves the claim filing deadline from August 1, 2017 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.
UPDATE May 24, 2017: Three additional defendants have agreed to settle this class action lawsuit, bringing the total settlement fund up to $180 million.
In a lawsuit alleging manufacturers Philips and Pioneer conspired with one another for years on price fixing CD-ROM drives and DVD drives for computers, has settled for $50.5 million to end the case, bringing the total amount of money to pay class members to $175 million!
This class action is split into two groups:
1) “Direct Purchasers”: Direct purchasers consist of those who purchased optical disk drives (ODDs) or disk drive devices directly from Hitachi-LG Data Storage from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2011.
2) “Indirect Purchasers”: Indirect purchasers consist of consumers who bought computers or disk drives from third-party websites and retail stores.
Indirect Class Members Include: “All persons and entities who, as residents of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin and during the period April 2003 to December 2008, purchased new computers for their own use and not for resale: (i) a computer with an internal ODD; (ii) a stand-alone ODD designed for internal use in computers; or (iii) an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer.”
The Class expects to send emails to around 25 million consumers from records of computer and optical disk drive purchases.
Potential Award: Approximately $10 per drive
NEW Deadline to File a Claim: October 30, 2017
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