Direct Purchaser Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation
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CASE UPDATE (10/11/2017): The Claims Filing Deadlines have passed. Claims continue to be evaluated in this matter and it is anticipated that distribution of the Net Settlement Fund to timely and valid claims will commence in the 2017 calendar year.

 

(PLEASE NOTE: To be a Class Member, you must have purchased DIRECTLY from a Defendant, Defendant's subsidiary, or Defendant's affiliate)

 

The purpose of this website is to provide information to potential Settlement Class Members about the settlements in a case entitled: In re Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation; Case No. 3:10-md-02143-RS.

Plaintiffs claim that Defendants (listed below) engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize the prices of ODDs. Plaintiffs further claim that direct purchasers from the Defendants of laptop and notebook computers that contain ODDs may recover for the effect that the ODD conspiracy had on the prices of these devices. Plaintiffs allege that, as a result of the unlawful conspiracy involving ODDs, they and other direct purchasers paid more for ODDs than they would have paid absent the conspiracy. Defendants deny Plaintiffs' claims.

Although the information in this website is intended to assist you, it does not replace the information contained in the Class Notice or the Settlement Agreements, both of which can be downloaded from this website.

Definitions  

 A) “Direct Purchaser” means a person or business who bought an Optical Disk Drive or an Optical Disk Drive Device directly from one or more of the Defendants, affiliates, or subsidiaries. A direct purchaser is NOT a person or company who purchased an Optical Disk Drive or an Optical Disk Drive Device from a wholesaler or a retail store such as Best Buy, NewEgg, Ingram Micro, or Walmart.

 B) “Class Period” or “Class Periods” means January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2011 for the HLDS settlement, and January 1, 2004 through January 1, 2010 for the Panasonic, NEC, PLDS, TSST, Sony, BenQ, TEAC, QSI, and Pioneer settlements.

C) “Defendant” or “Defendants ” means the following entities which are named as Defendants in this action:

Sony Corporation, Sony Optiarc Inc., NEC Corporation, Sony NEC Optiarc Inc., Sony Optiarc America Inc. (FKA Sony NEC), Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics USA, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc., Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp., Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp. Korea, Lite- On IT Corp. of Taiwan, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corp., Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions USA, Inc., BenQ Corporation, BenQ America Corporation, TEAC Corporation, TEAC America, Inc., Quanta Storage Inc., Quanta Storage America, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Defendant” or “Defendants” shall also include named co-conspirators Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd.

D) “Settlement Class” or “Settlement Classes” means:

For the HLDS settlement: “All individuals and entities who, during the period from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2011, purchased Optical Disk Drives and Optical Disk Drive Devices in the United States directly from the Defendants, their subsidiaries, or their affiliates. Excluded from the Class are Defendants and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and all governmental entities.”

For the Panasonic, NEC, PLDS, TSST, Sony, BenQ, TEAC, QSI, and Pioneer Settlements: “All individuals and entities who, during the period from January 1, 2004 until at least January 1, 2010 purchased one or more Optical Disk Drives or a laptop or desktop computer incorporating an ODD in the United States directly from the Defendants, their subsidiaries, or their affiliates. Excluded from the Class are Defendants and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and all governmental entities."

 E) “Releasees” shall refer jointly and severally, individually and collectively to NEC Corporation; LG Electronics, Inc.; LG Electronics USA, Inc.; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.; Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc.; Panasonic Corporation; and Panasonic Corporation of North America; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; Lite-On It Corp.; Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corp.; Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions USA, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Toshiba Corp.; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS); Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp.; Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corp.;  Sony Corp.; Sony Optiarc, Inc.; Sony Optiarc America, Inc.; Sony NEC Optiarc Inc.; Sony Electronics, Inc.; BenQ Corp; BenQ America Corp.; TEAC Corp.; TEAC America, Inc.; Quanta Storage Inc.; Quanta Storage America, Inc.; Pioneer Corp.; Pioneer North America, Inc; Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.; Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd. and their respective past and present parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, servants, representatives (and the parents’, subsidiaries’, and affiliates’ past and present officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, servants, and representatives), and the predecessors, successors, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns of each of the foregoing.

F) “Optical Disk Drive” or “ODD ” means any device which reads and/or writes data from and to an optical disk, including but not limited to, CD-ROMS, CD-recordable/rewritable, DVD-ROM, DVD-recordable/rewritable, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray recordable/rewritable, HD-DVD, Super Multi-Drives and other combination drives. The term “Optical Disk Drives” or “ODDs” shall also include (a) a drive sold as a separate unit that is to be inserted into, or incorporated in, an electronic device; and (b) a drive sold that is to be attached to an electronic device through an external interface such as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection;

G) “Optical Disk Drive Device” or “ODD Device” means a device incorporating an ODD including but not limited to desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, videogame consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders, and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders.

H) “Class Members” means all members of the Settlement Classes who did not timely and validly elect to be excluded from the Settlement Classes certified by the Court.

I) “Net Settlement Fund” means the combined proceeds from the HLDS, Panasonic, NEC, PLDS, TSST, Sony, BenQ, TEAC, QSI, and Pioneer settlements plus accrued interest minus all costs, attorneys’ fees, expenses, and incentive awards.