Direct Purchaser Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation
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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is this litigation about?
  2. Who are the parties involved?
  3. How do I know if I am part of the settlements?
  4. What is an “Optical Disk Drive Device”?
  5. What do the proposed settlements provide?
  6. How will I get my payment?
  7. Can I opt out of the settlements?
  8. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

 



  1. What is this litigation about?

    Plaintiffs claim that Defendants and co-conspirators 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 certain devices 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.

    You or your company may have directly purchased an Optical Disk Drive or an Optical Disk Drive Device between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2011. A direct purchaser is 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, New Egg, Ingram Micro or Walmart.

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  2. Who are the parties involved?

    The following entities which are named as Defendants in this action:

    BenQ Corporation; BenQ America Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.; Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; Lite-On IT Corp.; LG Electronics, Inc.; LG Electronics USA;NEC Corporation; Panasonic Corporation; Panasonic Corporation of North America; Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corp.; Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions U.S.A., Inc.; Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.; Pioneer North America, Inc.; Pioneer Corporation; Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd.; Quanta Storage Inc.; Quanta Storage America Inc.; Sony Corporation; Sony Optiarc Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc Inc.); Sony Electronics Inc.; Sony Optiarc America Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc America Inc.); Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Toshiba Corporation; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.; Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation; Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation; TEAC Corporation; and TEAC America, Inc.

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  3. How do I know if I am part of the settlements?

    The settlement classes are defined as follows:

    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.


    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.

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  4. What is an “Optical Disk Drive Device”?

    Optical Disk Drive Devices include devices incorporating Optical Disk Drives such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, videogame consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders, and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders.

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  5. What do the proposed settlements provide?

    The Claims administrator reviewed the information listed on each claim for valid qualifying purchases. After the purchases were verified, the Claims Administrator determined approved payment amounts by:

    1. Assigning a dollar value to each purchase (ODDs were valued at 100% of their purchase price, and ODD Devices were valued at a fixed amount as follows: desktop or laptop computer: $32, Sony PlayStation 2: $20, Sony PlayStation 3: $73, CD player/recorder: $15, DVD player/recorder: $20, and each purchase of a Blu-Ray player/recorder: $73);
    2. Allocating the value of each purchase between the settlements reached with Settling Defendants (the settlements had varying and overlapping class definitions and class periods, so it is possible certain purchases qualified for one or more settlement fund, but not the others);
    3. Allocating the Net Settlement Funds, totaling approximately $47 million, on a pro rata basis based on the total dollar value of each class member’s purchase(s) of ODDs and ODD Devices in proportion to the total dollar value of all valid claims filed.

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  6. How will I get my payment?

    Payments to Class Members who filed valid claims were issued on December 17, 2019 and mailed between December 17, 2019 and December 18, 2019. If you filed a claim and have not received a payment, you may contact the Claims Administrator via email at info@odddirectpurchaserantitrustsettlement.com or by writing to:

    ODDA Claims Administrator

    c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC

    P.O. Box 43009

    Providence, RI 02940-3009

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  7. Can I opt out of the settlements?

    The deadline for Class Members to exclude themselves from the settlements has passed.

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  8. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    Yes. The Court has appointed the law firm of Saveri & Saveri, Inc. to represent you. You do not have to pay for this service. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, and have that lawyer appear in court for you in this case, you may hire one at your own expense.

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