Class Eligibility

There are two classes that are a part of the class action settlement:

  • The first is for those who purchased optical disk drives and/or optical disk drive devices directly from Hitachi-LG Data Storage from Jan. 1, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2011.
  • The second class is for individuals or companies that purchased optical disk drives or laptop or desktop computers that use optical disk drives directly from Panasonic, NEC Corporation, Phillips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS), Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp. (TSST), Sony Corporation, BenQ Corporation, TEAC Corporation, Quanta Storage Inc. (QSI), and Pioneer Corporation from Jan. 1, 2004 through Jan. 1, 2010.

Estimated Amount

Varies

A dollar amount will be assigned to each item that was purchased:

Optical Disk Drives will be valued at 100 percent of their purchase price.

  • Optical Disk Drive Devices will be valued at a fixed amount:
  • Desktop/Laptop Computer: $32
  • Sony PlayStation 2: $20
  • Sony PlayStation 3: $73
  • CD player/recorder: $15
  • DVD player/recorder: $20
  • Blu-Ray player/recorder: $73

Note that the settlement with each company has varying and overlapping class definitions. This means that some purchases may qualify for one settlement fund but not the other. This will be verified by the Claims Administrator.

Proof of Purchase

No

Case Name

In re Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation
Case No. 3:10-md-02143-RS
District Court of Northern California

Case Summary

The plaintiffs in the optical disk drive class action lawsuit alleged that the electronic companies conspired to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize optical disk drive prices. As a result of the alleged price-fixing conspiracy, the plaintiffs claim that they were forced to pay more for the affected products than they would have without the alleged conspiracy.

The electronics companies do not admit to any wrongdoing, but they have agreed to the terms of this class action settlement to avoid the cost and risk of going to trial. This class action settlement was preliminary approved with the various companies starting in 2013 through 2015. The original deadline to file a claim to participate in this class action settlement was June 22, 2015, but the date has been extended to March 7, 2016.

Settlement Pool

$75,000,000

Deadline

03/07/2016

Contact


ODDA Claims Administrator
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
PO Box 808054
Petalima, CA 94975-8054
(888) 270-0759
info@odddirectpurchaserantitrustsettlement.com

28 responses to “Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Settlement”

  1. Ethel says:

    Do this law suit apply for the 3 playstation 2’s I have bought and the DVD ? player. I bought them out the store.. And my DVD player didn’t play the movies right and my game stop working within a few months..and the other two don’t read some of my games..

    ADMIN – Hi Ethel,

    I am sorry your devices are defective. This class action has nothing to do with product performance or defect. The class action is an antitrust settlement. In simpler terms it means that the manufacturers may have talked to each other and agreed on maintaining certain prices which eliminated competition and hindered the consumer’s ability to secure a better deal. Some Playstation’s are included in this settlement. I encourage you to read the notice and file if you qualify.

  2. Zachary says:

    So does this lawsuit only apply to businesses or what? As a consumer I can’t imagine how or why you would buy direct from a manufacturer over a retailer. I have several of the items on this list, but it doesn’t apply to me since I bought from other sources?

    ADMIN – Hi Zachary,

    If you purchased your devices directly from the defendants then you qualify. If you purchased from retailers you don’t qualify.

  3. Ben pratt says:

    I bought a PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 and a blu Ray player

    ADMIN – Hi Ben,

    Per your description it appears you are a class member.

  4. Reginald McFarland says:

    I purchased a Toshiba Laptop and a Phillips DVD player, I went to the website to File a claim, but mine will not go through because, on the claim form they have a [part that says (Capacity), Don’t know what to put here. I thought they meant amount of what you claim. Please advise, I would like to receive a part of what I gave up for.

    ADMIN – Hi Reginald,

    The form is asking in what capacity you are filing.

  5. John says:

    the claim is asking for capacity what is that?

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    In what capacity are you filing?

  6. NANCY says:

    I purchased several of these devices directly from the defendants. I don’t quite understand the settlement payout for this case. Will each person receive a refund for all items purchased or is it a set price listed above? It says $30 on the main page, then on this page it says “varies”…what will be the payout for this claim?

    ADMIN- Hi Nancy,

    You are not receiving a full refund. We estimate that you will receive $30 or less per item.

  7. Jason says:

    If I bought a PlayStation 3 from Best Buy, do I still qualify?

    ADMIN – Hi Jason,

    No you don’t qualify

  8. P. Suzuki says:

    What am I supposed to enter in the “capacity” field?

    Also, I keep getting an error message when trying to submit. Is this because I am not filling out the “capacity” field correctly?

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Suzuki,

    The field is asking in what capacity you are filing. Are you the direct purchaser or a representative?

  9. Scott says:

    I keep trying to file my claim and keep getting an error message: An error has occurred. Please try again or contact the administrator.

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    For your convenience we list the contact information for the admin. Just scroll up.

  10. Clint says:

    It didn’t work like it was exposed to.

  11. david says:

    The claims form will not accept my email as not valid email address. Thus not allowing me to enter this class action. Thank you…

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    Please escalate your concern by contacting the class action administrator. The information is available by scrolling up and looking for the field that reads contact.

  12. shawn flores says:

    I would like to be a part of this claim

    ADMIN – HI Shawn,

    If you believe you are a class member please follow the instructions to file a claim on line.

  13. Mark says:

    I’ve filled out the claim form but the certify claim button remains greyed out, what am I doing wrong?

    ADMIN – Hi Mark,

    You may be missing required fields.

  14. Mike says:

    HI…i am filling out the claim form and I do not understand what “Capacity” status I can enter to remove the
    …”Greyed Out” area to be able to click on FIE CLAIM….I am a consumer who purchased a laptop with one the
    covered devices. What “Capacity” status would that make me? Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Mike,

    You are filing the claim in the capacity of “buyer”.

  15. Claude Swanson says:

    Your online submission claim form does not work, I have written to you directly and called a few times on this. Other people are having the exact same problem as witnessed here in the comments and reply section. Please correct so that it functions properly. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Claude,

    We are not the owners or the admins of the settlement. We are simply an informational website.

  16. Robert says:

    I owned a small computer business during the period in question and I remember purchasing optical drives by the case. But since the company no longer exists, how can I get what is due me?

    ADMIN – Hi Robert,

    If you are able to provide proper paper trail that demonstrates ownership I am very confident the admin will accept your claim.

  17. Jamie says:

    I remember buying items years ago but have since lost the documentation, but I still have the items – would that count as documentation? I assume they can look up the serial number?

    ADMIN – Hi Jamie,

    At this point it no longer matters. This settlement had a deadline of March 7 2016.

  18. Mischella White says:

    I never received my rebate

  19. James Troyer says:

    I’d like to know why I have still not received my check and my roomate has?

    ADMIN – Hi James,

    I can’t answer that question. You need to reach out to the class action administrator.

  20. john says:

    On Mat 23rd. This is the email I got from them.
    Dear John,

    Please note that the claims are still being reviewed and we do not have a distribution date at this time. Your continued patience is greatly appreciated as accurate claims processing and review can take a significant amount of time.

    For future reference, your Claim ID is

    Kind Regards,
    Thalia

    But a couple days later, I got another email that is open until August 1.
    So I think this one may be a second round. Or maybe the same one, but different manufactures.

  21. j says:

    Do you have any update on this?

    ADMIN – Hi J,

    Not yet

  22. william delaney says:

    September 30 2017 does anmybody have an update on this class action and when it pays out
    to those of us who have filed a claim..
    I was under impression court finalization was end of September and payout s directed in October sometime

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    I don’t have anything new on this one.

  23. ELLENA says:

    STILL NO CHECK WHATS GOING ON ..

    ADMIN – Hi Ellena,

    If you are a direct purchaser who submitted a valid claim I encourage you to contact the class action administrator to check on the validation of your submission.

  24. susan muller says:

    when do I get a settlement ? ref # f7a28949

    ADMIN – Hi Susan,

    Not yet

  25. Jessica says:

    Anyone received payment yet or news when payment will be mailed?

  26. PC Ames says:

    Heard there is an appeal now so good luck.

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