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Optical Disk Drive Anti-Competition National Class Action



Final settlements have been reached in the Optical Disk Drive Price-Fixing class action with Pioneer, Quanta, and BenQ, for CA$1,185,000, US$500,000, and CA$424,000, respectively.

The British Columbia and Quebec Courts will be asked to approve the settlements, and class counsel’s fee request.

The hearing before the British Columbia Court will be held by videoconference on February 22, 2022 at 10:00 am. The hearing before the Quebec Court will take place by videoconference on February 23, 2022 at 9h30 am.

You may express your views on the proposed settlements, or class counsel’s fee request to the Courts. If you wish to do so you must contact class counsel by February 10, 2022.

If you wish to view the Settlement Agreements and the related notices, you may do so by scrolling down and clicking on the links on the right-hand side of this page.



A settlement has been reached in the Optical Disk Drive Price-Fixing class action with Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation, Toshiba of Canada Limited, Toshiba America Consumer Products, LLC, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. for CDN $5,695,000.

The Settlement Agreement may be accessed here: TSST Settlement Agreement

Hearings to consider approval of the settlement will be heard by the British Columbia Court in Vancouver on September 30, 2020 at 9:00am and the Quebec Court in Montreal on October 1, 2020 at 9:30am in room 16.11.

On April 7, 2010, Consumer Law Group commenced a class action against several manufacturers of Optical Disk Drives (“ODD”) alleging that numerous ODD manufacturers and distributors conspired to fix the prices for ODD, and that this resulted in consumers, businesses, and other purchasers paying too much for ODD and ODD Products purchased in Canada.

Settlements have been reached with some of the defendants, including:

• NEC Corporation and NEC Canada, Inc. (“NEC”) for $730,000 CDN;
• TEAC Corporation, TEAC America, Inc. and TEAC Canada, Ltd. (“TEAC”) for $500,000 USD;
• Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (“HLDS”) for $8,123,940 CDN. This settlement also releases Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Canada, Ltd., Hitachi America Ltd., LG Electronics Inc., LG Electronics Canada, Inc., and LG Electronics USA, Inc.;
• Sony Corporation, Sony Optiarc, Inc., Sony Optiarc America Inc., Sony of Canada Ltd., Sony Electronics, Inc. Sony Corporation of America, and Sony NEC Optiarc, Inc. (“Sony”) for $4,400,000 CDN; and
• Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation and Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions USA, Inc. (“PLDS”) for $5,695,000 CDN. This settlement also releases Koninklijke Philips N.V., Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan, Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips Canada Ltd., Philips Electronics North America Corporation, and Philips Electronics Ltd.

Copies of the Canadian ODD Class Action National Settlement Agreements are available here:

NEC Settlement Agreement
TEAC Settlement Agreement
HLDS Settlement Agreement
Sony Settlement Agreement
PLDS Settlement Agreement

The TEAC, NEC and Hitachi-LG Settlement Agreements have already been approved by the Superior Court of Quebec by Judgment dated May 4, 2018. The Sony Settlement Agreement was equally approved by Judgment dated June 18, 2019. The PLDS Settlement Agreement was approved by Judgment dated December 18, 2019.


CONSUMER LAW GROUP has launched a class Canada-wide action lawsuit against Sony, Sony Optiarc, Toshiba, Samsung, Hitachi, LG, Philips, Lite-On It, NEC, and TEAC on behalf of individuals who own any products with an Optical Disk Drive (“ODD”), such as CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives which are frequently used in personal computers, video game consoles, and other electronics.

The class action is based on these companies secretly colluding to fix, raise, maintain and stabilize artificially the price at which ODDs were sold, so as to restrict or eliminating any competition, thereby artificially inflating the sale price to consumers.

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The class action lawsuit identifies the group of affected persons as:

All residents in Canada who purchased used, and/or received an Optical Disk Drive (“ODD”) or purchased any products which contain an ODD, since approximately January 2001 through to the present, or any other group to be determined by the Court;

If you or someone you know own any products that have a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray drive and you wish more information on potential compensation or to be kept advised of the status of the Optical Disk Drive Anti-Competition Class Action litigation or any resulting compensation from the Optical Disk Drive Anti-Competition Lawsuit in Canada, Quebec or Ontario, please provide your contact information to our law firm using the below form.

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