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Optical Disk Drive Anti-Competition National Class Action

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**SETTLEMENT ALERT: OPTICAL DISK DRIVE PRICE-FIXING**

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; and
• 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.

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

NEC Settlement Agreement
TEAC Settlement Agreement
HLDS Settlement Agreement

Hearings to consider approval of the settlements will be heard by the Ontario Court in the City of London on April 23, 2018 at 9:30 A.M., the British Columbia Court in the City of Vancouver on May 14, 2018 at 9:00 A.M., and the Quebec Court in Montreal on May 4, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. in room 2.08.

By Judgment dated January 29, 2018, the Superior Court of Quebec ordered publication of the following notices regarding these hearings:

Publication Settlement Hearing Notice
Short-Form Settlement Hearing Notice
Long-Form Settlement Hearing Notice

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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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