Optical Disc Drive Antitrust Litigation (Indirect Purchaser)

Filing Deadline: October 30th 2017
Settlement Amount: $205,000,000.00
Eligible Claimants:

Individuals and businesses who, as residents of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin that, during the period of April 2003 to December 2008, purchased a new computer with an internal ODD, a standalone ODD designed for internal use in a computer, or an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer for their own use and not for resale. ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more Defendants or their asserted conspirators.

Purchases made directly from an ODD manufacturer and the purchases of Panasonic-branded computers are not included.

What is an "ODD" (Optical Disk Drive) or "ODD Device" (Optical Disk Drive Device)?

ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more Defendants or their alleged conspirators. Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Corporation of North America (collectively, “Panasonic”); NEC Corporation (“NEC”); Sony Corporation, Sony Optiarc Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc Inc.), and Sony Optiarc America Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc America Inc.) (collectively, “Sony”); and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (collectively, “HLDS).

Defendants:

Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Corporation of North America (collectively, “Panasonic”); NEC Corporation (“NEC”); Sony Corporation, Sony Optiarc Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc Inc.), and Sony Optiarc America Inc. (formerly known as Sony NEC Optiarc America Inc.) (collectively, “Sony”); and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (collectively, “HLDS).

Case History:

Plaintiffs allege that the Panasonic, NEC, Sony, and Hitachi-LG Data Storage (“HLDS”) entities participated in an unlawful conspiracy to raise, fix, maintain, or stabilize the price of Optical Disk Drives (“ODDs”) at artificially high levels in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and various state laws. Defendants deny Plaintiffs’ allegations and have asserted defenses to the claims.