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The CRT class action relates to allegations that from between March 1995 to November 2007 the defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain prices at which CRTs and products containing CRTs were sold in Canada.

CRTs are a form of display devices. CRTs have largely been replaced by flat panel display devices. CRTs can be divided into two main categories: CDTs (colour display tubes) and CPTs (colour picture tubes). CDTs are used in computer monitors. CPTs are used in televisions.

Developments

Settlements

Settlements have been achieved with the following defendants, totaling approximately $49.8 million:

  • Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (Malaysia) SDN. BDH (collectively “Chunghwa”) (CDN$2,000,000)
  • Panasonic Corporation (formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.), Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc., and MT Picture Display Co., Ltd. (collectively “Panasonic”) (CDN$4,150,000)
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc., Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Toshiba of Canada Limited (collectively “Toshiba”) (USD$2,950,000; CDN$3,794,290
  • Japan Display Inc., f/k/a Hitachi Displays Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Asia, Ltd., Hitachi America, Ltd., Hitachi Electric Devices (USA), Inc., and Hitachi Canada, Ltd. (collectively “Hitachi”) (USD$2,050,000; CDN$2,804,400
  • LG Electronics, Inc. (“LG”) (CDN$7,750,000)
  • Philips North America LLC (“Philips”) (CDN$12,396,500)
  • Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. (f/k/a Samsung Display Device Co.), Samsung SDI America, Inc., Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V., Tianjin Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co. Ltd and Samsung SDI Brasil Ltda (collectively “Samsung SDI”) (CDN$16,980,000)

The settlements have been approved by the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

In order to receive a payment from the settlements, a claim form had to be submitted by March 1, 2019 using the online claims process at http://www.crtclassactioncanada.ca/ .  The claims administrator is finalizing their review of all submitted claims.  After their review, payments will be made to approved claimants.

 

FAQs

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the CRT class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who between March 1995 and November 2007 purchased a CRT, a computer monitor containing a CRT or a television containing a CRT.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases of CRTs, computer monitors containing a CRT or televisions containing a CRT between March 1995 and November 2007.
  2. Click here for information about the settlements and the process for applying to receive settlement funds

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

Settlements

Settlements have been achieved with the following defendants, totaling approximately $49.8 million:

  • Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (Malaysia) SDN. BDH (collectively “Chunghwa”) (CDN$2,000,000)
  • Panasonic Corporation (formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.), Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc., and MT Picture Display Co., Ltd. (collectively “Panasonic”) (CDN$4,150,000)
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc., Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Toshiba of Canada Limited (collectively “Toshiba”) (USD$2,950,000; CDN$3,794,290
  • Japan Display Inc., f/k/a Hitachi Displays Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Asia, Ltd., Hitachi America, Ltd., Hitachi Electric Devices (USA), Inc., and Hitachi Canada, Ltd. (collectively “Hitachi”) (USD$2,050,000; CDN$2,804,400
  • LG Electronics, Inc. (“LG”) (CDN$7,750,000)
  • Philips North America LLC (“Philips”) (CDN$12,396,500)
  • Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. (f/k/a Samsung Display Device Co.), Samsung SDI America, Inc., Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V., Tianjin Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co. Ltd and Samsung SDI Brasil Ltda (collectively “Samsung SDI”) (CDN$16,980,000)

The settlements have been approved by the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

In order to receive a payment from the settlements, a claim form had to be submitted by March 1, 2019 using the online claims process at http://www.crtclassactioncanada.ca/ .  The claims administrator is finalizing their review of all submitted claims.  After their review, payments will be made to approved claimants.

 

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the CRT class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who between March 1995 and November 2007 purchased a CRT, a computer monitor containing a CRT or a television containing a CRT.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases of CRTs, computer monitors containing a CRT or televisions containing a CRT between March 1995 and November 2007.
  2. Click here for information about the settlements and the process for applying to receive settlement funds

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.