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The LCD class action alleges that the Defendants unlawfully conspired to raise, maintain, fix and stabilize the price of liquid crystal display (“LCD”) panels 10 inches or larger, measured diagonally (“LCD Panels”) and televisions, computer monitors and laptops containing LCD Panels (collectively "LCD Products").

The plaintiff alleges that from at least January 1998 to December 2006, the defendants and their senior executives participated in illegal and secretive meetings and made agreements relating to price targets, specific price increases, market share divisions and production capacity for LCD Panels and/or LCD Products.

Developments

New Settlement

A national settlement totaling $7.6 million has been reached with Sharp Corporation (“Sharp”), subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.  The settlement releases settlement class members’ claims against Sharp, as well as Sharp Electronics Corporation and Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd.

A motion to approve the Sharp settlement will be heard before the Ontario court on February 18, 2021 and Quebec court on March 10, 2021.  The settlement approval hearing in British Columbia will proceed subsequently in writing.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members.  At the Sharp approval hearings, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.  Please click here to view a copy of the Proposed Distribution Protocol.

Previous Settlements

Settlements, totaling approximately CDN$75 million have been reached with the following defendants:

  • Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. ($2,023,000)
  • Imaging Devices Corporation (formerly known as Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices Corporation) ($1,200,000)
  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. ($21,250,000)
  • Innolux Corporation (successor to Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation) ($10,000,000)
  • Japan Display Inc. (successor to Hitachi Displays, Ltd.) on its behalf and on behalf of Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Canada, Ltd., Hitachi America Ltd., Hitachi Electronics Devices (USA) Inc. ($3,150,000)
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd. (formerly known as Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. and subsequently known as Japan Display Central Inc. and now part of Japan Display Inc.), Toshiba America Inc. (incorrectly named as Toshiba America Corporation), and Toshiba of Canada Limited (collectively “Toshiba”) (USD$2,150,000; CDN$2,765,330)
  • AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics Corporation America (collectively “AU Optronics”) (USD$8,680,000; approximately CDN$11,409,286.60)
  • LG Display Co., Ltd., LG Philips LCD Co., Ltd., LG Display America, Inc. and LGPhilips LCD America Inc. (collectively “LG”) (CDN$21,200,000)
  • HannStar Display Corporation (“HannStar”) (CDN$2,050,000)

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

The deadline for applying for money from these settlements has passed. The settlement funds have been distributed to approved claimants.

Contested Litigation:

The action was certified as a class proceeding.  The litigation was well into the discovery process at the time of the Sharp settlement.  As part of the discovery process, the parties exchanged relevant documents and examined each other’s representatives.

If the Sharp settlement is approved, it will resolve the class action in its entirety.

A separate action was commenced against defendants based in Taiwan. That action has been resolved against all defendants.

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 LCD 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 January 1998 and December 2006 purchased LCD Panel and/or LCD Products directly from a defendant or any entity affiliated with a defendant, a named original equipment manufacturer or a named distributor in Canada. The Plaintiff has brought a motion to amend the class definition to include all persons in Canada who purchased LCD Panels and/or LCD Products between January 1998 and December 2006. The settlements relate to all persons in Canada who purchased LCD Panels and/or LCD Products between January 1998 and December 2006.

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 LCD Panels, computer monitors containing LCD panels, notebook computers and televisions containing LCD Panels between January 1998 and September 2006.
  2. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below. If you reside in Québec, please reach out to Bouchard + Avocats Inc. at [email protected]

New Settlement

A national settlement totaling $7.6 million has been reached with Sharp Corporation (“Sharp”), subject to court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.  The settlement releases settlement class members’ claims against Sharp, as well as Sharp Electronics Corporation and Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd.

A motion to approve the Sharp settlement will be heard before the Ontario court on February 18, 2021 and Quebec court on March 10, 2021.  The settlement approval hearing in British Columbia will proceed subsequently in writing.

The settlement funds (plus interest, less court-approved fees and expenses) are being held in trust for the benefit of settlement class members.  At the Sharp approval hearings, the courts will be asked to approve a method of distributing the settlement funds to settlement class members.  Please click here to view a copy of the Proposed Distribution Protocol.

Previous Settlements

Settlements, totaling approximately CDN$75 million have been reached with the following defendants:

  • Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. ($2,023,000)
  • Imaging Devices Corporation (formerly known as Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices Corporation) ($1,200,000)
  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. ($21,250,000)
  • Innolux Corporation (successor to Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation) ($10,000,000)
  • Japan Display Inc. (successor to Hitachi Displays, Ltd.) on its behalf and on behalf of Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Canada, Ltd., Hitachi America Ltd., Hitachi Electronics Devices (USA) Inc. ($3,150,000)
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd. (formerly known as Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. and subsequently known as Japan Display Central Inc. and now part of Japan Display Inc.), Toshiba America Inc. (incorrectly named as Toshiba America Corporation), and Toshiba of Canada Limited (collectively “Toshiba”) (USD$2,150,000; CDN$2,765,330)
  • AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics Corporation America (collectively “AU Optronics”) (USD$8,680,000; approximately CDN$11,409,286.60)
  • LG Display Co., Ltd., LG Philips LCD Co., Ltd., LG Display America, Inc. and LGPhilips LCD America Inc. (collectively “LG”) (CDN$21,200,000)
  • HannStar Display Corporation (“HannStar”) (CDN$2,050,000)

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

The deadline for applying for money from these settlements has passed. The settlement funds have been distributed to approved claimants.

Contested Litigation:

The action was certified as a class proceeding.  The litigation was well into the discovery process at the time of the Sharp settlement.  As part of the discovery process, the parties exchanged relevant documents and examined each other’s representatives.

If the Sharp settlement is approved, it will resolve the class action in its entirety.

A separate action was commenced against defendants based in Taiwan. That action has been resolved against all defendants.

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 LCD 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 January 1998 and December 2006 purchased LCD Panel and/or LCD Products directly from a defendant or any entity affiliated with a defendant, a named original equipment manufacturer or a named distributor in Canada. The Plaintiff has brought a motion to amend the class definition to include all persons in Canada who purchased LCD Panels and/or LCD Products between January 1998 and December 2006. The settlements relate to all persons in Canada who purchased LCD Panels and/or LCD Products between January 1998 and December 2006.

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 LCD Panels, computer monitors containing LCD panels, notebook computers and televisions containing LCD Panels between January 1998 and September 2006.
  2. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below. If you reside in Québec, please reach out to Bouchard + Avocats Inc. at [email protected]