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The Optical Disc Drives class action alleges that the defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain the price of Optical Disc Drives sold in North America and elsewhere between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010.

Optical Disc Drives are used to read or write to discs, including CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs. Optical Disc Drives are used in consumer products such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders.

Developments

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling over $26.79 million:

  • TEAC Corporation, TEAC America, Inc. and TEAC Canada, Ltd. (“TEAC”) (USD$500,000);
  • NEC Corporation and NEC Canada, Inc. (“NEC”) (CDN$730,000);
  • Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (“HLDS”) (CDN$8,123,940). This settlement also releases the defendants, 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”) (CDN$4,400,000);
  • Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation and Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions USA, Inc. (“PLDS”) (CDN$5,695,000).  This settlement also releases the defendants, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.), Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan, Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips Canada Ltd., Philips Electronics North America Corporation and Philips Electronics Ltd.;
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products LLC, Toshiba of Canada Limited, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“TSST”) (CDN$5,695,000); and
  • Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corporation of North America and Panasonic Canada, Inc. (“Panasonic”) (USD$1,650,000).

The settlements, except for Panasonic, were approved by the requisite courts.

The Panasonic settlement is subject to Court approval in British Columbia and Quebec.  Motions to approve the Panasonic settlement will be heard in British Columbia on March 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and in Quebec on April 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  Please click here to view a copy of the Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing..

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 Panasonic 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.

Contested Litigation

The contested litigation is continuing against the following defendant groups:

  • BenQ Corporation, BenQ America Corporation and BenQ Canada Corp. (“BenQ”);
  • Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd. and Pioneer Electronics of Canada Inc. (“Pioneer”); and
  • Quanta Storage, Inc. and Quanta Storage America, Inc. (“Quanta”)

In British Columbia, a parallel class action was certified on behalf of residents of British Columbia who purchased ODDs or certain products containing ODDs between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010.  The certification decision was upheld on appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. Please click here to view a copy of the Decision and related Press Release.

The class was subsequently amended to include all persons in Canada who purchased ODDs or certain products containing ODDs between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010.

The Ontario action was discontinued to avoid duplicating the British Columbia litigation.

At this time, the Quebec action remains active. Any decisions regarding the interplay of the national class with the parallel Quebec ODD action will be made in the BC ODD action.

Please click here to view a copy of the Notice of Certification.

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 Optical Disc Drives 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 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010 purchased Optical Disc Drives and/or products containing Optical Disc Drives. Optical Disc Drives are used in consumer products such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action). The deadline for opting-out has passed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010 of Optical Disc drives and/or products containing Optical Disc Drives (such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders).
  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.

Settlements

Settlements have been reached with the following defendants totaling over $26.79 million:

  • TEAC Corporation, TEAC America, Inc. and TEAC Canada, Ltd. (“TEAC”) (USD$500,000);
  • NEC Corporation and NEC Canada, Inc. (“NEC”) (CDN$730,000);
  • Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (“HLDS”) (CDN$8,123,940). This settlement also releases the defendants, 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”) (CDN$4,400,000);
  • Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation and Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions USA, Inc. (“PLDS”) (CDN$5,695,000).  This settlement also releases the defendants, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.), Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan, Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips Canada Ltd., Philips Electronics North America Corporation and Philips Electronics Ltd.;
  • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products LLC, Toshiba of Canada Limited, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“TSST”) (CDN$5,695,000); and
  • Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corporation of North America and Panasonic Canada, Inc. (“Panasonic”) (USD$1,650,000).

The settlements, except for Panasonic, were approved by the requisite courts.

The Panasonic settlement is subject to Court approval in British Columbia and Quebec.  Motions to approve the Panasonic settlement will be heard in British Columbia on March 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and in Quebec on April 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  Please click here to view a copy of the Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing..

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 Panasonic 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.

Contested Litigation

The contested litigation is continuing against the following defendant groups:

  • BenQ Corporation, BenQ America Corporation and BenQ Canada Corp. (“BenQ”);
  • Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd. and Pioneer Electronics of Canada Inc. (“Pioneer”); and
  • Quanta Storage, Inc. and Quanta Storage America, Inc. (“Quanta”)

In British Columbia, a parallel class action was certified on behalf of residents of British Columbia who purchased ODDs or certain products containing ODDs between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010.  The certification decision was upheld on appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. Please click here to view a copy of the Decision and related Press Release.

The class was subsequently amended to include all persons in Canada who purchased ODDs or certain products containing ODDs between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010.

The Ontario action was discontinued to avoid duplicating the British Columbia litigation.

At this time, the Quebec action remains active. Any decisions regarding the interplay of the national class with the parallel Quebec ODD action will be made in the BC ODD action.

Please click here to view a copy of the Notice of Certification.

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 Optical Disc Drives 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 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010 purchased Optical Disc Drives and/or products containing Optical Disc Drives. Optical Disc Drives are used in consumer products such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action). The deadline for opting-out has passed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep records of any purchases between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010 of Optical Disc drives and/or products containing Optical Disc Drives (such as desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/recorders, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders).
  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.

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