New Settlement Information
A class action Settlement has been reached with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (“New Settlement”) involving Cathode Ray Tubes (“CRTs”), a display device that was the main component in TVs and computer monitors. The lawsuit claims that Mitsubishi Electric conspired with other CRT manufacturers to fix the prices of CRTs, causing consumers to pay more for CRTs and products containing CRTs, such as TVs and computer monitors (“CRT Products”). This settlement is in addition to the previous nine settlements reached with Defendants Chunghwa, LG, Philips, Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung SDI, Thomson, and Technologies Displays America (the “Prior Settlements”).
April 14, 2023: Deadline to Object or Exclude yourself from the Settlement Deadline Passed
June 1, 2023: Attend the Final Approval Hearing on June 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Court Granted Final Approval on 11/6/23
June 13, 2023: Deadline to Submit a Claim Deadline Passed
Who Is a Class Member?
Individuals and businesses who or which:
- Indirectly purchased a CRT Product, such as a CRT television or CRT computer monitor, in Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin between March 1, 1995 and November 25, 2007 (Hawaii, Nebraska, and Nevada have shorter claim periods; review here);
- For their own use and not for resale.
Purchases in Missouri, Montana and Rhode Island must have been made primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. Indirectly purchased means you purchased any brand of CRT Product (except Sony) from someone other than the manufacturer of the CRT Product, such as a retailer like Best Buy or Costco. The purchase must have been made in one of these states but you do not have to be a resident of these states. IMPORTANT: The Settlement Class includes nine states that were not included in the settlement class for the Prior Settlements. The nine new states are: Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Utah.
How To Get A Payment
If you are a member of the Settlement Class AND
- did not submit a claim in connection with the Prior Settlements or
- did make a claim in connection with the Prior Settlements but want to make a new claim based on additional purchases of CRT Products not included in your original claim as accepted (for example, purchases you made in states not included in the Prior Settlements),
you must complete and submit a Claim Form.
If you submitted a valid claim in connection with the Prior Settlements and you do not submit a claim in the New Settlement, then your valid claim in the Prior Settlements will be automatically submitted in the New Settlement without further action by you. Late Claims submitted after the deadline for the Prior Settlements but which are otherwise valid are considered a “valid claim” for the purposes of the New Settlement and need not be resubmitted unless you wish to submit a claim for additional purchases of CRT Products.
Your Legal Rights and Options
Option and Deadline
Your Legal Rights
Submit a Claim byDeadline Passed
|If you submitted a valid claim in the Prior Settlements and you do not submit a claim in the New Settlement, then your prior claim will automatically be submitted in the New Settlement. See FAQ 9. If you want to submit a claim for purchases not previously part of your valid claim in the Prior Settlements, you must submit a claim to receive a payment from the New Settlement. Your claim should include ALL eligible purchases of CRT Products including those you previously claimed in the Prior Settlements.
Exclude Yourself byDeadline Passed
|Excluding yourself from the Settlement Class is the only option that allows you to individually sue Mitsubishi Electric Corporation about the claims in this case. See FAQ 12 and FAQ 13.
Object byDeadline Passed
|You can file an objection with the Court explaining why you disagree with the New Settlement, the plan of distribution, the requested attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses, and/or the Class Representative awards. See FAQ 17.
GO TO the Hearing ONJune 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
|Ask to speak to the Court about the New Settlement. See FAQ 18 and FAQ 20.
Do NothingNo Deadline
|If you submitted a valid claim in the Prior Settlements and you have no additional CRT Product purchases to claim, you need not do anything and your previously-submitted valid claim will automatically be submitted in the New Settlement. If you did not submit a valid claim in the Prior Settlements, or if you have additional CRT Products not previously claimed, then you must submit a claim now. If you do nothing, then you will not receive payment from the New Settlement for CRT Products not previously claimed and you will give up any rights you currently have to separately sue Mitsubishi Electric for the conduct that is the subject of this litigation.