Frequently Asked Questions
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The lawsuit claims that the Defendants fixed the prices of CRTs from March 1, 1995 to November 25, 2007, which resulted in overcharges to people and businesses that bought CRTs and products containing CRTs, such as televisions and computer monitors. The Defendants deny these claims. The Court has not decided who is right.
On March 22, 2012, the Court approved a Settlement totaling $10,000,000 with Defendant Chunghwa. On April 18, 2014, the Court approved a Settlement totaling $25,000,000 with Defendant LG. There are now seven New Settlements totaling $541,750,000 with the Philips, Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung SDI, Thomson and TDA Defendants. The Court still has to decide whether to approve the New Settlements. The total amount of all nine Settlements is $576,750,000.
The Court in charge is the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The case is called In re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1917. The people and businesses that sued are called the Plaintiffs, and the companies they sued are called the Defendants.
Resellers indirectly purchased CRT Products for the purpose of reselling them to someone else.
End users indirectly purchased CRT Products for their own use and not for resale.
Yes. If you purchased CRT Products for your own use and purchased additional CRT Products for resale purposes, you would be both an end user and a reseller.
An indirect purchaser is a person or business that purchased a CRT Product from someone other than a defendant or an alleged co-conspirator. For example, you are an indirect purchaser if you bought a television containing a CRT from a retailer, such as Best Buy or Costco, or a computer monitor containing a CRT from Dell.
Cathode Ray Tubes ("CRTs") are a display technology that was widely used in televisions and computer monitors. Before LCD, Plasma, and LED display technologies became popular, CRTs were the main technology used in displays. There are two main types of CRTs: Color Display Tubes ("CDTs" or "Monitor Tubes"), which were used to manufacture computer monitors, and Color Picture Tubes ("CPTs" or "TV Tubes"), which were used to manufacture televisions.
For the purpose of this lawsuit and the Settlements, CRT Product means Cathode Ray Tubes (color display tubes, color picture tubes and monochrome display tubes) and products containing Cathode Ray Tubes, such as televisions and computer monitors.
CRTs are found primarily in televisions and computer monitors, but may also be found in ATM machines, medical equipment, and other display devices.
In a class action, one or more persons or businesses ("Class Representatives") sue on behalf of a group or a "class" of others with similar claims. If the Court determines that a particular case should proceed as a class action, the entire groupâ€™s claims can be combined into a single proceeding, creating efficiencies for the parties and the courts. In a class action, the court resolves the issues for all class members except those who exclude themselves from the Class.
The Defendants are manufacturers and/or sellers of CRTs and include the following companies:
- Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd.; Chunghwa Picture Tubes (Malaysia) SDN. BHD ("Chunghwa");
- LG Electronics Inc.; LG Electronics USA, Inc.; LG Electronics Taiwan Taipei Co., Ltd. ("LG");
- Koninklijke Philips N.V. (f/k/a Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.); Philips Electronics North America Corporation; Philips Taiwan Limited (f/k/a Philips Electronics Industries (Taiwan), Ltd.); Philips do Brasil, Ltda. (f/k/a Philips da Amazonia Industria Electronica Ltda.) ("Philips");
- Panasonic Corporation (f/k/a Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.); Panasonic Corporation of North America; MT Picture Display Co., Ltd.; and an affiliate of Panasonic Corporation, Beijing Matsushita Color CRT Co., Ltd. (collectively "Panasonic");
- Hitachi, Ltd.; Hitachi Displays, Ltd. (n/k/a Japan Display Inc.); Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA), Inc.; Hitachi Asia, Ltd.; Hitachi America, Ltd. ("Hitachi");
- Toshiba Corporation; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.; Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.; Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. ("Toshiba");
- Samsung SDI Co. Ltd; Samsung SDI America, Inc.; Samsung SDI Brasil, Ltda.; Tianjin Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co., Ltd; Samsung SDI Malaysia Sdn. Bhd; Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V. ("Samsung SDI");
- Technicolor SA (f/k/a Thomson SA); Technicolor USA, Inc. (f/k/a Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.) ("Thomson");
- Technologies Displays Americas LLC (f/k/a Thomson Americas LLC) ("TDA").
There are several other manufacturers and sellers of CRTs that Plaintiffs allege were a part of the alleged conspiracy, but who are not currently defendants or have not appeared in the litigation. The names of these companies are:
- LG.Philips Displays, a/k/a LP Displays International, Ltd.
- IRICO Group Corporation; IRICO Display Devices Co., Ltd.; and IRICO Group Electronics Co., Ltd.
- Thai CRT Company, Ltd.
- Samtel Color, Ltd.
- Orion Electric Company, Ltd.
- Videocon Industries, Ltd.
- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.; and Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Americas, Inc.
The Court has already approved two settlements totaling $35,000,000. The seven New Settlements totaling $541,750,000 are being presented to the Court for approval.
|Phillips Settlement||Philips has paid $175,000,000 into the Settlement Fund|
|Panasonic Settlement||Panasonic has paid $70,000,000 into the Settlement Fund|
|Hitachi Settlement||Hitachi has paid $28,000,000 into the Settlement Fund|
|Toshiba Settlement||Toshiba has paid $30,000,000 into the Settlement Fund|
|Samsung SDI Settlement||Samsung SDI has paid $225,000,000 into the Settlement Fund|
|Thomson and TDA Settlements||Thomson and TDA have paid $13,750,000 into the Settlement Fund|
The combined Settlement Fund totaling $576,750,000 will be used to pay eligible claimants in the states involved in this litigation. Any interest earned will be added to the Settlement Fund. The cost to administer the Settlements as well as attorneysâ€™ fees, litigation expenses and payments to the Class Representatives will come out of the combined Settlement Fund.
The Settlement Agreements and the papers filed in support of the New Settlements are available for review and download or you can request copies by calling 1-800-649-0963.
Not with your original claim submission, but the Settlement Administrator may request it at a later time, so save any documentation/proof of purchase.
You don't need any documentation to file your claim. So don't let that stop you. Only if the Settlement Administrator ever asks for documentation will you need to provide it. The Settlement Administrator understands the difficulty of maintaining records from more than a decade ago. If the Settlement Administrator does request documentation, you can send a letter explaining what proof if any you have of the purchases you've claimed and it will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is a chance that you may still get paid even if you don't have any documentation.
Payments will be made after the Court authorizes distribution. There may be appeals to the Court's decisions. We don't know how much time it could take to resolve any appeals that may be filed.
You have the right to object to the allocation of the net settlement fund between resellers and end users. The written objection needs to include the following information:
- Your name, address, telephone number, and if you are being assisted by a lawyer, their name, address and telephone number
- The case name and number (In re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1917)
- Proof of membership in the class
- A brief explanation of your reasons for objecting
- Your signature
The objection must be submitted to the Court either by mailing it to the Class Action Clerk at the address below, or by filing it in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The objection must be filed with the Court or postmarked on or before September 30, 2016:
|Class Action Clerk|
|United States District Court for the|
|Northern District of California|
|450 Golden Gate Avenue, 16th Floor|
|San Francisco, CA 94102|
The Court has appointed Trump, Alioto, Trump & Prescott LLP, 2280 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, to represent you as "Class Counsel" for the Settlement Class. You do not have to pay Class Counsel separately. The attorneys will seek compensation by asking the Court for a share of the settlement proceeds. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer and have that lawyer appear in court for you in this case, you may hire one at your own expense.
You can also get more information about the Settlements by:
- Calling 1-800-649-0963
- Writing to the Settlement Administrator at, c/o The Notice Company, P.O. Box 778, Hingham, MA 02043
- Emailing the Settlement Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accessing the Court docket in this case through the Court's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov
- Visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.
ALL INQUIRIES CONCERNING THIS NOTICE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
The screens in laptop computers are not CRTs, so purchase of a laptop does not count as the purchase of a CRT Product. However, some users have connected their laptop computers to an external CRT monitor or television. Those external devices may be eligible.
No. You can easily submit your own claim, at no cost, without employing a claims filing service or claims submission company, by completing the simple, online Claim Form, or by downloading the Claim Form from the Official Website for the CRT Indirect Purchaser Settlements: www.CRTclaims.com. You can have your questions answered, at no cost, by calling the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-649-0963 or by sending an email to email@example.com. If supporting documentation is required, the Settlement Administrator will help you to identify what is needed to ensure your claim is successful. Neither Class Counsel nor the Settlement Administrator endorse the services offered by any claims filing service or claims submission company. Please Be Advised: Claims filing services or claims submission companies may charge you a fee or retain a percentage of your recovery in return for their services. If you purchased large quantities of CRT Products during the relevant period, this fee could be very substantial.
The end user claims deadline was December 7, 2015. The end user claims deadline for natural persons who reside in California was extended until June 30, 2016.
Please note that the Court has not yet decided whether end user claims filed after the December 7, 2015, deadline (or the June 30, 2016, deadline for natural persons who reside in California) will be paid.
The deadline for resellers to file a claim online or by mail is November 29, 2016.