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Certification/Authorization Notice of Canadian Optical Disc Drive Litigation

VANCOUVER, January 29, 2020 /CNW/ – This notice relates to a price-fixing lawsuit involving a type of memory storage device called ODD. The trial is called Godfrey v Sony Corporation et al, Action No. S-106462. The Court certified this lawsuit as a class action against the following groups of companies that manufacture ODDs: TEAC, NEC, Sony, HLDS, PLDS, TSST, Panasonic, BenQ, Pioneer and Quanta.

1. WHY SHOULD I READ THIS NOTICE?

You could be a member of a class action. A class action is a lawsuit brought by one person1 on behalf of a large group of people.

You are a member of this class action if you are a resident of Canada and belong to one of the categories below:

Non-umbrella buyers:

  • All persons residing in Canada who purchased optical disc drives (“ODDs”) manufactured or supplied by the defendants in this action, or products containing ODDs (“ODD Products”) in which the ODD was manufactured or supplied by the defendants in this action action, in the period from January 1, 2004 through January 1, 2010.

Umbrella Buyers:

  • All persons residing in Canada who purchased optical disc drives (“ODDs”) that were not manufactured or supplied by the defendants in this action, or products containing ODDs (“ODD Products”) in which the ODD did not been made or supplied by the defendants in this action, within the period of January 1, 2004 through January 1, 2010.

SDG means a device that reads and/or writes to CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray R/RW and HD DVD.

SDG products means computers, video game consoles and optical drives designed to be connected externally to devices such as computers.

If you purchased an ODD of an ODD Product between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010you are a member of this class action and you may be able to collect money in the future.

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Neil Godfrey of Vancouver, BC.

2. WHY IS THIS CLASS ACTION TAKING PLACE?

This class action alleges that the companies that sell SDGs, and the executives who work in those companies, were involved in a conspiracy to make the prices of the SDGs too high. The class action asks the Court to require these companies to return any additional money they may have received as a result of this alleged conspiracy.

The courts have already approved settlements with defendants TEAC, NEC, HLDS, Sony and PLDS.

3. WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE IN THIS CLASS ACTION (DEACTIVATION)?

The deadline to opt out or opt out as a settlement class member in the ODD Proceedings has passed.

4. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

For now, you don’t have to do anything. However, this class action is not over. The next step is a lawsuit where the Court will decide whether the groups of companies listed above set the SDG prices and whether the members of this class action should obtain money from these companies.

The court will decide if and how you can claim your share of the class action money. The Court will appoint someone (the Claims Administrator) who can help you claim your share of that money. Watch for another notice explaining how to claim money in this class action.

You must keep records of all purchases of ODD or the ODD products listed above.

Register online at www.cfmlawyers.ca/active-litigation/odd/ to ensure that you receive this notice by email or direct mail.

5. DO I HAVE TO PAY THE LAWYERS WORKING ON THIS CLASS ACTION?

As an individual, you don’t have to pay any money to the lawyers working on this class action.. There is an agreement between the person who brought this class action and the lawyers involved. This agreement stipulates that the lawyers will be paid from the money collected in the class action. The Court will decide how much money the lawyers are paid.

6. WHERE CAN I ASK MORE QUESTIONS?

1. Class Action Websites: www.cfmlawyers.ca/active-litigation/odd Where www.siskinds.com/odd/.

2. Sharon Wang at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP: Tel. : 604.689.7555; Fax: 604.689.7554.

SOURCE Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman