Optical Disc Drive Class Action Settled
A protocol to distribute $29.7 million in settlement funds in the Canadian class action to fix the prices of optical disc drives has been approved by courts in British Columbia and Quebec. Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP, Siskinds LLP and Consumer Law Group Inc. announced court approval.
The class action alleges price fixing in the market for optical disc drives (“ODDs”) and certain products containing ODDs. “Following our success before the Supreme Court of Canada, which upheld the ability of end consumers to access justice in these cases, we have obtained approximately $29.7 million in settlements for the benefit of class members,” said said CFM’s Reidar Mogerman.
Settlements totaling approximately $29.7 million have been reached with ten class defendants. The settled defendants do not admit any wrongdoing or liability. The settlements have already been approved by the courts.
Illegal price-fixing conspiracies harm the market, forcing businesses and consumers to overpay for goods and services,” said Linda Visser of Siskinds LLP in London, Ontario. “The settlements seek to repair this harm. Canadians who purchased the affected products are encouraged to seek settlement benefits. The court-approved claims process is easy to use, especially for consumers. »
Settlement Fund and Claims Process
Anyone who purchased ODD or ODD Products (as defined in the Distribution Protocol) in Canada between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010 is eligible to claim settlement benefits. Subject to further court order, individuals may file a claim to receive $20.00 without providing proof of purchase. Larger claims require the claimant to provide proof.
Complaints can be filed online at oddclassaction.com no later than November 14, 2022. More information about the settlements, distribution of settlement funds, and claims process can be found online at oddclassaction.com or by calling the Claims Administrator at 1-800-296 -7759.