Oregon LCD & CRT Screen Antitrust Lawsuits
Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum
If you bought a TV, Monitor, or Notebook Computer with an LCD Flat Panel Screen between 2002 and 2006 or Cathode Ray Tube Screen between 2002 to 2007, and Perhaps Earlier, You May Be Entitled to Money Back.
The Oregon Attorney General recently filed two lawsuits and many Oregonians may qualify to receive money back.
One lawsuit includes certain manufacturers of liquid crystal display (“LCD”) flat panels, which are used in some flat panel TVs, computer monitors and laptops. The second lawsuit includes certain manufacturers of Cathode Ray Tubes (“CRT”), which are used in some TVs and computer monitors.
The LCD Lawsuit alleges that LCD manufacturers illegally agreed upon the pricing of LCD-flat panels.
The Oregon Attorney General settled with all LCD defendants for $21,505,000 (“LCD Settlements”). The State of Oregon and all Oregonians, as well as political subdivisions that purchased LCD panels incorporated in flat panel TVs, monitors or notebook computers between 2002 and 2006 for their use and not for resale, may be entitled to a portion of the Settlement Fund.
“Political subdivisions” includes all Oregon counties, cities, municipalities, public universities, school districts, special districts, and all other local government entities. “Oregon natural persons” means a human, not a business. An indirect purchaser is someone that purchased a product containing an LCD flat panel from someone other than the company that manufactured the flat panel component, such as from an electronics retailer or a device manufacturer other than one of the Defendants.
The CRT Lawsuit alleges that CRT manufacturers illegally agreed upon the pricing of CRTs.
The CRT Lawsuit remains pending and no ruling has been entered as to any of the defendants. If the Oregon Attorney General recovers money from the lawsuit, she anticipates distributing restitution to the State of Oregon and all Oregonians who indirectly purchased between 2002 to 2007, and perhaps earlier, for their own use and not for resale, TVs or computer monitors that include a CRT. If you purchased one of these devices during the time period, you can register to receive further information regarding the Lawsuit.
LCD Settlements – Important Dates
May 17, 2016
Final Approval Hearing
January 15, 2016
September 20, 2016
Claim Filing Deadline
To file a claim in the LCD Settlements, please click here. Only Oregon natural persons need to file claims to participate.