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This proposed class action relates to alleged price fixing of Liquid Crystal Display (“LCD”) Panels used primarily in televisions and monitors. The LCD Third Amended Writ of Summons was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry No. S071569 on November 16, 2011.

Parallel actions were filed in Ontario, Fanshawe College v. LG Phillips Co., Ltd. et al, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court File No. 54054 CP and in Quebec, Communication Méga-Sat Inc., Cour Supérieure (District de Québec), No. 200-06-000082-076. CFM is working in cooperation with co-counsel in these jurisdictions to prosecute the claims on a national basis.

In May 2011, the Ontario action was certified as a class proceeding. The certified class includes persons in Canada who purchased LCD Panels and/or LCD Products from the defendants or their related entities, named OEMs or named distributors. In November 2011, the defendants were granted leave to appeal the certification order. The appeal was dismissed by the Ontario Divisional Court on December 24, 2015.

CLAIMS PROCESS FOR SETTLEMENT FUNDS

The second round of the claims process is now open.  The deadline to make a claim in this case of alleged price fixing of LCD Panels and LCD Products in Canada is January 19, 2018.

All Canadians who purchased an LCD panel 10” or larger measured diagonally (“LCD Panels”) and/or televisions, computer monitors or laptop computers containing LCD Panels (“LCD Products”) between January 1, 1998 and December 11, 2006 paid too much and have the right to claim compensation. No receipt required. Claims can be submitted online at www.lcdclassactioncanada.com.  If you do not have internet access, call the claims administrator at 1-888-663-7195.

Previous settlements totalling  CDN $37.6 million were reached with five groups of defendants.  Those settlement funds were distributed to eligible class members in 2015.

Additional settlements totalling CDN $36.5 million  have since been reached with the  AUO, Toshiba, LG and HannStar Defendants and are being distributed in the second round claims process.

Please see the Notices to read more about the claims process:

Settlements with LG and Hannstar

A settlement agreement was reached with the defendants LG Display Co., Ltd., LG Philips LCD Co., Ltd., LG Display America, Inc. and LG Philips LCD America, Inc. (collectively “LG”)  for the sum of $21,200,000 in exchange for a full release of claims against them and their related entities, relating to the LCD Proceedings.  LG has agreed to provide cooperation to the plaintiffs in pursuing the LCD Proceedings against the remaining defendants.  The settlement represents a resolution of disputed claims.  LG does not admit any wrongdoing or liability.

A settlement agreement was reached with the defendant HannStar Display Corporation (“HannStar”)  for the sum of $2,050,000 in exchange for a full release of claims against it and its related entities, relating to the LCD Proceedings.  HannStar has agreed to provide cooperation to the plaintiffs in pursuing the LCD Proceedings against the remaining defendants.  The settlement represents a resolution of disputed claims.  HannStar does not admit any wrongdoing or liability.

The LG and HannStar settlement agreements and a proposed second distribution protocol were approved by the British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec Courts.

COURT APPROVED SETTLEMENTS

LG Settlement

On November 3, 2016 a settlement agreement was reached with LG Display Co., Ltd., LG Phillips LCD Co., Ltd., LG Display America, Inc. and LG Phillips LCD America, Inc. (collectively “LG”) for the sum of $21,200,000.00 and cooperation with the plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation.

HannStar Display Corporation Settlement

On February 7, 2017 a settlement agreement was reached with HannStar Display Corporation for the sum of $2,050,000.00 and cooperation with the plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation.

Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd Settlement

On May 11, 2009 a settlement agreement was reached with the defendant Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. for the sum of CDN$2,023,000 and cooperation with the plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation.

Epson Imaging Devises Corporation Settlement

On August 2, 2011 a settlement was reached with Epson Imaging Devices Corporation (“Epson”) (formerly known as Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices Corporation) for the sum of CDN$1,200,000 and cooperation with the plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the of the litigation.

Samsung Settlement

On April 29, 2013 a settlement agreement was reached with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (collectively “Samsung”) for the sum of CDN$21,250,000 and cooperation to the Canadian plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation.

Japan Displays, Inc. Settlement Japan Displays, Inc. (successor to Hitachi Displays, Ltd.)

On September 10, 2013 a settlement agreement was reached with the defendant Japan Displays Inc. (successor to Hitachi Displays, Ltd.) (“JDI”) on its behalf and on behalf of Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Canada, Ltd., Hitachi America Ltd., Hitachi Electronics Devices (USA) Inc. for the sum of CDN$3,150,000 and cooperation to the Canadian plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation.

Innolux Corporation Settlement Innolux Corporation (successor to Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation)

On September 5, 2013 a settlement agreement was reached the defendant Innolux Corporation (successor to Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation) for the sum of CDN$10,000,00 and cooperation to the Canadian plaintiffs in the continued prosecution of the litigation (the “CMO/Innolux Setttlement Agreement”) The CMO/Innolux Settlement Agreement also releases claims against Chi Mei Corporation, Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA, Inc., Chi Mei Optoelectronics Japan Co., Ltd., Nexgen Mediatech, Inc., and Nexgen Mediatech USA, Inc.

For more information please contact Linnae Roach, Paralegal at (604) 331-9523 or by email at lroach@cfmlawyers.ca.




LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) - Status Updates:

October 20, 2017

LCD Class Action – Second Distribution of Settlement Funds to Class Members - View

July 6, 2017

LCD Price-Fixing Class Action Settlements - View

March 8, 2017

Notice – LCD Class Action - View

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