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Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing

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This class action relates to the alleged price fixing of optical disc drives (“ODD”) or products that contained ODD between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010. The Third Amended Notice of Civil Claim was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry, No. S-106462 on December 6, 2016.

ODD means CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray R/RW, and HD DVD.

ODD Product means computers, video game consoles and ODDs that are designed to be attached externally to devices such as computers.

Contested Certification

This action has now been certified. Please see Reasons for Judgment of Mr. Justice Masuhara pronounced May 13, 2016 below. The Judgement was upheld on appeal.

Settlement Approval

On January 15, 2018, the BC Court approved settlements entered into with TEAC Corporation, TEAC America, Inc. and TEAC Canada, Ltd. (“TEAC”); NEC Corporation and NEC Canada, Inc. (“NEC”); and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc. (“HLDS”).

The TEAC, NEC and HLDS settlements (the “Settlement Agreements”) are subject to Court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Hearings to approve the Settlement Agreements will be held as follows:

  • Ontario: at the London courthouse on April 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Quebec: at the Montreal courthouse on May 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., in room 2.08.
  • British Columbia: at the Vancouver courthouse on May 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

For details of the Settlement Agreements and settlement hearings, please see the Long Form Notice (English and French) and the Opt-Out Form (English and French) located under the “Important Documents” heading.

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For more information please contact Sharon Wong, Paralegal at (604) 689-7555 or by email at swong@cfmlawyers.ca.

Optical Disc Drive Price Fixing - Status Updates:

February 14, 2018

ODD Class Action – Settlement approval hearing - View

May 20, 2016

Optical Disc Drives (ODD) - View