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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 December 17, 2018, the BC Court certified a settlement entered into with Sony Corporation, Sony Optiarc, Inc., Sony Optiarc America Inc., Sony of Canada Ltd., Sony Electronics, Inc., Sony Corporation of America and Sony NEC Optiarc, Inc.

The Sony settlement (the “Settlement Agreement”) is subject to Court approval in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Hearings to approve the Settlement Agreement will be held as follows:

  • British Columbia: at the Vancouver courthouse on May 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Ontario: at the London courthouse on May 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Quebec: at the Montreal courthouse on May 29, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., in room 2.08.

For details of the Settlement Agreements and settlement hearings, please see the Long Form Notice (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:

April 16, 2019

ODD Class Action – Settlement approval hearing - View

February 14, 2018

ODD Class Action – Settlement approval hearing - View

May 20, 2016

Optical Disc Drives (ODD) - View

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