Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation

Welcome to the Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation Website

(underlined terms defined below)

The purpose of this website is to provide information to the Class about the settlements in a case entitled: In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1917 regarding CRT Products (or "CRTs") manufactured by the Defendant or Co-Conspirator companies.


CASE UPDATE (10/11/2017):  The Court granted Final Approval of the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement. Claims are now being reviewed, and it is anticipated that distribution of settlement funds to timely and valid claims will commence in the 2017 calendar year. Accurate claims review can take a significant amount of time; your patience is greatly appreciated.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
Final Approval Hearing on the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement
and
Hearing on Plaintiffs' Application for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses and Incentive Awards
June 8, 2017. The Court Granted Final Approval of the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement.
Deadline to File a Claim
(claims must be postmarked
or filed online by this date)
May 29, 2017
Deadline to Object to the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement April 20, 2017
Deadline to Submit Notice of Appearance for Final Approval Hearing on the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement April 20, 2017
Deadline to Object to Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Costs and Incentive Awards April 20, 2017

 

The lawsuit alleges that Defendants and Co-Conspirators conspired to raise and fix the prices of CRTs and the CRTs contained in certain finished products for over ten years, resulting in overcharges to direct purchasers of those CRTs and certain finished products containing CRTs. The complaint describes how the Defendants and Co-Conspirators allegedly violated the U.S. antitrust laws by establishing a global cartel that set artificially high prices for, and restricted the supply of, CRTs and the televisions and monitors that contained them.

Defendants deny Plaintiffs' allegations. The Court has not decided who is right.

Although the information in this website is intended to assist you, it does not replace the information contained in the Class Notices or the Settlement Agreements, all of which can be downloaded from this website. 

Definitions

Class: All persons and entities who, between March 1, 1995 and November 25, 2007, directly purchased a CRT Product in the United States from any defendant or subsidiary or affiliate thereof, or any co-conspirator.

CRT Products: Cathode Ray Tubes (e.g., color display tubes, color picture tubes) and finished products which contain Cathode Ray Tubes, such as Televisions and Computer Monitors.

Defendant and Co-Conspirator companies: Thomson SA (now known as Technicolor SA); Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. (now known as Technicolor USA, Inc.); Technologies Displays Americas LLC (formerly known as Thomson Displays Americas LLC); Videocon Industries, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. (formerly known as Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.); Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. (formerly known as Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.); LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., LG Electronics Taiwan Taipei Co., Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Philips Electronics North America Corporation, Philips Electronics Industries (Taiwan), Ltd., Philips da Amazonia Industria Electronica Ltda., LP Displays International, Ltd. f/k/a LG.Philips Displays, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Samsung SDI America, Inc., Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V., Samsung SDI Brasil Ltda., Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Tianjin Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Samsung SDI Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C., Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., Panasonic Corporation f/k/a Matsushita Electric Industrial, Ltd., Panasonic Corporation of North America, MT Picture Display Co., Ltd., Beijing-Matsushita Color CRT Company, Ltd. (BMCC), Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Displays, Ltd. (n/k/a Japan Display Inc.), Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA), Inc., Hitachi America, Ltd., Hitachi Asia, Ltd., Tatung Company of America, Inc., Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Chunghwa Picture Tubes (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., IRICO Group Corporation, IRICO Display Devices Co., Ltd., IRICO Group Electronics Co., Ltd., Thai CRT Company, Ltd., Daewoo Electronics Corporation f/k/a Daewoo Electronics Company, Ltd., Daewoo International Corporation, Irico Group Corporation, Irico Group Electronics Co., Ltd., and Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.