Your Rights and Options
Get a Payment
File a claim online or by mail by July 1, 2017. The simple online claim form only takes 3-5 minutes for most individuals. Claims may be submitted online at www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com or by mail to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.
You can choose to exclude yourself from the Panasonic, NEC, Sony and HLDS Settlements and/or this litigation and keep your right to sue the defendants on your own. If you exclude yourself, you cannot receive any benefits from the current settlements, future settlements or an award after trial. Your written Exclusion Form must set forth your name and a statement that you request exclusion from the class and do not wish to participate in the settlements. You must exclude yourself from each settlement individually (note that you can request exclusion from all settlements, or one settlement in particular) or express your intent to be excluded from the litigation entirely. All requests for exclusion must be postmarked by October 19, 2016 and sent to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.
Visit the website for detailed information on how to exclude yourself from the settlement.
File an Objection
You can ask the Court to deny approval by filing an objection. Please note that you cannot ask the Court to order a larger settlement; the Court can only approve or deny the settlement. If the Court denies approval, no settlement payments will be sent out and the lawsuit will continue. If that is what you want to happen, you must object.
Objections must be in writing and postmarked on or before October 19, 2016. All written objections and supporting papers must (a) clearly identify the case name and number (In Re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation, Indirect Purchaser Action, Case No. 3:10-MD-2143), (b) be submitted to the Court either by mailing them to the Class Action Clerk, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, or by filing them in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and (c) be filed or postmarked on or before October 19, 2016. Visit www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com for detailed information on how to object to the settlement.
The Panasonic and HLDS settlements require that to the extent permitted by law, any award or payment of attorneys’ fees made to counsel for an objector to the Agreement shall only be made by Court order upon a showing of the benefit conferred to the Class. In determining any such award of attorneys’ fees to an objector’s counsel, the Court will consider the incremental value to the Class caused by any such objection. Any award of attorneys’ fees by the Court will be conditioned on the objector and his or her attorney stating under penalty of perjury that no payment shall be made to the objector based on the objector’s participation in the matter – other than ordered by the Court.
You may also appear at the Final Approval Hearing, described below, either in person or through your own attorney. If you appear through your own attorney, you are responsible for paying that attorney.
Go to a Hearing
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on December 8, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, Courtroom 3 – 17th Floor, to consider whether to approve or deny the Panasonic, NEC, Sony and HLDS settlements and a request for attorneys’ fees up to 25 percent of the Settlement Funds plus costs and expenses. You may appear at the Final Approval Hearing either in person or through your own attorney. The Hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so please check www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com for any updates and additional information.