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***IMPORTANT UPDATE***

The new claims filing deadline is September 30, 2016.



If You Are a Washington Consumer Who Bought a Television, Monitor, Notebook Computer, Color-Screen Cell Phone, or Color-Screen iPod Between January 1, 1998 and December 1, 2006 That Contained a Flat Panel Screen

 

You May Be Eligible to Participate in a Settlement.

 

The information contained on this web page is only a summary of information presented in more detail in the Notice, which you can access by clicking here. Since this website is just a summary, you should review the Notice for additional details.

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT
A CLAIM FORM

September 30, 2016.


 

  • The Washington State Attorney General authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. Please read this notice carefully, as it explains whether you are eligible to submit a claim for payment from the Settlement Fund.
  • On behalf of Washington governmental entities and as parens patriae on behalf of Washington consumers, the Washington State Attorney General brought an antitrust lawsuit involving the price of thin film transistor liquid crystal display flat panels (“LCD Flat Panels”). The complaint alleged that the Defendants participated in an unlawful conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize prices of LCD Flat Panels, resulting in damages to consumers who bought finished products containing an LCD Flat Panel.   
  • The Washington State Attorney General reached settlements with the nine LCD Flat Panels manufacturers named as Defendants in the lawsuit for a total settlement of over $63 million. The Defendants did not admit to the allegations in the complaint, but agreed to the settlement terms. 
  • The settlement benefits Washington consumers (individuals and businesses) and Washington governmental entities that purchased products containing an LCD Flat Panel from a retailer or someone other than the manufacturer of the component screen. 
  • The settlement benefits Washington consumers (individuals and businesses) and Washington governmental entities that purchased one or more the following products containing an LCD Flat Panel for their own use and not for resale:
    • LCD televisions, flat-screen monitors, notebook computers, and color-screen iPods purchased between January 1, 1998 and December 1, 2006; and
    • Color-screen cell phones purchased between January 1, 2004 and December 1, 2006.

Who is included in the settlement? 


The settlement benefits the following Washington consumers (individuals and businesses) and governmental entities that purchased product(s) containing an LCD Flat Panel between January 1, 1998 and December 1, 2006: 

Washington consumers: The Washington State Attorney General reached a settlement on behalf of Washington consumers. You are eligible to participate in the settlement if you or your business:

  • purchased an LCD Flat Panel product between January 1, 1998 and December 1, 2006; and
  • resided or had headquarters in Washington at the time of purchase; and
  • purchased the LCD Flat Panel product from a retailer or someone other than the manufacturer of the component screen; and
  • purchased the LCD Flat Panel product for your own use and not for resale.

Products containing an LCD Flat Panel during the relevant time period include most televisions referred to as LCD or LED TVs, flat-screen monitors, notebook computers, color-screen cell phones purchased beginning in 2004, and color-screen iPods.

Washington state governmental entities: The Washington State Attorney General also settled claims on behalf of the state governmental entities that participated in the lawsuit.

 
What do the settlements provide?

The settlements total more than $63 million. More details are in the Settlement Agreements and other documents available by clicking the Court Documents link on the left. The cost of administering the settlements, as well as the Washington State Attorney General’s attorney fees and costs, will come out of the Settlement Fund. A portion of the Settlement Fund will be distributed to the state governmental entities that participated in the lawsuit. The remainder of the Settlement Fund will be used to pay individual and business consumers in Washington.


The amount you or your business could expect to receive will vary depending on the product(s) purchased, up to a maximum of $108 per LCD television, $70 per flat-screen monitor, and $75 per notebook computer, with lesser amounts for color-screen cell phones and color-screen iPods.


However, your recovery could be a smaller amount than the maximum because there is a limited amount of money in the Settlement Fund. The amount paid per product and the number of claims allowed per consumer will depend on the number of claims submitted. Depending on the number of claims submitted, it is also possible that all or a portion of the fund will be distributed to charities or other beneficiaries.


How can I get a payment? 


If you want to participate in the settlements, you must complete and submit a Claim Form. We urge you to submit a Claim Form online by clicking here. If you do not file online, you can file a paper Claim Form by mail. A copy of the Claim Form is available for download here.


You can also obtain a copy by calling, toll-free, 1-866-778-9468. If you choose to submit your claim online, you must do so on or before September 30, 2016. If you choose to submit a Claim Form by mail, it must be postmarked by September 30, 2016, and mailed to:

Washington LCD Claims
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 170500
Milwaukee, WI  53217

Note: You may see third-party websites offering claims management services in exchange for a fee. Those websites are not authorized by the Washington State Attorney General and are not an official part of the claims administration process. You do not need to pay a fee to participate in this settlement.


More Information


For more details regarding the settlements, please reference the Settlements and Consent Decrees filed in the case under the "Court Documents" link on the left.  You may also contact A.B. Data, the claims administrator hired by the Washington State Attorney General, for further information regarding this Settlement as follows:

Claims Administrator:

By mail:

Washington LCD Claims
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 170500
Milwaukee, WI 53217


By phone:  866-778-9468


By email:  walcdsettlement@abdata.com


Please be aware that your correspondence will become a “public record” and that public records are subject to disclosure in response to requests under state law.

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