Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is this lawsuit about?
  2. Who are the Defendant and Co-Conspirator companies?
  3. What is a class action?
  4. Who are the Class Representatives?
  5. What is a Cathode Ray Tube Product?
  6. What is a direct purchase?
  7. How do I know if I am part of the Class?
  8. What do the settlements provide?
  9. When can I get payment?
  10. May I object to or comment on the Settlement?
  11. When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlement?
  12. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
  13. How will the lawyers be paid?
  14. How can I get more information?



  1. What is this lawsuit about?

    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.

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  2. Who are the Defendant and Co-Conspirator companies?

    The Defendant and Co-Conspirator companies include: 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.

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  3. What is a class action?

    In a class action, one or more people, called class representatives, sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All these people are members of the class, except for those who exclude themselves from the class. 

    Important updates about the case will be posted on this website as additional information becomes available. Please check back frequently to be kept informed about any future developments.

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  4. Who are the Class Representatives?

    The Class Representatives are: Arch Electronics, Inc.; Crago, d/b/a Dash Computers, Inc.; Meijer, Inc. and Meijer Distribution, Inc.; Nathan Muchnick, Inc.; Princeton Display Technologies, Inc.; Radio & TV Equipment, Inc.; Studio Spectrum, Inc.; and Wettstein and Sons, Inc., d/b/a Wettstein’s.

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  5. What is a Cathode Ray Tube Product?

    For the purposes of the class definition, Cathode Ray Tube Products (or “CRT Product”) means Cathode Ray Tubes of any type (e.g. color display tubes and color picture tubes) and finished products which contain Cathode Ray Tubes, such as Televisions and Computer Monitors.

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  6. What is a direct purchase?

    A direct purchase means that the CRT was purchased directly from one or more of the Defendants, Co-Conspirators, affiliates, or subsidiaries themselves, as opposed to an intermediary (such as a retail store).

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  7. How do I know if I am part of the Class?

    The Class includes:

    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 (“Class”).

    If you excluded yourself from the Class by filing a request for exclusion with the Court following the instructions in the Class Notice sent to you by U.S. Mail or e-mail on November 23, 2015 and published in the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times on November 24, 2015, you are not a Class member and the settlement with the Mitsubishi Electric Defendants does not affect you.

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  8. What do the settlements provide?

    The settlement with the Mitsubishi Electric Defendants provides for a payment in the amount of $75,000,000 in cash to the Class (the “Mitsubishi Electric Settlement Fund”). The settlement provides that $300,000 from the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement Fund may be used to pay for notice costs and future costs incurred in the administration and distribution of the settlement payments.

    The Thomson and TDA settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $9,750,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. Thomson and TDA also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint. In addition, Thomson and TDA’s sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling Defendants. 

    The Chunghwa settlement provides for payment of $10,000,000 in cash, plus interest. The settlement also provides for extensive cooperation with Plaintiffs regarding the antitrust conspiracy alleged in the complaint. In addition, Chunghwa's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants. Finally, the settlement provides that $500,000 of the $10 million settlement fund, subject to Court approval, may be used to pay expenses incurred in the litigation for prosecution of the action on behalf of the Settlement Class against non-settling defendants.

    The Philips settlement provides for payment of $27,000,000 in cash; however, the $27 million settlement amount is subject to reduction based on the number of exclusions from the Settlement Class after notice. The detailed reduction formula is set forth in the Philips settlement which is available here. The settlement also provides for extensive cooperation with Plaintiffs regarding the antitrust conspiracy alleged in the complaint. In addition, Philips' sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators. Finally, the settlement provides that $500,000 of the settlement fund, subject to Court approval, may be used to pay expenses incurred in the litigation for prosecution of the action on behalf of the purported class against non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    The Panasonic settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $17,500,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. Panasonic has also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint. In addition, Panasonic and BMCC's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    The LG settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $25,000,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. LG also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint. In addition, LG's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    The Toshiba settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $13,500,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. Toshiba also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint. In addition, Toshiba's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    The Hitachi settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $13,450,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. Hitachi also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint.  In addition, Hitachi's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    The Samsung SDI settlement provides for a payment in the amount of $33,000,000 in cash to the Settlement Class. Samsung SDI also agreed to cooperate with the Plaintiffs in providing certain information about the allegations in the complaint.  In addition, Samsung SDI's sales remain in the case for the purpose of computing damages against the remaining non-settling defendants and co-conspirators.

    More details are in the settlement agreements, which are available by clicking here.

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  9. When can I get payment?

    Distribution of the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement Fund will be made, along with a previous settlement of $9,750,000 with the Thomson and TDA defendants (“Thomson/TDA Settlement Fund”), on a pro rata basis once the Court authorizes distribution of the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement Fund.

    Each Class member’s pro rata share of the Mitsubishi Electric and Thomson/TDA Settlement Funds will be determined by computing each valid claimant’s total CRT Product purchases divided by the total valid CRT Product purchases claimed. This percentage is multiplied by the net Settlement Fund (total of the Mitsubishi Electric and Thomson/TDA Settlement Funds minus all costs, attorneys’ fees, and expenses) to determine each claimant’s pro rata share. To determine your CRT Product purchases, CRT tubes (CPTs and CDTs) are calculated at full value while CRT televisions are valued at 50% and CRT computer monitors are valued at 75%.

    In summary, all valid claimants will share in the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement Fund on a pro rata basis determined by the CRT value of the product you purchased—tubes 100%, monitors 75% and televisions 50%.

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  10. May I object to or comment on the Settlement?

    No. The deadline to object to or comment on the settlement with Mitsubishi Electric was April 20, 2017.

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  11. When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlement?

    The Court held a Final Approval Hearing on June 8, 2017. Following this hearing, the Court determined that the Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and issued an Order granting Final Approval of the Mitsubishi Electric Settlement. The Court also approved the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs' Second Application for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses and Incentive awards. The Court's Orders can be viewed here.

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  12. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    Yes. The Court has appointed the law firm of Saveri & Saveri, Inc. to represent you as “Lead Counsel.” You do not have to pay Lead Counsel. If you want to be represented by your own lawyers, and have that lawyer appear in court for you in this case, you may hire one at your own expense.

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  13. How will the lawyers be paid?

    Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs will be paid out of the combined Settlement Funds. Class Members will not be personally responsible for payment of attorneys' fees or expenses.

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  14. How can I get more information?

    These Frequently Asked Questions summarize the lawsuit and the Settlement. You can get more information about the lawsuit and Settlement by reviewing relevant documents on the Case Documents page, by calling 1-877-224-3063, or writing to CRT Direct Settlement, P.O. Box 43455, Providence, RI 02940-3455. Please do not contact the Court about this case.

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