This lawsuit is similar to the one for LCD monitors a few years ago where manufacturers were sued for price fixing. Most major and many minor CRT manufacturers (EXCEPT for Sony and a few others) are now paying into a settlement fund to settle the class action for specific states (see below). A minimum payout of $25 per claim is expected. Not sure if that's per claim FORM or per claimed CRT purchased between 1995 and 2007, but it SEEMS like it's per CRT claimed. The claim fund is $576 Million for this CRT class action vs $571 Million for the LCD class action that paid out big
. The online form is here:
Pessimists can pooh-pooh this like they did for the LCD class action, but the LCD class action netted me and friends with legitimate claims of a handful of LCDs $400 or MORE EACH, so this is probably worth your effort.
ELIGIBLE STATES: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin or the District of Columbia, between March 1, 1995, and November 25, 2007
You MUST have purchased the monitor/TV from a THIRD PARTY (Best Buy, Mac Connection, PC Connection, Circuit City, etc) and NOT from the manufacturer themselves.
LIST OF TV MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE PART OF THIS SETTLEMENT
(Almost everyone of note who sold CRTs except Sony and Mitsubishi):
•Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd.; Chunghwa Picture Tubes (Malaysia) SDN. BHD ("Chunghwa");
•LG Electronics Inc.; LG Electronics USA, Inc.; LG Electronics Taiwan Taipei Co., Ltd. ("LG");
•Koninklijke Philips N.V. (f/k/a Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.); Philips Electronics North America Corporation; Philips Taiwan Limited (f/k/a Philips Electronics Industries (Taiwan), Ltd.); Philips do Brasil, Ltda. (f/k/a Philips da Amazonia Industria Electronica Ltda.) ("Philips");
•Panasonic Corporation (f/k/a Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.); Panasonic Corporation of North America; MT Picture Display Co., Ltd.; and an affiliate of Panasonic Corporation, Beijing Matsushita Color CRT Co., Ltd. (collectively "Panasonic");
•Hitachi, Ltd.; Hitachi Displays, Ltd. (n/k/a Japan Display Inc.); Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA), Inc.; Hitachi Asia, Ltd.; Hitachi America, Ltd. ("Hitachi");
•Toshiba Corporation; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.; Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.; Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. ("Toshiba");
•Samsung SDI Co. Ltd; Samsung SDI America, Inc.; Samsung SDI Brasil, Ltda.; Tianjin Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co., Ltd; Samsung SDI Malaysia Sdn. Bhd; Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V. ("Samsung SDI");
•Technicolor SA (f/k/a Thomson SA); Technicolor USA, Inc. (f/k/a Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.) ("Thomson");
•Technologies Displays Americas LLC (f/k/a Thomson Americas LLC) ("TDA").
TV Manufacturers ACCUSED but NOT INCLUDED AT THIS POINT ARE:
•LG.Philips Displays, a/k/a LP Displays International, Ltd.
•IRICO Group Corporation; IRICO Display Devices Co., Ltd.; and IRICO Group Electronics Co., Ltd.
•Thai CRT Company, Ltd.
•Samtel Color, Ltd.
•Orion Electric Company, Ltd.
•Videocon Industries, Ltd.
•Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.; and Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Americas, Inc.