The Oregon Attorney General brought two lawsuits on behalf of certain Oregon indirect purchasers. One lawsuit is against certain manufacturers of liquid crystal display (“LCD”) flat panels, which are incorporated into certain flat panel TVs, computer monitors and laptops. The second lawsuit is against certain manufacturers of Cathode Ray Tubes (“CRT”), which are incorporated into certain TVs and computer monitors. Further information regarding both lawsuits is available at www.OregonScreenSettlement.com.
The LCD Lawsuit, State of Oregon, ex. rel. Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General v. AU Optronics Corporation, et. al., case no. CV-10-4346, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that LCD manufacturers illegally agreed upon the pricing of LCD-flat panels, which are the glass panels that form the screens of LCD products. The Attorney General filed this action on behalf of the State of Oregon, Oregon natural persons, and all political subdivisions in Oregon, and sought restitution, civil penalties equitable relief, and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is representing the state and its agencies, all local government entities (such as cities, counties, school districts, etc.) and all Oregon natural persons who purchased an LCD product between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2006. A copy of the Attorney General's complaint is available here.
The Oregon Attorney General has entered into settlement agreements with all the defendants in the lawsuit for a total of $21,505,000. On October 30, 2015, the court approved the settlements as requested in the Attorney General’s motion for approval of the settlements. A copy of the Attorney General’s motion and supporting materials is available here. People who were residents of Oregon at any time during 2002 – 2006, and who purchased an LCD product may be entitled to a portion of the settlement funds. A court approved notice regarding the settlements is available here. To file a claim under the settlements, or for further information regarding the settlements, please visit www.OregonScreenSettlement.com.
The CRT Lawsuit, State of Oregon, ex rel Ellen Rosenblum v. LG Electronics, et al., case no. 120810246, in the Multnomah County Circuit Court for the State of Oregon alleges that CRT manufacturers illegally agreed upon the pricing of CRTs. The Attorney General filed this action on behalf of the State of Oregon and Oregon natural persons, and sought restitution, civil penalties equitable relief, and injunctive relief. Further information regarding the CRT Lawsuit will be added here as the case develops. “Oregon natural persons” means a human, not a business. An indirect purchaser is someone that purchased a product containing a CRT from someone other than the company that manufactured the CRT, such as from an electronics retailer or a device manufacturer other than one of the Defendants.
The CRT Lawsuit remains pending and no ruling has been entered as to any of the defendants. If the Attorney General recovers any money from this Lawsuit, the Attorney General anticipates distributing restitution to the State of Oregon and all Oregon natural persons who indirectly purchased TVs or computer monitors that include a Cathode Ray Tube at any time during the years 2002 through 2007, and perhaps earlier, for their own use and not for resale. If you purchased one of these devices during the relevant time period, you may register your claim information now to be considered in case the Attorney General recovers funds in the future by visiting www.OregonScreenSettlement.com.