Illinois Cathode Ray Tube Settlement

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the lawsuit about?
  2. What is a Cathode Ray Tube (“CRT”)?
  3. What is parens patriae authority?
  4. How do I know if I may recover money in the Illinois Attorney General’s parens patriae lawsuit?
  5. Who are the Defendant companies?
  6. Why are there settlements but the lawsuit is continuing?
  7. What do the settlements provide?
  8. How much money can I get?
  9. When will I get a payment?
  10. How can I get a payment?
  11. Can I have someone else submit a claim on my behalf?
  12. Can I submit an incomplete claim form by the deadline and supply further information later?
  13. What am I giving up if I stay in the lawsuit?
  14. How do I get out of the lawsuit?
  15. If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue for the same thing later?
  16. If I exclude myself, can I still get benefits from the lawsuit?
  17. Do I have a lawyer representing me?
  18. How will the lawyers be paid?
  19. When will the trial against the Non-Settling Defendants take place?
  20. What is the Plaintiff asking for from the Non-Settling Defendants?
  21. Will I get money after the trials?
  1. What is the lawsuit about?

    The lawsuit claims that the Defendants conspired to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices of CRTs resulting in overcharges to consumers who bought products containing CRTs. The Defendants deny Plaintiff’s allegations or that indirect purchasers suffered any overcharge. The Court has not yet decided who is right.

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  2. What is a Cathode Ray Tube (“CRT”)?

    A CRT is a piece of technology used as displays (screens) in televisions and computer monitors. Before LCD, Plasma and LED display technologies became popular, CRTs were the main technology used in these devices.

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  3. What is parens patriae authority?

    The doctrine of parens patriae allows the Illinois Attorney General to bring a lawsuit under the antitrust laws on behalf of Illinois residents to recover damages. The Illinois Attorney General may also seek injunctive relief and civil penalties.

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  4. How do I know if I may recover money in the Illinois Attorney General’s parens patriae lawsuit?

    If you purchased one or more CRT television(s) or monitor(s) between March 1, 1995 and November 25, 2007 while residing in Illinois (or, if you are a business, while you were headquartered or incorporated in Illinois), for your own use and not for resale, you may recover by filing a claim.

    You may not file a claim if:

    • The TV(s) or monitor(s) you purchased was (were) purchased outside Illinois
    • You are an individual who resided outside Illinois when you purchased your CRT television or monitor
    • You are a business that was incorporated and headquartered outside Illinois when you purchased your CRT television or monitor
    • You are an Illinois county, municipality, township or other political subdivision

    If you may not file a claim in this lawsuit because of the above criteria, you retain any right you may have to sue the Defendants for monetary relief.

    The Illinois Attorney General is also seeking monetary damages on behalf of the State of Illinois, including its state agencies. However, this notice of settlement does not relate to the settlements resolving the State of Illinois’ claims. Illinois state agencies are not eligible to participate in this claims process.

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  5. Who are the Defendant companies?

    The Defendants are manufacturers and/or suppliers of CRTs.

    The Settling Defendant companies are:

    • Hitachi Ltd., and Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA) Inc. (“Hitachi”)
    • LG Electronics, Inc. (“LG”)
    • Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. and Philips Electronics North American Corp. (“Philips”)
    • Samsung Display Device Co., Ltd. and Samsung SDI America, Inc. (“Samsung”)

    The Non-Settling Defendant companies are:

    • Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Corp. of North America, and MT Picture Display, Co., Ltd. (“Panasonic”).
    • Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America, Inc., Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (“Toshiba”)

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  6. Why are there settlements but the lawsuit is continuing?

    Settlements have been reached with Hitachi, LG, Philips, and Samsung. The Non-Settling Defendants (Panasonic and Toshiba) have not agreed to settle so the lawsuit continues against them.

    Additional money may become available as a result of a trial or a future settlement. If the State later settles with the Non-Settling Defendants, the settlement agreement(s) will be posted on the website, www.illinoiscrtsettlement.com. Alternatively, the litigation may be resolved in favor of the Non-Settling Defendants, in which case no additional money would become available. There is no guarantee as to what will happen.

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  7. What do the settlements provide?

    The four Settling Defendants have settled the claims brought on behalf of Illinois businesses and individuals for a total of approximately $36 million.

    Any interest earned will be added to the Settlement Fund. The cost to administer the Settlements as well as the Illinois Attorney General’s fees and costs will come out of the Settlement Fund (see Question 18 - How will the lawyers be paid?).

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  8. How much money can I get?

    The maximum amount you could potentially recover equals three times the actual amount the State alleges you were overcharged for each device containing a CRT—a total of $20 for a television and $60 for a monitor. If there is not enough money recovered to pay the maximum amount, your recovery will depend on the number of claims per device submitted by July 12, 2018 and the total recovery. We expect that such a pro rata distribution will allow for at least $20 per claim and will increase if there are additional settlements or the Illinois Attorney General prevails at trial.

    It is possible that any money remaining after claims are paid will be distributed to charities, governmental entities, or other beneficiaries.

    In order to receive a payment, you will need to file a valid claim (see Question 10 – How can I get a payment?). The Claim Form provides additional details on how to submit a claim. Further information is available by calling 1-866-652-8226.

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  9. When will I get a payment?

    No money will be distributed yet. The Plaintiff will pursue the lawsuit against the Non-Settling Defendants and will complete the litigation before any claims are paid. Plaintiff believes that money could be paid by the Non-Settling Defendants through additional settlements or as a result of winning the lawsuit. All funds received in this case will be distributed together at the conclusion of the lawsuit or as ordered by the Court.

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  10. How can I get a payment?

    If you meet the requirements described in Question 4 and you want to participate in the Settlements, you must complete and submit a Claim Form. You may file a claim HERE. If you do not file online, you can also file a paper Claim Form by mail.

    If you choose to submit your claim online, you must do so on or before July 12, 2018. If you choose to submit a Claim Form by mail, it must be postmarked by July 12, 2018, and mailed to:

    CRT Illinois Claims

    KCC Class Action Services

    P.O. Box 404041

    Louisville, KY 40233-4041

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  11. Can I have someone else submit a claim on my behalf?

    We will not accept or pay claims filed by someone else on behalf or as an assignee of the person or entity who actually purchased the CRT television or monitor. This means that when you submit your claim, the name and address of the claimant must match the name and address to which the payment is to be sent. If these names and addresses do not match, your claim will be invalid. For individuals, the name of the person verifying the information must match that of the person making the claim. For corporations or other business entities, the individual verifying the information must be a duly authorized officer of the corporation or business entity. Verification provided by anyone else will be treated as an unverified claim and invalidated.

    The process of filing a claim is designed to be straightforward. If you have any questions about how to file a claim, you can call the claims administrator at 1-866-652-8226 for assistance.

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  12. Can I submit an incomplete claim form by the deadline and supply further information later?

    No. In order to be a valid claim, your claim form must be complete at the time of filing. You should not leave any part of the claim form blank or include inaccurate information that you intend to update later. If you determine you have made a mistake on your claim form after submitting it, please call the claims administrator at 1-866-652-8226 to address the issue.

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  13. What am I giving up if I stay in the lawsuit?

    You will give up your right to sue the Defendants on your own for the claims in this case unless you exclude yourself from the lawsuit. You also will be bound by all current and future settlements and directions by the Court relating to the lawsuit.

    In return for paying the Settlement amounts, the Settling Defendants (and certain related entities defined in the Settlement Agreements) will be released from all claims relating to the facts underlying this lawsuit, as more fully described in the Settlement Agreements. The Settlement Agreements describe the released claims in detail, so read them carefully since those descriptions are binding on you. If you have any questions, you can call 1-866-652-8226, or you can of course talk to your own lawyer at your own expense if you have questions about what this means. The Settlement Agreements and the specific releases are available HERE.

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  14. How do I get out of the lawsuit?

    To exclude yourself from the lawsuit, you must send a letter (or request for exclusion) by mail stating that you want to be excluded from Illinois v. Hitachi Ltd., et al., No. 12 CH 35266. Your letter or request for exclusion must also include your name, your address, your telephone number and your signature. You must mail your exclusion request no later than March 12, 2018, to:

    CRT Illinois Indirect Exclusions

    c/o KCC Class Action Services

    P.O. Box 404041

    Louisville, KY 40233-4041

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  15. If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue for the same thing later?

    No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue the Defendants for the claims in this case.

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  16. If I exclude myself, can I still get benefits from the lawsuit?

    No. If you exclude yourself, you will not get any benefit as a result of the Settlements, trial, or judgment in this case.

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  17. Do I have a lawyer representing me?

    As noted above, the Illinois Attorney General is representing consumers as parens patriae and state agencies in Illinois (see Question 4). You do not have to pay the Illinois Attorney General separately. If you wish to seek the advice of your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

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  18. How will the lawyers be paid?

    Under the terms of the Settlements, the parties expect that 10% of the Settlement Fund will be awarded to the Illinois Attorney General for fees and costs, including the cost to administer the Settlements.

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  19. When will the trial against the Non-Settling Defendants take place?

    If the cases are not dismissed or settled, the Plaintiff will have to prove its claims against the Non-Settling Defendants. The trial date has not yet been scheduled.

    During the trial, a decision will be reached about whether the Plaintiff or the Non-Settling Defendants are right about the claims in the lawsuit. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiff will win any additional money or benefits for consumers.

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  20. What is the Plaintiff asking for from the Non-Settling Defendants?

    The Plaintiff is asking for money for Illinois consumers and State agencies and for civil penalties.

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  21. Will I get money after the trials?

    If you file a valid claim (see Question 10 - How can I get a payment?), you will receive a portion of the current settlements at a later date. If the Plaintiff obtains additional settlements or prevails at trial, you will receive a portion of those recoveries, in addition to what you are entitled to under the current settlements, up to the estimated actual recoveries discussed above (See Question 8 - How much money can I get?). If you file a valid claim, you will be paid once after the lawsuit is resolved against all Defendants. You will not receive two separate payments. Important information about the case will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

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