Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Apr 07 2016

 

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SPECIAL EDITION

Bob

Dear Friends,

Did you purchase a television, smart phone, monitor, notebook computer, color-screen cell phone or color-screen iPod with an LCD flat screen during the time period of 1998 through 2006? If so, you may be entitled to a refund.

The Attorney General’s Office has secured a $63 million recovery — one of the largest in state history — from nine liquid crystal display (LCD) panel manufacturers who conspired for years to drive up prices of their products.  Because of the ubiquitous presence of LCD products in the everyday lives of consumers, millions of people may benefit from the recovery. 

Here is everything you need to know about the recovery and the free claims process now available on our website.

It is important to act soon in order to qualify for a share of the recovery money.

Meanwhile, we have alerted consumers to avoid a third-party agent that has also set up a claims website, but will charge a hefty fee for the service. As explained in this release, with the official free and easy claims process in place, there is no reason for consumers to pay a fee to seek restitution from the LCD settlement.

Sincerely,

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Bob Ferguson
Washington State Attorney General


Act now! Consumers can file LCD settlement claims for free on our official claims website 

Millions of Washington consumers may be eligible for a share of the $63 million recovered in a price-fixing enforcement action brought by my office against the world’s largest manufactures of liquid crystal display (LCD).

Washington consumers and businesses are urged to file claims by June 17, 2016 to qualify for a share of the recovery.

For years, consumers in Washington and throughout the world were significantly overcharged — up to 20 percent — every time they bought a product with an LCD. Evidence reveals the conspiracy dates back to at least 1998, when LCD manufacturers including Samsung, Toshiba, and Sharp, all agreed it would be more profitable to work together than compete against each other.

Together, they formed the “LCD cartel” and met in secret to share information and develop strategies to control prices by manipulating supply and demand. 

The unfair competition created by this industry-wide conspiracy went unchecked for eight years, harming consumers worldwide, including millions in Washington. 

Anyone who bought a television, computer monitor, notebook computer, color-screen cell phone, or color-screen iPod that contained a flat panel screen between Jan. 1, 1998 and Dec. 1, 2006, may be eligible to receive a share of the $63 million recovery.

For more information on the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the new official website.

 

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