Claim Your $20 from the $30 Million Optical Disc Drive Class Action Payout

Optical disc drive class action

If you purchased an optical disc drive (ODD) product in Canada between 2004-2010 in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, you can claim $20 or more as part of a price-fixing class action lawsuit.

There’s a settlement of $29.7 million up for grabs as approved by B.C. and Quebec Courts from BenQ, Hitachi-LG, NEC, Panasonic, Phillips, Pioneer, Quanta, Sony, TEAC, and Toshiba Samsung. Allegations are these companies “conspired to fix the prices for ODD, with the intention of raising prices for both ODD and ODD Products sold in Canada.”

“ODDs are any device which reads and/or writes data from and to an optical disc. ODD Products are desktop computers, mobile/laptop computers, video game consoles, CD players/records, DVD players/recorders and Blu-Ray disc players/recorders,” explains the class action lawsuit website.

In a nutshell, a $20 claim can be approved without documents, with no proof of purchase required. To claim over $20, you need to show your proof of purchase (who has receipts from 2004-2010?!).

“Subject to further court order, approved undocumented claims will be paid $20 (per claim, not per product) and do not require proof of purchase. If you wish to be eligible to receive more than $20, proof of purchase is required. However, even if you provide proof of purchase, if you purchased a small volume of ODDs and/or ODD Products you may not receive more than $20. This will depend on the number and size of claims filed by all class members,” explains the class action website.

You can click here to get $20 by submitting your precious info, with payouts soon to arrive via e-Transfer or cheque (minus a $2 fee of course).