FOOD MARKETING INSTITUTE (USA) & CLASS ACTION CAPITAL PARTNERSHIP PORTAL
PAYMENT CARD INTERCHANGE FEE SETTLEMENT
On September 18, 2018, a Superseding and Amended Definitive Class Settlement Agreement was filed with the Court. This is a proposed $5.56–$6.26 billion settlement to provide payments to merchants who accepted Visa and MasterCard at any time from January 1, 2004. The terms of this proposed settlement would modify, amend and supersede the Definitive Class Settlement Agreement in which approval was reversed and remanded by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on June 30, 2016.
If the Court grants preliminary approval to the new settlement, relevant documents, dates, deadlines and other information will be posted on this website. Following preliminary approval, known class members would be mailed a notice about their legal rights and the release of their claims. Information about the settlement would also be published in online media as well as in newspapers, consumer magazines and trade publications.
Potential claimants do not need to sign up with a third-party service in order to participate in any monetary relief as no-cost assistant will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during the claims filing period. However, claim forms and payments are not available at this time. If the Court grants final approval and any appeals are resolved, the Court will approve a claim form and set a claim deadline. Updates about the settlement can be found on the official court-authorized settlement website at: https://www.paymentcardsettlement.com/en
OPTICAL DISC DRIVE ANTITRUST SETTLEMENT – $205,000,000
The lawsuit claims the defendants conspired to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices of Optical Disc Drives (ODDs) at artificially high levels in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and various state laws. Your facility is likely eligible if you purchased for your own use and not for resale: (i) a computer with an internal ODD; (ii) a stand-alone ODD designed for internal use in a computer; or (iii) an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer. The class period is April 2003 through December 2008.
ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more defendants or their co-conspirators.
LITHIUM ION BATTERY SETTLEMENT – $106,950,000 (with more expected)
This litigation will reimburse all person and entities who, from January 1, 2000 through May 31, 2011 indirectly purchased a Lithium Ion Battery (Li-Ion Batteries) or Lithium Ion Products (Li-Ion Products) containing Lithium Ion Battery Packs in the United States for their own use and not for resale from one or more of the defendants. Li-Ion products include portable computers, power tools, camcorders, etc.
Deadline: January 19, 2019
For more information, please visit: https://www.classactioncapital.com/lithiumion
CATHODE RAY TUBE (CRT) Litigation – $33,000,000
This litigation will reimburse all persons and entities who from March 1, 1995 through November 25, 2007 indirectly purchased a CRT product in an eligible state for their own use and not for resale. CRT Products mean cathode ray tubes of any kind (color display tube, color picture tube or monochrome display tubes) and finished products which contain cathode ray tubes such as televisions and computer monitors.
The eligible states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The class period for Nevada is February 4, 1999 through November 25, 2007.
The class period for Hawaii is June 25, 2002 through November 25, 2007
The class period for Nebraska is July 20, 2002 through November 25, 2007
There was a previously approved settlement of $576,750,000 which had a claim filing deadline of December 7, 2015. There is no deadline for this additional $33,000,000.
FOOD PURCHASER CLASS ACTION LITIGATION and SETTLEMENTS
There are a number of ongoing cases pertaining to the commercial food purchaser industry. These settlements/ cases potentially represent billions of dollars in damages and stem from alleged antitrust violations.
Case 1: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Settlement (covers 98% of all consumed chicken)
Case 2: Packaged Seafood Antitrust Settlement
Case 3: Mushroom Direct Purchaser Antitrust Settlement
Case 4: Korean Ramen Noodle Settlement
Case 5: First Impressions Salon Inc. v. National Milk Producers Federation (Dairy Farms)
For more information, please visit: https://www.classactioncapital.com/cases/foodpurchaser/