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After remand in February 2019, the District Court (1) confirmed Trump, Alioto, Trump & Prescott LLP as Lead Counsel for the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes; (2) appointed separate counsel as interim co-lead counsel for Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah (the “Other Repealer States”); (3) appointed separate counsel as interim lead counsel for Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming (the “ Non-Repealer States); and (4) entered an order referring the matter to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley for settlement.
At the direction of Magistrate Judge Corley, counsel for the seven Defendants and Class Counsel for the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes (“IPP Counsel”), participated in two mediation sessions in May and July 2019. As a result of the mediation sessions, Amendments to the Settlements were entered into with the seven Defendants.
The amendments to the settlement agreements are as follows:
(a) The settlement class definition is narrowed to include only members of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes. The Nationwide Class, which was previously included in the 2016 Settlements, is no longer included in the settlement class. As a result, only members of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes are releasing their claims against the seven Defendants. Thus, claims based on indirect purchases of CRT Products made in all other states, including the Other Repealer States and the Non-Repealer States, are no longer being released.
(b) Each defendant’s settlement amount is reduced by approximately 5.35% for a total of $29,000,000. This reduces the settlement fund for the six settlements to $512,750,000.
(c) The attorneys’ fee award to be requested by IPP Counsel is reduced by $29,000,000 in order to offset the reduction in the settlement amounts, and ensure there is no adverse impact on class members.
The new total settlement amount is $547,750,000 plus accrued interest. This amount includes the new total amount resulting from the Amendments to the Settlements ($512,750,000) plus the total amount of the earlier settlements with Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. and LG Electronics, Inc. ($35,000,000).
No. All other terms of the original settlement agreements remain the same, including provisions related to interest earned on the settlement funds. The original settlement amounts, which were deposited in 2015, have been earning interest since that time. All interest earned on the original settlement amounts from the date of deposit will remain in the fund for the benefit of class members, except that as provided in the original settlement agreements, IPP Counsel will be entitled to seek the interest accrued on their final fee award.
As of February 2020, the approximate interest earned on the new total settlement amount of $541,750,000 is $17,000,000. Interest continues to accrue daily.
In 2016, the Court approved an award of attorneys’ fees to IPP Counsel in the amount of $158,606,250. This award amounted to 27.5 percent of the then-total settlement fund of $576,750,000. The 2016 Settlements also provided that IPP Counsel were entitled to seek accrued interest on their fee award.
The new total settlement amount is $547,750,000 plus accrued interest. This amount includes the total amount resulting from the Amendments to the Settlements ($512,750,000) plus the total amount of the earlier settlements with Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. and LG Electronics, Inc. ($35,000,000).
The Amendments require IPP Counsel to reduce their request for attorneys’ fees by $29,000,000. This sum is designed to offset the reduction in the total settlement fund from $576,750,000 to $547,750,000, so as to ensure that the net settlement funds (i.e., the settlement funds remaining after deducting fees and court-approved expenses) available for distribution to class members in the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes remain unchanged as a result of the Amendments to the Settlements.
If approved by the Court, IPP Counsel’s new fee award will be reduced to $129,606,250, or 23.66% of the new total settlement fund of $547,750,000.
Members of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes have been, and continue to be, represented by a number of law firms led by the Court-appointed “Lead Class Counsel”: Trump, Alioto, Trump & Prescott LLP, 2280 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. If you are a member of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes, you do not have to pay IPP Counsel separately. IPP Counsel will seek compensation by asking the Court for a share of the settlement proceeds. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, and have that lawyer appear in court for you in this case, you may hire one at your own expense.
If you are a member of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes and submitted a claim in or objected to the 2016 Settlements, you may ask the Court to deny approval of the Settlements as amended by the Amendments or to the reduced attorneys’ fees request by filing objections with the Court. Please note that you cannot ask the Court to order a larger settlement or change the terms of the settlements; the Court can only approve or deny the Settlements as amended by the Amendments. If the Court denies approval, no settlement payments will be sent out and the lawsuit will continue. If that is what you want to happen, you must object.
If you decide to object, you must do so in writing. Written objections must include the following information:
Your name, address, telephone number, and if you are being assisted by a lawyer, the lawyer’s name, address and telephone number;
The Action name and number ( In Re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1917);
Proof of membership in one or more of the 22 Indirect Purchaser State Classes;
A brief explanation of your reasons for objecting; and
The objection must be submitted to the Court either by mailing it to the Class Action Clerk at the address below, or by filing it in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The deadline to file objections with the Court is May 29, 2020:
Class Action Clerk
United States District Court for the
Northern District of California
1301 Clay Street, Suite 400 S
Oakland, CA 94612
No. An opportunity to exclude yourself from the 2016 Settlements was already provided. You may not exclude yourself from the Amended Settlements.
The Court is scheduled to hold a Fairness Hearing to reconsider its approval of the 2016 Settlements as amended by the Amendments thereto at 2:00 p.m. on July 8, 2020, at the United States Courthouse, Courtroom 6, 2nd Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so you should check this website for current information.
At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the 2016 Settlements as amended are fair, reasonable, and adequate. The Court will also consider the reduced request for attorneys’ fees. If there are objections or comments, the Court will consider them at this time. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the 2016 Settlements as amended by the Amendments thereto, and the request for attorneys’ fees. We do not know how long these decisions will take.
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. But you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you file an objection or comment, you don’t have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you filed your written objection on time, your objection will be presented to the Court for its consideration. You may also request another lawyer to attend the hearing on your behalf and at your own expense, but it’s not required.
You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing. To do so, you must file a “Notice of Intent to Appear in In re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1917.” Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and your signature. Your Notice of Intent to Appear must be submitted to the Court either by mailing it to the Class Action Clerk at the address in Question 10 above, or by filing it in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California no later than May 29, 2020.
Payments for valid claims will be made after the Court authorizes distribution. There may be appeals to the Court’s decisions. We don’t know how much time it could take to resolve any appeals that may be filed.
The claims-submission deadline approved by the Court for all class members, except resellers and California natural persons, was December 7, 2015. The claims deadline for California natural persons was June 30, 2016. The deadline for resellers to submit a claim was November 29, 2016.
The Court has not yet decided whether claims submitted after the Court-approved deadlines will be paid.
Reseller claims are expected to be paid at the same time as end-user claims.
If the Court approves the 2016 Settlements as amended by the Amendments, and any appeals are resolved in favor of approval, payments will be made to claimants that have valid claims. If you would like to arrange to receive your payment electronically, for example to your PayPal or Zelle account, please see Electronic Payment Preference page here.
This notice summarizes the Amendments to the 2016 Settlements. For the precise terms and conditions of the Amendments, please see the Amendments to the Settlement Agreements available at www.CRTclaims.com. We encourage you to check this website regularly for developments in this case. You can also get more information about the settlements in the litigation by:
- Calling 1-800-649-0963
- Writing to CRT Questions, c/o The Notice Company, P.O. Box 778, Hingham, MA 02043;
- Accessing the Court docket in this case through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov; or
- Visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Courtroom 6, 2nd Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.