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If You Bought This Digital Equipment from 1998-2002, Claim Your Rebate

Keyboard of a digital device, in this case a computer laptop (Kenesaw Patch file photo)
Keyboard of a digital device, in this case a computer laptop (Kenesaw Patch file photo)
You might get $10 or more if you bought certain digital equipment and file a claim by Aug. 1, as the result of a $310-million legal settlement in a price-fixing case.

Consumers who bought products with Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) — and that could include video game consoles, MP3 players, DVD players, desktop computers and laptops.

Here's a news release with more details issued recently by the Connecticut Attorney General's Office:

Attorney General George Jepsen is encouraging consumers to file claims to recover money from the $310 million Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) settlement before the quickly approaching August 1, 2014 deadline.

Consumers can file claims to recover money due to the preliminary approval of multistate antitrust settlements with all the major manufacturers of DRAM for conspiring to fix their prices.

Claim-eligible consumers include those who paid more for DRAM or for the many electronic devices that contain DRAM. DRAM is a common form of memory chip found in computers and other high-technology devices. Consumers and businesses can file a claim if their purchases were made between 1998 and 2002.

“Connecticut consumers, along with consumers nationwide, deserve the benefits and price advantages of a free and open marketplace when shopping for computers and other electronic devices,” said Attorney General Jepsen. 

“When companies conspire together to fix prices for a product, they illegally eliminate competition and harm consumers. If consumers or businesses purchased computers or other electronic devices between 1998 and 2002, we encourage them to file a claim to receive money that is potentially owed to them."

The settlements, reached in conjunction with a number of class-action lawsuits, benefit individuals and businesses that purchased DRAM or devices containing DRAM in the United States during 1998 to 2002 from businesses other than a DRAM manufacturer, such as retailers like Best Buy or Staples.

The settlements also require the DRAM manufacturers to implement antitrust compliance programs and enjoin them from certain conduct related to the sale of DRAM that would violate antitrust laws.

To receive money from the settlement, eligible consumers need to submit a claim form by Aug. 1, 2014, with the settlements’ administrator.  The amount of money received depends on the type and quantity of electronic devices a claimant has purchased and the total number of claims made.

Individuals who purchased DRAM or products containing DRAM are expected to get a minimum $10 payment and may end up receiving up to the amount of the overpayment they actually made due to the alleged price fixing. To file a claim, visit www.DRAMclaims.com or call 1-800-589-1425

Any consumer who purchased one or more of the following products between 1998 and 2002 is eligible to make a claim:

•    Desktop computers,
•    Laptop computers,
•    Computer servers,
•    Computer graphics cards,
•    Printers,
•    Video game consoles,
•    MP3 players,
•    PDAs,
•    DVD players, and
•    Digital video recorders. 

If you purchased other technology devices also containing DRAM memory, you also may be eligible to make a claim.

Any payments resulting from the settlement cannot be made until the court has granted final approval of the settlements, including the resolution of any appeals. It is anticipated that final approval will occur within the next few years. Also, if too many or few claims are received, the court may order that the settlement funds be provided to public or non-profit organizations in addition to or instead of consumers who file claims.

For more information about the settlements, visit www.DRAMclaims.com or call 1-800-589-1425.

Assistant Attorneys General Joseph Nielsen and Michael Cole, chief of the Antitrust and Government Program Fraud Department, are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

 

Bill Fasula July 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM
The only people who make out with these claims are lawyers.

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