PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- If you bought a LCD flatscreen television, computer monitor, or laptop with an LCD screen several years ago, you may be entitled to a cash payout from a billion-dollar settlement with screen manufacturers -- and the Rhode Island Attorney General's office is reminding you to file a claim before next month.
Basically, if your LCD was one of the brands listed below, and you bought it from a store or online -- not from the manufacturer directly -- the payout is settling a lawsuit that the manufacturers conspired to fix or raise prices of a certain type of flat panel television, TFT-LCD, between 1999 and 2006.
Therefore, you're entitled to a partial refund.
The deadline is fast approaching, though; it's Dec. 6.
The claims process is very simple and can be done online at http://www.LCDclass.com/.
Brands involved: (Note your brand might not be listed, due to difference in labeling)
- AU Optronics Corporation
- Hitachi Ltd.
- Sharp Corporation
- Toshiba Corporation
- Samsung Electronics Corporation
- Epson Imaging Devices Corporation
- LG Electronics
- Chunghwa Picture Tubes
- HannStar Display Corporation
- Chi Mei Optoelectronics
Consumers and businesses are eligible for payments if they were residents of Rhode Island or one of the other 23 settling states or the District of Columbia at the time of purchase, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.
The 23 other states included are:
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The settlement came from a private class action lawsuit, and wasn't based on an action from the Attorney General's office.
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