With the popularity of SSD drives and with devices becoming ever so more thinner and lighter, some might forget that there was once a time when PCs and laptops came with a DVD drive as a standard option. Well, if you live in the US, and had previously owned one of these computers with a DVD drive, you might be owed some money and might want to fill out a claim online (via cnet.com)
According to reports, Sony, NEC, Panasonic, and Hitachi-LG have settled a seven-year-old class-action lawsuit in regards to questionable business practices and the inflation of prices on optical drives sold to computer companies and retailers. Essentially, around the times when there was peak demand for DVD drives, these companies allegedly shared their bids with each other to keep prices high and turn profits. As a result, customers who purchased a computer with a DVD drive (or a standalone external DVD drive) between April 1, 2003 and December 31, 2008, can head to this website, or mail in a claim for $10 on each drive purchased.
It is not immediately clear how long it will take for customers to receive their $10 consolidation, but the process to do so is relatively easy. Interestingly enough, the website for the claim does not require you to show proof of purchase, and all you need to provide is our name, email address and the number of drives you owned. Certain states are excluded from the claim, and Panasonic computers are not eligible. To successfully file a claim you need to be residing in:
Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
Manufacturers such as Sony, Hitachi-LG, NEC and Panasonic have already contributed $124.5 million to their legal settlement, and there were 57 million computers in the US in 2003, so it could be some time until things are sorted out and the money heads your way. As always, we will be following this closley, so let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!