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Last day to file claim in $1.1B settlement on LCD flat screens

Jerome Quilaton, 39, of Bethpage, browses flatscreen TVs

Jerome Quilaton, 39, of Bethpage, browses flatscreen TVs with the help of a sales associate on Black Friday at Target in Levittown. (Nov. 22, 2012) Credit: Daniel Brennan

Thursday will be the last day for individuals and businesses in 24 states, including New York, to file a claim to be part of a $1.1 billion settlement on a class-action lawsuit on price fixing and manipulation of LCD flat screens.

Customers and businesses who purchased products that contained an LCD flat screen made by AU Optronics, Chimei, Chunghwa, Epson, HannStar, Hitachi, LG, Sharp, Samsung, and Toshiba between January 1999 and December 2006 are eligible to take part.

No proof of purchase of the product is required to file a claim.

Consumers can receive anywhere between $25 to $200 or more as part of the settlement, depending on the number of products purchased and the price of the item. The window to file a claim will close at end of day Thursday.

Those interested learning more about the claims process or filing a claim can do so at www.lcdclass.com.

The lawsuit, which began in 2006, alleged that certain manufacturers violated antitrust laws by conspiring to raise prices on flat-screen parts. A Long Island resident, Chris Ferencsik of West Islip, was one of the class action representatives in the lawsuit.

Photo: Jerome Quilaton, 39, of Bethpage, browses flatscreen TVs with the help of a sales associate on Black Friday at Target in Levittown.  (Nov. 22, 2012)

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