Manhattan man joins suit over TVs

By Maura Wery

Some Manhattan residents may be entitled to a rebate if they bought a television or computer with an LCD screen between 1999 and 2006. The reason isn’t because of a defect or a malfunction. It’s because of the price.

Rex Getz, a Manhattan resident, is the Kansas class representative for a lawsuit dealing with 10 LCD screen manufacturers accused of violating anti-trust laws and fixing the price for the products that used the screens. Some of the brands involved include Sharp, Samsung and Hitachi.

Rod Olsen, a Manhattan attorney representing Kansas clients in the case, said the first claim was filed in 2007. “Rex was a client and had purchased one of these products,” Olsen said. Getz became a class representative for the litigation.

The main bulk of the suit started in July involving parties in 24 states, including Kansas. By then, the manufacturers had created a settlement fund for those who purchased the overpriced products. The final tally hovers around $1.1 billion.

“We were really excited to be involved,” Olsen said. “It’s one of the biggest anti-trust litigations of all time and it is good for Kansas consumers.”

The biggest concern now is getting Kansans who may have purchased one of these products to file a claim.

“The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 6,” Getz said. “It’s a simple form that you fill out and you don’t have to have a receipt for the product you bought.”

Getz said the payout could run between $20 to $200 depending on the make and model of the product.

Getz said that the 10 companies involved in the suit manufactured around 90 percent of the LCD screens during that time, so the probability that there are some Kansans with these products is high.

“There could have been thousands of products purchased by Kansans,” Getz said. “And they paid more than they had to.”

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