DRAM Manufacturers Settle in Price Fixing Class Action Suit

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Manufacturers of DRAM modules reached a $310 million settlement for working together to fix prices. If you bought DRAM between 1998 and 2002, including any electronic device or computer containing DRAM, you may be eligible for a rebate . The minimum rebate is $10, while larger purchasers can receive up to $1000. The class action suit applies to the U.S. only, and the deadline to submit a claim is August 1, 2014.

Class action screwiness (Score: 4, Informative)

by useless@pipedot.org on 2014-04-04 14:22 (#ZE)

Granted, most class action settlements make no sense, but this one boggles the mind. If you read the actual distribution of the settlement (pages 5-6):
Splitting a 200M pool of cash (nice windfall for the lawyers and govt at $110M). Individuals get $10+, BUT only if there is less than 2.5M claims (this would be -$25M out of the $200M pool). If there are more than 5M claims, no claims will be honored, instead $40M will go to court approved non-profits (-$40M out of a $200M pool).

What happens if there are more than 2.5M, but less than 5M claims?
More confusing: where does the other $160M-$175M go? The govt. and lawyers already took their cut off the top.
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