Www.VitaminCAntitrust.com – Vitamin C Antitrust Class Action Settlement
The Vitamin C Antitrust Class Action Settlement which can be found at www.VitaminCAntitrust.com site is about price fixing. The claim is that the manufacturers of the Vitamin C tried to fix the price or raise the price or even maintain the price of any Vitamin C. This lawsuit is also known as the In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation. The case number is 1:06-MD-01738. There are three types of cases. The first is the Direct Purchaser Class, the Indirect Purchaser Class and the Injunctive Class.
You can be considered to be a part of the direct purchaser class if you bought Vitamin C or if you bought it for delivery in the U.S. You can also take part if you bought it directly from a Defendant or other Chinese manufacturers. The period that is covered is between December 1, 2001 to June 30, 2006. For the indirect purchasers, you can be a part of this if you bought capsules or tablets that have Vitamin C. You should have bought them foryou own use and not to sell it. You must also have bought it from December 1, 2001 to June 30, 2006. The third type of class, which is the Injunctive Class, you should have bought vitamin C that has been manufactured by a Defendant. You should have bought it directly from a Defendant and it should be for delivery in the U.S. You should have done this between December 1, 2001 to now. You can get more details of this at www.VitaminCAntitrust.com site.
Each of the different classes have different information in terms of deadlines and what to submit. In the direct class, you will have to submit a claim form by September 28, 2012. If you want to request for exclusion, you have to do that by September 7, 2012. If you want to object, you will have to do that by September 27, 2012. The Fairness Hearing for this is October 17, 2012.
For the indirect case, the deadlines for the request for exclusion, the objection to the settlement and the Fairness Hearing dates are the same as the direct class. However there is no information on deadlines for the claim form. So we do not know for sure when and if you should file claim forms for this class. For the Injunction Class, there is only information on the objection dates and the Fairness Hearing. Again these dates are similar to the Direct Class. So far, the only claim form that you can get is for the Direct Class at the website. You will be able to download a PDF version of the claim form.
There is also an FAQ that you can download. So if you have questions, this is where you should start as you will get detailed responses. For the Direct Class, the Defendants are Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Company, Weisheng Pharmaceutical and Aland Nutraceutical. You will get information on the attorneys who will be representing the Class. Another piece of information that you may be interested to find out is the amount of the settlement. The one for the Direct class is $9,500,000. The Indirect class is $1,000,000. You have to remember that the settlements have not been finally approved yet.
You have to keep checking the website for the latest information as you can only file a claim form for the Direct Purchaser. You are not requested to attach documentation for this claim. However, do not get rid of them. Make sure you keep your invoices and other documentation because you may be asked to submit that later. There is also an address that you will have to send this to. At this moment, you will not be able to submit it online. You will have to print it out and send it via regular mail. When you do this, make sure that you submit by the due date. Otherwise you may not receive payment at all.
You will also be able to get the court documents and the settlement agreements at the website. You will be able to get this for all the different classes. There are complains here too that you will be able to view. All of these documents are in PDF form. So make sure that you have a PDF reader so that you can view them. If you do not have a PDF reader, you can easily download it from the Internet.
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