Consumers who purchased contact lens products from a variety of manufacturers may be able to benefit from a $13 million settlement.
The settlement will benefit consumers who purchased contact lenses from Alcon Vision LLC, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., ABB Concise Optical Group LLC, Bausch & Lomb Inc., or CooperVision Inc. since June 1, 2013 if the lenses were subject to a “unilateral pricing policy.”
On the contact lens settlement website, consumers also have the chance to exclude themselves from a recently certified Class of consumers bringing claims against the remaining defendants. More information about these Classes is available in the “Who’s Eligible” section below.
The contact lens class action lawsuit claims that several manufacturers used “unilateral pricing policies” to institute minimum retail prices for products. These policies allegedly limited competition from discount and online stores who also sold disposable contact lenses.
According to the contact lens class action, the unilateral pricing policies violated federal and state antitrust laws such as the Sherman Act.
Plaintiffs submitted a motion for preliminary settlement approval with CooperVision in February 2018. The $3 million settlement was granted preliminary approval in July 2018. Consumers may also be able to benefit from a $10 million settlement with Bausch & Lomb that was reached in August 2019.
Class Members will reportedly be able to collect an equal share of the net settlement fund based on the purchases made. No estimates are currently available for settlement payments as they will depend on a variety of factors such as the number of claims filed and the amount deducted in expenses.
Class Members who wish to receive benefits from the settlement need to file a claim form by Jan. 31, 2020. The deadline for exclusion and objection is also Jan. 31, 2020. The final approval hearing for the settlement is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2020.
Settlement Class Members include consumers who purchased contact lenses from Alcon Vision LLC, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., ABB Concise Optical Group LLC, Bausch & Lomb Inc., or CVI since June 1, 2013 if the lenses were subject to a “unilateral pricing policy.”
The other recently certified Classes include consumers who purchased contact lenses manufactured by Alcon Vision LLC, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., or ABB Concise Optical Group LLC between June 1, 2013 and Dec. 4, 2018 if the lenses were subject to a “unilateral pricing policy.”
A full list of affected contact lenses is available on the settlement website’s frequently asked questions.
Each Class Member will receive a pro rata portion of the net settlement funds. Payment amounts will depend on Class Member purchase amounts, the number of claims filed, and the amount deducted for costs and expenses.
Proof of Purchase
Documentation of purchases of eligible contact lens products.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
In re: Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 3:15-md-02626, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Disposable Contacts Antitrust Litigation
Settlement Administrator – Epiq
P.O. Box 2995
Portland, OR 97208-2995
Michael E. Lockamy
John A. DeVault III
BEDELL DITTMAR DEVAULT PILLANS & COXE PA
Robert C. Gilbert
KOPELOWITZ OSTROW FERGUSON WEISELBERG GILBERT
ROBINS KAPLAN LLP
Michael D. Hausfeld
James J. Pizzirusso
Nathaniel C. Giddings
Michael P. Lehmann
Bonny E. Sweeney
Christopher M. Burke
Joseph P. Guglielmo
SCOTT + SCOTT ATTORNEYS AT LAW LLP
George W. Sampson
SAMPSON DUNLAP LLP
Steven C. Marks
PODHURST ORSECK LLP
HULETT HARPER STEWART LLP
LATHAM & WATKINS LLP
For Bausch & Lomb
Robin D. Adelstein
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT US LLP
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