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Free Money if you payed for music!!!

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Dirty_habiT, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Free Money if you payed for music!!!

    Discussion started by Dirty_habiT - Jan 8, 2003

    This Web site was established to provide information about a proposed Settlement of lawsuits brought by Attorneys General of 43 states, Commonwealths and Territories, and by counsel for the Plaintiff Settlement Class entitled In re: Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust Litigation.
    The lawsuits, which are currently pending in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, relate to the retail pricing of prerecorded music compact discs, cassettes or vinyl albums (collectively known as prerecorded Music Products).

    You may be a member of the Settlement Group and your rights against Defendants may be affected if you are a person or entity that purchased these prerecorded Music Products from a retail store during the period of January 1, 1995 through December 22, 2000.
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    There's an online form. And I'd be almost certain that everyone here qualifies.
     
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    podrido - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    would you like to explain this further
     
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    podrido - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    nevermind i read the damn page
     
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    Dirty_habiT - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    I filled out the form.
     
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    What is the Litigation About?
    Plaintiffs allege that the Defendants conspired to illegally raise the prices of prerecorded Music Products by implementing Minimum Advertised Price policies, in violation of State and Federal laws. All Defendants deny all claims of wrongdoing asserted by the Plaintiffs.
     
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    S@T@N - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    Smells fishy.. i filled one out for the hell of it, possibly a mistake.
    I haven't seen this on the news, or heard about it from anyone.. so
    I don't know.
     
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  7. imported_El Mamerro - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    That is the absolute shadiest thing I have ever seen, Dirty... not only does it not provide enough information on the suit, but what if it fails terribly and a counter-suit is filed or something? Who's responsible for answering that?

    That's a lot of personal information that mailing list resellers kill to have.
     
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    sneak - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    i couldnt be bothered to read it, so ima take mammero's word for it...
     
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    Dirty_habiT - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    You're right, I was thinking that when I filled it out. But, we'll see.
     
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    Dirty_habiT - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    What is the lawsuit about?

    The Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging that the Defendants conspired to illegally raise the prices of certain prerecorded Music Products by implementing Minimum Advertised Price policies, in violation of state and federal laws. The Defendants are five music distributors and three music retailers. (A list of the Plaintiffs and Defendants can be found on Page 3 of the Notice of Proposed Settlement.) The Defendants, in agreeing to settle the lawsuit, have denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
     
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    sneak - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    :ssshhhh:
     
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    Hey stupid pants, it was on CNN. EVERYTHING on CNN is real.
     
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    Ken E. Bus - Replied Jan 8, 2003

    From the Maryland Attorneys General Office

    For Immediate Release
    October 1, 2002 Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

    See updated Note to Consumers

    MARYLAND, 41 OTHER STATES SETTLE COMPACT DISC SUIT

    Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Maryland residents who purchased prerecorded music compact discs during the period from January 1995 to December 2000 will be eligible to receive cash payments under the terms of a settlement agreement with five of the largest U.S. distributors of CD's and three large retailers.

    Maryland, 41 other states and three territories sued the distributors Bertlesmann Music Group, Inc., EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., and Universal Music Group, and the retailers Transworld Entertainment Corporation, Tower Records and Musicland Stores Corporation for violating antitrust laws. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants will make cash payments totaling $67,375,000 nationwide, and will provide $75,500,000 worth of music CD's. In addition, the defendants have agreed to stop engaging in practices that led to artificially high retail prices for CD's.

    The suit, which was filed in federal court in New York in August 2000 alleged that the defendant distributors and retailers illegally conspired with one another to fix prices at which CD's could be sold to consumers. The illegal conspiracies allegedly grew out of the practice in the recorded music industry known as Minimum Advertised Price, or M.A.P., in which the distributors would pay for retailers' advertising in local media, provided the retailers did not advertise CD's at a sale price below a minimum established by the distributor. The defendants deny the allegations in the suit.

    "This M.A.P. program led to higher CD prices, and reduced price competition among CD retailers. As a result, Maryland consumers could not comparison shop to get a good deal on CD's," Attorney General Curran said.

    Today's settlement has three major components. The $67,375,000 in cash will be used primarily to compensate consumers nationwide, for charitable purposes, or for some combination of both. The defendants will also provide approximately 5.5 million music CD's for distribution by State Attorneys General to charities, schools and public libraries. Maryland's share of the settlement will be over $900,000 in cash and over 100,000 CD's for distribution. In addition, the defendants have agreed to an injunction which prevents them from making advertising funds to retailers conditional on advertising products for sale at a minimum price.

    -end-

    NOTE TO CONSUMERS: A website has been established to provide further information about the settlement of the Compact Disc litigation. At the website, you may find information relating to your legal rights, important dates in the claims filing process, and information as to what benefits are available, among other things. You can find the website at www.musiccdsettlement.com

    In addition, a toll-free telephone line has been established which you may call to receive recorded information. The telephone number is 1-877-347-4782, TDD/TYY 1-888-314-5051.

    Beginning in December, 2002 you may request a hard copy claim form by writing to:
    Compact Disc MAP Antitrust Settlement Administrator
    PO Box 1650
    Fairbault, MN 55021-1650

    If you wish to exclude yourself from the settlement group, you must notify the Settlement Administrator in writing, postmarked no later than March 3, 2003 at:
    Compact Disc MAP Antitrust Settlement Administrator
    PO Box 1643
    Fairbault, MN 55021-1643


    Looks legitimate to me.
     
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