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This litigation relates to Heater Control Panels purchased directly from a Defendant.

Heater Control Panels, also referred to as climate control panels, means the operational panels with buttons and switches controlling the climate of the interior environment of a vehicle and are typically located in the center of a motor vehicle.

Proposed settlements have been reached with Defendants Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., and Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (collectively, “Sumitomo”); Defendants Alps Electric Co., Ltd., Alps Electric (North America), Inc., and Alps Automotive Inc. (collectively, “Alps”); and Defendants Tokai Rika Co., Ltd. and TRAM, Inc. d/b/a Tokai Rika U.S.A. Inc. (collectively, “Tokai Rika”).

Under the terms of the proposed settlements, Sumitomo will pay a total of $579,000, Alps will pay a total of $3,250,000, and Tokai Rika will pay a total of $1,875,000.

If you purchased Heater Control Panels in the United States directly from any of the Defendants during the period from January 1, 2000 through March 23, 2017, you may be a member of the Sumitomo, Alps, or Tokai Rika Settlement Classes. If you remain in the Sumitomo, Alps, or Tokai Rika Settlement Classes and you wish to share in the settlement proceeds attributable to that settlement, you must complete and submit a valid Claim Form no later than November 21, 2018.

If you believe you are a member of the Sumitomo, Alps, or Tokai Rika Settlement Classes, please review the Notice which contains information about the proposed settlements, and your rights with respect to the settlements and related matters.

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Important Dates

  • October 5, 2018
    Opt Out Deadline
  • November 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
    Final Approval Hearing
    Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
    Courtroom 737
    231 West Lafayette Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48226
  • November 21, 2018
    Claim Filing Deadline