Submit a Claim - Claim Instructions

You must complete your Claim on or before November 21, 2018, to be eligible to share in the distribution of the proceeds of settlements with the Alps, Sumitomo and Tokai Rika defendants.

If you are a direct purchaser of Heater Control Panels (and you have remained in any or all of the Sumitomo, Alps, and Tokai Rika Settlement Classes), you may be entitled to share in the distribution of the Settlements with those Defendants (the “Settlement Fund”). To receive your share of the Settlement Fund, you or a person you have authorized to act on your behalf must submit a timely and valid Claim Form in accordance with the instructions set forth below.

Please note that if you have chosen to be excluded from and of the Sumitomo, Alps or Tokai Rika Settlement Classes you may not participate in the distribution of the settlement funds attributable to the settlement with that Defendant.


Eligibility:
  • You are eligible to submit a claim seeking to share in the distribution of the Settlement Fund if, during the period from January 1, 2000 through March 23, 2017 (the “Class Period”), you purchased Heater Control Panels in the United States directly from one or more of the following companies: (1) Alps Electric Co., Ltd.; (2) Alps Electric (North America), Inc.; (3) Alps Automotive Inc.; (4) Denso Corporation; (5) Denso International America, Inc.; (6) Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; (7) Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.; (8) Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.; (9) Tokai Rika Co., Ltd.; and (10) TRAM, Inc.
  • You must have remained in Sumitomo, Alps and/or Tokai Rika Settlement Classes.

Note: As used here, “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 the vehicle and are typically located in the center of a motor vehicle.


Important Notes:

Do not send your Claim Form to the Court or to any of the parties or their counsel. If you receive multiple copies of the Claim Form, complete only one Claim Form covering all of your qualifying purchases. Do not submit more than one claim, and do not submit duplicate claims.

A Claim Form received by the Settlement Administrator shall be deemed to have been submitted (1) when it is submitted online, or (2) if submitted by mail, when it is posted, if it is addressed in accordance with the instructions set forth below and mailed by November 21, 2018, and a postmark is indicated on the envelope. In all other cases, the Claim Form shall be deemed to have been submitted when it is actually received by the Settlement Administrator.

Each corporation, trust, or other business entity making a claim must submit its claim on a separate Claim Form.

A Claim Form is not complete without the federal taxpayer identification number of the claimant.

Please note that it will take a significant amount of time to process all of the Claim Forms and to administer the Settlement Fund. This work will be completed as promptly as time permits, given the need to review each Claim Form. Accurate claims processing takes a significant amount of time. Thank you for your patience.


Completion and Support of Claim:

The Submit a Claim module will guide you through the requested information. All information submitted in a Claim Form is subject to further inquiry and verification. The Settlement Administrator may ask you to provide supporting information. Failure to provide requested information also might delay, adversely affect, or result in denial of the claim.

The Claim Form asks for certain information relating to your purchases of Heater Control Panels, a description of available documentation that supports your claimed purchases, and summary totals of your purchases from each Defendant and for each year during the class period.

Only include in your Claim Form purchases of Heater Control Panels in the United States directly from one or more of the companies listed above under the “Eligibility” heading during the period from January 1, 2000 to March 23, 2017.

INDIRECT PURCHASES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.


Schedule of Purchases: General Worksheet:

The Submit a Claim module will guide you through the requested information for the Schedule of Purchases: General Worksheet. Before starting your submission, please be prepared with the company names, products purchased, and purchase totals for each year of the Class Period (January 1, 2000 to March 23, 2017) in which you directly purchased Heater Control Panels in the United States. If you have questions regarding the completion of the Schedule of Purchases, please contact the Settlement Administrator via email at info@AutoPartsAntitrustLitigation-hcp.com, or by calling 1-888-721-6285.


Confirmation of Receipt of Claim:

When submitting electronically, you will receive a Confirmation Email with a Confirmation Code for your completed submission. Be sure to keep this confirmation email. You should also retain all of your documents and records relating to direct purchases of Heater Control Panels in the United States from any of the listed companies during the period from January 1, 2000 to March 23, 2017. As part of the claims administration process, you may be required to verify certain information about your Heater Control Panels purchases such as the product(s) purchased, the dollar amount(s), the date(s) of the purchases, and the company(ies) from which you directly purchased the Heater Control Panel products. You may be asked to submit purchase records to verify your claim.


Assistance:

If you have any questions concerning this Submit a Claim module contact the Settlement Administrator at Heater Control Panels Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation P.O. Box 3518, Portland, OR 97208-3518, via email at info@AutoPartsAntitrustLitigation-hcp.com, or by calling 1-888-721-6285. You may also contact your own attorney or other person to assist you, at your own expense.


NOTICE REGARDING SOLICITATIONS FROM CLAIMS ASSISTANCE COMPANIES:

THERE ARE COMPANIES THAT CONTACT CLASS MEMBERS TO OFFER ASSISTANCE IN FILING A CLAIM IN EXCHANGE FOR A PORTION OF ANY SETTLEMENT FUNDS THE CLASS MEMBER MAY RECOVER. THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH PLAINTIFFS OR DEFENDANTS OR THEIR COUNSEL, AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE THEM TO FILE A CLAIM.



How to File Online

Before you get started, please do the following. You will not be able to save your Claim and come back later.

  1. Prepare your purchase information: Include company names, products purchased, and the purchase totals for each year of the Class Period in which you directly purchased Heater Control Panels in the United States.
  2. Gather documentation, if applicable: All documents that you choose to submit in support of your claim should be clear, readable, and each file must be less than 20 MB and in one of the following formats: jpg, jpeg, gif, tif, tiff, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, pdf, zip, txt, mht, rtf, msg, or eml.
  3. Federal taxpayer information: A Claim Form is not complete without the federal taxpayer identification number of the claimant.

After submitting your completed Claim online, you will receive an email with a Confirmation Code for your completed submission. You will also be able to print a summary of your Claim Form. Be sure to keep your confirmation email, and a copy of your claim summary.

Remember: All Claim Forms must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 21, 2018.

Click the button below to get started.


How to File by Mail

If you would like to file your claim by mail, Claim Forms may be downloaded here. You may also call 1-888-721-6285, or write to the Settlement Administrator, to request a form be mailed to you.

Mail the completed Claim Form so that it is postmarked by November 21, 2018 to:

Heater Control Panels Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation
P.O. Box 3518
Portland, OR 97208-3518

Do not send your Claim Form to the Court or to any of the parties or their counsel. Only submit it to the Settlement Administrator.

Remember: All Claim Forms must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 21, 2018.