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The settlement will provide reimbursement of the cost of repair or other benefits to qualifying owners of certain models of Toshiba Satellite brand notebook computers that experienced cracking on the plastic housing surrounding the hinges, including cracking of the hinges themselves.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit over whether certain Satellite brand notebook computers sold by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (“TAIS”) contained a manufacturing or design defect that rendered the computers unduly prone to cracking on the plastic housing surrounding the hinges. The two sides disagree on whether TAIS did anything wrong.

If you purchased or acquired as new one of the following “Subject Model Notebooks” at any time between April 1, 2000 and March 12, 2010, you are a Settlement Class Member and are eligible to make a claim and seek the relief described herein: 1000, 1005, 1100, 1105, 1110, 1115, 1130, 1135, 1200, 1715, 1730, 1735, 1750, 1755, 1955, 3000, 3005.

Your Legal Rights and Class Member Options in This Settlement

Submit a Claim Form. The deadline to submit a Claim Form was July 30, 2010.

Object. The deadline to object to the settlement was May 3, 2010.

Opt Out. Write to counsel for plaintiffs and Toshiba if you do not want to be included in the settlement. You have a right to opt out of the settlement only if you purchased one of the Subject Model Notebooks on or before March 12, 2010 and have not objected to the settlement.

Do Nothing. Get no settlement benefits. Give up rights.

Fairness Hearing

The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing before the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford at 10:00 a.m. on May 24, 2010 in Courtroom 10D of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, California. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court also may decide how much to pay Plaintiffs’ Counsel. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to grant final approval of the settlement. We do not know how long these decisions will take.

Please note the following important dates:
Date Case-Related Event
May 3, 2010
Objection Filing Deadline (filed)
May 4, 2010
Notice of Appearance Deadline (filed)
May 17, 2010
Request for Exclusion Deadline (postmarked)
May 24, 2010
at 10:00 a.m.
Fairness Hearing
July 30, 2010
Claim Form Deadline (postmarked)