UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION AND PROPOSED SETTLEMENT

TO: (1) California residents who purchased a Sony VAIO Laptop, series SZ, FZ, NW, EB, or F, in California between March 16, 2006 and January 4, 2017; and (2) New Jersey residents who purchased a Sony VAIO Laptop, series SZ, FZ, NW, EB, or F, in New Jersey between March 16, 2006 and January 4, 2017.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THIS CLASS OF PERSONS, YOU SHOULD READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT WILL AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

A settlement ("Settlement") has been proposed in the class action lawsuit referenced above pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Case No. 09-cv-2109 BAS MDD ("Action"). If the Court gives final approval to the Settlement, Sony Electronics Inc. ("Sony") will provide for each Class Member who properly and timely completes and submits a Claim Form a one-time cash payment in an amount ranging from $5 up to $200 depending on eligibility and documentation requirements set forth on the Claim Form ("Settlement Payment").

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

This is the only way to get a Settlement Payment.

Electronically submit a Claim Form and supporting documentation. You can also print the Claim Form from the website and then submit it by mail along with any supporting documentation.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not receive a Settlement Payment under the Settlement. Excluding yourself is the only option that allows you to ever bring or maintain your own lawsuit against Sony regarding the allegations in the Action ever again.
OBJECT You may write to the Court about why you object to (i.e., don't like) the Settlement and think it shouldn't be approved. Filing an objection does not exclude you from the Settlement.
GO TO THE "FAIRNESS HEARING"

The Court will hold a "Fairness Hearing" to consider the Settlement and the request for attorneys' fees and costs of the lawyers who brought the Action.

You may, but are not required to, speak at the Fairness Hearing about any objection you filed to the Settlement. If you intend to speak at the Fairness Hearing, you must also include as part of your objection a "Notice of Intention to Appear" to the Court and the parties' attorneys indicating your intent to do so.

DO NOTHING You will not receive a Settlement Payment under the Settlement. You will also give up your right to object to the Settlement and you will be not be able to be part of any other lawsuit about the legal claims in this case.
  • These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in more detail in the Settlement Agreement.
  • The Court in charge of this Action has preliminarily approved the Settlement and must decide whether to give final approval to the Settlement. The relief provided to Class Members will be provided only if the Court gives final approval to the Settlement and, if there are any appeals, after the appeals are resolved in favor of the Settlement. Please be patient.