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Dentists affected by class action lawsuit may be eligible for payment

February 25, 2019

Philadelphia — Dentists who purchased supplies or equipment directly from Henry Schein, Inc., Patterson Companies, Inc. or Benco Dental Supply Company may be eligible for a portion of an $80 million settlement reached following a lawsuit against the three companies.

The class action lawsuit alleged that the defendants agreed not to compete on prices for dental products. The defendants deny these claims, insist they did nothing wrong and a judge has not decided who is right.

The settlement includes anyone in the U.S. who purchased dental products directly from the defendants or Burkhart Dental Supply between Aug. 31, 2008, and March 31, 2016. Dental products and equipment covered in the suit include such items as gloves, hand instruments, face masks, toothbrushes, anesthetic solutions, imaging devices, dental chairs, CAD/CAM systems and the like.

If the settlement is approved, those affected will receive a claim form in the mail. The settlement website, DentalSuppliesAntitrustClassAction.com, will also have information. Affected dentists and other dental professionals would have to file a claim by Sept. 19 in order to receive the proposed payment.

The final approval hearing is scheduled for May 22 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, where it will consider whether to approve the settlement. A federal court preliminarily approved the settlement.

More complete information, including the settlement agreement and release of claims and instructions on filing a claim (when a claim form becomes available), is available on the settlement website or by calling 1-844-367-8807.

For more information on the case specifics, visit ADA.org and search for ADA News stories containing the words “$80 million settlement.”