Dental supply class-action settlement notices mailed

Dentists eligible for payments as part of an $80 million class-action settlement involving dental supply companies Henry Schein Inc., Patterson Companies Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Company have received notices informing them that they have until Oct. 15 to file a claim in order to receive a payment, pending final settlement approval.

The settlement is part of a class-action lawsuit brought against the dental supply companies alleging that they agreed not to compete on pricing of dental products. The companies denied the claims. The class settlement is for customers who purchased dental supplies from Henry Schein, Patterson, Benco or Burkhart Dental Supply between Aug. 31, 2008, and March 31, 2016. Burkhart was at one time named as a defendant, but the case against it was dismissed; however, customers who purchased from the dental supply company during the class period may still participate in the settlement.

A final settlement approval hearing is scheduled for June 14. In order to receive a claim form from the class-action settlement, dentists must first register by completing the postcard mailed to them or submitting a claim form request online. For more information, visit dentalsuppliesantitrustclassaction.com.

In a separate action, a Federal Trade Commission complaint is still pending against Benco, Henry Schein and Patterson, which alleges the companies violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to buying groups representing solo and small-group dental practices. The three companies deny the allegations.