Dell sues five LCD vendors for alleged price fixing


Dell sues five LCD vendors for alleged price fixing

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Dell is suing five Far Eastern LCD panel makers for allegedly colluding to set prices at an artificially high level.

The PC giant has filed a law suit with the district court in San Francisco against Japanese brands Sharp, Hitachi, Toshiba, Seiko Epson and Taiwanese HannStar.

A spokesman at Dell confirmed that it was taking legal action against the alleged cartel but did not specify the amount it was trying to recoup.

"Dell is seeking a jury trial to recover money collected from it for LCD panels purchased at artificially-inflated prices set through the unlawful, collusive collaboration of the suppliers named as defendants or co-conspirators in the suit," he said..

These cases are not new in the ICT sector, at the start of last year Sharp, LG, Hitachi and Chunghwa Picture tubes were fined more than $585m after being found guilt of fixing panel prices sold to Dell between 2001 and 2004.

In October AT&T accused LG, Samsung and AU Optronics of fixing prices of LCD panels used in phones, and two months later Nokia filed a class action for the same reason.

Dell was itself called upon in recent years to give evidence in AMD's trial against Intel' for anti-competitive behaviour.

A speedy resolution is not expected.

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