LuxembourgThe EU court has upheld millions of dollars in fines against Sony, Toshiba and other manufacturers allegedly driving up prices for computer parts in a cartel. The EU judges dismissed on Friday a complaint by the companies against the fines totaling more than 100 million euros.
The EU Commission acted against the Asian companies in 2015. According to findings of the Brussels authority, they had in tenders of the PC manufacturers Dell and Hewlett Packard for optical drives between 2004 and 2008 agreed and thus undermined the competition. The EU court has now confirmed the Commission's approach and the fines.
From various companies of the Sony group, the Commission demanded a total of almost 31 million euros, Hitachi LG about 37 million euros and Toshiba Samsung a good 41 million euros. Quanta Storage received a fine of 7.1 million euros. Philips and Lite-On were spared because they had reported the cartel.
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