Epson Admits To Price Fixing, Fined $26 Million

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Epson Imaging Devices has plead guilty to price fixing LCD screens that were sold to Motorola.  As a result, the company will be paying $26 million for the conspiracy.  Epson Imaging Devices is a subsidiary of Seiko Epson.  Motorola used the LCD panels for their Razr mobile phone devices between 2005 and 2006.

During the time of the conspiracy, Epson was called Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices.  The U.S. Department of Justice accused Epson for meeting with competitors and agreeing to set the prices of LCDs that were sold to Motorola.

This past December, LG made a similar confession to the U.S. DOJ.  LG was sentenced to pay $400 million for price-fixing LCDs.  Around the same time Sharp paid $120 million for the same charge.  Sharp fixed the prices of LCDs that were sold to Apple, Motorola, and Dell.

About one month later, Chunghwa Picture Tubes plead guilty and was forced to pay $65 million.  This past May, Hitachi paid $31 million for selling fixed-price LCDs to Dell.