Dell is the latest tech company to sue a string of LCD-makers
for price fixing. The company filed suit at a US district court in San Francisco on Friday against Sharp, Hitachi, Toshiba, Seiko Epson, and HannStar. The five firms allegedly violated antitrust laws by conspiring as a cartel to artificially inflate LCD prices. Dell hasn't stated the amount damages it is looking to recover, but it says the price fixing goes all the way back to 1996.
A number of other display manufacturers have been sued in recent years under similar allegations. In December, Nokia filed suit
against Samsung, LG, Philips, Toshiba, Sharp, Hitachi, and Chunghwa. A little over a month prior to that, AT&T sought damages on 300 million
cell phones due to exaggerated LCD prices from a similar band of companies.
Sharp and Hitachi declined to comment on Dell's suit, while Toshiba and Seiko Epson said they were still making checks on the issue, and HannStart has not responded.