Motorola Mobility's antitrust suit could have broader implications

New York

THE evidence is compelling. The cartel of Asian electronics makers worked for more than five years to set the prices of liquid-crystal display screens used in computers and cellphones. They gathered for monthly meetings in private conference rooms at luxury hotels.

They kept notes at these price-rigging meetings. A typical heading: "Extremely confidential. Must not distribute". A telling summary: "Must act together with the Korean makers in order to reap success."

The details surfaced in a Justice Department criminal antitrust investigation, in which first Samsung and then Toshiba, LG, Sharp and other companies cooperated, pled guilty and paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines.



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