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Oregon LCD Antitrust Litigation

The Oregon Attorney General has brought a lawsuit on behalf of certain Oregon indirect purchasers of LCD-screen televisions, computer monitors, and laptops ("LCD products") in the case State of Oregon, ex. rel. John Kroger, Attorney General v. AU Optronics Corporation, et. al., case no. CV'10-933 MO, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The Attorney General is representing the state and its agencies, all local government entities (such as cities, counties, school districts, etc.) and all Oregon natural persons who purchased an LCD product between January 1, 2002, and at least December 11, 2006. A copy of the Attorney General's complaint is available here.

This case is about TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) panels, which are the glass panels that form the screens of LCD products. The Attorney General has accused manufacturers of LCD panels of conspiring with each other to eliminate competition, control production, and fix prices for LCD panels. Consequently, purchasers of LCD products during the conspiracy paid more for those products than they otherwise would have.

The defendants in this case — the manufacturers of LCD panels involved in the alleged conspiracy — are:

  • AU Optronics – AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics Corporation America, Inc.
  • Chi Mei – Chi Mei Corporation, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation, Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA, Inc., and CMO Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Chunghwa – Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd.
  • Epson – Epson Imaging Devices Corporation
  • Hannstar – Hannstar Display Corporation
  • Hitachi – Hitachi Displays Ltd., Hitachi America Ltd. and Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA), Inc.
  • Hydis – Hydis Technologies Co., Ltd. (formerly known as BOE Hydis Technology Co., Ltd.)
  • LG Display – LG Display Co., Ltd. (former known as LG Phillips LCD Co., Ltd.) and LG Display America, Inc. (former known as LGD LCD America, Inc.)
  • Samsung – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Sharp – Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • Toshiba – Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Mobile Display Company, Ltd., and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.

This case is currently being litigated in the Northern District of California, along with many similar cases against the same defendants. Once discovery and other pre-trial matters have been completed, the case will be tried in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland. Once the case is over, the Attorney General will institute a claims process and distribute any money to Oregon consumers, local government entities, and state agencies who purchased LCD products in Oregon during the time of the conspiracy.

If your question is not answered by the information provided here or under the Frequently Asked Questions, you may call the toll-free DOJ Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392, or send an email to consumer.hotline@doj.state.or.us.

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