Did You Buy an LCD, Flat-Panel TV Between 1999 and 2007? You May Have Been Ripped Off
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The AG is encouraging Missouri consumers, businesses, or organizations who bought desktop monitors, notebook computers, or LCD televisions between 1999 and 2007 to report information on a form available at ago.mo.gov. Koster was joined in the lawsuit by the attorneys general of four other states.
Defendants in the lawsuit are: AU Optronics Corporation; AU Optronics Corporation America; Chi Mei Innolux Corp., Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA, Inc.; International Display Technology USA, Inc.; Chi Mei Optoelectronics Japan Co., Ltd; HannStar Display Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hitachi Displays, Ltd.; Hitachi Electronic Devices, USA, Inc.; LG Phillips LCD Co., Ltd.; LG Phillips LCD America, Inc.; Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.; Sharp Corporation; and Sharp Electronics Corporation.
"These companies conspired with the intent to prevent competition in order to keep prices high and increase their profits in this mega-billion dollar market," Koster said.
Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction against each manufacturer to prevent future price-fixing activities; provide restitution for Missourians who purchased products containing LCD panels manufactured between 1999 and 2006; and award civil penalties and costs of the investigation.
Consumers are encouraged to submit a Purchase Information Form for Consumers, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to submit a Purchase Information Form for Organizations to his office by October 15, 2010.