Vizio Antitrust Suit Joined With Funai Patent Suits

Law360, New York (June 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Stopping short of full consolidation, a federal judge has decided to coordinate Vizio Inc.'s antitrust suit accusing Funai Electric Co. Ltd. of monopolizing the market for digital television technology with patent infringement suits between the companies.

Judge A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday agreed the case should be coordinated but denied without prejudice Funai's motion for stay. A hearing will be held June 29 to decide if discovery should be stayed on any issues.

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