Judge Tosses Optical Disk Drive Antitrust MDL

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed an antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and other companies of fixing prices for optical disk drives, ruling that the plaintiffs' evidence didn't come close to supporting the kind of sprawling conspiracy alleged.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed consolidated complaints from both direct and indirect purchasers suing dozens of major technology manufacturers for allegedly hiking the prices of optical disk drives and related products ranging from DVD players to computers beginning in 2004....
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