Panasonic, Sanyo Admit Guilt in Laptop Battery Price Fixing Conspiracy

Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo (by way of a 50.2 percent stake in the company) both pleaded guilty in separate price fixing allegations involving automotive parts and battery cells, the United States Department of Justice announced this week. The two firms will pay a total of $56.5 million in criminal fines, while LG Chem Ltd., a leading manufacturer of secondary batteries, also admitted guilt and will pay a fine of $1.056 million.

The DoJ accused Panasonic of conspiring to fix prices of switches, steering angle sensors, and automotive high intensity discharge (HID) ballasts installed in cars sold in the U.S. and elsewhere. Panasonic carried out its scheme from at least as early as September 2003 until at least February 2010. According to the DoJ, Panasonic and its co-conspirators agreed during meetings and conversations to suppress and eliminate competition in the automotive parts industry by agreeing to rig bids for certain parts sold to Toyota. Other similar charges date all the back to July 1998.


Sanyo, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge accusing it and LG Chem of conspiring to fix the price of the cylindrical lithium ion battery cells used notebook computer battery packs from around April 2007 until about September 2008.

"The FBI remains committed to protecting American consumers and businesses from corporate corruption. The conduct of Panasonic, Sanyo, and LG Chem resulted in inflated production costs for notebook computers and cars purchased by U.S. consumers," said Joseph S. Campbell, FBI Criminal Investigative Division Deputy Assistant Director.
Super Dave one year ago

Criminal charges, including a felony charge. Is anyone going to jail over this?

MayhemMatthew one year ago

Price collusion is the reality of all industries. Sometimes it means a competitor matching another's price because the margins are better or still very good (i.e. they could afford to beat them, but decide not to). Sometimes that means meetings in which carriers discuss their monthly fees. These things happen constantly and there are few companies willing to cut their profits in any meaningful way for competition. Why? They work for the share holders. The people who want to see stocks go up, not down.

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