U.S. Department of Justice Wants Judge to Slap AU Optronics with $1 Billion Fine for Price Fixing
"These defendants and AUO’s subsidiary, AU Optronics Corporation America, were central figures in the most serious price-fixing cartel ever prosecuted by the United States. Only these sentences could possibly reflect the seriousness of this offense or provide adequate deterrence," the DoJ said in a court document.
AU Optronics was allegedly part of a price fixing scandal that also included LG Display, Sharp, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes. All except for AU Optronics previously pleaded guilty to related charges, resulting in combined fines of more than $890 million and criminal charges against 22 individuals.
AU Optronics isn't denying involvement, but says the most it should be fined is $285 million, and that it should actually have to pay much less.
Companies involved in the price fixing scheme are said to have met in secret at places like karaoke bars, tea rooms, and hotel conference rooms to agree on artificially inflated panel pricing.