PRESS RELEASE: HUGE INVESTIGATION INTO PRICE FIXING OF CD AND DVD DRIVES: PRACTICALLY EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN UNITED STATES AFFECTED BY THIS ALLEGED PRICE-FIXING SCHEME

San Francisco, CA November 5, 2009:  It was recently disclosed that there is currently a worldwide investigation into violations of antitrust laws and other anti-competitive practices into the market for optical disk drives.  According to press reports, the U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony regarding its optical disc drive business in what could be the start of an investigation into the entire industry.

In addition, a class action suit was recently filed naming Sony, along with numerous other optical disk manufacturers as defendants.

These defendants currently include the following:

SONY CORPORATION;
SONY OPTIARC AMERICA, INC.;
SONY OPTIARC, INC.;
HITACHI, LTD.;
TEAC CORPORATION;
TEAC AMERICA, INC.;
LG ELECTRONICS, INC.;
HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE, INC.;
TOSHIBA CORPORATION;
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.;
TOSHIBA SAMSUNG STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION;
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.;
LITE-ON IT CORPORATION;
PHILIPS & LITE-ON DIGITAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION; and
PHILIPS & LITE-ON DIGITAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC.,

Optical disk drives are used in countless electronic devices, including CD players, CD-ROMs, CD-Rs, DVD players, DVD recorders, etc.

“This is a huge lawsuit” says William Audet of Audet & Partners, LLP, “and practically every household in the United States will be affected.”

“We are urging concerned consumers to contact our law firm to learn more about their legal rights in this matter,” says Audet.

If you purchased a CD player, a DVD player, or any similar device from any of the above companies on or after January 1, 2001, you should contact Audet & Partners immediately to protect your legal rights.  You may call us at 800-965-1461 or visit us on the web at http://www.audetlaw.com/case.php?id=152.

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