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Acer to sue rivals over optical disk drive price-fixing

Staff writer, with CNA, TAIPEI

Acer Inc (宏碁) confirmed yesterday that it has sued several optical disk drive makers, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co and Japan’s Toshiba Corp, for alleged price-fixing.

The complaint, filed on Friday in a US federal court in California, is seeking to “protect the interests and rights” of the Taiwanese computer maker, which will cooperate with US authorities in further investigations, Acer spokesman Henry Wang (汪島雄) told reporters.

The Taipei-based company will also seek unspecified damages from the defendants, Wang said by telephone, without identifying the actual number of defendants.

Acer’s complaint came a day after Hewlett-Packard Co filed two similar complaints on Thursday in a Houston federal court, claiming that Samsung, Toshiba and LG Electronics Inc were among companies that conspired to fix the price of disk drive products it bought from 2004 to 2010.

The defendants together account for 90 percent of the market for optical disk drives, which are used to store and replay media and data on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray devices, Bloomberg News reported.

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