Wednesday, December 5th 2012

LG Responds to EC Decision on CRT Displays

LG Electronics Inc. confirms that it has been imposed an administrative fine of €491,567,000 by the European Commission for allegedly infringing European competition law with regard to the sale of cathode ray tubes in the late 1990s and up to 2006. LG Electronics is currently reviewing the European Commission's decision with the intention to appeal the decision.

The European Commission contends that LG Electronics is liable for the period prior to July 2001 when it made and sold cathode ray tubes in addition to a period after that date, even though it had transferred its cathode ray tube business to LG Philips Displays, a joint venture between LG Electronics and Royal Philips Electronics NV. In 2006, LG Philips Displays went bankrupt.

During the European Commission's investigation of the case, LG Electronics consistently maintained that it should not be held liable. In particular, LG Electronics has maintained that it cannot be held liable for any conduct of LG Philips Displays, which operated independently from LG Electronics at all times. For the period prior to the transfer of LG Electronics' cathode ray tube business to LG Philips Displays, any action by the European Commission is in any event time-barred.

"Other leading competition authorities, including the Korean Fair Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice and the Canadian Competition Bureau have investigated the same facts and concluded that LG Electronics should not be held liable for the conduct of LG Philips Displays," said John Kwon, Executive Vice President of LG Electronics. "In Europe, the Czech Republic's antitrust authority reached the same conclusion. LG Electronics fails to understand why the European Commission, which publicly values convergence of competition law enforcement, has taken a wholly different approach."

Furthermore, LG Electronics disagrees with the European Commission's calculation of the amount imposed on LG Electronics. It appears that the European Commission has calculated the fine imposed on LG Electronics partly on the basis of TV sets and PC monitors sold by LG Electronics in Europe rather than just cathode ray tubes. LG Electronics objects to this approach as there is no evidence that such sales, which relate to downstream products, were affected by the alleged infringement investigated by the Commission. In addition, LG Electronics further objects to the discriminatory fashion in which the European Commission has imposed its fines on the basis that it defies principles of fairness by treating similarly situated entities differently.

Any impact of the European Commission's decision on the financial results of LG Electronics will be announced at the next earnings report.
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26 Comments on LG Responds to EC Decision on CRT Displays

#1
Jstn7477
It's funny that this conveniently pops up when Europe is going through some tough times. :rolleyes:
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#2
buggalugs
Its got nothing to do with tough times. These computer manufacturers have been caught out many times over the last 20 years by European and US regulators.
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tehehe
by: buggalugs
Its got nothing to do with tough times. These computer manufacturers have been caught out many times over the last 20 years by European and US regulators.
LOL. Not really. IMHO this is just an extortion to make it seem like these bureaucrats actually do something.
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#4
SaltyFish
Business Tip: If you can lie, cheat, steal, or do anything illegal that brings more profit than whatever expenses you may incur with later... DO IT.

In other words, nothing new. Companies want to maximize profits and so pursue questionable methods. Companies not careful enough get busted. Companies contest charges and attempt a PR campaign to save face.
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#5
AndreiD
by: Jstn7477
It's funny that this conveniently pops up when Europe is going through some tough times. :rolleyes:
It's 400 million euro, I don't think you understand the scale of the EU economies. For most EU countries that's a drop in the bucket. And most European economies are stable.
The EU has tough regulation, and if companies don't conform, well, then that's their problem in the end. People should be happy that the European Commission are doing their job and protecting their consumer rights.
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#6
The Von Matrices
It's always creative accounting that the companies that accrue large fines conveniently never have enough assets to pay them. LG Philips Displays was just ploy to get out of the CRT business without letting the CRT losses (and the debts related to them) appear in LG's books. I say that LG should be required to pay the full amount of the fine since they were the ones that spun off the CRT business knowing that it was bound to fail and not have the assets to pay its debts.
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#7
mtosev
oh well they got caught. LG should pay up and shut up.LG at least makes quality LCD panels:)
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#9
repman244
by: Jstn7477
It's funny that this conveniently pops up when Europe is going through some tough times. :rolleyes:
Or maybe the EC and the whole legal system is actually doing their job (just look at Apple and their silly lawsuits in the US, but they got burned in the UK).

And you can't help the economy with such low amounts of money.

By this definition we should just let all the companies to do what they want :confused:
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: repman244
Or maybe the EC and the whole legal system is actually doing their job (just look at Apple and their silly lawsuits in the US, but they got burned in the UK).

And you can't help the economy with such low amounts of money.

By this definition we should just let all the companies to do what they want :confused:
He's an 'merican, they have an inherent fear of anything related to "the system". Soon someone will come along and tell us why they are right in that.
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#11
Drmark
So they sold the company and now have to pay a fine for the other company shipping CRT's. Right, other countries including the US, said they are not at fault. But it's still their fault.
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#12
BazookaJoe
Ya know, I totally agree that a legitimate business should have every right to compensation if it is provably infringed against knowingly and willfully by another party, but when cases like this float back to the surface like some kind of ancient unflushable turd, I just cant help but feel that whilst history is being obsessed over by a tag-team of bankrupt lawyers on a last ditch rush for one final payout, somewhere REAL WORK isn't being done...
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#13
EarlZ
I miss the motion that CRT provides, I wonder how many years till LCD can even remotely catch up..
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#14
Deadlyraver
I would say pay up, just so that we won't need to hear another year's worth of anti-trust BS and lawsuit wars from these guys.
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#15
m1dg3t
Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! They better hold LG to this.
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#16
buggalugs
by: Frick
He's an 'merican, they have an inherent fear of anything related to "the system". Soon someone will come along and tell us why they are right in that.
You are so right, I was going to say the same thing but didnt want to come across as anti-american.

Whenever these stories come up, its only conservative americans who take the side of fraudulent companies and attack the government.

Its the same reason why the USA is the only developed country without a universal healthcare system.

Its the same reason the US minimum wage is half of all the other western developed countries.

Its the same reason the rich (and corporations)dont pay their fair share of tax in the US and why the US budget is screwed.

Its the same reason why regulations on corporations and financial institutions are weak as and caused the economy to collapse in 2008.

Its a big conservative conjob, Americans are being screwed but conservative Americans are kind of brainwashed to hate anything the government does.

I love the US btw, but I hate conservative ideology, its BS and its holding the country back. Hopefully the US will become more progressive, they'll wake up one day.

by: tehehe
LOL. Not really. IMHO this is just an extortion to make it seem like these bureaucrats actually do something.
Why dont you actually read what the companies did, some companies actually admitted they did it.

So if a company says "yes we were actually colluding to keep prices high and make more money" We should just let them go? Do nothing? I dont think so.
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#17
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: buggalugs
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Ooh now you've done it. :laugh:
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#18
tacosRcool
by: Jstn7477
It's funny that this conveniently pops up when Europe is going through some tough times. :rolleyes:
I know right. Just like they "fined" Microsoft or more like just want their money
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#19
Jstn7477
Undoubtedly I have received a lot of hate in this thread, but I didn't exactly mean to say that the companies involved did nothing wrong. I just thought the timing of this "decision" seemed coincidental because CRTs have essentially been gone for quite some time. It takes 6 years to come up with this, yet Apple can instantly f**k over any company that designs a "rectangular mobile device."
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#20
m1dg3t
I see some people have no experience with legal systems. It never is an in - out affair, this aint hookerz we talkin' 'boot!!
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#21
mediasorcerer
OH really, why did they wait until now to bring suit against lg then??? All about the timing, it seems absurd they would would wait over six years to come at them, yes???
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#22
syeef
I am okay with the fine as long as the people who got scammed by these companies gets the money.
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#23
Prima.Vera
by: Jstn7477
It's funny that this conveniently pops up when Europe is going through some tough times. :rolleyes:
Is funny from you to say that, considering that US have the biggest public debt in the world. ;)
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#24
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Prima.Vera
Is funny from you to say that, considering that US have the biggest public debt in the world. ;)
Not just us, The EU is right there with us

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