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January 27, 2014

Google’s Motorola loses antitrust lawsuit against LCD makers

It alleged Samsung Electronics, Sharp and several others of involved in long-running price fixing conspiracy.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google’s Motorola Mobility has lost most of an antitrust lawsuit against a group of Asia-based liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers including Samsung Electronics, Sharp and several others whom it alleged of involved in long-running price fixing conspiracy.

According to US District Judge Joan Gottschall, Motorola’s foreign affiliates made over 99% of the LCD purchases, which later assign their claims to the US-based firm.

"The undisputed facts show that the transactions were overwhelmingly foreign in nature," Gottschall added.

The search company’s mobile unit claimed that it was harmed by the defendants’ price fixing for displays purchased by its partners outside the US and used in phones that were sold inside and outside the country, Bloomberg reported.

Motorola Mobility spokesman Will Moss said: "We disagree with the court’s ruling and are considering next steps."

Originally, Motorola filed the case in 2009 prior to spinning off its mobile-phone making unit, which Google later purchased.

During mid-January, Motorola also lost a patent ruling against Apple, involving a technology dealing with data delivery and other mobile associated services.

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