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Plaintiffs' Counsel Announces That Federal Jury Finds Toshiba Participated In Global Conspiracy to Fix Prices of Liquid Crystal

  Plaintiffs' Counsel Announces That Federal Jury Finds Toshiba Participated
  In Global Conspiracy to Fix Prices of Liquid Crystal Displays

With Trebling of Damages, Verdict Against Toshiba Set At $261 Million And
Follows Earlier Settlements of $430 Million in the Antitrust Class Action
Litigation

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- July 03, 2012

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny,
LLP today announced that a federal court jury this morning found that Toshiba
Corporation and its subsidiaries conspired with the world’s other leading
manufacturers of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (“TFT-LCDs”) to
raise and fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels and certain products. The jury
awarded damages of $87 million. Federal antitrust law requires the trebling of
these damages, resulting in a $261 million award against Toshiba.

Richard M. Heimann, co-lead counsel for plaintiffs, stated, “We are very
pleased the jury found in favor of the plaintiffs and found that Toshiba
violated the law, particularly in light of the government’s decision not to
criminally prosecute Toshiba for its misconduct. The case demonstrates once
again the critical role our civil justice system plays in holding
corporations, no matter how powerful or where they are based in the world,
accountable for violating U.S. antitrust laws.”

“There was strong evidence that Toshiba participated in the price-fixing
conspiracy through communications with other TFT-LCD manufacturers, and that
it received future pricing information from its competitors, shared its own
future information, and was aware of its wrongdoing,” stated Bruce L. Simon,
co-lead counsel for plaintiffs. “We are grateful for the jury’s service. The
jury rejected Toshiba’s claim that it had done nothing wrong, and this is one
of the few antitrust class actions ever tried to a successful verdict.”

About the LCDs Antitrust Litigation

TFT-LCDs are used in flat-panel televisions as well as computer monitors,
laptop computers, mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other
devices. Plaintiffs charge that defendants conspired to raise and fix the
prices of TFT-LCD panels and certain products containing those panels for over
a decade.

Previously in the class action litigation, entitled In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel)
Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1827 (N.D. Cal.), the Court certified two
nationwide classes of persons and entities that directly purchased TFT-LCDs
from January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2006, one class of panel purchasers,
and one class of class of buyers of laptop computers, computer monitors, and
televisions that contained TFT-LCDs.

The classes reached settlements with ten other defendant manufacturers for a
combined value of $430 million. Toshiba was the only defendant to proceed to
trial. Lieff Cabraser serves as court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel for direct
purchasers in the litigation.

Contact:

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Richard Heimann, 415-956-1000
or
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Eric Fastiff, 415-956-1000
or
Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny, LLP
Bruce Simon, 415-433-9000
 
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