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Wednesday
Dec282011

PC, TV Buyers to Collect $553M LCD Settlement

PRNewsFoto/Samsung/Epson/Sharp(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Epson Imaging Devices and four other electronics manufacturers based in Asia agreed to a $553 million settlement with multiple states for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices for LCD screens. Consumers who own certain televisions, computer monitors and laptops, using these screens could be eligible for a partial state refund, says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The companies will pay up to $501 million for partial refunds to compensate consumers in 24 states and the District of Columbia who purchased products containing TFT-LCD panels from Jan. 1, 1999 through Dec. 31, 2006. Private class counsel has certified classes in those states and the District of Columbia, but the refund amounts have yet to be determined.

New York State taxpayers may receive upwards of $11 million, in addition to restitution, to compensate consumers who own particular devices with these LCD, or liquid crystal display, screens.

The companies will also pay up to $37 million to compensate government and other public entities for damages.

Samsung Electronics, known as the world’s leader in flat-panel televisions based in Korea, Sharp Corporation, Chi Mei Innolux Corporation, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Epson Imaging Devices Corporation, HannStar Display Corporation, and Hitachi Displays agreed to pay over $538 million to settle antitrust claims brought on behalf of consumers, government entities and other public entities by a group of eight attorneys general and private class action attorneys. Five of the companies agreed to pay over $14 million to settle civil fine and penalty law claims brought by the states.

Jennifer Givner, a spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General’s office, said all AGs will post notices on their websites once the claims administrator is appointed to begin accepting claims applications.

Claims of consumers in the eight states where attorneys general (AG) brought actions are represented both by AGs and by private class counsel. Those states -- Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New York, West Virginia, and Wisconsin -- will get penalties and money for their proprietary claims as government and public entities.

The 24 states, plus Washington, D.C., where consumers will be entitled to partial refunds are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Chris Goodhart, a spokesman for Samsung, said the company does not comment on pending litigation. Chi Mei Innolux Corporation, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Epson Imaging Devices Corporation, HannStar Display Corporation, Hitachi Displays and Sharp Corporation did not return a request for comment.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Following Court Order, Samsung Pulls New Tablet from Trade Show

PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Samsung suffered a big setback over the weekend in its battle with Apple over tablet computers.

The company was forced on Sunday to pull its brand new Galaxy 7.7 Tab from one of the world's largest electronics shows in Berlin.  The move came after a German court banned all sales and marketing of the device following an injuction requested by Apple.

Apple claims that Samsung's new tablet computer is a copy of the iPad.

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Friday
Aug262011

Did Apple Invent the iPad? Samsung Channels Stanley Kubrick in Defense

Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images(RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.) -- Sometimes life really does imitate art. In the battle to compete with Apple's iPad, Samsung has channeled the spirit of Stanley Kubrick, the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Apple, with its iPad, and Samsung, with its Galaxy tablet, have tangled in court in no fewer than nine countries, with Apple arguing that Samsung has infringed on its patents. Apple has won an injunction against the Galaxy in Germany until at least Sept. 9, where it argued that Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPad's design.

Here in the U.S., Samsung has defended itself with a brief in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, arguing that Apple was hardly the first to think of a flat tablet. In 2001 -- actually shot in 1965 and released in 1968 -- two astronauts on the way to Jupiter watch themselves give a TV interview on what looks very much like an iPad.

Here's part of Samsung's attorneys' argument:

"Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D'889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor."

Kubrick's collaborator, the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, called the device a "Newspad," and in the book version of 2001 described how a user "would conjure up the world's major electronic papers; he knew the codes of the more important ones by heart, and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad." He went on: punch in the code for a story and "the postage-stamp-size rectangle would expand until it neatly filled the screen and he could read it in comfort."

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Electronic Firms to Standardize 3-D Glasses for Home TVs

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A group of electronics giants are joining forces to finally standardize 3-D glasses for home use.

With high-margin 3-D TVs expected to become popular in the U.S. over the next several years, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. announced Monday they were signing on with Panasonic Corp, among other firms, to develop universal 3-D glasses.

The new standards, which should be available by the early fall, will cover various infrared and radio-frequency communications, as well as Bluetooth technology.

Far different from the glasses that people wear in movie theaters, the 3-D glasses that connect with high-definition televisions feature batteries that allow the specs to flash different images to each eye, thus creating the 3-D effect.

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Monday
May302011

Samsung Wants to See Apple's Upcoming iPhone, iPad

PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Samsung says it must see samples of Apple's upcoming iPhone and iPad models by June 13 to "evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists," according to court documents filed by Samsung. This after Apple accused Samsung of copying past design concepts and technology.

In its initial lawsuit, Apple claimed that Samsung's Galaxy line was too similar to products Apple already had on the market. Samsung wants to see Apple's latest designs to avoid further legal action from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.

The dispute is especially complex as Samsung currently supplies chips used in Apple's iPhone. Unconfirmed reports have also suggested that Apple could be courting Samsung to provide screens for the next generation of the company's iPad tablet.

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