Optical Disk Drives (AT.39639) [Archived]
Optical Disk Drives (AT.39639) [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Optical Disk Drives (AT.39639) [Archived]
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CASE HUB (Appeals lodged at the General Court in Cases T- 762/15, T- 763/15, T- 772/15, T- 1/16 and T- 8/16)

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 21 October 2015; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline European Commission Article 101 TFEU investigation into a cartel in the market for optical disk drives (Case AT.39639). The cartel involved the coordination of prices in procurement tenders organised by Dell and Hewlett Packard (HP). The Commission issued its infringement decision and imposed fines totalling €116m on 21/10/2015.
Latest development On 21 October 2015, the Commission announced that, following an investigation, it has issued an enforcement decision against Philips, Lite-On, their joint venture Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology, Sony, Sony Optiarc and Quanta Storage, imposing fines totalling €116m. Philips, Lite-On and Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions received 100% immunity from their fines, as they informed the Commission of the existence of the cartel. Hitachi-LG Data Storage received 50% reduction