[ATTACH=right]16413[/ATTACH]A former sales director with the Taiwan-based Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation has entered a plea-bargain in a San Francisco Federal Court related to charges of participating in a global conspiracy to fix the price of thin-film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, according to the [URL="http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/press_releases/2010/261080.htm"]Justice Department[/URL]. Under his plea agreement, which has yet to be approved by a court, Chen-Lung Kuo has agreed to serve nine months in jail, to pay a $35,000 criminal fine and to assist the department in its ongoing TFT-LCD investigation. Kuo is arguably getting off easy, considering that violating the Sherman Act (a primary antitrust …

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The [I]New York Times[/I] is [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/technology/internet/29google.html?_r=1"]reporting[/URL] that the Justice Department is opening an antitrust investigation of Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. In 2005, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers filed suit against Google, claiming that Google’s practice of scanning copyrighted books from libraries for use in its Book Search service was a violation of copyrights. Google reached a [URL="http://books.google.com/googlebooks/agreement/index.html"]settlement[/URL] with the groups last October that gives Google the right to display the books online and to profit from them by selling access to individual texts, as well as selling subscriptions …

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