KS&G Investigates Inductor Price-Fixing

Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C. is investigating price-fixing from 2002 to the present by certain manufacturers of an electronic component known as an inductor. Inductors are used in electronic devices such as televisions, smartphones and tablets, computer screens, automotive motors and power circuits, as well as others.

It has been reported that the United States Department of Justice is investigating possible price-fixing in the inductor market, and that it has served subpoenas on a number of inductor companies.

Companies that sell inductors in the United States include:

KEMET CORPORATION;
KEMET ELECTRONICS CORPORATION;
MURATA ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA, INC.;
MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.;
NEC CORPORATION;
OKAYA ELECTRIC AMERICA INC.;
OKAYA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.;
PANASONIC CORPORATION;
PANASONIC CORPORATION OF NORTH AMERICA;
PANASONIC ELECTRONIC DEVICES CO. LTD;
PANASONIC INDUSTRIAL DEVICES SALES COMPANY OF AMERICA;
SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.;
SANYO NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION;
SUMIDA AMERICA COMPONENTS, INC.;
SUMIDA CORPORATION;
SUMIDA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.;
TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.;
TAIYO YUDEN (U.S.A.) INC.;
TDK CORPORATION;
TDK-EPC CORPORATION;
TDK U.S.A. CORPORATION;
TOKIN CORPORATION;
TOKIN AMERICA, INC.; and
TOKO, INC.

There is ongoing litigation alleging price-fixing in the market for capacitors, another electronic component sold by many of the companies listed above. Collusive meetings and information exchanges among capacitor (and inductor) manufacturers have allegedly occurred with the assistance of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.

If you would like more information about the inductors investigation or to schedule a confidential discussion about a potential case, please email us at info@kohnswift.com, or contact William E. Hoese at whoese@kohnswift.com or by calling the firm. Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C. is available to evaluate potential antitrust cases without any charge to you.