The AmLaw Litigation Daily, part of the law.com network of websites, is reporting that AT&T (a collection of various AT&T entities) have filed "an antitrust suit filed against liquid crystal display screen makers after four LCD makers paid a historic $585 million in criminal antitrust fines last November." Alison Frankel, Crowell & Moring Files AT&T's Antitrust Complaint Against Liquid Crystal Display Manufacturers (October 21, 2009) www.law.com. According to the complaint, AT&T purchased over 300 million handsets with LCD screens (Paragraph 5) that were impacted by the alleged price-fixing conspiracy. That does not include LCD panels purchased by AT&T in all other forms, including computer monitors used internally by AT&T. As AmLaw notes, an antitrust suit by a corporate reseller is not something you see every day.
I guess this means that I paid too much for all of my LCD screens too. If I didn't have the tail end of a cold, I'd be angry about that. On a related note, I have to assume that, if there aren't consumer anti-trust suits on file yet, there will be soon.
It occurs to me after looking over the complaint filed by AT&T that even major law firms need me to write my planned opus on the use of Microsoft Word in law firms. For instance, doesn't it bother you when the text of a document doesn't align with the line numbers for the balance of a page after a single-spaced quote? It bothers me. In any event, if you'd like the occasional Word tip on this blog, leave a comment and let me know if that would interest you.