Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said Tuesday it has filed suits against several leading liquid crystal display makers -- including Philips, Toshiba, Sharp and Samsung -- for alleged price fixing, according to Associated Press.
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Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said the suits -- filed last month in the United States and Britain -- came amid international criminal investigations in the U.S., the European Union "and elsewhere."
The companies, or their subsidiaries, named in the suits are AU Optronics Corp. (NYSE: AUO), Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), LG Electronics Inc., Philips Electronics NV (NYSE: PHG), Samsung Electronics Co., Seiko Epson Corp., Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp., Durrant said.
Durrant declined to say how much Nokia was claiming in compensation but said the sums involved were "not insignificant."
Companies named in the suits, including Sharp, Hitachi and LG Display, declined comment, saying they were unaware of the litigation.
Durrant said Nokia considers litigation as a "last resort" and is still open to agree "to appropriate compensation" with the companies.
He declined to say if talks between Nokia and the companies allegedly involved in price fixing were continuing outside the courts.
Nokia said that similar civil suits had been filed in the U.S. by other claimants.
Nokia, based in Espoo near the Finnish capital, sold 468 million handsets last year, up 7 percent on 2007.
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