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A Sony subsidiary has fallen under the beady eye of the US Department of Justice which is looking at competition in the optical disk drive industry.

The DoJ has issued a subpoena to Sony Optiarc America (SOA), which supplies CD, DVD and Blu-ray-based products to North American customers, as it looks into possible anti-trust regulation violations. The general situation in such cases is that a group of suppliers co-operate to artificially drive up prices for a product.

SOA was a joint-venture owned by Sony and NEC, and called Sony NEC Optiarc Inc. In September last year NEC's 45 per cent holding was sold to Sony, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary and causing the name change.

SOA has two subsidiaries, a US one with San Jose headquarters, and a European one based in Ismaning, Germany.

Sony lost over $1bn in its financial 2008, its first annual loss for 14 years. Another loss is expected this year.

Sony has not said if Blu-ray or DVD or both formats are the focus of the DOJ investigation. It is co-operating with the DoJ. If the DoJ finds that Sony is involved in price-fixing then a fine and product price cuts will surely follow. ®

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