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ALBANY | New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has sued several major suppliers of liquid crystal display screens used in computers, televisions and cell phones, claiming consumers paid extra because of price fixing.

The suit filed Friday in state court in Manhattan seeks damages, restitution and civil penalties for actions from 1996 to 2006 by companies in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, plus their U.S. counterparts. It claims the cartel dominated the $70 billion market, that company representatives met regularly and that the scheme cost New Yorkers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Defendants are Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Displays Ltd., LG Display Co. Ltd., AU Optronics Corp., Chi Mei Corp., CMO Japan Co. Ltd., and U.S. affiliates.


Ousted critic loses suit against paper

CLEVELAND | An ousted critic who charged that he was removed from his beat because of critical coverage has lost a lawsuit against his newspaper and the Cleveland Orchestra.

A jury ruled Friday in favor of the defense on all three counts in the lawsuit filed by Donald Rosenberg, 56. The orchestra reviewer was removed from his beat at the Plain Dealer in 2008.

The jury ruled in favor of the Musical Arts Association, which runs the orchestra, on charges of defamation and interference with employment and in favor of the newspaper on an age-discrimination charge.

Mr. Rosenberg’s attorney, Steve Sindell, said an appeal would be considered.


Ex-NFL player gets 2 years for bribery

SCRANTON | Former NFL offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for accepting a bribe while serving as a county commissioner in northeastern Pennsylvania.

A former Luzerne County commissioner, Skrepenak was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $5,100 in fines and court costs.

Skrepenak, a Democrat, pleaded guilty in January to taking $5,000 in gifts from a developer seeking public financing for a town-house project.

The sentence is below federal sentencing guidelines. Skrepenak’s attorney asked for a reduced sentence because his client is a single father with three children.

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