updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon October 26, 2009
Sony being investigated by antitrust agencies
Sony is being subpoenaed by the US Justice Department regarding its US optical drive division, says a Monday WSJ report (subscription required). The company's Optiarc America division, which sells optical discs and drives for computers, is now under investigation for antitrust concerns. While not many specifics were revealed, Sony did say both the Justice Department and other, unidentified agencies outside of the US are "investigating competition in optical disk drives."
Officials from the Justice Department have not made public comments on the matter either, with many left wondering whether there's collusion on pricing or other factors, or if Blu-ray drives are part of the investigation.
Sony plans to fully cooperate with the Justice Department and the other agencies involved in the inquiry.