European PS3 Injunction Lifted, LG Fined

Sony has won a major victory with a Dutch court lifting the injunction that saw a halt to shipments of PS3’s into Europe and the seizure of thousands of consoles. All PS3 units that were seized have been released back to Sony. According to a GameIndustry.biz report, 300,000 units were seized at a value of €43 million.

With the latest ruling of the court in the Hague, the focus has shifted onto LG, who won a prejudgment injunction and seizure order against Sony for alleged patent infringement related to Blu-Ray. Now the court has ordered LG to pay a fine of €130,000. For every day LG doesn’t pay it will be fined an additional €200,000.

Sony plans to move another nine shipments (15,000-20,000 units each) into Europe – in addition to the 300,000 units already enroute.

GameIndustry.biz says that the "latest order only concerns the pre-judgment seizure and not the wider ongoing case, in which LG is seeking a royalty payment of between $2.50-$2.55 for each Blu-ray device sold by Sony."

Source: GI.biz

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