On April 27, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd. agreed to plead guilty and pay a criminal fine for conspiring with competitors between 2002 and 2010 to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors, which store and regulate electrical current in a variety of electronic products.  As part of the plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, Hitachi has also agreed to cooperate in DOJ’s ongoing investigation.  In January 2016, NEC TOKIN Corp. pled guilty to the same conspiracy and was sentenced to a fine of $13.8 million.  U.S. v. Hitachi Chemical Co., 16-cr-180 (N.D. Cal).  DOJ Press Release

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