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GE’s lawsuit is against Embraco North America Inc. (a Whirlpool-controlled venture), Danfoss A/S in Denmark, and Household Compressors Holding SpA in Italy. GE has accused them of setting prices at “supra-competitive levels” and claims it was hurt by their actions.
A Whirlpool spokeswoman responded, saying that the company had no comment on the lawsuit other than that “Embraco does not believe that it has caused any harm to GE.” The other two companies in GE’s accusations were not available for comment.
This would not be the first time something like this has happened in the industry. In fact, just 3 years ago, Embraco and Panasonic (NYSE:PC) were charged $140.9 million in criminal fines for fixing prices of refrigerator compressors from October 2004 to December 2007…
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