All is not well over at Hewlett-Packard’s subsidiary in Romania. The company has become the subject of scrutinisation at the Romanian Competition Council, which is investigating it for possible abuse of its market position.
The company’s offices were raided a number of times after a complaint was put in to Romania’s anti-trust watchdog about a possible breach of European Union rules regarding supplies and parts for printers.
Bogdan Chiritoiu, who heads the competition council, said in a statement: “We have suspicions about a possible abuse of dominant position of HP Romania displayed through discriminatory behaviour in its relationship with one of its contractual partners,”
If HP is found to have done the dirty, HP Romania could be slapped with fines as high as 10 percent of total sales.
Of course, the company is not the only one which has been fingered for abusing trust. Over in South Korea Samsung, LG and a cartel of telecoms companies are being investigated for consumer fraud, while AUO has been under the watchful eye of watchdogs for fixing panel screen pricing.