Toshiba May Sue Sony Over Exploding Batteries

Toshiba, the Japanese industrial titan, is set to unleash a body blow against its domestic rival Sony by suing the beleaguered electronics maker for damages to its brand image over the exploding laptop battery debacle.

Analysts fear that the aggressive move may trigger similar gambits by other PC-makers affected by the gobal recall of what will probably total eight million Sony-built lithium-ion batteries. Other compaines that have ordered battery recalls include Japanese giants Fujitsu and Sharp, and US industry Dell and Apple.

Toshiba is already recalling about 830,00 laptop that contain the allegedly dangerous batteries, which have reportedly burst into flames a number of times, in PCs made by different manufacturers.

Neither Toshiba nor Fujitsu - another Japanese company is likely to demand compensation - has ever reported a case of a Sony Battery combusting in one of its laptops, but it initated the recalls "to calm customers'fears".

Sony has previously said that it will shoulder the substantial cost of the recalls by all PC makers that have announced such measures. Some analysts predict that the full blow to Sony could be more than 40 billion yen (£180 million).

But Toshiba is planning to take matters further , claiming that customers who bought its laptops might not relise that the battery fault is Sony's, leaving the Toshiba brand tainted by the recall. The response wil be a demand for compensation, and may take the form of a damages lawsuit - a relative rarity in corporate Japan.

Leaks to Japanese media by Toshiba exceutives suggest that the company has received complaints from customers as a result of the battery recall, and that it had "no choice but to seek compensation for lost sales opportunities and a decline in the value of our brand."

Hayabusa 1176191d ago

Hold on Zonetrooper, where's the link to this article?


zonetrooper56191d ago

Its an exclusive news report that i got, so there will be no link.

USMChardcharger6191d ago

what, no one likes to pretend they are in a Misson Impossiable movie?

This message will now self distruct.

THWIP6191d ago (Edited 6191d ago )

Answer: MS can afford to PAY for THEIR lawsuit settlements.


THWIP6191d ago

My "day job" pays me well, while I sit here and post BS with you LOSERS. :D

Arkham6191d ago

Read the title on my original post. I was talking to Zonetrooper

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Unity Announces Revised Pricing Policy Following Massive Backlash From Developers

Today Unity revealed a rather radical change to the new pricing policy announced a while ago, following the massive backlash from many of its developers and the wider gaming industry.

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Vengeance11388d ago

Too little, too late, you're dead. Trust is gone and not coming back.

MWH7d ago

It's ugly, but I think they deserve a second chance only because they, at least, admitted they took a wrong turn, and they want to straighten things up. unlike for example, Nvidia.

Remember, competition is good for the consumers. we don't want them to go out of business, but to do things fairly.

bunt-custardly7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

It's only a matter of time until something else disagreeable becomes policy. The stage has been set. Stone has been cast. Can't rewind time like you can in their game engine.

savedsynner7d ago

Not sure why the downvotes...probably people who have 0 dev experience(or socialists lol). Competition is essentially for quality products.

KwietStorm_BLM7d ago

Get out of here being logical and level headed on the internet. You can only spread hatred and be obstinate with zero exceptions. Obviously nobody being overly dramatic and critical has ever made a mistake. Otherwise they wouldn't be so quick to place permanent judgement on anyone....

mike32UK7d ago

Absolutely not, they've been proven to be chancers. The only reason they are doing a 180 is because they know the alternative is to keep getting shit for being greedy ultimately leading to their failure as a company

anast7d ago

Corporations need to be treated harshly if you want them to change, of course.

notachance7d ago


Game development is very costly and takes very long time, only a fool decides on the core engine purely because “muh healthy competition” and risk the chance of Unity making another shitty decision down the line and ruining years of work.

babadivad7d ago

They have lost all trust and there's no coming back.

JackBNimble7d ago

Would you give someone a second chance if they walked up to you and kicked you in the nuts?

Why does unity deserve a second chance? They only walked this back because of the backlash, give them a chance and they will only try it again.

MWH4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

@JackBNimble a kick in the nuts is totally different than making a wrong decision, is it not?

my reasoning is not to side with Unity or anything close to that, it's only because we cannot afford having a monopoly in the game engine market. imagine if, for example, Epic is the only company making game engines, fees will go up the roof and quality will go down the gutter, why? because they can. Just look at what NVidia is doing in the GPU market.

If you can see past your emotions, you'll understand.

@KwietStorm_BLM @savedsynner thank God you exist. but to be fair to others, i think most of the commenters here are too young to view and understand things the way adults do.

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savedsynner7d ago

Eh, they are a HUGE game dev engine. Def not dead but massive PR blunder.

ABizzel17d ago (Edited 7d ago )

It’s definitely not too little too late. Companies have been making crazy decisions this entire generation and people have moved right past it.

PS5 Price Hike, XBL Gold doubling in price, Series Price Hike, Games going for $70, etc…. It’s in the news and media for a month or two, then the vast majority of people and gamers don’t care anymore as they move on to the next news topic. Meanwhile, those who games using the Engine are the ones who have to actually do the communicating and work to make sure the solution is fair and balanced for all parties and so they can continue their work. If there is no resolve for all parties after this then there’s no coming back.

What they did do is give Unreal Engine 5 an unneeded advantage over them which was the most ignorant thing they could have done.

Rebel_Scum6d ago

I think you underestimate how long and badly a lot of users on here hold a grudge. They’ve got the sharpest axes.

I agree with your not too little too late sentiment. Everyone makes a bad decision at some point. Let’s see if they can rectify and improve in a way that benefits them, consumers and developers before we start frothing at the mouth.

neomahi7d ago

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Like when Don Mattrick invited everyone to Redmond to unveil a certain console. Phil Spencers been and most definitely his right hand man Executive Fanboy Aaron Greenberg (Head of Marketing - Why would you put a guy like this as your head of marketing, honestly) have been caught in the same thing. Phil Spencer's just as bad and as much of a two-faced about faced liar as Don Mattrick, they just put his under bite more. He's obviously not as stressed because he's packed on a ton of weight sitting as his desk with his feet kicked up playing his Switch and shoving his mouth full cause he's fat now too

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shinoff21838d ago

Pretty much. Any devs future games should not start on unity. They've shown their cards like ms with the original Xbox one reveal.

XiNatsuDragnel8d ago (Edited 8d ago )

Too late you guys just loss so hard imo.

Kaii8d ago

You shot your credibility, and wtfudge are you using 7,700 employees 4?


staticall7d ago

First, they've removed Terms of Service from github, just 'cuz, so no more transparency (is there a new version? What changed? Read ToS every week with a lawyer to be safe), the trust is broken.
Then, they also started requiring 3 day online check ups. And they also increased the price of the subscriptions, 'cause why not?!
After that, they introduce those ridiculous runtime fees. And after developers started to revolt, what they do? They didn't back down, instead they tried to move some numbers around to make it "easier to understand and accept". And keep in mind, if you install a game, that's +1 install. But if you uninstall and reinstall right away, that's another +1 install. This can be exploited and probably will be. And it's applied to your every developed game, not just n