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Autoliv, Inc. Message Board

  • cohsgrad cohsgrad Feb 19, 2012 11:13 AM Flag

    Investigations

    How serious are they? Have they not settled because they have something going for them that others do not or was their conduct worse?

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    • http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1034670/000119312512074898/d222650d10k.htm

      We are currently undergoing antitrust investigations by both the United States Department of Justice and the European Commission and it is probable that the Company’s operating results and cash flows will be materially adversely impacted
      Governmental agencies in both the United States and Europe are engaged in a long-running investigation into possible anti-competitive behavior among certain suppliers to the automotive vehicle industry, including Autoliv. These investigations are still ongoing and it is the Company’s policy to cooperate with governmental investigations. It is probable that, for the reporting periods in which the related liabilities become estimable or the investigations are resolved, the Company’s operating results and cash flows will be materially adversely impacted.
      However, given the ongoing nature of the investigations and the uncertainties associated with them, the Company is not yet able to predict or estimate the duration of the investigations, what their future scope may be, what, if any, conduct each regulatory authority may pursue, what each regulatory authority may conclude, or what sanctions each regulatory authority will seek. As a result, the Company remains unable to estimate the impact these investigations will have or predict the reporting periods in which such impacts may be recorded. Accordingly, it is not possible for the Company to determine a range of any loss given these uncertainties.
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      Additionally, the Company may, in the future, be subject to civil litigation relating, directly or indirectly, to alleged anti-competitive practices and may be subject to additional investigations by other competition authorities. These types of claims, actions or investigations could continue to require significant management time and attention and could result in significant expenses as well as unfavorable outcomes which could have a material adverse impact on our customer relationships, prospects, reputation, operating results, cash-flows or financial results.

 
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