European PS3 shipments seized following LG injunction

The legal battle between Sony and LG hots up as a legal injunction comes into force banning the importation of the PS3 games console into Europe.

The legal battle between Sony and LG hots up as a legal injunction comes into force banning the importation of the PS3 games console into Europe.

The Guardian has learnt that thousands of PS3 games consoles were seized by customs officials in The Netherlands following a ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague. This ruling now means that all new PS3s imported into Europe for at least the next 10 days will be confiscated at the borders. It is possible that this confiscation order could be extended beyond the current 10 days. Alternatively (although far more unlikely), LG could apply for a court order to have the consoles destroyed.

The legal dispute centers around Blu-ray technology belonging to LG being used by Sony in the console.

As retailers normally only keep a few weeks worth of consoles, these seizures could lead to shortages, which in turn could hit Sony's bottom line.

Grab the popcorn ... this could get interesting.

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