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Violation Tracker Current Parent Company Summary

Current Parent Company Name: Sony
Ownership Structure: publicly traded (ticker symbol SNE)
Headquartered in: Japan
Major Industry: electrical and electronic equipment
Specific Industry: consumer electronics
Penalty total since 2000$214,758,877
Number of records: 33
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
competition-related offenses$166,000,0009
employment-related offenses$29,655,0007
consumer-protection-related offenses$19,000,0009
safety-related offenses$87,6276
environment-related offenses$16,2502
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
price-fixing or anti-competitive practices$156,000,0008
wage and hour violation$29,550,0005
consumer protection violation$13,100,0006
kickbacks and bribery$10,000,0001
privacy violation$5,500,0002
Notes: Parent-subsidiary linkages are based on relationships current as of the latest revision listed in the Update Log, which may vary from what was the case when a violation occurred. The penalty totals are adjusted to account for the fact that the individual entries below may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. The totals are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state or local agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

Links: Subsidy Tracker data on financial assistance to this company by federal, state and local government agencies can be found here.

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CompanyPrimary Offense TypeYearAgencyPenalty Amount sort icon .
Sony Corp.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2016private lawsuit-federal$28,500,000
Bertelsmann Music Group Inc.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2003MULTI-AG$27,775,000
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2003MULTI-AG$27,225,000
Sony Corp.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2017private lawsuit-federal$19,500,000
Sony Corp.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2016private lawsuit-federal$19,000,000
EMI Music Distributionprice-fixing or anti-competitive practices2003MULTI-AG$15,000,000
Sony Pictures Animation Inc.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2016private lawsuit-federal$13,000,000
Sony BMG Music Entertainmentkickbacks and bribery2005NY-AG$10,000,000
Sony Computer Entertainmentwage and hour violation2007private lawsuit-state$8,500,000
BMG Songs, Careers-BMG Music Publishing and BMG Musicwage and hour violation2004NY-AG$7,000,000
EMI Music Publishing and EMI Music North Americawage and hour violation2004NY-AG$7,000,000
SONY Music Entertainment and Sony ATV Music Publishingwage and hour violation2004NY-AG$7,000,000
Sony Corp.price-fixing or anti-competitive practices2016private lawsuit-federal$6,000,000
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.privacy violation2016private lawsuit-federal$4,500,000
Sony BMGconsumer protection violation2006MULTI-AG$4,250,000
EMI Music North Americaconsumer protection violation2006NY-AG$3,750,000
Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLCconsumer protection violation2018private lawsuit-federal$3,750,000
Sony BMG Music Entertainmentprivacy violation2008FTC$1,000,000
SONY BMG Music Entertainmentconsumer protection violation2006CA-AG$750,000
Sony Mobile Communicationstelecommunications violation2014FCC$400,000
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.consumer protection violation2002CT-AG$325,000
Sonyconsumer protection violation2011CA-MULTI$275,000
Sony Electronics, Inc.employment discrimination2014EEOC$85,000
Sony Pictures Entertainmentwage and hour violation2017private lawsuit-federal$50,000
TRISTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC.workplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$26,520
COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES INCworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$25,680
Sony Music Holdings, Inc.employment discrimination2010NJ-AG$20,000
COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES INCworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$18,215
Sony DADCenvironmental violation2022IN-ENV$11,250
EMI MUSIC DISTRIBUTIONworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$6,225
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENTworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$5,987
COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC.workplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$5,000
SONY ELECTRONICS, INC.environmental violation2000EPA$5,000
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.