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Sony gets into even deeper shit with its exploding and burning laptop batteries, and a recall of over a 7.5 million batteries and costs of up to $257 million may be just the beginning for the Japanese company. Now Toshiba and Fujitsu are thinking about asking for even more compensation for their trouble, maybe asking Sony to pay back more than just shipping and replacement costs for the reputation-searing hot potatoes. But this will only happen under certain conditions, according to Fujitsu spokesman Toshiaki Koike:

"We recognize we are recalling the products on the request by Sony so we will ask them to shoulder the cost. But we would only consider seeking more compensation for missed sales opportunities and a damaged brand image if retail outlets start returning products or consumers start no-buy campaigns."

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This could be an even bigger mess for Sony, because if it has to pay big bucks to Fujitsu and Toshiba, all those other companies with Sony battery trouble such as Apple, Dell, Lenovo and Hitachi will line up for their pound of flesh. For Sony, that might feel more like a ton of bricks.

Japan's Toshiba, Fujitsu may seek compensation from Sony [Yahoo News]

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