A Houston federal jury has hit a Taiwanese CD-ROM manufacturer with a $176 million verdict after determining the company and its U.S. affiliate knowingly and intentionally violated U.S. antitrust laws.

The unanimous verdict, which the jury reached Tuesday after a weeklong trial and less than five hours of deliberation, favors IT giant HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), which alleged Quanta Storage and Quanta Storage America participated in a massive conspiracy to fix and maintain artificially inflated prices for optical disk drives.

Because the jury found that Quanta knowingly and intentionally violated U.S. antitrust laws, HP’s lawyers will ask U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas to triple the verdict amount. Federal law allows courts to do so when intent is proven in antitrust trials.

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