Add LG to the list of competitors taking legal action against Vizio, in a near-replay of Mitsubishi and others taking on the upstart HDTV manufacturer over MPEG-2 patents earlier this year, LG Electronics is filing suit over alleged failures to license patented digital TV technology. Vizio's press release points out that it relies on LG for much of its plasma technology, and since they "expect this new development will influence future material sourcing decisions" we can probably count them out of the two-man horse costume at this year's Halloween party. Once again, Vizio doesn't expect this to affect its business, but with legal squabbles extending to its own suppliers, we can't help but wonder if this will put a damper on any Black Friday plans.

HDTV Listings for September 27, 2008