Distribution, Competition, and Antitrust / IP Law

Personal Jurisdiction Exercised Over Taiwanese Company

In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, No. C-10-0117 SI (N.D. Cal. Feb. 1, 2012) (Illston, J.)

Judge Illston refused to dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds an amended complaint brought by Electrogaph Systems, Inc. and Electrograph Technologies Corp. against Mitsui Taiwan.  The Court found that personal jurisdiction was appropriate because plaintiffs had alleged that Mitsui Taiwan “purposefully directed” conspiratorial activities towards the United States.  The Court noted plaintiffs’ evidence puporting to show that Mitsui Taiwan participated in a price-fixing conspiracy which was aimed, at least in part, at an American company.  It also rejected the arguments that Mitsui Taiwan’s actions did not contribute to the effectiveness of the alleged conspiracy in the U.S. and that Mitsui Taiwan’s communications were merely “inter-affiliate” price discussions that could not support personal jurisdiction.

 

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