HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Monday, May 5, 2014

HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 

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Division One of the Court of Appeals filed 1 new published opinion on Monday, May 5, 2014:

State v. AU Optronics Corp.
No. 69318-2
(May 5, 2014)
2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 1098 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 1098 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW; COURTS

Brief: After the foreign corporation admitted participating in a worldwide conspiracy to fix the prices of LCD (liquid crystal display) panels, the State sued it in King County Superior Court. The State alleged that the conspiracy resulted in higher prices for Washington citizens and state agencies that purchased products containing these panels. The trial court dismissed the foreign corporation for lack of personal jurisdiction and award it attorney fees under RCW 4.28.185(5). The Court of Appeals reverses and remands, holding that the State alleges sufficient minimum contacts with Washington for due process to allow a Washington court to exercise specific jurisdiction over the foreign corporation for harm allegedly caused here by its conspiracy, and the foreign corporation fails to show that this exercise of jurisdiction would be constitutionally unreasonable.

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