Resist the urge to stop reading when you see the phrase “choice of laws.” There is an important choice-of-privilege-law issue brewing in the 9th Circuit that could have significant privilege repercussions in federal-court cases containing federal- and state-law claims.
Still reading? Let’s discuss the situation in In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litig. (Sony Electronics, Inc. v. HannStar Display Corp.), No. 14–15916 (CTA9).
Sony Electronics, Inc. possessed antitrust and related claims against HannStar Display Corporation (and others) arising from HannStar’s alleged conspiracy to fix prices and limit the output of LCD panels. Sony and HannStar participated in a pre-suit mediation where it appeared, through confirming emails, that both parties agreed to a mediator’s proposal of $4.1M.