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In re Cathode Ray Tube (Crt) Antitrust Litigation

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

July 3, 2013

In re: CATHODE RAY TUBE (CRT) ANTITRUST LITIGATION. MDL No. 1917
v.
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION et al., Defendants. This Document Relates to: Individual Case No. 13-cv-2171 (SC) DELL INC.; DELL PRODUCTS L.P., Plaintiffs,

Michael P. Kenny, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) Debra D. Bernstein, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) Rodney J. Ganske, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) Matthew D. Kent, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) Elizabeth Jordan, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) Melissa Mahurin Whitehead, Esq., (admitted pro hac vice) ALSTON & BIRD LLP, Atlanta, Georgia, James M. Wagstaffe, Esq., Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP, San Francisco, California, Attorneys for Plaintiffs Dell Inc. and Dell Products L.P.

Kent M. Roger, (SBN 95987) Michelle Park Chiu, (SBN 248421) MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP, San Francisco, CA, J. Clayton Everett, JR., (Pro Hac Vice) Scott A. Stempel, (Pro Hac Vice) MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP, Washington, DC, Attorneys for Defendants Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Displays, Ltd., Hitachi America, Ltd., Hitachi Asia, Ltd., and Hitachi Electronic Devices (USA), Inc.

Hojoon Hwang, (SBN 184950) MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP, San Francisco, California, William D. Temko, (SBN 098858) Jonathan E. Altman, (SBN 170607) Bethany W. Kristovich, (SBN 241891) MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP, Attorneys for Defendants LG Electronics, Inc.; LG Electronics USA, Inc.; and LG Electronics Taiwan Taipei Co., Ltd.

Gary L. Halling, (SBN 66087) James L. McGinnis, (SBN 95788) Michael Scarborough, (SBN 203524) SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP, San Francisco, CA, Attorneys for Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Samsung SDI America, Inc., Samsung SDI (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Samsung SDI Mexico S.A. de C.V., Samsung SDI Brasil Ltda., Shenzhen Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., and Tianjin Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

Christopher M. Curran, (Pro Hac Vice) Lucius B. Lau, (Pro Hac Vice) Dana E. Foster, (Pro Hac Vice) WHITE & CASE LLP, Washington, DC, Attorneys for Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.

John M. Taladay, (pro hac vice) Erik T. Koon, (pro hac vice) Charles M. Malaise, (pro hac vice) BAKER BOTTS L.L.P., Washington, DC, Counsel for Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. and Philips Electronics North America Corporation.

STIPULATION AND ORDER REGARDING THE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT IN THE DELL INC. AND DELL PRODUCTS L.P. ACTION

SAMUEL CONTI, District Judge.

Pursuant to Civil Local Rules 6-2 and 7-12, Plaintiffs Dell Inc. and Dell Products L.P. (collectively, "Plaintiffs") and the undersigned Defendants have conferred by and through their counsel and, subject to the Court's approval, HEREBY STIPULATE AS FOLLOWS:

WHEREAS, on February 17, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Summons (the "Dell Summons") and Complaint (the "Dell Complaint") in the Western District of Texas, Dell Inc., et al. v. Philips Electronics North America Corp., et al., Case No. 13-cv-141 (the "Dell Action");

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a conditional transfer order pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง1407, transferring the Dell Action to the Northern District of California to be consolidated with MDL No. 1917, In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, No. 07-cv-5944-SC (the "MDL");

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2013, the automatic seven-day stay on the above-mentioned conditional transfer order was lifted;

WHEREAS, on May 13, 2013, the Dell action was transferred to the MDL;

WHEREAS, on May 28, 2013, Plaintiffs filed as a matter of course the First Amended Complaint (the "Dell Amended Complaint");

WHEREAS, the undersigned Defendants named in the Dell Amended Complaint ("Defendants") have not yet been formally served with process;

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between counsel for the undersigned Plaintiffs and Defendants, as follows:

1. Each of the undersigned Defendants shall be deemed served with the Dell Summons, Complaint, and Amended Complaint as of the date of execution of this Stipulation.

2. The Dell Amended Complaint asserts similar causes of action alleged by the following Direct Action Plaintiff complaints: Stoebner v. LG Electronics, Inc., No. 11-cv-05381 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 7, 2011); Target Corp. v. Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05514 (N.D. Cal.) (Jan. 6, 2012); P.C. Richard & Son Long Island Corp. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 12-cv-02648 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Schultze Agency Servs., LLC v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 12-cv-02649 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); CompuCom Systems, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06396 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Interbond Corp. of Am. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06275 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06397 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Siegel v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05502 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Office Depot, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06276 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Best Buy Co., Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05513 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Electrograph Systems, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-01656 (N.D. Cal.) (Mar. 10, 2011); and Tech Data Corporation, et al. v. Hitachi, Ltd. et al., Case No. 8:12-cv-02795 (M.D. Fla.) (Dec. 11, 2012).

3. The Dell Amended Complaint seeks damages based on an alleged conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain, and/or stabilize prices for CRTs, as set forth in the Dell Amended Complaint; the Dell Amended Complaint does not assert any claims that Defendants have combined and conspired to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize the prices of products containing CRTs ("CRT Finished Products").

4. On August 17, 2012, Defendants filed motions to dismiss and for judgment on the pleadings with respect to the following Direct Action Plaintiff complaints (the "Dispositive Motions"): Stoebner v. LG Electronics, Inc., No. 11-cv-05381 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 7, 2011); Target Corp. v. Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05514 (N.D. Cal.) (Jan. 6, 2012); P.C. Richard & Son Long Island Corp. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 12-cv-02648 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Schultze Agency Servs., LLC v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 12-cv-02649 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); CompuCom Systems, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06396 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Interbond Corp. of Am. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06275 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06397 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Siegel v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05502 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Office Depot, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-06276 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); Best Buy Co., Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-05513 (N.D. Cal.) (Nov. 14, 2011); and Electrograph Systems, Inc. v. Hitachi, Ltd., No. 11-cv-01656 (N.D. Cal.) (Mar. 10, 2011). (Dkts. 1316, 1317, 1319). Special Master Legge issued a Report and Recommendation regarding the Dispositive Motions on May 2, 2013 (the "Report and Recommendation"). Direct Action Plaintiffs and Defendants are objecting to certain conclusions in the Report and Recommendation.

5. Pending the resolution of the Dispositive Motions by the Honorable Samuel Conti, the undersigned Defendants do not need to answer or otherwise respond to the Dell Amended Complaint. Once the Honorable Samuel Conti rules on the Dispositive Motions, the parties agree to set a reasonable deadline for Defendants' answers and/or a reasonable briefing schedule for Defendants' motions to dismiss Dell's Amended Complaint.

6. The undersigned parties jointly and respectfully request that the Court enter this stipulation as an order.

PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, AND GOOD CAUSE APPEARING THEREFORE,

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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