In re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1917, 2014 WL 5462496 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2014)

Key Insight: District court overruled defendant?s objections to magistrate judge’s report and recommendation and granted the direct action plaintiffs’ motion to compel production of documents located in France in accordance with the FRCP; court evaluated a series of factors in weighing whether foreign laws like the French Blocking Statute excused compliance with an American discovery request, and concluded that the relevant factors weighed in favor of permitting discovery to go forward in France pursuant to the FRCP; court dismissed defendant?s argument that it would be subject to criminal sanctions if it complied with discovery requests outside the Hague Convention process, observing that there was no realistic risk of prosecution under the French Blocking Statute

Nature of Case: Violations of U.S. antitrust laws

Electronic Data Involved: Documents held by a defendant in France that were relevant to such defendant’s communications with competitors, and documents produced to various foreign regulatory agencies during prior investigations related to price fixing in the CRT industry

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