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FOX-KELLER, INC. v. TOYOTA MOTOR SALES

February 24, 1972

Fox-Keller, Inc. Plaintiff,
v.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and Toyota Motor Distributors, Inc. Defendants.


Van Artsdalen, District Judge.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: VAN ARTSDALEN

VAN ARTSDALEN, District Judge.

 Defendant, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., has moved to dismiss this action against it for lack of proper venue. The motion will be granted without prejudice to an application for a change of venue being filed within ten days.

 The complaint alleges that defendants violated several provisions of the antitrust laws (15 U.S.C.A. § 1, 13(e) and 14 (1955)); refused to deal in good faith with plaintiff as required by "The Automobile Dealers Day in Court Act" (15 U.S.C.A. § 1222 (1956)); and breach of contract.

 Action was originally instituted against the above-named defendants and Toyota Motor Company, Ltd. By stipulation of the parties, the action was dismissed as to Toyota Motor Company, Ltd., upon the further stipulation that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and Toyota Motor Distributors, Inc., would be considered as automobile manufacturers as that term is defined in 15 U.S.C.A. § 1222. The issues were submitted on briefs and affidavits and answers to interrogatories relating to the questions of venue. Based on this record, the following constitutes:

 Findings of Fact

 1. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (hereafter called Toyota Sales) and Toyota Motor Distributors, Inc. (hereafter called Toyota Distributors) are both corporations, incorporated under the laws of California and have their principal places of business in Torrance, California. Toyota Sales is the exclusive importer in the United States of foreign manufactured Toyota products. Toyota Distributors is a non-exclusive distributor throughout the United States to local Toyota dealers of Toyota products.

 2. Fox-Keller, Inc. (hereafter called Fox) is a corporation, incorporated under the laws of Virginia. Fox is a non-exclusive Toyota dealer for the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., and the eastern portion of the State of Virginia.

 3. Toyota Distributors maintains an office in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, located within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania of the United States Courts. Toyota Sales distributes its products by sales to Toyota Distributors. Toyota Sales maintains no office or agent within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

 4. Toyota Sales advertises Toyota products through national news media, some of which advertising is distributed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania through local news media. Toyota Sales also provides the "new car warranty" on imported Toyota automobiles, which warranties are issued to new car purchasers from Toyota Sales through Toyota Distributors to the local Toyota dealers. There are new Toyota automobiles purchased within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which carry new car warranties issued by Toyota Sales.

 Discussion

 Venue Under Antitrust Statutes

 Venue in private antitrust actions against a corporate defendant is governed by the special venue provision of 15 U.S.C.A. § 22:

 
"Any suit, action, or proceeding under the antitrust laws against a corporation may be brought not only in the judicial district whereof it is an inhabitant, but also in any district wherein it may be found or transacts business; and all process in such cases may be served in the district of which it is an ...

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