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TAIHEIYO CEMENT CORP. v. SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (JEONG), B155736

Code of Civil Procedure section 354.6, which allows certain individuals who were forced labor victims during World War II to recover compensation for unpaid labor and personal injuries, is unconstitutional. By encouraging coercive litigation of claims against Japanese nationals, it conflicts with the federal policy of diplomacy embodied in the Treaty of Peace.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2004
  • Published 03/31/2004

Judges

  •  BOLAND, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Bingham Dana, Bingham McCutchen, Matthew E. Digby, Heidi A. Leider, Los Angeles;  Masuda & Ejiri, Junji Masuda, New York, NY;  Loeb & Loeb, Douglas E. Mirell, Joseph Geisman;  and Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Martin Stein, Robin Meadow and Laura Boudreau, Los Angeles, for Petitioners Taiheiyo Cement Corporation, Taiheiyo Cement U.S.A., Inc., California Portland Cement Company and Glacier Northwest, Inc.,  O'Melveny & Myers, John F. Niblock, Washington, DC;  McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, David M. Balabanian;  Morrison & Foerster, Lloyd Aubry, Arne D. Wagner, San Francisco;  Pillsbury Winthrop, Barbara Croutch;  Bingham Dana, Bingham McCutchen, Matthew Digby;  and Sullivan & Cromwell, Los Angeles and Robert A. Sacks for Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. Corp., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui & Co.(U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi International Corp., Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., IHI, Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., Mitsui Mining Co., Ltd., Mitsui Mining U.S.A., Inc., Nippon Steel Corporation, Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc., Nippon Steel Trading Co., Ltd., and Nippon Steel Trading America, Inc., as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Debra W. Yang and John S. Gordon, United States Attorneys;  Peter D. Keisler and Robert D. McCallum, Jr., Assistant Attorneys General;  James G. Hergen, Washington, DC, Lara A. Ballard  and Mark Stern, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Eric Miller and Kathleen Kane, for the United States of America as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Fleishman & Fisher, Barry A. Fisher, Los Angeles, David Grosz;  Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Bill Lann Lee, San Francisco, Morris A. Ratner, Scott P. Nealy;  Blumenthal & Markham, David R. Markham, San Diego;  Law Offices of Haewon Shin, Haewon Shin;  Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, Michael D. Hausfeld, Washington, DC, Agnieszka M. Fryszman;  Kenneth T. Haan & Associates, Kenneth T. Haan;  and Lim, Ruger & Kim, Christopher Kim, Los Angeles and Lisa J. Yang for Real Party in Interest., Strumwasser & Woocher, Fredric D. Woocher, Santa Monica;  Jack Goldsmith and Erwin Chemerinsky for the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles, the Korean American Coalition, and the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest., Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman, Venice and Paul L. Hoffman for the Honorable John L. Burton, Herbert J. Wesson, Jr., Tom Hayden, Los Angeles, Adam B. Schiff, Gil Cedillo, Wilma Chan, Dr. Judy Chu, Mike Honda, Carol Liu, Hughesville, MD, and George Nakano as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Richard M. Frank, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Louis Verdugo, Jr., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Angela Sierra, Phyllis Cheng and Catherine Z. Ysrael, Deputy Attorneys General, for Attorney General Bill Lockyer as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest.

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