ABC International Traders, Inc. v. Matsushita Electric Corp., 14 Cal. 4th 1247 (1997)

Blecher Collins & Pepperman represented ABC International Traders (ABC), a wholesale distributor of telephone equipment and other electronic products, in a suit against Matsushita, the producer of Panasonic products, for engaging in unfair competition by, inter alia, giving secret unearned discounts to other distributors that were not offered or made available to ABC. ABC alleged economic damage because its primary competitors could buy Matsushita products at effectively lower prices. In a decision described as “stunning,” the California Supreme Court opened the way for victimized buyers in California to sue for damages against a price-discriminating seller. Beyond favorably resolving ABC’s vital business problem, the ruling Blecher Collins & Pepperman obtained brought California law into line with federal law.