St. Croix Printing Equipment, Inc. v. Shinohara USA, Inc.

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2008 WL 3412090 (D. MN 2008)

District Court Judge Paul Magnuson, for the Minnesota District Court granted defendant Shinohara USA, Inc., Motion for Summary Judgment against plaintiff, St. Croix Printing Equipment, Inc. Plaintiff sold used commercial printing presses, including used Shinohara’s presses. Plaintiff contended in its complaint originally filed in Minnesota State Court (Washington County) that defendants (including Shinohara’s authorized dealer St. Croix Equipment Imports) committed unfair, deceptive and false trade practices under the Minnesota Deceptive Trade Practices Act (Minn.Stat. sec. 325D.44), tortious interference and defamation which caused two customers of plaintiff to break off their contracts to purchase presses with the plaintiff. Judge Magnuson held that plaintiff failed to show causation with regard to its claims for tortious interference and that any misleading statements made by the defendants were “either corrected very shortly after they were made or were not made.”


578 F.Supp.2d 1195 (D. MN 2008)

District Judge Magnuson, US District Court Minnesota, granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on defendant Shinohara USA, Inc.’s counterclaims for plaintiff’s alleged violations under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. secs. 1114, et seq., the Minnesota Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Minn.Stat., secs. 325D.43 and Minnesota common law.

St. Croix Printing Equipment, Inc. v. Shinohara USA, Inc.,Shinohara’s Memo in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment.