Carpet Group International_ Et Al v Oriental Rug Importers Association Inc._ Et Al Brief by backgroundnow

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									2009-11-28

IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT

No. 99-5931

CARPET GROUP INTERNATIONAL, ET AL., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ORIENTAL RUG IMPORTERS ASSOCIATION, INC., ET AL., Defendants-Appellees.

ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY

BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANT

JOEL I. KLEIN Assistant Attorney General A. DOUGLAS MELAMED Deputy Assistant Attorney General CHARLES S. STARK Chief, Foreign Commerce Section ROBERT B. NICHOLSON CHRISTOPHER SPRIGMAN Attorneys, Appellate Section U.S. Department of Justice 601 D Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 (202) 353-8629
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 STATEMENT OF ISSUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 STATEMENT OF THE CASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 STATEMENT OF FACTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 STANDARD OF REVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 ARGUMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 I. The District Court Erred In Concluding That The FTAIA Governs The Court’s Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Plaintiffs’ Claims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A. Congress granted the federal courts broad subject matter jurisdiction under the Sherman Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 B. The FTAIA does not apply to plaintiffs’ claims about the destruction of their trade shows because the defendants’ alleged conduct involved a restraint on either domestic or import commerce or both . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 C. Plaintiffs’ averments with respect to the buying trips allege a restraint on import commerce, to which the FTAIA does not apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 II. The Courts Have Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Plaintiffs’ Antitrust Claims Under the Well-Established Principles of Sherman Act Jurisdiction . . . . . . . . . 13

CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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