All American semiconductor - SEMIQ

All American Semiconductor Inc. was a Miami-based electronic component distributor that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2007.

After liquidating all its assets, without paying creditors in full, SEMIQ's remaining value were several lawsuits against different suppliers for price fixing. It took a few years before shareholders saw their first liquidation. 

"The strategy has helped Welt [SEMIQ's liquidating trustee] recover more than $100 million in antitrust suits for American Semiconductor's liquidating trust, fully repay principal and interest owed to creditors, and distribute about $25 million to shareholders"

There are roughly 4 million shares outstanding. 

After repaying all creditors in March 2016 (On March 29, 2016, we received a final distribution of US$112 thousand), a few months later $5.68 per share were distributed to shareholders. There may be roughly another $1 per share still to be distributed to shareholders, plus anything that could be awarded by the court (or in out-of-court settlements) as a result of SEMIQ's latest lawsuit, against their former capacitors suppliers. 

Shares were cancelled after the ch 11 was closed. 

In 2009, Alex Shaw, a friend and a great investor, went to the Miami court to defend shareholders rights and put equity back at the end of the line. Thanks to his action, shareholders saw an unexpected recovery 7 year later. Unfortunately, Alex died a few months before the trust started its first pay out to shareholders. R.I.P., Alex. 


2012 - All American Semiconductor Inc.  wrapped up its suit alleging price manipulation in the dynamic random access memory market, reaching a dismissal agreement with the last remaining defendant in the suit and ending the bankrupt company's antitrust suit.

If approved, a stipulation for dismissal filed by All American and defendant Nanya Technology Corp. in California federal court will end the electronic component maker's five-year-long suit accusing Nanya and other DRAM suppliers of working together to corner the memory chip market.

2015: (link, in Korean language) LG Display 10Q: In 2011, AASI Creditor Liquidating Trust of All American Semiconductor Inc. .... filed individual lawsuits against us and other LCD panel companies, and the above individual lawsuits were also transferred to the Northern District Court of California. As of April 29, 2016, we reached an agreement with all plaintiffs except for Motorola and iiyama (UK) Limited.

Rubycon, Elna and Holy Stone Are Latest Companies to Plead Guilty in Ongoing Investigation

Previously, NEC TOKIN Corp. and Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd. pleaded guilty to participating in the same worldwide conspiracy.  NEC TOKIN was sentenced to pay a fine of $13.8 million in January 2016, and Hitachi Chemical was sentenced to pay a fine of $3.8 million in June 2016.

September 2016 - Its claims could reach up to $60 million, including treble damages under federal antitrust laws.

Panasonic Corp. and its Sanyo subsidiaries are among 48 defendants named in an antitrust complaint filed in Miami-Dade County.

The companies are accused of conspiring to form an international cartel to orchestrate a long-running scam to rig prices of aluminum, tantalum and film capacitors used in electric devices.

The suit comes from The AASI Beneficiaries' Trust through its liquidating trustee, Kenneth Welt, on behalf of stakeholders of defunct All American Semiconductor Inc.

Capacitors Lawsuit - the lawsuit seems pretty solid: 

>Conspirators exchanged information regarding fixed and variable input costs that impacted their product pricing (e.g., raw materials costs, labor costs), sales volumes, profitability, current prices, intended future prices, production capacity, market forecasts, customer, product and industry-specific pricing demands, and proposed responses thereto. Conspirators provided one another with this secret business intelligence during formal cartel meetings, ad hoc meetings between subsets of Conspirators, and through miscellaneous written and oral communications. For example, a January 16, 2011 email from Shinji Takagaki to fellow SANYO employees states, “N Company has called me today, saying that they will raise the price by 30% to its major client.” 

>For example, in an April 2009 email chain with fellow SANYO employees, Tadashi Yoshida recounts his conversations with “Company N” (NEC TOKIN) with respect to a particular Affected Capacitors deal with “HW”:

“Yesterday, I have offered the prices below to Date-san of Company N. . . . I said let’s share by two companies. From HW to Company N, there is a demand for 10M/15 M and a request for TGT $0.11. I mentioned it is not necessary to go that low. Period.” 

>An email from SANYO’s Akio Nakagawa, dated August 25, 2009, contained reports on AVX and KEMET’s non-public and confidential Capacitors business activities in a discussion sensitive enough for him to advise recipients, “Please be sure that you are prohibited from printing this email!!” 

December 7, 2016 - ORDER DENYING TRANSFER 

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the motion for centralization of these actions is denied.

March 3rd, 2017 - see attached document (AASI Schedule capacitors): 

In the event that this case proceeds before this Court following resolution Defendants’ Transfer Motion, the parties agree that with the exception of discovery-related disputes, this case is not suitable for reference to a United States Magistrate Judge. 

AASI proposes the parties file initial disclosures on or before June 1, 2017. 

Class action certification expert discovery begins on February 24, 2017; expert opposition reports are due on March 24, 2017; and expert rebuttal reports are due on April 21, 2017. Plaintiffs’ opening class certification motions and briefs are due on June 15, 2017; opposition briefs are due on July 13, 2017; and reply briefs are due on August 3, 2017.

Fact discovery is currently scheduled to be completed by November 6, 2017. The parties to the California Actions have also agreed to a summary judgment schedule: motions are due on March 15, 2018; oppositions are due on April 12, 2018; and replies are due on May 3, 2018.

Trial for the California Actions is currently scheduled for August 6, 2018. 

Plaintiff proposes the following: a Status Conference on July 25, 2018, a Final Status Conference in February 2019 or as soon thereafter as the Court’s calendar may allow, with trial to commence on March 11, 2019 or as soon thereafter as the Court’s calendar may allow.

Various dates: partial settlements for capacitors lawsuits (AASI not party in these settlements). 

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