TO-AM Equipment v. Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America

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January 24, 1997
3537 Industrial Trucks, Tractors, Trailers, and Stackers
333924 Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
lost profits, empirical evidence

TO-AM Equipment v. Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America
953 F. Supp. 987, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 641
Federal Court
United States District Court
Fred Lieber (for plaintiff), Seth Palatnik (for defendant)


At issue is calculation of damages representing the profits the plaintiff company could have earned had it remained a Mitsubishi dealer indefinitely with the defendant company.

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