Toshiba files a lawsuit against Western Digital

Toshiba files a lawsuit against Western Digital

Toshiba files a lawsuit against Western Digital

Toshiba files a lawsuit against Western Digital

Toshiba has today filed a lawsuit against Western Digital, who is said to be violating Japan's Unfair Competition Act, interfering with the sale of TMC (Toshiba Memory Corporation) amongst other offences.

This has been filed in the Tokyo District Court of Japan, with the company seeking a provisional disposition order for an injunction against acts of unfair competition, and also brought suit for a permanent injunction, damages and payment of 120 billion yen (almost £835 million), alleging violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, among other things.

Toshiba and the Toshiba Memory Corporation states that Western Digital are exaggerating their consent right and are actively interfering with the sale of TMC by lying to potential bidders. Toshiba also alleges that Western Digital is improperly obtaining TMC's trade secrets by moving Sandisk personnel to Western Digital (Sandisk's parent company), utilising Sandisk/Toshiba's collaboration efforts to access confidential information. 

Toshiba files a lawsuit against Western Digital


At the time of writing, Toshiba is suffering from huge financial difficulties, making the sale of part of TMC a very important move for the company if it intends to survive in the medium-long term. If indeed Western Digital are acting to prevent this sale, they are effectively trying to bankrupt the company, which would have huge ramifications on the tech world, given the sheer variety of Toshiba products on the market.  


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