The court of appeals reverses the district court for the second time in a case that has been pending since 2014.

A Vietnamese company that makes accessible within the United States a website and a downloadable app that enable the exchange of unlicensed music files can be sued in a California federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held. The court, reversing the district court for the second time in a case that has not advanced beyond the jurisdictional stage in eight years, found that the lower court erred by considering only the Vietnamese company’s contacts with California rather than aggregating its contacts from around the United States (Lang Van, Inc. v. VNG Corp., July 21, 2022, Bataillon, J.).

Case date: 21 July 2022
Case number: No. 19-56452
Court: United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.


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