Timberlane Lumber Co. v. Bank of America, N.T. & S.A.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
459 F.2d 597 (1976)
Timberlane Lumber Co. (Timberlane) (plaintiff) was a lumber company based in Oregon. Timberlane wanted to acquire a mill in Honduras. The mill had gone bankrupt and was owned by several creditors. Some of the creditors were former employees. Two creditors were competing lumber companies backed by Bank of America (defendants). Timberlane purchased a controlling interest in the mill from the former employees, but the two lumber companies refused to sell their interests. Instead, the lumber companies went to Honduran court and obtained a judgment for the mill. The parties enforced the judgment and shut the mill down. Timberlane sued Bank of America, the two competing lumber companies, and individual Honduran citizens (defendants). Timberlane alleged a conspiracy to eliminate competition from Timberlane in the import market for Honduran lumber. The district court dismissed the case for two reasons. First, the court held the state-action doctrine deprived the court of jurisdiction. Second, the court held there was no direct and substantial effect on United States commerce. Timberlane appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Choy, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 174,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.