MONTREAL (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp on Monday accused Bombardier Inc of using “anticompetitive conduct” to limit competition for planes with under 100 seats, as the Japanese company works to bring its long-delayed regional jet to market.
In October, the Montreal-based plane-and-train-maker sued the aircraft unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, alleging that former Bombardier employees passed on trade secrets to help with the development and certification of the company’s new MRJ regional jet.
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The MRJ would compete with regional jets produced by Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer SA.
Mitsubishi said in a counter-filing claim that Bombardier tried to coerce it and Seattle-based Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC) to sign no-poach agreements in 2016 that would stop them from hiring Bombardier’s employees.
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Bombardier Chief Executive Alain Bellemare also implicitly threatened the continuation of its “supply relationship” with Mitsubishi Heavy in a 2016 letter to board chairman Hideaki Omiya unless the Japanese company “ceased the solicitation of Bombardier employees,” Mitsubishi said in the claim.
“We believe that in response to the threat posed by the MRJ, Bombardier has chosen to engage in a pattern of anticompetitive conduct instead of competing on the merits of its product,” said Mitsubishi in a company statement.
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“Bombardier has threatened, pressured and sought to coerce Mitsubishi Aircraft, its U.S.-based...
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