Advanced Flexible Circuits v. GE Sensing & Inspection Techs. GmbH, No. 12-2007 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Advanced Flexible Circuits (AFC) entered into negotiations with GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH and GE Sensing, Division of Caribe GE International of Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively, GE) for AFC to manufacture and supply thermal filaments for GE to use in its production of cardiac catheters. After GE terminated negotiations with AFC, AFC filed suit, alleging that GE was liable for pre contractual damages under the Puerto Rico doctrine of culpa in contrahendo. The district court granted summary judgment for GE. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) AFC offered no competent evidence permitting a finding of liability on its culpa in contrahendo claim, as GE’s termination of the negotiations was not arbitrary, unjustified, or otherwise wrongful; and (2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in sanctioning AFC for failing to comply with the court’s local rules.