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Sharp affiliate sues Corning for allegedly breaking glass supply deal

Lawsuit alleges output from Japan plant sold to third parties without consent

OSAKA -- Sharp affiliate Sakai Display Products has requested an injunction against the Japanese arm of Corning, to stop the glassmaker's alleged sale to third parties without SDP's consent in violation of a contract between the two companies.

SDP sources all the glass for its liquid crystal display panels from Corning's facility in the city of Sakai in Osaka Prefecture, where SDP is based, and the agreement lets Corning sell to other customers only if it has extra capacity after that. But Corning has supplied glass to other panel makers without meeting SDP's needs first, according to the filing submitted to the Osaka District Court on Thursday.

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