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JOHN B. SULLIVAN (State Bar No. 96742)
jbs@severson.com
HAROLD R. JONES (State Bar No. 209266)
hrj@severson.com
SEVERSON & WERSON
A Professional Corporation
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2600
San Francisco, California 94111
Telephone: (4 15) 398 -3 344
Facsimile: (415) 956-043 9

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LAURA C. MCBRIDE (State Bar No. 227038)
ULMER & BERNE LLP
1660 West Second Street, Suite 1100
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Tel: (216) 583-7000
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Attorneys for Plaintiff
FLEXTRONICS SALES AND
MARKETING, ASIA PACIFIC LTD.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA

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COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

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FLEXTRONICS SALES AND
MARKETING, ASIA PACIFIC, LTD.,

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Plaintiff,
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COMPLAINT FOR WRIT OF
ATTACHMENT ARISING FROM:
(1) BREACH OF CONTRACT;
(2) ACCOUNT STATED

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ALIPHCOM dba JAWBONE,
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Flextronics Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific I ,td. ("Flextronics" or "Plaintifr') brings this
Complaint for the sole purpose of obtaining a pre-judgment writ of attachment against Defendant

25 AliphCom dba Jawbon~ ("Jawbone" or "Ddt:ndant"). Flextronics does not waive, and expressly
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reserves, the right to seek further relief through arbitration as authorized by the parties' agreement,

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as described below. Flextronics alleges as follows:

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PARTIES
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Flcxtronics is a corporation organized under the laws of Mauritius and is, through

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its affiliates, in the business of, among other things, designing, manufacturing, and assembling

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consumer electronic products.

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Upon information and belief: Defendant is a California corporation headquartered

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in San Francisco, California and is in the business of, among other things, designing and selling

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small consumer electronics products, including wireless headsets and personal activity tracking

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devices.

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Jurisdiction and venue in this Court exist by virtue of California Code of Civil

Procedure, section 410.10 .
Venue is proper in this Court because Jawbone does business in Santa Clara

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County and because this dispute arose, in whole or in part, in Santa Clara County.

SUMMARY OF CASE

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Jawbone has materially (and repeatedly) breached the terms of a clear and

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unambiguous contract between the parties- to the extent of over $20 million in goods received,

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but not paid for. In advance of an agreed-upon contractual arbitration process to confirm

!8 Jawbone's breaches of the parties ' contract, Flextronics seeks the Court's assistance in securing a
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writ of attaclunent to secure the amounts owed by Jawbone to Flextronics. Without the writ,

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remedy by the parties ' contract, Flextronics may lose the ability to secure repayment for

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significant goods and services already rendered due to Jawbone!s admitted precarious financial

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condition.

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GENERAL ALLEGA TJONS
On or about November 28, 2013, Flextronics and Jawbone entered into an Interim

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Agreement (the "Agreement"), a true and accurate copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
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Pursuant to the Agreement, Flextronics, through its affiliates, agreed to

manufacture, assemble, and package certain personal activity tracking devices (the "Products") for
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The Products and Prices are described in Attachment A to the Agreement.

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Jawbone also agreed to provide forecasts of its annual and monthly needs fur the

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Products, on which forecasts Flextronics developed the Prices and ensured that necessary

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The Agreement incorporates Jawbone's agreement to purchase approximately 3.6

million Products over a one-year time frame.
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Pursuant to the Agreement, Jawbone issued purchase orders ("Orders") to

Flextronics for specific volumes of Products, which Products Flextronics would then have

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Under the Agreement, payments were due to Flextronics from Jawbone within 60

days of Flextronics' invoices for the Products.
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The parties agreed that any late payments from Jawbone would be subject to a

1.5% per month interest rate until paid in full.
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Jawbone also agreed to be financiall y responsible for Materials and certain other

costs required for Flextronics' manufacturing process.

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Despite Jawbone's forecast and agreement to Order approximately 3.6 million

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Products, it became clear after the parties began operations under the Agreement that Jawbone was

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not submitting Orders for sufficient Products.

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As of June 1, 2014, approximately 8 months into the Agreement, Jawbone had only

submitted Orders for approximately 750,000 Products.

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Not only was Jawbone ordering an insufficient number of Products, but Jawbone

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failed to timely pay the Invoices for the Products that were shipped and for other costs incurred by

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Flextronics under the Agreement.

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Jawbone submitted approximately 50 Orders for approximately 750,000 Products

under the Agreement.

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After the Products were shipped, Flextronics issued over 225 Invoices for the

approximately 750 ,000 Products and other costs.
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COMPLAINT FOR WRIT OF ATTACHMENT ARISING FROM: (I) BREACH OF CONTRACT:

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There are no outstanding quality issues with the Products and the Products shipped

were accepted by Jawbone.
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As of June 6, 2014, Flextronics' Accounts Receivable ("NR") for Jawbone totaled

4 $24.1 million, of which $16.5 million was overdue in accordance with the 60-day payment terms.
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Accordingly, on June 6, 2014, Flextronics issued notice to Jawbone of its intent to

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adequate assurances under UCC §2-609.
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Subsequently, on or about June 24, 2014. Flextronics and Jawbone agreed to a

payment plan for the outstanding AIR under which Jawbone promised to submit the following

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payments to Flextronics:

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June 2014

$3 million

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July 15,2014

$5 million

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August 15, 2014

$5 million

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September 15, 2014

$5 million

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October 15, 2014

$3.6 million I balance

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Jawbone advised Flextronics that it would be receiving additional funding that

would assure Jawbone ' s ability to make the payments.
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When it became clear that Jawbone did not intend to uphold its obligations under

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the Agreement by adhering to the payment plan, Flcxtronics informed Jawbone that it had no

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choice but to pursue its remedies in court, including a pre-arbitral writ of attaclunent.

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Jawbone responded by requesting additional time to make payment.

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On August 1I, 2014 , Flextronics again attempted to work with Jawbone to resolve

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Jawbone's outstanding debt under the agreement by offering to Jawbone that Flextronics would

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not pursue a writ of attachment if Jawbone paid $2 million on or before August 14, 2014, at 2pm

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Pacific Time and provided an additional propo::;ed payment plan to repay the debt in full in weekly

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installments.

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Despite multiple attempts by Flextronics to work out Jawbone's debts, however,

Jawbone has again failed to make payment to Flextronics by the agreed deadline.
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Jawbone has fa iled to adhere to and is in breach of the payment plan and its

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$4.6 million in payments since June 24, 2014.
Accordingly, a of August 7, 2014, Flextronics' overdue AIR for Jawbone totaled

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An additional $918,521 in interest for the overdue amounts has accrued as of

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Agreement.

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Thus, in total, Jawbone owes Flextronics $20,733,322.45 in outstanding and

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Attached as Exhibit His a summary of the voluminous Orders and Invoices that are

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A sample Order and Invoice arc attached hereto as Exhibit C.

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Jawbone has acknowledged and does not dispute that it owes the above amounts to

Flextronics.
Though Flextronics has repeatedly demanded payment from Jawbone, Jawbone has

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The Agreement provide::; that the parties would submit any disputes under the
to binding arbitration.

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However, the Agreement also specifically provides that a party "has the right to

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attachments."
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Further, the parties agreed that any dispute submitted to a court would be decided

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Flextronics intends to seek relief through the agreed-upon arbitration proceedings

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( I ) BREAC H oF coNTRACT; (2) AccoUNT

to Jawbone due to Jawbone's breach of the Agreement - which together total an additional several
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million dollars.

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However, until such time as the arbitration proceeding has concluded, Flextronics

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seeks a writ of attachment to protect Jawbone's assets necessary to repay only the current overdue

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AIR plus interest- a total of $20,733,322.45.
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Flextronics does not seek the attachment in this case for any purpose other than to

recover the amounts due to Flextronics under the Agreement.
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Flextronics has no information or belief that Flextronics's claim in this case has

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is in any way stayed in such a proceeding.

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Upon information, belief, and statements made by Jawbone representatives,

Jawbone's financial condition is perilous and currently insufiicient to pay its debts.

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Withotlt the security provided by a pre-arbitral writ of attacluncnt, Flextronics faces

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the real possibility that Jawbone's assets will be insufficient to satisfy the anticipated arbitration

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award.

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The allegations and causes of action set forth herein in support of the writ of

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allegations and to assert additional causes of action in arbitration.
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Flextronics seeks attachment of all corporate property of 1\ liphCom db a Jawbone

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that is subject to attachment pursuant to subdivision (a) of Code of Civil Procedure Section

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487.010 .

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Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 483 .050, Flcxtronics further seeks

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delayed public disclosure of thi s proceeding, which is appropriate because Jawbone is not a

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natural person and Flextronics ' claim is unsecured .

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COMPLAINT FOR WRlT OF ATTACHMEN"f ARI~
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FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
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(Breach of Contract)

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Flextronics incorporates by reference each and every allegation set forth in

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Flextronics has duly performed under the Agreement and/or has satisfied all

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Despite repeated requests that Jawbone do so, Jawbone has failed and refused, and

9 continues to fail and refuse, to make full and complete payment to Flextronics for the products and
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As a direct and proximate result of Jawbone's breach of the Agreement, Flextronics

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will prove at arbitration.

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(Account Stated)

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Flextronics incorporates by reference each and every allegation

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During the course of the parties' dealings under the Agreement, rlextronics

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submitted numerous invoil:es to Jawbone detailing the amounts due and owing for the products

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and services provided by Flcxtronics ami its afiiliates to Jawbone;:.
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Flcxtronics has requested that Jawbone pay these sums. However, Jawbone has

failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse, to pay Flextronics.

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As a direct and proximate result of Jawbone's failure to pay Flextronics,

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Flextronics has suffered damages currently no less than $20,733,322.45 and in a total amount that

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WHEREFORE, Plaintiff, Flextronics Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific Ltd., demands

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A writ of attachment securing the full amount due and owing to Flextronics under

the parties' Interim Agreement, which at this time totals no less than $20,733,322.45;

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Costs ofthis action;

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Attorney's fees ; and

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Such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and proper.

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