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District Court Grants Motion to Compel Responses to Interrogatories Even Though Interrogatories Contained Discrete Subpart Where There was only One Accused Product

Plaintiff Synopsys, Inc. ("Synopsys") filed a motion to compel defendant, ATopTech, to respond to interrogatories. ATopTech opposed the motion by arguing that it had already answered Synopsys's Set One, Interrogatory Nos. 1-5,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Orders Additional Deposition of Defendant after Witness Changed Numerous Deposition Answers in Errata

The plaintiff, Chrimar Systems Inc. and Chrimar ("Chrimar") filed a motion to compel an additional deposition of Defendant D-Link Systems, Inc.'s ("D-Link") corporate representative, William C. Brown. Chrimar previously took the…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Warns Plaintiff That If It Narrows Its Case Too Close to Trial, It Will Have Its Trial Time Reduced

During the pretrial conference, the Plaintiff Arthrex("Arthrex") told the district court that it may be able to narrow its case once the district court resolved certain pending motions for summary judgment. Shortly after the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Charter Cities: No Longer an Oasis From CA Prevailing Wage

The Number of Charter Cities Exempt from Prevailing Wage Has Dropped from 52 to Almost None in Less Than Two Years - A charter city is a city that governs itself by adopting a "charter" - sort of a municipal constitution -…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

District Court Orders Additional Claim Construction Briefing After Plaintiff Appeared to Argue a Different Position in Other Litigation

After the district court conducted a claim construction hearing (but before it issued an order), the district court stayed the litigation between Finjan and Symantec pending a decision by the PTAB regarding whether to institute…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Core Wireless v. LG: District Court Orders Enhanced Damages Based on Defendant's Licensing Discussions

A jury returned a verdict finding that LG infringed the claims of the patent-in-suit and that the claims were not invalid. The jury also found that the infringement was willful. As a result, the district court determined whether…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

How the Marriott-Starwood merger will affect you. . .

Global Hospitality Group® survey results: What does all the recent consolidation in the hotel industry mean to different stakeholders? Marriott closed its acquisition of Starwood on September 23, 2016, following Accor’s…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

District Court Stays Patent Litigation Pending State Court Proceedings That Will Determine Licensing Issue

In this patent infringement action, MMEI, owns U.S. patent 6,234,099 ("the '099 patent"). Fineline Industries, Inc. ("Fineline Inc.") entered into a license agreement with MMEI that permitted Fineline Inc. to use the '099 patent…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Dual-branded & multi-branded hotels: Opportunities and challenges

The trend of dual-branded and multi-branded hotels - Over the past few years, the popularity of multi-branded properties has exploded. Less than a decade ago, a dual-branded hotel was an oddity…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

District Court Precludes Defendant from Referring to Plaintiff's Past Settlements as "Nuisance Value" But Allows Amount of Such Settlements

As this patent infringement proceeded closer to trial, the parties filed various motions in limine. The plaintiff, PerDiemco, filed a motion in limine to preclude evidence or argument referring to PerDiem's prior settlements as…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Orders Plaintiff to Produce Factual Support for Infringement Contentions Regardless of Work Product Doctrine

Huawei and Blackberry filed motions to compel seeking the factual material that the plaintiff, SPH, had relied upon to support its infringement contentions. SPH opposed the motion to compel, arguing that Defendants' requests…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Barry v. Medtronic: District Court Orders Strict Limits on Social Media Contacts with Potential Jurors

As the patent infringement case between Mark Barry, M.D. ("Barry") and Medtronic approached trial, the district court informed the parties that it intended to provide the parties with a list of potential jurors to assist counsel…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

District Court Grants Motion to Strike Infringement Contentions for Doctrine of Equivalents and Indirect Infringement That Did Not Provide Detail of Infringement Theories

The defendant filed a motion to strike part of the plaintiff's initial infringement contentions, focusing on infringement under the doctrine of equivalents and indirect infringement. The defendant asserted that the Local Patent…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

After Plaintiff Asserted Boilerplate Objections to Discovery, District Court Orders Plaintiff's Objections Waived

The plaintiff filed a complaint against the defendant for patent infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair competition, among other claims, based on the defendants' marketing and selling of portable vaporizers. The…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

District Court Grants Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Preclude Defendant from Discussing Case with Plaintiff's Former President Who Now Works for Defendant

In this patent infringement action, the Defendant, GHP Group, Inc. ("GHP"), hired the Plaintiff's, ProCom Heating, Inc. ("ProCom"), president during the litigation. The Plaintiff then filed a request for a temporary restraining…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property
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