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The Internet Archive Wayback Machine: A Useful IP Litigation Tool, But Is It Admissible?

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine archives copies of websites every few weeks or months, going back to 1996. The Wayback Machine currently has almost 500 billion archived webpages. By entering a website into the Wayback...more

Litigants Need to Prove Existence of Missing Data for FRCP 37(e) Sanctions California

FiTeq Inc. v. Venture Corp., 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016) - In this contract law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions against the defendant for failing to produce emails related to the litigation. Namely,...more

Repeated Willful Violations During Trial of Court’s In Limine Rulings Results in Terminating Sanctions Including Dismissal of...

The Court of Appeal of the State of California - Second Appellate District in Osborne v. Todd Farm Service, et al. (5/2/16 – Case no. B260280) affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint for personal...more

Avoiding Trouble Following In Limine Rulings

Trials often are preceded or interrupted by hearings on motions in limine, where parties attempt to limit the evidence or arguments that their opponents can utilize in the trial. These hearings are often fast-paced, with...more

Evidence of Industry Custom May Be Relevant and Admissible in a Strict Products Liability Action Depending on the Nature and...

In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., 2016 No. B247672, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that a jury could consider evidence of industry custom to determine whether a product was defective under the risk-benefit...more

Evidence of Industry Custom and Practice May Be Admissible in Strict Products Liability Cases

William Jae Kim, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 19, 2016) - William Jae Kim and Hee Jon Kim filed a strict products liability action against...more

Florida Court Reverses Dismissal After Trial Judge Improperly Excludes Bank’s Trial Witness, Dismisses Case

In OneWest Bank, FSB v. Gino Alessio, et al., 4D14-1444 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 6, 2014), the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge’s order dismissing a foreclosure after the defendant improperly used a motion in...more

ITC Confirms a Section 337 Violation May be Based on Discontinued Accused Products

On occasion, the allegations in a patent-based a section 337 investigation will apply the asserted patent(s) against an accused product that, by the time the investigation concludes, has been discontinued. This is...more

Federal Jury Awards $1 Million In Compensatory Damages And $10 Million In Punitive Damages In Bellwether Hip Implant Trial

In a post last month, we reported on a district court’s rulings on motions in limine in the first bellwether hip implant trial against Wright Medical Technology Incorporated. The case subsequently went to trial, and last week...more

Federal District Court Issues Split Decision On Admissibility Of Evidence Bearing On Punitive Damages

As we have observed in a prior post, defendants in punitive damages cases often fail to develop evidence in mitigation of the amount of punitive damages, enabling the plaintiff to focus the jury on evidence about the...more

Fundamental Evidentiary Issues – Avoiding Exclusion of Your Opinion of Value and Comparable Sales

In an unpublished opinion filed this week, the California Court of Appeal confirmed two fundamental evidentiary rules related to eminent domain matters: Before we delve into the case, here’s a basic reminder of California law...more

Amazon Seeks Motion in Limine Requiring Plaintiff to Remove Statements on Website Prior to Trial

As the case between Milo & Gabby, LLC and Amazon moved closer to trial, Amazon filed several motions in limine, including a motion to force the plaintiffs to remove statements from its websites, which Amazon contended were...more

District Court Excludes 15 Prior Art References Not Disclosed in Invalidity Contentions

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiffs filed motions in limine to exclude 15 prior art references that defendants intend to use to show the state of the art pertinent to the patents-in-suit. Defendants included the 15...more

Turf Wars: District Court Permits Expert to Use Replicas of Athletic Fields in Front of Jury

The plaintiffs, Fieldturf USA and Tarkett Inc. (collectively, "Fieldturf") filed a patent infringement action against Astroturf LLC ("Astroturf"). In defense, Astroturf intended to present expert testimony on anticipation...more

Federal Judge Rejects DOJ’s Theory of FCPA Accomplice Liability

On August 13, 2015, a US district judge dismissed a charge seeking to hold a defendant criminally liable for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) if he is not a principal or agent of a US domestic...more

Lost on a Motion in Limine? Make Your Record!

The basic rule is that, if you don’t make a timely objection before or when objectionable matters are mentioned or introduced, you may not be able to raise the issue on appeal. See Evid C §353. Accordingly, if you don’t...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #4

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Grants Mandamus Disallowing Use of U.S. Discovery in Foreign Proceedings - The Federal Circuit has granted mandamus vacating a New Jersey district court’s order that allowed...more

Leave the Baggage Behind: Deciding How Much Party Background Is Admissible

Order on Motions in Limine, Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-03999 (Judge Beth Freeman) - Litigators know that, at trial, what you’re not allowed to say can sometimes be just as important as what...more

Re-Examining the Admissibility of Unpaid Medical Bills as Evidence

In Bermudez v. Ciolek (No. G049510, filed June 22, 2015), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held unpaid medical bills, joined with expert testimony regarding their reasonableness, were properly admitted and...more

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #4

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Eastern District of Virginia Grants Summary Judgment of Noninfringement to Adobe - On May 7, 2015, Judge Brinkema of the United States district court for the Eastern District of Virginia...more

“After” What? Subsequent Remedial Measures Excluded In Zimmer Evidentiary Win

Last weekend, we celebrated Mother’s Day. As we contemplated the text message and the Tufts University mug we received from the Drug and Device Rock Climber, it occurred to us that we could hardly remember a time before that...more

Fairchild v. Power Integrations: Because of Right to Appeal, District Court Precludes Reference to Pending Reexamination...

Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp.'s (collectively, "Fairchild") moved in limine to preclude any reference to any pending reexamination proceeding or any completed reexamination proceeding of any...more

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Remands Case to Federal Circuit to Review Patent Under Teva - On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a case back to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal...more

Texas Court Talks Insurance And Actual Cash Value

When an insured suffers a property loss, the insurance policy defines the parameters of recovery. Typically, a property insurance policy’s default valuation provision for a property loss is the actual cash value of the...more

District Court Denies Motion in Limine Seeking to Preclude Advice of Counsel Defense Even Though Plaintiff Was not Able to Obtain...

The Plaintiff filed a motion in limine seeking the district court to preclude the Defendant from offering at trial any testimony regarding the Defendant's opinion of counsel defense that was not disclosed during discovery. As...more

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