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Mealey's IP/Tech - Plaintiff Seeks Discovery Sanctions Against Apple In Flash Memory Patent Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - An intellectual property holding and licensing firm filed a motion in California federal court Sept. 14, seeking an award of sanctions against Apple Inc. for what it calls unjustified misrepresentation of the technology giant's knowledge of the flash memory patents in suit prior to the filing of the present lawsuit, which it says resulted in prejudice and the dismissal of willful infringement claims (Longitude Licensing Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 3:14-cv-4275, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Plaintiff Seeks Discovery Sanctions Against Apple In Flash Memory Patent Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - An intellectual property holding and licensing firm filed a motion in California federal court Sept. 14, seeking an award of sanctions against Apple Inc. for what it calls unjustified misrepresentation of the technology giant's knowledge of the flash memory patents in suit prior to the filing of the present lawsuit, which it says resulted in prejudice and the dismissal of willful infringement claims (Longitude Licensing Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 3:14-cv-4275, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: Expert Cannot Testify On Saw Manufacturer's Flesh-Detection Technology

ORLANDO, Fla. - An expert has not demonstrated any reliable basis on which he can opine on how long it would take for a saw manufacturer to incorporate flesh-detection technology into a consumer-ready benchtop table saw, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 3, excluding in part the expert's testimony (Erik Bruskotter v. Robert Bosch Tool Corp., No. 13-1841, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117664).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Allows Garlock To Seek Evidence Of Fraud, RICO Violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A broad discovery request by Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC seeking information from 24 asbestos personal injury trusts and claims-processing facilities is an integral part of Garlock's attempt to establish a pattern of racketeering activity by an asbestos plaintiffs' law firm, a North Carolina federal judge held Sept. 3 in overruling the law firm's objections to a magistrate's approval of the discovery (Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC v. Belluck & Fox, LLP, et al., No. 3:14-cv-118, W.D. N.C.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Expert Cannot Testify On Saw Manufacturer's Flesh-Detection Technology

ORLANDO, Fla. - An expert has not demonstrated any reliable basis on which he can opine on how long it would take for a saw manufacturer to incorporate flesh-detection technology into a consumer-ready benchtop table saw, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 3, excluding in part the expert's testimony (Erik Bruskotter v. Robert Bosch Tool Corp., No. 13-1841, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117664).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Judge Allows Garlock To Seek Evidence Of Fraud, RICO Violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A broad discovery request by Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC seeking information from 24 asbestos personal injury trusts and claims-processing facilities is an integral part of Garlock's attempt to establish a pattern of racketeering activity by an asbestos plaintiffs' law firm, a North Carolina federal judge held Sept. 3 in overruling the law firm's objections to a magistrate's approval of the discovery (Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC v. Belluck & Fox, LLP, et al., No. 3:14-cv-118, W.D. N.C.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms: Patent Is Invalid As Indefinite

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia federal judge properly deemed "compliance mechanism" a means-plus-function term that lacks sufficient structure as it is used in a patent covering a method for preventing unauthorized recordings, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 4 (Media Rights Technologies Inc. v. Capital One Financial Corporation, et al., No. 14-1218, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15767).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - California Federal Judge Partially Certifies Uber Driver Class In Wage Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Sept. 1 partially certified a class of drivers who have driven in California for Uber Technologies Inc. and allege that they were improperly classified as independent contractors and denied reimbursement for all necessary expenditures, as well the full amount of gratuity left by customers (Douglas O'Connor, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., No. 13-3826, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116482).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Delaware Federal Judge Agrees: Patent Is Invalid

WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on Sept. 2 granted myriad infringement defendants judgment on the pleadings, deeming an asserted patent invalid under Section 101 of the Patent Act (Novo Transforma Technologies LLC v. Sprint Spectrum L.P. et al., Nos. 14-612, -613, -614, -615, -616, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116647).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Federal Judge Partially Certifies Uber Driver Class In Wage Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Sept. 1 partially certified a class of drivers who have driven in California for Uber Technologies Inc. and allege that they were improperly classified as independent contractors and denied reimbursement for all necessary expenditures, as well the full amount of gratuity left by customers (Douglas O'Connor, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., No. 13-3826, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116482).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Garlock's Fraud, RICO Actions Against Law Firms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Allegations made by Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC in complaints filed against asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys and law firms are "more than adequate to state a claim for fraud," a North Carolina federal judge held Sept. 2 in denying motions to dismiss the complaints (Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC v. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, APLC, et al., No. 14-116, W.D. N.C.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117028; Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC v. Shein Law Center, Ltd., et al., No. 14-137, W.D. N.C.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117027).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Conn. Court Affirms Delay In Naming Substitute Plaintiff Warranted Dismissal

HARTFORD, Conn. - An executrix's four-year delay in substituting herself as a plaintiff in an asbestos action prejudiced defendants and warranted dismissal for failure to prosecute, a Connecticut appeals court held Sept. 2 (Adrienne Brochu, executrix of the estate of Adrien Brochu v. Aesys Technologies, et al., No. AC36483, Conn. App.; 2015 Conn. App. LEXIS 314).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Conn. Court Affirms Delay In Naming Substitute Plaintiff Warranted Dismissal

HARTFORD, Conn. - An executrix's four-year delay in substituting herself as a plaintiff in an asbestos action prejudiced defendants and warranted dismissal for failure to prosecute, a Connecticut appeals court held Sept. 2 (Adrienne Brochu, executrix of the estate of Adrien Brochu v. Aesys Technologies, et al., No. AC36483, Conn. App.; 2015 Conn. App. LEXIS 314).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Conn. Court Affirms Delay In Naming Substitute Plaintiff Warranted Dismissal

HARTFORD, Conn. - An executrix's four-year delay in substituting herself as a plaintiff in an asbestos action prejudiced defendants and warranted dismissal for failure to prosecute, a Connecticut appeals court held Sept. 2 (Adrienne Brochu, executrix of the estate of Adrien Brochu v. Aesys Technologies, et al., No. AC36483, Conn. App.; 2015 Conn. App. LEXIS 314).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Most Plaintiff Claims Survive In 1st Bellwether Case In Wright Conserve Hip MDL

ATLANTA - A Georgia federal judge overseeing the Wright Conserve hip implant multidistrict litigation on Aug. 31 granted summary judgment on one claim in the first bellwether case but otherwise preserved plaintiff Robyn Christiansen's other claims of action (In Re: Wright Medical Technology Inc. Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2329, No. 12-md-2329, Robyn Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology Incorporated, et al., MDL Docket No. 2329, No. 13-297, N.D. Ga., Atlanta Div.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115601).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Most Plaintiff Claims Survive In 1st Bellwether Case In Wright Conserve Hip MDL

ATLANTA - A Georgia federal judge overseeing the Wright Conserve hip implant multidistrict litigation on Aug. 31 granted summary judgment on one claim in the first bellwether case but otherwise preserved plaintiff Robyn Christiansen's other claims of action (In Re: Wright Medical Technology Inc. Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2329, No. 12-md-2329, Robyn Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology Incorporated, et al., MDL Docket No. 2329, No. 13-297, N.D. Ga., Atlanta Div.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115601).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Indiana Federal Judge: Lilly Prevails On Indirect Patent Infringement Claim

INDIANAPOLIS - Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on divided infringement in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc. (134 S. Ct. 2111 [2014]) and a recent en banc Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in the same case, an Indiana federal judge on Aug. 25 found that abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic Alimta would indirectly infringe an Eli Lilly and Co. patent (Eli Lilly and Company v. Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. et al., No. 10-1376, S.D. Ind.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112221).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Garlock Asbestos Committee: Plan Negotiations Should Remain Confidential

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Negotiations between asbestos claimants and Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC in a failed effort to reach a consensus on a plan of reorganization should remain confidential and out of the reach of discovery in the plan confirmation process, the claimants' committee says in an Aug. 24 motion for a protective order filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock Asbestos Committee: Plan Negotiations Should Remain Confidential

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Negotiations between asbestos claimants and Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC in a failed effort to reach a consensus on a plan of reorganization should remain confidential and out of the reach of discovery in the plan confirmation process, the claimants' committee says in an Aug. 24 motion for a protective order filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Allows UCL, Fraud Claims To Continue In Bitcoin Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A state unfair competition law (UCL) claim and portions of a fraud claim will continue against defendants accused of breach of contract for failing to deliver computers or refund the bitcoin used to pay for the merchandise, a federal judge in California ruled Aug. 14 (Pete Morici v. HashFast Technologies, et al., No. 14-87, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107449).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Denial Of Motion To Amend Patent Claims Reversed, Remanded By Federal Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although affirming Aug. 13 that a Texas federal judge properly determined that a patent infringement plaintiff had standing, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that it remains unclear whether the judge abused his discretion in denying the same plaintiff leave to amend its infringement contentions against myriad defendants (Keranos LLC, et al. v. Silicon Storage Technology Inc., et al., Nos. 14-1360, -1500, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14176).

Mealey's IP/Tech - En Banc Federal Circuit Sets Forth Divided Infringement Criteria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 13 reinstated a verdict of patent infringement after finding that the jury heard "substantial evidence from which it could find that" defendant Limelight Networks Inc. "directs or controls its customers' performance of each . . . method step, such that all steps of the method are attributable to Limelight" (Akamai Technologies Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks Inc., Nos. 09-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14175).

Mealey's IP/Tech - En Banc Federal Circuit: Commission's Interpretation Of Section 337 Is Reasonable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Trade Commission did not err in interpreting Section 337 of the Tariff Act, which declares the importation of infringing products unlawful, as inclusive of goods that, after importation, are used by an importer to directly infringe at the inducement of the goods' seller, a divided, en banc Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 10 (Suprema Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. International Trade Commission and Cross Match Technologies Inc., No. 12-1170, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13929).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Amended Order Clears Way For Garlock Discovery Of Manville Trust Claim Data

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge on Aug. 5 amended his order allowing Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to serve a subpoena on the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust for information on the more than 90,000 asbestos claimants in Garlock's bankruptcy case so the parties can conduct a preliminary exchange of information to limit the number of false positive matches of claimants in their databases (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Amended Order Clears Way For Garlock Discovery Of Manville Trust Claim Data

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge on Aug. 5 amended his order allowing Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to serve a subpoena on the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust for information on the more than 90,000 asbestos claimants in Garlock's bankruptcy case so the parties can conduct a preliminary exchange of information to limit the number of false positive matches of claimants in their databases (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).