More Proportionality; Motion to Compel Sales Information Granted in Part

This is an order resolving a motion to compel on damages issues in a patent case.  At issue was whether the Defendants, a parent and a subsidiary, were required to provide financial data on infringing sales made by the parent to entities other than the named sub, and whether Defendants were required to provide financial data for certain additional products.  The Court granted one but denied the other, citing the “p” word and providing a useful list of things not to do to preserve a claim for discovery.

Proportionality Finally Gets Used in a Discovery Order

Let’s say you defeat an adversary in litigation, and you’re looking for assets from which a judgment can be satisfied.  Can you get discovery into your former opponent’s disposition of assets?  The answer is yes, but not prior to when you made your claim.  Why? Because it would not be proportional to the needs of the case. This order makes that finding, but then defines what discovery would be “proportional” under the circumstances.

Hotline calls

One of the unique characteristics of the Eastern District’s 1991 CJRA Plan was the creation of a discovery hotline which allows litigants to get a ruling from a judge in real time on a discovery dispute.  This latest ruling arises, as most do, from a dispute over whether a specific set of questions during a deposition was admissible.

Jurisdictional discovery

Come to think of it, with general jurisdiction rare, and specific jurisdiction also hard to come by – maybe there is a romance novel in there someplace. When you can get jurisdictional discovery and what you can get are beyond the scope of this order in a case where the existence of personal jurisdiction was challenged.  But it does tell you what the timing would be and how it affects your briefing schedule.

Fees Set in Deficient Infringement Contentions Case

Several weeks ago I posted on Judge Payne’s order on inadequate infringement contentions, which culminated in an order that the plaintiff pay Defendants’ reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred as a result of several motions seeking to compel it to comply with the Local Patent Rules governing infringement contentions. The parties were unable to reach agreement on the amount of costs, and earlier this week Judge Payne issued his order resolving the issue.

Four GD’s, two SOBs and one f-bomb comes to …

I just spent the last two days in depositions that were a model of decorum and professionalism by all involved, which reminded of one that wasn’t.

Once upon a time an EDTX judge was presented with a situation involving the use of coarse and profane language by a lawyer in a deposition.  (No, it didn’t involve Joe Jamail).

After considering all facts surrounding the deposition, arguments of counsel, and the attorney’s statement at the show cause hearing, the judge imposed a fine for the abusive behavior at his deposition.  But it’s how the fine was calculated that is of interest …

Withdrawing Deemed Admissions

Some afternoons it’s not the weather than sends chills down your spine but the thought that you could have been in a party’s position in a case you’re reading.  In the attached, Judge Mazzant denied a party’s motion to withdraw a party’s motion to withdraw and amend deemed admissions.  The order provides a useful guide on what facts are important when you find yourself in a similar situation.  Or, let’s be clear here – how not to respond to discovery requests.