The Sound of Contempt

Judge Mazzant granted the plaintiff’s motion for civil contempt due to the defendant’s violations of the permanent injunction in this case based on infringing guitars, but declined to consider the arguments raised for the first time in the reply brief (helpfully noting that the plaintiff should “feel free to file a new motion for civil contempt” as to those issues).

Motion For Default Judgment As Sanction Denied

Plaintiff sought default judgment as a sanction for the defendant’s failure to timely provide discovery responses.  In an order that goes through when failure to comply with discovery obligations warrants sanctions, the court found that a “death penalty” sanction was not warranted in this case since the late compliance was not willful, and the plaintiff was not substantially prejudice by the late responses.

Motion To Dismiss And For Rule 11 Sanctions Denied

Memorial City Hall in Marshall last night as guests arrive for the Dallas String Quartet concert

Judge Payne denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim or in the alternative for a more definite statement, holding that the arguments required a particular claim construction that is not apparent from the pleadings record.  He also denied the motion for Rule 11 sanctions, noting that it relied on the same claim construction arguments.