CoStar Realty Information, Inc. v. CIVIX-DDI, LLC, No. 12 C 4968, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 18, 2012) (Holderman, C. J.).
Chief Judge Holderman denied patent holder CIVIX-DDI’s motion to transfer this patent dispute to the E.D. Virginia.
Convenience of the Parties
Plaintiff CoStar’s choice of forum was given deference – despite not being resident in Illinois –because of defendant CIVIX-DDI’s prior and existing litigation involving the same patents in this district. The likely location of documents – in Washington, DC – did not weigh in favor of transfer because they would likely be transferred electronically. The third party witnesses were in or near the E.D. Virginia, weighing in favor of transfer.
Both jurisdictions were familiar with the law. The E.D. Virginia had a greater interest in the dispute because CoStar was located there. The ability to try related cases together, however, weighed against transfer. Balancing the locations, the ability to consolidate outweighed the other factors.
Addition & Detoxification Institute, LLC v. Rapid Drug Detox Center, No. 11 C 7992, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 11, 2012) (Coleman, J.).
Judge Coleman granted in part plaintiff ADI’s motion to compel limited jurisdictional discovery in this patent case. ADI’s requests were overly broad and the Court accepted defendant’s declarations, but the Court ordered that defendant respond to limited additional interrogatories:
- Identify customers by race and whether they reside in this district.
- Provide a general statement of defendant’s worth to demonstrate its ability or lack thereof to litigate in this district.
Flava Works, Inc. v. Terry, No. 12 C 1884, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 11, 2012) (Coleman, J.).
Judge Coleman granted defendant’s motion to transfer this copyright and trademark infringement case to the M.D. Florida. As an initial matter, defendant did not waive the issue of personal jurisdiction because the answer contested it. While there was at least one witness and some documents in Illinois, defendant, much of plaintiff’s business and many of the documents were in Florida. The Court, therefore, transferred the case to Florida.