It’s been a slow month for new intellectual property lawsuits in Indiana, with just one filed since mid-April. However, several of the existing lawsuits are heating up, with numerous counterclaims being filed, including one alleging abusive litigation practices.

Schnebelt v. Anglotopia, LLC (ND, filed 1/18/2021) – A Notice of Voluntary Dismissal was filed on April 30, 2021 and the lawsuit was dismissed on May 4, 2021.

Noble Romans, Inc. v. Gateway Triangle Corp. et al. (SD, filed 2/5/2021) – On April 30, 2021, the Defendants filed an Answer and a Counterclaim for Abuse of Process, accusing Noble Roman’s and two Counterclaim Defendants of abusive litigation practices.

On May 14, 2021, the Counterclaim Defendants filed their Answer to the Counterclaim for Abuse of Process. The Counterclaim Defendants are represented by Jaime L. Meyer, Jeffrey D. Roberts, and Randy M. Fisher of Hollingsworth Roberts Means LLC.

Heartland Consumer Products LLC v. Speedway, LLC (SD, filed 2/5/2021) – An Amended Complaint was filed on April 23, 2021, adding an additional Plaintiff, TC Heartland LLC.

Indianapolis Bouldering, LLC v. BP Holdings Co. LLC et al. (SD, filed 2/11/2021) – A Notice of Voluntary Dismissal was filed on May 7, 2021 and the lawsuit was dismissed on May 10, 2021.

Watch Communications v. Jarman et al. (SD, filed 3/8/2021) – Between April 21, 2021 to April 28, 2021, each of the Defendants filed a similar Motion to Dismiss for several counts of the Complaint, including the counts most interesting to intellectual property practitioners, False Designation of Origin and Unfair Competition, Civil Conspiracy, and Common Law Unfair Competition.

On April 28, 2021, Defendants Grit Technologies and Jarman also filed their Answer, Counterclaim and Third-Party Complaint. The Counterclaim and Third-Party Complaint includes claims of Tortious Interference with a Contract, Defamation, Violation of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, Common Law Unfair Competition. These Defendants are represented by Wendy D. Brewer and Laura M. Brymer of Fultz Maddox Dickens PLC, with admission pending for Jeffrey L. Widman and Laura Caplin of Fox Rothschild LLP.

La Michoacana Meat Market TM Holdings, LLC v. Lopez et al. (SD, filed 3/9/2021) – No update yet.

La Michoacana Meat Market TM Holdings, LLC v. Galan et al. (ND, filed 3/9/2021) – No update yet.

Vroom, Inc. v. Midwest Motors LLC et al. (SD, filed 3/24/2021) – The Defendant’s owner has mailed a letter to the Court advising them that he is in the process of changing his company name. This isn’t an actual Answer but it might be enough for Plaintiff to seek redress outside of the Court system. Presumably, Plaintiff’s counsel will be seeking assurances that the letter’s claims are true and we’ll have to wait to see whether they continue to pursue additional remedies.

Delta Faucet Company v. Iakovlev et al. (SD, filed 3/25/2021) – The Defendant has not responded to the Amended Complaint and Delta Faucet Company filed a Request for Entry of Default on April 29, 2021.

ABI Attachments, Inc. v. Kiser Arena Specialists, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 4/12/2021) – Defendants’ counsel have filed their Appearances and submitted a Notice of Extension of Time until June 3, 2021 to answer the Complaint.

Triple LLL Truck Repair, Inc. v. Triple LLL, Inc. et al. (ND, filed 4/26/2021) – No update yet.