Fall is here! Only two (one trademark, one copyright) lawsuits were filed in Indiana in the last month, but there’s been plenty of action in the existing cases. Dave Chappelle’s “failed comedian” plaintiff has returned with Proof of Service and a Motion for Default Judgment. One plaintiff has filed a Motion for Contempt against a non-responsive defendant after continued infringement following a Default Judgment. Another trademark plaintiff faces a Motion to Dismiss their federal claims based on a lack of interstate commerce. Interesting stuff ahead, so read on and stay tuned for next month’s updates.
Noble Romans, Inc. v. Gateway Triangle Corp. et al. (SD, filed 2/5/2021) – The Defendants have been granted until November 11, 2021 to file their response to the Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment.
Watch Communications v. Jarman et al. (SD, filed 3/8/2021) – The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on October 12, 2021.
ABI Attachments, Inc. v. Kiser Arena Specialists, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 4/12/2021) – This lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on October 6, 2021 via a joint motion.
Triple LLL Truck Repair, Inc. v. Triple LLL, Inc. et al. (ND, filed 4/26/2021) – No update this month.
Energy Beverages LLC v. Full Throttle Automotive LLC (SD, filed 5/19/2021) – A Stipulation of Dismissal was filed on September 8, 2021 and simply awaits formal dismissal by the Court.
Egglife Foods, Inc. v. Crepini, LLC (ND, filed 5/28/2021) – The Defendant’s Answer was filed on October 12, 2021.
Gatewood v. Webber Chappelle (ND, filed 6/4/2021) – This case looked set for a dismissal based on failure to serve process but the Plaintiff filed a Proof of Service on September 28, 2021 and filed a Motion for Default Judgment on October 5, 2021. We now at least have a better idea what the “joke” was that Dave Chappelle allegedly “stole”…it’s at minute mark 21:23 until 22:15 in Chappelle’s “Heart of Texas” comedy special. The original Complaint said the stolen joke was “exactly one minute” so there is some discrepancy between the Plaintiff’s documents.
Sears Authorized Hometown Stores, LLC v. Lynn Retails, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 6/4/2021) – No update this month.
Noble Roman’s, Inc. v. AMI Stores Management, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 6/6/2021) – No update this month.
Valqari LLC v. Dronedek Corporation et al. (SD, filed 6/16/2021) – The parties have reported settlement. The Court has worded the Plaintiff to file dismissal documents by October 29, 2021.
Fitzgerald et al. v. Murray et al. (SD, filed 6/18/2021) – The Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel Discovery Responses on September 17, 2021 and the Defendant Murray filed a Motion to Strike the following day. A default judgment was entered against the Defendant Beacon Books on October 1, 2021 for failure to respond. A Reply for the Motion to Compel was filed by Plaintiff on October 4, 2021 and the Defendants filed their Answer to Interrogatories on October 4, 2021.
Phoenix Intangibles Holding Company et al. v. Virk Brothers, LLC et al. (ND, filed 7/9/2021) – No update this month.
Poulsen Roser A/S v. Gardens Alive, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 7/14/2021) – The parties have a telephone status conference set for November 15, 2021.
Haehl v. Dr. Brite, LLC (SD, filed 7/21/2021) – The Defendant filed an Answer on September 28, 2021. Defense counsel is John R. Terpstra and Anna Mandula of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
AWGI, LLC et al. v. CLD Trucking Co. d/b/a Atlas Moving Systems AMS (SD, filed 7/22/2021) – The Defendant failed to appear for a telephonic default judgment hearing on September 28, 2021 and judgment was entered for the Plaintiff. The default judgment apparently did not deter the Defendant from continuing its infringing activities, and a Motion for Contempt was filed by the Plaintiff on October 13, 2021.
Berman v. Auralex Acoustics, Inc. (SD, filed 7/22/2021) – Despite a purported settlement, dismissal documents were not filed by the Court’s deadline of October 8, 2021.
RE/MAX, LLC et al. v. Dulin et al. (SD, filed 8/24/2021) – An Amended Complaint was filed on September 16, 2021. No other updates.
Bubbles Ice Cream Parlor & Pie Shoppe, Inc. v. Scoops & Sweet Bubbles, LLC (ND, filed 8/25/2021) – The Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim (based on lack of interstate commerce) and lack of supplemental jurisdiction.
Forest River, Inc. v. inTech Trailers, Inc. (ND, filed 8/31/2021) – An Answer was filed on September 21, 2021 and the following Amended Answer was filed on October 12, 2021. A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for November 3, 2021 before the Court. (Could this signal an end to almost two years of telephonic court conferences?)
Thomas v. ooShirts, Inc. et al. (SD, filed 9/24/2021) – No update yet.
Edutainment Live, LLC v. Video Game Palooza et al. (SD, filed 10/11/2021) – No update yet.