Luxpro Corporation v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 28

MOTION for Order in Support of Apple, Inc.'s Motion for Transfer and Motion to Dismiss by Apple, Inc.. (Crass, Kevin)

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Luxpro Corporation v. Apple, Inc. Doc. 28 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION LUXPRO CORPORATION, a Taiwanese ) corporation, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) APPLE, INC. f/k/a Apple Computer, ) Inc., ) ) ) Defendant. ) Civil Action No. 4:08-CV-04092-HFB REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE IN SUPPORT OF APPLE INC.'S MOTION FOR TRANSFER AND MOTION TO DISMISS Pursuant to Rule 201 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Apple Inc. hereby requests that the Court take judicial notice of (1) an injunction issued by the Ninth Panel of the Braunschweig Regional Court in Braunschweig, Germany on March 14, 2005 and (2) an injunction issued by the Shihlin District Court in Taipei, Taiwan on August 18, 2005, which are cited in Apple's Motion to Dismiss and to Strike. True and correct copies of these injunctions and their translations are attached as Exhibits 1 4 to the accompanying Declaration of Thomas La Perle. Federal Rule of Evidence 201 allows a court to take judicial notice of adjudicative facts "not subject to reasonable dispute in that [they are] . . . capable of accurate and ready determination by resort to sources whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned." "When considering a motion for judgment on the pleadings (or a motion to dismiss under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6)), the court generally must ignore materials outside the pleadings, but it may consider 1 Dockets.Justia.com `some materials that are part of the public record or do not contradict the complaint,' as well as materials that are `necessarily embraced by the pleadings.'" Porous Media Corp. v. Pall Corp., 186 F.3d 1077, 1079 (8th Cir. 1999) (citations omitted). A court may also consider documents whose contents are alleged in a complaint and whose authenticity no party questions, but which are not physically attached to the pleading. Mattes v. ABC Plastics, Inc., 323 F.3d 695, 698 (8th Cir. 2003); Stahl v. United States Dep't of Agric., 327 F.3d 697, 700 (8th Cir. 2003) (district court properly took judicial notice of public record referenced in complaint); R.P. v. Springdale Sch. Dist., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12073, *6 (W.D. Ark. Feb. 21, 2007) (on motion to dismiss, considering settlement agreements referred to and relied on in the complaint). Orders and judgments of foreign courts are also proper subjects of judicial notice. Mike's Train House, Inc. v. Lionel, L.L.C., 472 F.3d 398, 412 (6th Cir. 2006) (taking judicial notice of forty-five exhibits that included English translations of documents generated during Korean judicial proceedings); Channer v. Brooks, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25065, *2 (D. Conn. July 19, 2001) ("A federal court may take judicial notice of a decision rendered by the judicial system of a state or foreign country.") The German and Taiwanese injunctions are a proper subject of judicial notice. The complaint refers to (but does not attach) both of these injunctions, and Luxpro bases a number of its allegations on those injunctions. Specifically, Luxpro alleges that "Apple applied for and received injunctive relief against Luxpro from a German court asking Luxpro to abandon the use of the word `Shuffle' in the product name of one of its competing products, even though no trademark for that name was registered by Apple." (First Amended Complaint, 26.) Luxpro also contends that Apple obtained an injunction in Taiwan that prohibited Luxpro from manufacturing, distributing and marketing its digital music players, and that the injunction "stopped all of Luxpro's MP3 production and had forced Luxpro to cease performance of existing contracts and orders." (Id. 2 at 28.) Plaintiff has thus incorporated the two injunctions by reference into the complaint, allowing the Court to judicially notice them and consider them for purposes of Apple's motion to dismiss and to strike. Mattes, 323 F3d at 698. The Court may judicially notice the injunctions for the additional, independent reason that they are orders of a foreign court. Mike's Train House, 472 F.3d at 412; Channer, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25065 at *2. Respectfully submitted, BY: /s/ Kevin A. Crass Arkansas Bar No.: 84029 KEVIN A. CRASS FRIDAY, ELDREDGE & CLARK, LLP 400 West Capitol Avenue Suite 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3522 Telephone: (501) 376-2011 Email: crass@fec.net and JAMES M. PRATT, JR. Arkansas Bar No.: 74124 144 Washington Street, Northwest P.O. Box 938 Camden, Arkansas 71701-0938 Telephone: (870) 836-7328 Email: jamiepratt@cablelynx.com and CoCounsel PENELOPE A. PREOVOLOS California Bar No.: 87607 STUART C. PLUNKETT California Bar No.:187971 MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 Telephone: (415) 268-7000 Facsimile: (415) 268-7522 E-mail: PPreovolos@mofo.com E-mail: SPlunkett@mofo.com Attorneys for Defendant Apple Inc. 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, Kevin A. Crass, hereby certify that on December 19, 2008, the foregoing was electronically filed with the Clerk which shall send notification of such filing to the following: Richard A. Adams radams@pattonroberts.com,shicks@pattonroberts.com,mcosta@pattonroberts.com Phillip N. Cockrell pcockrell@pattonroberts.com,kharris@pattonroberts.com Patrick J. Conroy pconroy@shorechan.com,ldalton@shorechan.com Jeremy Young Hutchinson jhutchinson@pattonroberts.com,kbraswell@pattonroberts.com Glenn E. Janik gjanik@shorechan.com,ldalton@shorechan.com Corey Darnell McGaha cmcgaha@pattonroberts.com,shicks@pattonroberts.com,mcosta@pattonroberts.com,ssre balus@pattonroberts.com Nicholas H. Patton nickpatton@texarkanalaw.com,mlong@texarkanalaw.com Leisa B. Pearlman lpearlman@pattonroberts.com,shicks@pattonroberts.com,pdesantis@pattonroberts.com,k garrett@pattonroberts.com Patricia L. Peden ppeden@pedenlawfirm.com Stuart Christopher Plunkett rpelletier@mofo.com,splunkett@mofo.com James M. Pratt , Jr jamiepratt@cablelynx.com Penelope A. Preovolos PPreovolos@mofo.com,kfranklin@mofo.com Sean F. Rommel srommel@pattonroberts.com,shicks@pattonroberts.com,mcosta@pattonroberts.com,kgar rett@pattonroberts.com /s/ Kevin A. Crass KEVIN A. CRASS (84029) FRIDAY, ELDREDGE & CLARK, LLP 400 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3522 Telephone: (501) 376-2011 Crass@fec.net Attorneys for Defendant, Apple Inc. f/k/a Apple Computer, Inc. # 695173 4