Soilworks LLC v Midwest Industrial Supply Inc

Filing 105

MOTION in Limine to Bar Evidence regarding Any Legal Advice Soilworks may have Received Concerning Midwest's Patents by Midwest Industrial Supply Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Soilworks' Responses to Midwest's First Set of Interrogatories, # 2 Exhibit B - Soilworks' Responses to Midwest's Document Production Requests)(Bautista, Jill)

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Soilworks LLC v Midwest Industrial Supply Inc Doc. 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Craig A. Marvinney, 0004951 (OH) John M. Skeriotis, 0069263 (OH) Jill A. Bautista, 0075560 (OH) BROUSE MCDOWELL 388 S. Main Street, Suite 500 Akron, Ohio 44311-4407 Telephone: 330-535-5711 Email: cmarvinney@brouse.com, jskeriotis@brouse.com, jbaut ista@brouse.com Admitted pro hac vice Donald L. Myles, Jr., 007464 (AZ) JONES, SKELTON & HOCHULI, P.L.C. 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85012 Telephone: 602-263-1700 Email: dmyles@jshfirm.com Attorneys for Defendant/Counterclaimant Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA SOILWORKS, LLC, an Arizona NO.: 2:06-CV-2141-DGC corporation, Plaintiff / Counterdefendant / Counterclaimant, v. MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC., an Ohio corporation authorized to do business in Arizona, Defendant / Counterclaimant / Counterdefendant. I. MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC.'S MOTION IN LIMINE TO BAR EVIDENCE REGARDING ANY LEGAL ADVICE SOILWORKS, LLC MAY HAVE RECEIVED CONCERNING MIDWEST'S PATENTS INTRODUCTION Defendant Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. ("Midwest") moves this Court in limine to preclude Plaintiff Soilworks, LLC ("Plaintiff") from presenting any evidence regarding any legal advice it may have received concerning Midwest's Patents. Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 II. ARGUMENT In its First Set of Interrogatories, Midwest asked Plaintiff whether it received any advice from counsel "pertaining to the infringement, validity and/or enforceability ... of the Midwest Patents." (Soilworks, LLC's Answers to Midwests Industrial Supply, Inc.'s First Set of Interrogatories ("Plaintiff's Answer"), Interrogatory 11, relevant pages attached as Exhibit A). Additionally, in its First Requests for Production of Documents and Things, Midwest asked Plaintiff for documents pertaining to any legal advice it may have received concerning Midwest's patents. (Soilworks, LLC'S Responses to Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc.'s First Request for Production of Documents and Things ("Plaintiff's Response"), Request 20, relevant pages attached as Exhibit B). Plaintiff did not initially respond to either the interrogatory or the document request, and further, it later failed to supplement its answer to the interrogatory and its response to the document request to add new information. Plaintiff, thus, is precluded pursuant to Fed. Civ. R. 37(c) from introducing any evidence at trial of any "Advice of Counsel" defense or any other evidence suggesting any reliance by Soilworks on input of Counsel regarding Midwest's Patents in any way. Rule 26(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that "[a] party who has ... responded to an interrogatory [or a] request for production ... must supplement or correct its disclosure or response." Rule 37(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that a party which fails to supplement its answers with new information if its failure is not substantially justified or harmless is "not allowed to use that information." See Zhang v. American Gem Seafoods, Inc., 339 F.3d 1020, 1028 (9th Cir. 2003) (holding that non- 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 disclosed manual was excluded pursuant to Fed.Civ.R. 37(c)); see also Yeti by Molly, Ltd. v. Deckers Outdoor Corp., 259 F.3d 1101, 1106 (9th Cir. 2007); International Flora Technologies, Ltd. v. Clarins U.S.A., Inc., Case No. 06-1372-PHX-ROS, 2008 WL 4174894 (D.Ariz. 2008) (holding that a non-disclosed patent claim was excluded pursuant to Fed. Civ. 37(c)(1)). In response to Midwest's Interrogatory 11, Plaintiff answered that the request was not applicable. (Plaintiff's Answer, 11, Ex. A). Again, Plaintiff failed to supplement its answer to provide any further response. Thus, and for this reason as well, Plaintiff is precluded, pursuant to Fed.Civ.R. 37(c), from introducing any evidence at trial that it received any legal advice concerning Midwest's Patents. In response to Midwest's Request for Production 20, Plaintiff objected that the documents were protected by privilege and asserted that, if there were responsive documents, it would provide a privilege log. (Plaintiff's Response, 20, Ex. B). Despite Midwest's multiple inquiries, however, Plaintiff also failed to provid a privilege log. Thus, according to Fed. Civ. R. 37(c), Plaintiff, again, is precluded from introducing any documents at trial regarding any legal advice it received concerning Midwest's Patents. III. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, Midwest respectfully submits that the Court should enter an order precluding Plaintiff from presenting any evidence regarding any legal advice it may have received concerning Midwest's Patents. 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Respectfully Submitted, By: /s/ Jill A. Bautista Craig A. Marvinney, 0004951 (OH) John M. Skeriotis, 0069263 (OH) Jill A. Bautista, 0075560 (OH) BROUSE MCDOWELL 388 S. Main Street, Suite 500 Akron, Ohio 44311-4407 Telephone: 330-535-5711 Facsimile: 330-253-8601 Email: cmarvinney@brouse.com, jskeriotis@brouse.com, jbautista@brouse.com Admitted pro hac vice Donald L. Myles, Jr., 007464 (AZ) JONES, SKELTON & HOCHULI, P.L.C. 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85012 Telephone: 602-263-1700 Facsimile: 602-263-1784 Email: dmyles@jshfirm.com Attorneys for Defendant/Counterclaimant Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5 727343 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned hereby certifies that a copy of the foregoing MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC.'S MOTION IN LIMINE TO BAR EVIDENCE REGARDING ANY LEGAL ADVICE SOILWORKS, LLC MAY HAVE RECEIVED CONCERNING MIDWEST'S PATENTS has been electronically filed on this 17th day of September, 2008. Notice of this filing will be sent to all parties by operation of the Court's electronic filing system. Parties may access this filing through the Court's system. /s/ Jill A. Bautista Jill A. Bautista

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