Promotion In Motion Inc. v. Ferrara Candy Company et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER Granting 68 MOTION to Amend, filed by Promotion In Motion Inc.. Signed by Judge Richard G. Andrews on 10/11/2016. (nms)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
PROMOTION IN MOTION INC.,
Civil Action No. 15-212-RGA
FERRARA CANDY COMPANY and
FERRARA CANDY COMPANY
Plaintiff moves to amend its complaint to add more accused products. (D.I. 68).
The controlling scheduling order is dated February 1, 2016. (D.I. 42). It does not address
the timing of motions to amend. That was addressed by an earlier scheduling order, dated June
5, 2015 (D.I. 15), which provided a date of December 17, 2015, as the last date for amendment of
Trial is scheduled for March 20, 2017, and opening expert reports are due on October 12,
2016. (D.I. 42).
The first question is whether Plaintiff has established good cause for its late motion to
amend. I think Plaintiff has met that standard. Plaintiff says it learned about the additional
accused products through the production of documents, after the motion to amend deadline.
Defendant does not dispute that, but says Plaintiff could have learned about the additional
products the same way it learned about the first three accused products. I think Plaintiff has the
better of this, pointing out that the additional products include house brands, that is, products that
are not identifiable as coming from Defendant.
I do not think there is any significant prejudice to Defendant. Plaintiff states that the only
additional discovery it would need would be revenue figures relating to the seventeen additional
products. I also do not think amendment would be futile. Defendant seems to say the whole case
has no merit, and the amended products are just more of the same. Plaintiff disagrees. Thus, I
think Plaintiff will state a claim against the additional products, and they will rise or fall with the
rest of the case.
Thus, the motion to amend (D.I. 68) is GRANTED.
The parties should promptly meet and confer about any additional necessary discovery,
and make arrangements to promptly complete such additional discovery.
Further, the parties' briefing suggests to me that it might be advisable to give the parties
the opportunity, should either or both want it, to file one summary judgment motion and nomore-than twenty page brief on January 6, 2017, with answering briefs of no more than twenty
pages due January 13, 2017, and reply briefs of no more than ten pages due January 20, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED this ll_ day of October 2016.
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