Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc. v. Cox et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 319 Motion to Strike. Signed by District Judge Debra M. Brown on 6/14/19. (tab)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
RONALDO DESIGNER JEWELRY, INC.
JAMES B. COX and CATHERINE A. COX
d/b/a JC DESIGNS d/b/a WIRE N RINGS
and JOHN DOE a/k/a LEROY and JOHN
DOES Numbers 1 through 99
This intellectual property action is before the Court on Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc.’s
“Motion to Strike Defendants’ Supplemental Response to Their Motion Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §
411(b)(2); or Alternatively, for Leave to File Sur-Reply.” Doc. #319.
On April 28, 2017, Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc. filed a second amended complaint
against James B. Cox and Catherine A. Cox d/b/a JC Designs d/b/a Wire N Rings, John Doe a/k/a
Leroy, and John Does Numbers 1 through 99, alleging, among other things, claims for copyright
infringement for various wire bracelets. Doc. #82.
On September 2, 2018, the Coxes, alleging that “the information … Ronaldo provided in
its copyright applications … for the Power of Prayer jewelry design and the Angelina jewelry
design … was materially inaccurate and incomplete,” moved this Court pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §
411(b)(2) to issue a request to the Register of Copyrights to determine whether the Register would
have refused Ronaldo’s registrations in light of the alleged inaccurate or missing information.
Doc. #143. Finding that the parties applied the incorrect legal standard in their briefing on the
motion, the Court directed Ronaldo to file a supplemental response and granted the Coxes leave
to file a supplemental reply. Doc. #316 at 7. Ronaldo filed its supplemental response on May 1,
2019. Doc. #317. The Coxes filed their supplemental reply seven days later. Doc. #318.
On May 15, 2019, Ronaldo moved to strike certain allegations and arguments in the Coxes’
supplemental reply or, alternatively, for leave to file a sur-reply. Doc. #319. The motion to
strike is fully briefed. Docs. #320, 321.
Ronaldo argues that certain arguments and allegations in the Coxes’ supplemental reply
must be stricken because they add new arguments and new allegations in support of the Coxes’
request for referral to the Register. See Doc. #319. The Coxes respond that their supplemental
reply merely “responded to the Order for supplemental briefing and responded to the matters raised
by Ronaldo in its Supplemental Response.” Doc. #320 at 3.
The Court has reviewed the relevant briefing in this case and believes that the Coxes’
supplemental reply raises new arguments and allegations in support of their motion. Specifically,
the supplemental reply raises arguments and allegations related to authorship not present in the
original motion, and raises arguments related to Ronaldo’s business structure which were not
originally argued. However, rather than potentially invite a second referral motion based on the
grounds raised in the supplemental reply, the Court, in the interest of efficiency, will deny
Ronaldo’s request to strike the supplemental reply and instead grant Ronaldo’s alternative request
for leave to file a supplemental sur-reply. See 16 Front Street LLC v. Miss. Silicon, LLC, 162 F.
Supp. 3d 558, 560 (N.D. Miss. 2016) (“[A]sur-reply is appropriate when the movant’s rebuttal
raises new legal theories or attempts to present new evidence at the reply or rebuttal stage.”).
The motion to strike  is GRANTED in Part and DENIED in Part. The motion is
DENIED to the extent it asks the Court to strike certain arguments and allegations in the Coxes’
supplemental reply. The motion is GRANTED to the extent it seeks leave to file a sur-reply.
Ronaldo may file a sur-reply within seven (7) days of this order.
SO ORDERED, this 14th day of June, 2019.
/s/Debra M. Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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