Vishay Dale Electronics v. Cyntec et al

Filing 177

ORDER overruling 161 Appeal to Magistrate Judge Order 159 . Ordered by Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (SMS, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA VISHAY DALE ELECTRONICS, INC., Plaintiff, v. CYNTEC CO., LTD., SUSUMU CO., LTD., and SUSUMU INTERNATIONAL (USA), INC., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 8:07CV191 ORDER This matter is before the court on plaintiff's objections, Filing No. 161, to the order of the magistrate judge on a discovery dispute, Filing No. 159. The discovery dispute involves the plaintiff's motion to compel answers to several "contention" interrogatories propounded by the plaintiff. The plaintiff asserts that it needs to know the basis for defendant's defenses of invalidity and noninfringement. Magistrate Judge Thalken denied the motion to compel, stating that the requests were premature at this stage of the litigation when no significant discovery has taken place. On review of a decision of the magistrate judge on a pretrial matter, the district court may modify or set aside any part of the magistrate judge's order that it finds is clearly erroneous or contrary to law. 28 U.S.C. 636 (b)(1)(A); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a); In re Lane, 801 F.2d 1040, 1042 (8th Cir. 1986). See also Bialas v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., 59 F.3d 759, 764 (8th Cir. 1995) (noting "a magistrate is afforded broad discretion in the resolution of nondispositive discovery disputes"). Notably, the magistrate judge found the requests premature at this stage, but did not absolve the defendants of their duty to respond. The defendants remain obligated to supplement their responses as discovery progresses and the court has determined claim construction issues. The plaintiff has not shown that the magistrate judge's findings are clearly erroneous or contrary to law. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's objection (Filing No. 161) to the order of the magistrate judge (Filing No. 159) is overruled. DATED this 23rd day of December, 2008. BY THE COURT: s/ Joseph F. Bataillon Chief United States District Judge 2

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