Silicon Knights, Inc. v. Epic Games, Inc.

Filing 605

ORDER adopting 592 Memorandum and Recommendations and granting in part and denying in part 531 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge James C. Dever III on 3/24/11. (Cress, L.)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION No.5:07-CV-275-D SILICON KNIGHTS, INC., Plaintiff, v. EPIC GAMES, INC., Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER On January 25, 2011, Magistrate Judge Gates issued a Memorandum and Recommendation ("M&R") [D.E. 592]. In that M&R, Judge Gates recommended that Epic Games, Inc.'s ("Epic" or "defendant") motion for summary judgment be granted in part and denied in part [D.E. 531]. On February 4,2011, Epic filed objections [D.E. 594] to the M&R. On February 14,2011, Silicon Knights, Inc. ("SK" or "plaintiff") filed its response [D.E. 596] to Epic's objections. The court has reviewed the M&R, the record, defendant's objections, plaintiff's response to the objections, and defendant's reply. As for those portions of the M&R to which no objections were made, the court is satisfied that there is no clear error on the face of the record. As for the objections, the court has reviewed them de novo. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005). The court agrees that genuine issues of material fact exist as to some, but not all, claims. Accordingly, Epic's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED as to SK's claims for intentional interference with contractual relations (third cause of action), intentional interference with prospective economic advantage (fourth cause ofaction), unjust enrichment (eighth cause ofaction), and rescission or reformation (ninth cause of action), and these claims are DISMISSED with prejudice. Epic's motion for summary judgment is DENIED as to SK's claims for fraudulent inducement (first cause of action), negligent misrepresentation (second cause of action), UDTPA violations (sixth cause of action), common law unfair competition (seventh cause of action), and Epic's counterclaim for copyright infringement (first counterclaim). Thus, Epic's motion for summary judgment [D.E. 531] is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. SO ORDERED. This 1i. day of March 2011. SC.DEVERID States District Judge 2

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