Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al

Filing 291


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Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al Doc. 291 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaintiff, v. SOFTLAYER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al. Defendants. CASE NO. 6:09-cv-269-LED Jury Trial Demanded BEDROCK'S REPLY IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION TO COMPEL FROM AOL AND MYSPACE A COMPLETE RESPONSE TO BEDROCK'S FOURTH INTERROGATORY Dallas 309193v1 I. ARGUMENT IN REPLY MySpace and AOL attempt to justify their interrogatory responses by placing blame on Bedrock--particularly, by arguing that Bedrock has not come forth with a sufficient damages and infringement theories that would trigger AOL's and MySpace's obligations to give complete responses. Most of this briefing simply repeats Google's and's briefing, which is why Bedrock has asked the Court for a case management conference on the scope of discoverability in the District. See Dkt. No. 288. Further, these arguments are unavailing for the same reasons set out in Bedrock's prior briefing against Google and See Dkt. No. 264 at 2-4. Below, Bedrock discusses the slight ways in which MySpace's and AOL's briefs differ from Google's and's briefing. MySpace. MySpace should be given no credit for producing documents and promising to supplement its interrogatory response--which it still has not done--after it refused to supplement its interrogatory, which forced Bedrock to file this motion to compel. To allow a party to avoid a motion to compel by such a contrivance would defeat a key purpose of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules, which is to promote voluntary discovery without the need for motions practice. AOL. Similarly, AOL should be given no credit for supplementing its interrogatory response alongside its response to Bedrock's motion. In any event, AOL's response is still deficient. Bedrock's fourth interrogatory to AOL asks: For each AOL business unit using, running, or relying upon to any degree a server or network of servers executing any Accused Version of Linux, for each quarter from 2003 to the present, describe the following financial data: (a) revenues net of any returns, allowances, or credits; (b) costs; (c) all other expenses, with the data segregated by whatever classifications AOL makes in its normal course of business; (d) profits before taxes net of any returns, allowances, or credits; (e) the identity of documents -1Dallas 309193v1 sufficient to show financial data requested by (a) through (d); and (f) the identity of all persons who have knowledge related to the information requested in this interrogatory. AOL's supplemental response, however, only gives financial information related to its revenues by year. In other words, AOL's supplemental response still does not answer subparts (b)-(e) of the interrogatory, and even the disclosed revenues are not separated by quarter. II. CONCLUSION Because MySpace's and AOL's responses to Bedrock's fourth interrogatory was deficient at the outset of this motion and remains deficient, Bedrock respectfully requests the Court to grant its motion and enter either its proposed order or its alternative proposed order. -2Dallas 309193v1 DATED: September 17, 2010 Respectfully submitted, McKOOL SMITH, P.C. /s/ Douglas A. Cawley Sam F. Baxter Texas Bar No. 01938000 McKOOL SMITH, P.C. 104 E. Houston Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 0 Marshall, Texas 75670 Telephone: (903) 923-9000 Facsimile: (903) 923-9099 Douglas A. Cawley, Lead Attorney Texas Bar No. 04035500 Theodore Stevenson, III Texas Bar No. 19196650 Jason D. Cassady Texas Bar No. 24045625 J. Austin Curry Texas Bar No. 24059636 McKOOL SMITH, P.C. 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: 214-978-4000 Facsimile: 214-978-4044 Robert M. Parker Texas Bar No. 15498000 Robert Christopher Bunt Texas Bar No. 00787165 PARKER, BUNT & AINSWORTH, P.C. 100 E. Ferguson, Suite 1114 Tyler, Texas 75702 Telephone: 903-531-3535 Facsimile: 903-533-9687 E-mail: E-mail: ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC Dallas 309193v1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that all counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of the forgoing document via the Court's CM/ECF system pursuant to the Court's Local Rules this 17th day of September, 2010. /s/ J. Austin Curry J. Austin Curry Dallas 309193v1

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