Kremerman v. Open Source Steel, LLC et al

Filing 81

ORDER DIRECTING FILING OF ANSWER AND UDATED JOINT STATUS REPORT by Hon. Brian A Tsuchida. Defendants answer to complaint due by 10/27/2017.Updated Joint Status Report due by 11/7/2017. See order for complete details.(AE)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 ELLIOT KREMERMAN, Plaintiff, CASE NO. 2:17-cv-953 BAT 9 v. 10 OPEN SOURCE STEEL, LLC, et al., ORDER DIRECTING FILING OF ANSWER AND UDATED JOINT STATUS REPORT 11 Defendants. 12 13 Before the Court may set a pretrial schedule and set a date for jury trial, Defendants shall 14 file their Answer to the Complaint and the parties shall supplement the Joint Case Management 15 Statement (Dkt. 67), which was partially completed pending consideration of Defendants’ 16 motion to dismiss. KREMERMAN’S CLAIMS 17 18 Following the Court’s ruling on Defendants’ motion to dismiss (Dkt. 76), claims 19 remaining for adjudication are: (1) direct infringement of U.S. Design Patent Nos. D775,310 and 20 D776, 238 (“the ‘310 and ‘238 patents,” respectively) (collectively “the Patents”) under 35 21 U.S.C. § 271(a); (2) contributory infringement of the Patents under 35 U.S.C. § 271(c); (3) trade 22 dress infringement under § 43(a) of the Lanham Act; and (4) unfair business practices under 23 California Business & Professional Code § 17200(a) (“Unfair Competition Law” hereafter, the “UCL”). ORDER DIRECTING FILING OF ANSWER AND UDATED JOINT STATUS REPORT - 1 On September 8, 2017, the Court asked the parties to brief “whether the [UCL] claim 1 2 may be brought in this District, and if not whether leave to amend the complaint should be 3 granted.” Dkt. 76 at 13. The briefing was requested in light of the fact that this case was 4 originally filed in the Northern District of California but transferred to this Court pursuant to the 5 Supreme Court’s recent decision governing venue in patent infringement actions, TC Heartland 6 LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017). The parties do not dispute that the UCL Claim may be brought in this District pursuant to 7 8 28 U.SC. § 1367(a), but disagree on whether the Court should decline to exercise supplemental 9 jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S. § 1367(c)(4) (“in exceptional circumstances, there are other 10 compelling reasons for declining jurisdiction”). Defendants argue that a compelling reason for 11 declining jurisdiction exists because the UCL claim is preempted. However, the Court 12 previously denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss the UCL claim, finding that it was adequately 13 pled. In addition to relying on violation of § 43(a) of the Lanham Act to satisfy the unlawful 14 prong of his UCL claim, Kremerman alleges fraudulent business acts or practices such as 15 misappropriation of a copy of the product, reverse engineering and production of closely 16 replicated products with inferior quality, and advertisement of the inferior product using 17 Kremerman’s images.1 Because no exceptional circumstances for declining jurisdiction of the UCL Claim have 18 19 been identified, the Court will retain jurisdiction of the pendent claim. Accordingly, now that the case is at issue, it is hereby ORDERED: 20 21 22 23 Defendants also contend that the UCL claim should be dismissed because the Court cannot grant extraterritorial injunctive relief or nonrestitutionary disgorgement of profits. Dkt. 78 at 2, 4. As these arguments do not establish that a declination of supplemental jurisdiction is appropriate, they will not be considered at this time. 1 ORDER DIRECTING FILING OF ANSWER AND UDATED JOINT STATUS REPORT - 2 1 (1) Defendants shall file their Answer to the Complaint by October 27, 2017. 2 (2) The parties shall update their Joint Status Report (Dkt. 67) by November 7, 2017. 3 Specifically, the parties shall provide the Court with proposed deadlines for joinder of parties, 4 amendment of pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, settlement conference, exchange of 5 expert witness reports, and trial. In addition, the parties shall explain their positions as to 6 application of the Court’s local patent rules and/or claim construction procedures. See Dkt. 67, ¶ 7 16. 8 DATED this 17th day of October, 2017. 9 A 10 BRIAN A. TSUCHIDA United States Magistrate Judge 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ORDER DIRECTING FILING OF ANSWER AND UDATED JOINT STATUS REPORT - 3

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