Service Against Foreign Manufacturer Frustrated, Hailo Shifts Gears to Domestic Retailers

January 4, 2020

After three attempts to sue the manufacturer of Anker’s Roav SmartCharge Car Kit, Hailo Technologies, LLC has changed tacks, this time accusing retailers Best Buy (4:20-cv-00025), Target (4:20-cv-00026), and WalMart (4:20-cv-00024) of infringement through sales of the devices. The plaintiff first sued Roav in January 2018, shifting to Anker by amended complaint in that same case, which was dismissed for improper service. Hailo then, in May of last year, tried suing Anker in the Western District of Washington but voluntarily dismissed the suit, without prejudice, after Anker reiterated by letter that it is “a holding company registered in Hong Kong and does not have an agent for service of process in the United States”—the standoff triggering the current retailer suits.

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