Cisco Objects to Court’s Plan to Address COVID-19 Concerns by Holding Bench Trial Entirely by Zoom

April 14, 2020

Concerns about the growing COVID-19 pandemic prompted plaintiff Centripetal Networks and defendant Cisco, at a March 12, 2020 pretrial conference with Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. of the Eastern District of Virginia, to waive their right to a jury trial in the case between them (2:18-cv-00094). The trial date was moved from April 7 to May 6, and the format was changed to a bench trial. By the court’s subsequent pretrial conference, held on April 8, the global coronavirus pandemic had worsened, but the court announced that the bench trial would commence on May 6 as planned and that it would proceed entirely by videoconference—the whole thing to “be conducted by Zoom”. Motion practice has followed.

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