Another Retailer Sued in West Texas Where Two Others Challenge Venue and/or Convenience

August 17, 2022

LedComm LLC, an NPE associated with monetization firm IPValuation Partners, LLC, continues to expand the number of retailers named as defendants in its litigation campaign asserting overlapping subsets of eight former Sharp Electronics patents. The most recent complaint, filed again in the Western District of Texas, hits Best Buy (6:22-cv-00841) over the sale of various LED lighting products, Best Buy joining active defendants Ace Hardware, Stichting Ingka Foundation (IKEA), Target, and Walgreens, each sued there earlier this year. One of those defendants has moved to transfer the case to the district where its base of operations is located, arguing that it, “[m]uch like other major retailers . . . is simply caught in the middle of a recent trend of plaintiffs like Ledcomm bringing suit against big-box retailers where venue may not otherwise be available for the actual component suppliers”.

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