Plaintiffs Challenging Heightened Disclosure Requirements May Have Some Cleaning Up to Do
- December 3, 2022
Category: New Patent LitigationMarket Sector: Consumer Electronics and PCs
Three plaintiffs with apparent links to Texas monetization firm IP Edge LLC recently filed separate petitions for writs of mandamus, asking the Federal Circuit in the short term to order Delaware Chief Judge Colm F. Connolly to cancel evidentiary hearings that had been scheduled for December 10 to consider whether those plaintiffs have complied with the court’s April 2022 standing orders addressing disclosure of comprehensive ownership information, as well as certain third-party litigation funding. Judge Connolly, separately, canceled that evidentiary hearing, and the Federal Circuit has quickly denied one of those petitions. Meanwhile, the same three plaintiffs have continued to file cases in their respective campaigns, Creekview IP LLC hitting RadioShack Online (3:22-cv-02653); Swirlate IP LLC, RAB Lighting (1:22-cv-06660) and Schweitzer Engineering Labs (2:22-cv-00300); and Waverly Licensing LLC, Aukey (2:22-cv-08642) and Impero Electronics (VisionTek Products) (2:22-cv-08642), all outside Delaware. Each of those campaigns has included prior cases filed in other districts as well—districts that require the disclosure of nonparties having an interest in the outcome of the litigation. In the Aukey case, litigation counsel (Garteiser Honea, PLLC) has already (on November 30) had to update Waverly’s disclosure to the Central District of California because the prior version (filed two days earlier) omitted MAVEXAR LLC from the list of parties with a pecuniary interest there. MAVEXAR will by now be well known to those following the “Series of Extraordinary Events” arising out of Delaware. As those events unfold, other counsel for Creekview IP, Swirlate IP, and Waverly may have more due diligence—and cleanup—ahead.