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TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
Case Date:
2/17/2016
Project Name:
On February 6, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to overturn a Federal Circuit decision that construes federal venue statutes so broadly that many nationwide businesses would be subject to suit in virtually any federal district court. The appeals court decision essentially ignores the Supreme Court’s longstanding recognition of strict statutory limits on venue in patent cases. The holding raises serious due process concerns and encourages rampant forum shopping by “patent trolls,” entities that file numerous, inappropriate patent-infringement cases. WLF’s brief argued that the decision ignores the Supreme Court’s longstanding recognition of strict statutory limits on venue in patent cases. WLF noted that more than 40% of all patent-infringement suits filed nationwide are filed in a single plaintiff-friendly district in Texas; most such filings would no longer be permissible if the appeals court decision is overturned.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument on March 27, 2017.
More Information and Downloads:
2/17/2016: Download the Brief
10/5/2016: Download the Brief
2/6/2017: Download the Brief
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