Category Archives: Northern District Practice Tips

Make Sure to Follow The Local Rules Or Risk Having Your Motion Denied

I recently came across an interesting Order from Senior Judge Sam Cummings in Medshare Technologies, Inc. v. Commonwealth Capital Corp. (available here). Defendants filed a Motion to Strike, for More Definite Statement, and Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State … Continue reading

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Northern District Implements Two Modifications Affecting The Electronic Record on Appeal

The Clerk of the Northern District of Texas recently announced that, “[u]nder the direction of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of Texas has implemented two key modifications that will impact the electronic record on appeal.” Specifically, with … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Horan’s Heller v. City of Dallas Opinion: Laying Down the Law With Respect to Discovery Responses

Late last year, Magistrate Judge Horan issued a 62 page opinion (available here) in Heller v. City of Dallas, 303 F.R.D. 466 (N.D. Tex. 2014). The opinion is notable in many respects, as it provides important guidelines that should be followed … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Fitzwater Denies Mark Cuban’s Motion For Use Of Jury Questionnaire And Additional Attorney Voir Dire

On September 10, 2013, Chief Judge Fitzwater issued an order (available here) that denied Mark Cuban’s motion for use of jury questionnaire and additional attorney voir dire. Cuban had requested “that the court permit a brief written jury questionnaire and … Continue reading

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Importance of Local Counsel in Northern District of Texas

On July 18, 2013, Judge Kinkeade issued an Order (available here) in Long Range Systems v. HME Wireless. The Order reads in relevant part: Before the court is Defendant HME Wireless, Inc.’s Opposed Expedited Motion to Strike Declaration of Michael … Continue reading

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Judge Solis Reverses Course, Grants Motion to Withdraw as Counsel in Galaxy Powersports Case

Last July, we wrote about a motion to withdraw as counsel that Judge Solis denied in his Galaxy Powersports case. There, Judge Solis denied the motion to withdraw and directed defendant’s counsel to respond to the plaintiff’s anticipated summary judgment … Continue reading

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Judge Means Issues Important Patent Pilot Order

As we previously noted, the Northern District of Texas is participating in a patent pilot program, whereby three judges in the Northern District of Texas (Judges Lynn, Godbey and Kinkeade) are hearing all patent cases filed in the Northern District … Continue reading

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Judge Ferguson Denies Motion for Clarification in General Electric v. Mitsubishi

On August 6, 2012, Judge Ferguson issued an Order (available here) denying General Electric’s motion for clarification in General Electric v. Mitsubishi.  Judge Ferguson had, in connection with the upcoming inequitable conduct bench trial in this patent infringement case, directed … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Ramirez Issues Important Patent Infringement Contentions Decision

On August 2, 2012, Magistrate Judge Ramirez issued “findings, conclusion, and recommendation” in H-W Technology v. Apple, Inc. et al relating to H-W Technology’s infringement contentions (decision available here).  Defendant Google had filed a motion to strike H-W Technology’s supplemental … Continue reading

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Judge McBryde Denies Joint Motion for “Brief” Continuance of Trial Date

On August 1, 2012, Judge McBryde entered an Order in JP Morgan Chase v. Hicks (available here) denying the parties’ joint motion for a “brief” continuance of trial date.  JP Morgan Chase, Hicks, HSG Sports Group, and Jacobs had asked … Continue reading

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