Canadian Thermal Windows, Inc. v. Magic Window Co., No. 07 C 1784, 2007 WL 2481295 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 27, 2007) (Moran, Sen. J.).
Judge Moran granted defendant’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Defendant’s business is focused on southeastern Michigan. Defendant’s only connections to Illinois were a passive website, which cannot create jurisdiction, and purchases of certain supplies which were wholly unrelated to defendant’s alleged infringing activities. The Court, therefore, held that it lacked personal jurisdiction. In addition, the Court awarded defendant its attorneys fees and costs for moving to transfer or dismiss the case because plaintiff knew that defendant’s business was localized in southeastern Michigan without any ties to Illinois based on the parties’ ongoing business relationship.