Krippelz v. Ford Motor Co., No. 98 C 2361, Min. Order (N.D. Ill. Dec. 5, 2008) (Zagel, J.).
Judge Zagel ruled upon various motions in limine. Of particular interest, the Court denied defendants motion for reconsideration of the Court’s grant of summary judgment of infringement. The Court held that the evidence defendant used to create a material question of fact was inadmissible. And while the motion could be construed to include new arguments, they were too late to overcome summary judgment.
The Court also granted plaintiff’s motion to preclude defendant’s evidence of noninfringing alternatives because plaintiff was only seeking a reasonable royalty, not lost profits. Finally, the Court denied defendant’s motion to exclude evidence of defendant’s vehicle sales as evidence of commercial excess. While it is unlikely that anyone purchased a vehicle because of the infringing puddle lamp, the fact that defendant used the lamps in its vehicles and sold a "fair number" is evidence of commercial success.