Billingnetwork Patent, Inc. v. Avisena, Inc., No. 09 C 8002, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jan. 4, 2010) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur sua sponte ordered plaintiff to dismiss and refile against four of the five unrelated defendants in this patent infringement suit. The Court also instructed that the cases should not be refiled as previously dismissed cases such that they would be reassigned to the Court. And the plaintiff should not move for reassignment as a related case pursuant to Local Rule 40.4. The Court, however, noted that it would be open to reciprocal orders allowing concurrent discovery in each of the five cases.