The Northern District of Illinois has a critical number of vacancies. Judge St. Eve just left for the Seventh Circuit. Judge Zagel took senior status in October 2016. Judge Zagel took senior status in March 2017 and passed away shortly thereafter. Judge Der-Yeghiayan retired in February 2018. Senior Judge Shadur (who maintained a very full
Judge Shadur Receiving CBA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Chicago Bar Association is honoring Judge Shadur with its Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court. RSVP here. For most Chicago IP practitioners and blog readers, it likely goes without saying that Judge Shadur had a profound…
Judge Shadur is Retiring
Effective September 1, 2017, Senior Judge Milton Shadur will retire from the N.D. Illinois bench. Judge Shadur was appointed by President Carter and has served as a federal judge on the Northern District bench for 37 years. Chief Judge Castillo referred to Judge Shadur as a “legend” for his “dedication, . . . remarkable work…
Court Identifies “Troubling” Trend of Plaintiffs Not Following Local Rules
ABS-CBN Corp. v. Pinoy Grill, LLC, No. 16 C 11448, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jan. 9, 2017) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur sua sponte ordered plaintiff to comply with Local Rule 5.2(f) and the Court’s directive that all pleadings – including complaints – be delivered to the Court in hard copy. The Court ordered…
Court Strikes Answer’s “Oxymoronic” Denials
Levi Strauss & Co., v. Zhejiang Weidu Co., Ltd., No. 16 C 7824, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Dec. 28, 2016) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur sua sponte struck defendant Yogeemall’s answer and affirmative defenses with leave to refile for the following deficiencies:
- Yogeemall’s denials based upon lack of information and belief were “oxymoronic.” One
Court Sua Sponte Dismisses Patent Case for Improper Venue
Anuwave LLC v. Assoc. Banc-Corp. d/b/a Assoc. Bank, N.A., No. 16 C 9925, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 26, 2016) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur sua sponte dismissed plaintiff Anuwave’s patent complaint for improper venue with leave to refile in defendant Associated Bank’s “home territory (which it shares with the Green Bay Packers, not…
Corporate Entity Must be Represented by Counsel in Federal Court
Paradine, LLC v. Felfel Corp. d/b/a Filfel Mediterranean Fast Food Restaurant, No. 16 C 7586, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Aug. 31, 2016) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur advised defendant Felfel to respond to plaintiff Paradine’s Lanham Act false designation and unfair competition case regarding Felfel’s Filfel Mediterranean Fast Food Restaurant.
An individual who appeared…
Pro Se Parties are Given Deference Where Possible on Procedural Requirements
LHF Prods., Inc. v. Does 1-31, No. 16 C 6803, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sept. 23, 2016) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur set defendant’s motion to quash for hearing and gave plaintiff a deadline to file a response, despite the fact that the pro se defendant had not properly noticed the motion within fourteen…
Subpoena Not Quashed Because of Lack of Service on Defendant
LHF Prods., Inc. v. Does 1-31, No. 16 C 6803, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 11, 2016) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur denied Doe defendant’s motion to quash plaintiff LHF Productions’ third party to Comcast seeking account information regarding what is allegedly Doe’s internet account in this BitTorrent copyright case.
The Court held that…
Failure to Provide Courtesy Copies of Complaints Leads to Sanctions
Xerox Corp. v. Wildcat Licensing LLC, No. 15 C 9424, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Nov. 13, 2015) (Shadur, Sen. J.).
Judge Shadur sua sponte fined plaintiff $100 for failure to comply with Local Rule 5.2(f) – requiring courtesy copies of all papers, including complaints, be served on chambers within one business day of filing. …