Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Michigan's "Broader Interest in the Welfare of Its Automobile Industry" Favored Transfer of Suit Involving Air Bag Sensor Technology to that State

In granting defendant's motion to transfer, the court found that "[a]lthough both the citizens of Michigan and Illinois have an interest in protecting local businesses, undeniably Michigan has a broader interest in the welfare of its automobile industry and thus, generally, the resolution of this dispute. And because sales of products that incorporate the allegedly infringing activity occur in Michigan, this factor favors transfer."

Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Delphi Automotive Systems LLC et al., 1-09-cv-02191
(ILND July 13, 2009, Memorandum Opinion & Order) (Coar, J.)

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