Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v. TC Heartland LLC et al, 1-14-cv-00028 (DED January 12, 2017, Order) (Stark, USDJ)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
No Stay of TC Heartland Pending Supreme Court Review
The court denied defendant's motion to stay pending the Supreme Court's resolution of its appeal of the court's transfer order because the interests of justice, prejudice to plaintiff, and age of the case weighed against a stay. "I have decided all pending motions. . . . Even if the result of the Supreme Court's decision is a determination that this case must be transferred to another District, the case will still need to be tried. I have presided over the case since its inception. The directive . . . that I 'administer' this case (like all others) with a goal of 'secur[ing] [its] just, speedy, and inexpensive determination,' is far better served by me deciding the ripe motions rather than leaving numerous loose threads for (potentially) a judge in another District to have to untangle. . . . [T]hese parties are competitors. . . . [T]his case is already three years old. . . . It needs to go to trial soon."