Cobalt Boats, LLC v. Sea Ray Boats, Inc. et al, 2-15-cv-00021 (VAED June 7, 2017, Order) (Morgan, SJ)
Friday, June 9, 2017
TC Heartland is Not Intervening Law That Excuses Waiver of Venue Challenge
The court denied defendants' motion to transfer venue due to waiver and rejected defendant's argument that the Supreme Court's recent ruling in TC Heartland qualified as an intervening change in law excusing such waiver. "Based on the Supreme Court's holding in [TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (U.S. May 22, 2017)], Fourco has continued to be binding law since it was decided in 1957, and thus, it has been available to every defendant since 1957. Accordingly, the Court finds that TC Heartland does not qualify for the intervening law exception to waiver because it merely affirms the viability of [Fourco Glass Co. v. Transmirra Products Corp., 353 U.S. 222 (1957)]. [Defendant's] assumption that Fourco was no longer good law was reasonable but wrong, and it cannot be excused from its waiver by saying there was a change in the law. . . . ' Because the Supreme Court did not change the law, retroactivity is also not at issue, and the Court does not address Defendant's arguments regarding retroactivity."