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Judge Andrews denies plaintiffs’ motion for reargument

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In a recent Memorandum Order, Judge Richard G. Andrews denied plaintiffs’ motion for reargument as to the court’s order severing defendant Nokia Corporation for a separate trial. Interdigital  Communications, Inc. v. Nokia Corp., C.A. No. 13-10-RGA (D. Del. Jul. 29, 2015). Judge Andrews noted that plaintiffs requested reargument on the ground that the court’s decision to sever was “sua sponte and there was no opportunity for briefing.” Id. at 2. Judge Andrews explained, however, that “Nokia Corporation no longer makes or imports the accused products,” and that there is “no relief [the court] could grant against Nokia Corporation.” Id. Further, Judge Andrews pointed to the fact “there is a significant likelihood of juror confusion between Nokia, Inc. and Nokia Corporation.” Id. Finally, Judge Andrews noted that “Nokia Corporation’s presence would serve only to confuse the jury and potentially result in multiple opening arguments and examinations.” Id.

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