In The Dow Chemical Company v. Nova Chemicals Corp., C.A. No. 05-737-JJF (D.Del., May 20, 2010), Judge Farnan entered the Court’s Memorandum Opinion and Oder denying the motion of defendant Nova Chemicals ("Nova") seeking to strike the expert declarations submitted by plaintiff Dow Chemical ("Dow") in support of its counterstatement of facts in opposition to Nova’s motion for summary judgment.  Nova contended that the expert declarations relied upon in Dow’s counterstatement were improper, untimely and should be stricken because they purportedly constituted additional expert opinions that should have been filed before the end of discovery and were improperly molded to meet Dow’s legal challenges in responding to the summary judgment motions and, thus, Nova allegedly was unduly prejudiced.  Id. at 3-5.  The Court disagreed with Nova and refused to strike the expert declarations.   Id. at 5-7.


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Judge Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. recently granted a motion filed by Defendant WebXchange Inc. (“WedXchange”) to dismiss the Complaint for Declaratory Judgment of Plaintiff Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) because of lack of subject matter jurisdiction after concluding that no case or controversy existed between the parties sufficient to confer subject matter jurisdiction. I’ve attached a copy of the Court’s opinion (PDF).

By way of background, Microsoft filed its complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that its actions in connection with Microsoft MapPoint Web Services (“MapPoint”) and Microsoft Virtual Earth Web Services (“Virtual Earth”) did not infringe any of WebXchange’s patents-in-suit, and also, that the patents-in-suit were invalid and unenforceable.

Continue Reading JUDGE FARNAN DISMISSES MICROSOFT’S COMPLAINT BASED ON LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION