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  • Abstention Not Appropriate Because Foreign Action Does Not Address All US Issues

    Heriot v. Byrne, No. 08 C 2272, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill., Jul. 21, 2008) (Conlon, J.). Judge Conlon denied defendants' motion to dismiss plaintiffs' copyright and related state law claims based upon forum non conveniens, Colorado River abstention, and for lack of standing. Plaintiffs alleged that they were co-owners of defendants' copyrights in the popular books and movies associated with The Secret,...

  • Australian Plaintiff’s Case Transferred to Defendant’s Home District

    Hope Family Vineyards Pty, Ltd., v. Hope Wine, LLC, No. 08 C 3246, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jul. 11, 2008) (Lindberg, J.). Judge Lindberg granted defendant's §1404(a) motion to transfer to the Central District of California. Plaintiff was an Australian entity with its principal place of business in Australia. Its only direct connection to the Northern District was that its exclusive U.S. distributor...

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