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Esco Corp. v. Cashman Equip. Co.

United States District Court, C.D. Illinois, Rock Island Division

August 20, 2014

ESCO CORPORATION, and ESCO CANADA, LTD., Plaintiffs/Counterclaim Defendants,
v.
CASHMAN EQUIPMENT COMPANY, CATERPILLAR GLOBAL MINING LLC, CATERPILLAR INC., RAPTOR MINING PRODUCTS (USA INC., and RAPTOR MINING PRODUCTS, INC., Defendants/Counterclaim Plaintiffs

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For Esco Corporation, Plaintiff: David G Lubben, LEAD ATTORNEY, DAVIS & CAMPBELL LLC, Peoria, IL; Michael D Rounds, LEAD ATTORNEY Watson Rounds, PC, Reno, NV; Adam P. McMillen, Adam K Yowell, Watson Rounds, Reno, NV; Binal J Patel, PRO HAC VICE, Charles W Shifley, Timothy J Rechtien, BANNER & WITCOFF, Chicago, IL.

For ESCO Canada, Ltd, Plaintiff: Michael D Rounds, LEAD ATTORNEY Watson Rounds, PC, Reno, NV; Adam P. McMillen, Adam K Yowell, Watson Rounds, Reno, NV; Binal J Patel, PRO HAC VICE, Charles W Shifley, Timothy J Rechtien, BANNER & WITCOFF, Chicago, IL; David G Lubben, DAVIS & CAMPBELL LLC, Peoria, IL.

For Cashman Equipment Company, Caterpillar Global Mining, LLC, Defendants: Gregory J. Commins, Jr., LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Washington, DC; John P Heil, Jr, HEYL, Timothy L Bertschy, HEYL ROYSTER VOELKER & ALLEN, Peoria, IL; Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Gregory James Commins, Jr, Paul E Poirot, Shawnna M Yashar, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC.

For Caterpillar Inc, Defendant, Counter Claimant: Gregory J. Commins, Jr., Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICES, Gregory James Commins, Jr, Paul E Poirot, Shawnna M Yashar, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC.

For Raptor Mining Products (USA) Inc., Raptor Mining Products Inc., Defendants: Colby Brian Springer, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Lewis and Roca LLP, Las Vegas, NV; John Lund Krieger, LEAD ATTORNEY, GORDON SILVER, Las Vegas, NV.

For Caterpillar Global Mining, LLC, For Cashman Equipment Company, Counter Claimants: Gregory J. Commins, Jr., Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEYS, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC; Timothy L Bertschy, HEYL ROYSTER VOELKER & ALLEN, Peoria, IL.

For ESCO Canada, Ltd, Counter Defendant, Counter Claimant: Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEY, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC; Adam P. McMillen, Adam K Yowell, Watson Rounds, Reno, NV; Binal J Patel, PRO HAC VICE, Charles W Shifley, Timothy J Rechtien, BANNER & WITCOFF, Chicago, IL; David G Lubben, DAVIS & CAMPBELL LLC, Peoria, IL.

For Esco Corporation, Counter Defendant, Counter Claimant: Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEY, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC; Adam P. McMillen, Adam K Yowell, Watson Rounds, Reno, NV; Binal J Patel, PRO HAC VICE, Charles W Shifley, Timothy J Rechtien, BANNER & WITCOFF, Chicago, IL.

For Raptor Mining Products (USA) Inc., Counter Claimant: John Lund Krieger, LEAD ATTORNEY, GORDON SILVER, Las Vegas, NV.

For Raptor Mining Products Inc., Counter Claimant: John Lund Krieger, LEAD ATTORNEY, GORDON SILVER, Las Vegas, NV.

For Caterpillar Inc, Counter Defendant: Gregory J. Commins, Jr., Robert G Abrams, LEAD ATTORNEYS, BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, DC.

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ORDER

SARA DARROW, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

This case involves patent infringement claims by Plaintiffs ESCO Corporation (" ESCO Corp." ) and ESCO Canada, Ltd. (" ESCO Canada" ) against Defendants Caterpillar Inc. and Caterpillar Global Mining, LLC (" Caterpillar Global" ), Raptor Mining Products (USA) Inc. (" Raptor USA" ) and Raptor Mining Products, Inc. (" Raptor Mining" ), and Cashman Equipment Company (" Cashman" ), and related counterclaims. Pending before the Court is Plaintiffs' Motion for Retransfer to the District of Nevada. Plaintiffs argue for retransfer on the basis that the Nevada court did not have the power to transfer the consolidated case to this District: this Court, Plaintiffs argue, lacked personal jurisdiction over the Raptor Defendants and Cashman at the time the ESCO parties filed suit in Nevada. The Court agrees with respect to Cashman. Therefore, the Court GRANTS Plaintiffs' Motion for Retransfer.

BACKGROUND

This case began in January, 2012, when Caterpillar, Inc. sued ESCO Corp. in this District for breach of contract, injunctive relief, and a declaratory judgment of non-infringement. Caterpillar Inc. v. Esco Corp., 909 F.Supp.2d 1026, (C.D. Ill. 2012). In August, 2012, the ESCO Plaintiffs sued all of the above-captioned Defendants in the District of Nevada. ESCO Corp. v. Cashman Equipment Co., No. 12-cv-01545-RCJ-NJK (D. Nev. Aug. 29, 2012). After dismissing the other counts, Judge Joe Billy McDade transferred Caterpillar, Inc.'s declaratory judgment claims to Nevada on December 18, 2012. Caterpillar, 909 F.Supp.2d at 1028. Judge McDade found, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 1404(a), that the interest of justice factor weighed heavily in favor of transfer, in part because consolidation with the Nevada suit would save judicial resources. As anticipated, the ...


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