On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted Cravath client Qualcomm Inc.’s request to centralize 11 lawsuits over PJC Logistics LLC’s vehicle tracking patent in Minnesota Federal Court. PJC alleged that certain mobile fleet management products manufactured by Qualcomm, and installed on hundreds of thousands of trucks and other vehicles, infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,223,844. In March 2011, PJC brought actions in nine district courts against hundreds of customers of fleet management products.
In April 2011, Qualcomm filed a declaratory judgment action in the District of Minnesota alleging that the patent is invalid and not infringed by Qualcomm’s products. PJC subsequently filed additional infringement actions against Qualcomm and other suppliers of allegedly infringing fleet management systems in Texas. Qualcomm moved the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to transfer all the actions to the District of Minnesota for coordinated pre-trial proceedings. After oral argument in July 2011, Qualcomm’s motion was granted.
The Cravath team included partner Keith R. Hummel