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DietGoal Innovations LLC v. Wegmans Food Mkts., Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Norfolk Division

November 19, 2013

DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS, INC., Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
TIME, INC., Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
MEREDITH CORPORATION, Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
HEARST COMMUNICATIONS, INC., d/b/a SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC., Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
DOMINO'S PIZZA, INC., Defendant. DIETGOAL INNOVATIONS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
BRAVO MEDIA LLC, Defendant

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For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00154-RAJ-TEM), Plaintiff: Steven War, LEAD ATTORNEY, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC; Christopher Michael Joe, Eric William Buether, Michael David Ricketts, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, PRO HAC VICE, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX.

For Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. (2:13-cv-00154-RAJ-TEM), Defendant: Dabney Jefferson Carr, IV, LEAD ATTORNEY, Harrison Scott Kelly, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Richard Drake Rochford, Haynes and Boone LLP (NY), New York, NY.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00252-RAJ-LRL), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Steven War, LEAD ATTORNEY, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC; Christopher Michael Joe, Eric William Buether, Michael David Ricketts, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, PRO HAC VICE, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX.

For Time, Inc. (2:13-cv-00252-RAJ-LRL), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Robert Armistead Angle, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, VA; Harrison Scott Kelly, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; John Christopher Carraway, PRO HAC VICE, Klarquist Sparkman LLP, Portland, OR.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00271-RAJ-TEM), Plaintiff: Christopher Michael Joe, LEAD ATTORNEY, Brian Andrew Carpenter, Eric William Buether, Mark Davin Perantie, Michael David Ricketts, Monica Nguyen Tavakoli, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Damon Michael Young, Young Pickett & Lee, Texarkana, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For Meredith Corporation (2:13-cv-00271-RAJ-TEM), Defendant, Counter Claimant: John Christopher Carraway, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Klarquist Sparkman LLP, Portland, OR; Harrison Scott Kelly, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Robert Armistead Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, VA.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00271-RAJ-TEM), Counter Defendant: Christopher Michael Joe, LEAD ATTORNEY, Brian Andrew Carpenter, Eric William Buether, Mark Davin Perantie, Monica Nguyen Tavakoli, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00390-RAJ-DEM), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Christopher Michael Joe, Eric William Buether, Michael David Ricketts, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, PRO HAC VICE, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For Hearst Communications, Inc. d/b/a Seventeen Magazine (2:13-cv-00390-RAJ-DEM), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Robert Martin Tata, Wendy Cohen McGraw, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Hunton & Williams LLP (Norfolk), Norfolk, VA; Brent Lee VanNorman, Hunton & Williams, Norfolk, VA; Ravi V Sitwala, The Hearst Corporation, New York, NY; Sonja Garrelts, Hunton & Williams LLP (Norfolk), Norfolk, VA.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00401-RAJ-TEM), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Christopher Michael Joe, Eric William Buether, Michael David Ricketts, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, PRO HAC VICE, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (2:13-cv-00401-RAJ-TEM), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Brian Nelson Casey, LEAD ATTORNEY, James Edward Brydges, Jr., Taylor & Walker PC, Norfolk, VA; Eugene Andrew Feher, James Christopher Hall, Paul John Cronin, PRO HAC VICE, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston, MA.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00430-RAJ-TEM), Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Christopher Michael Joe, Eric William Buether, Michael David Ricketts, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, PRO HAC VICE, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For Domino's Pizza, Inc. (2:13-cv-00430-RAJ-TEM), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Frank A Angileri, Thomas W Cunningham, Brooks Kushman PC, Southfield, MI; Harrison Scott Kelly, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Mark A Jotanovic, PRO HAC VICE, Brooks Kushman PC, Southfield, MI; Robert Armistead Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, VA.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00515-RAJ-LRL), Plaintiff: Christopher Michael Joe, LEAD ATTORNEY, Brian Andrew Carpenter, Eric William Buether, Mark Davin Perantie, Monica Nguyen Tavakoli, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Damon Michael Young, Young Pickett & Lee, Texarkana, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

For Bravo Media LLC (Division of NBC Universal Media, LLC) (2:13-cv-00515-RAJ-LRL), Defendant, Counter Claimant: Dabney Jefferson Carr, IV, LEAD ATTORNEY, Harrison Scott Kelly, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; John Christopher Carraway, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Klarquist Sparkman LLP, Portland, OR; Robert Armistead Angle, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, VA.

For DietGoal Innovations LLC (2:13-cv-00515-RAJ-LRL), Counter Defendant: Christopher Michael Joe, LEAD ATTORNEY, Brian Andrew Carpenter, Eric William Buether, Mark Davin Perantie, Monica Nguyen Tavakoli, Niknaz Forughi Bukovcan, Buether Joe & Carpenter, LLC, Dallas, TX; Steven War, McNeely Hare & War LLP, Washington, DC.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Raymond A. Jackson, United States District Judge.

Before the Court are Defendants Time, Inc. (" Time" ), Meredith Corporation (" Meredith" ), Hearst Communications, Inc. (" Hearst" ), and Bravo Media LLC (" Bravo" )'s Motions to Transfer to the Southern District of New York. All four motions are fully briefed and ripe for disposition. For the reasons stated below, Time, Meredith, Hearst, and Bravo's Motions to Transfer are GRANTED, and it is ORDERED that these cases be transferred to the Southern

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District of New York pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a).

Also before the Court are Defendant Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.'s (" Wegmans" ) Motion to Transfer to the Western District of New York, Defendant Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.'s (" Dunkin" ') Motion to Transfer to the District of Massachusetts, and Defendant Domino's Pizza, Inc.'s (" Domino's" ) Motion to Transfer to the Eastern District of Michigan. Those three motions are also fully briefed and ripe for disposition. For the reasons stated herein, Wegmans, Dunkin', and Domino's Motions to Transfer are DENIED.

I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Plaintiff DietGoal Innovations LLC (" DietGoal" ) initially filed all of these cases in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Texas. DietGoal named Dunkin' and Wegmans as two of 26 defendants in a complaint filed on September 15, 2011, which DietGoal amended to add an additional seventeen defendants, including Hearst, on October 7, 2011, and amended for a second time to add seven more defendants, including Domino's, on November 3, 2011. A Magistrate Judge granted those defendants' motions to sever the claims against them into separate suits in August, 2012. DietGoal also filed individual complaints against Bravo, Meredith, and Time on June 13, 2012. All complaints alleged infringement of a single patent held by DietGoal. According to the Motion to Transfer that DietGoal recently filed with ...


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