Eastern District Of Texas — Plaintiffs' Paradise Lost?

Law360, New York (September 15, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT) -- Over the past 10 years, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas established itself as the destination docket for plaintiffs looking to bring a patent suit.

Despite lacking any substantial connection to eastern Texas, plaintiffs were attracted to the district by the fast-paced docket, the draw of a court with patent-specific local rules, the high percentage of favorable plaintiff outcomes and notoriously large damages awards.

In 2000, a mere 25 patent cases were filed in the Eastern District (1.07 percent of all patent...
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