New Joinder Rules Affect Automotive Patent Litigation

Law360, New York (March 3, 2016, 10:24 AM EST) -- Melinda D. Zatkoff

James K. Cleland

Steven L. Oberholtzer To follow up on a recent automotive patent trends report, we investigated the effect of the 2011 joinder rules on automotive patent litigation. Joinder rules govern what defendants may be sued in a single lawsuit. Under the old permissive rules, multiple defendants may be sued in a single lawsuit, decreasing costs for the plaintiff. The more restrictive rules now in place limit the number of defendants that a plaintiff can sue in a single lawsuit. Several years of data now show that the updated joinder rules have reduced the number of defendants...

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