Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SPRING 2016, Volume 41, Number 1

Case Comments

Lowell Anderson

Stetina Brunda Garred & Brucker

ADMISSIONS – REFUSAL TO ADMIT

Denying requests to admit a plaintiff had not been injured in its business or property by alleged antitrust violations did not support an award of fees to prove the truth of the requested admissions under Rule 37 for refusing to admit when the case was dismissed on summary judgment for lack of evidence of antitrust injury. The issue is not whether plaintiff prevailed on the issue to which the admission was directed, but whether it acted reasonably in believing it might prevail. As plaintiff acted reasonably, plaintiff proceeded in good faith in not admitting facts related to the antitrust injury and the refusal to award fees for denying the admission was affirmed. Magnetar Techs. Corp v. Intamin, Ltd., 801 F.3d 1150, 116 U.S.P.Q.2d 1507 (9th Cir. 2015); Accord 1970 Committee Comments on Fed.R.Civ.P. 37(c) ("[T]he true test under Rule 37(c) is not whether a party prevailed at trial but whether he acted reasonably in believing that he might prevail.").

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