Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Surface Supplied Inc. v. Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc.
Surface Supplied Inc. (Plaintiff) manufactured digital gas analyzer and depth gauge products. Its products were engraved with an image of a helmet. Plaintiff operated a website, but did not sell its products on the website. Plaintiff advertised its products on Facebook, Twitter, and in national magazines. Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc. (Defendant) sent Plaintiff a cease and desist letter, claiming that the helmet image infringed on Defendant’s federal trademarks. In response, Plaintiff sued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Northern District), seeking a declaratory judgment that its use of the image was non-infringing. Subsequently, Defendant filed a trademark infringement suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Central District). Defendant’s facilities and most of its employees were in the Central District. Plaintiff was a California corporation, and its principal place of business was in the Northern District. Plaintiff’s employees resided in the Northern District. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Northern District suit with the Northern District.
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