Case Name: Dura Global Technologies, LLC et al v. Magna International Inc. et al
Docket Number: 2:11-cv-10551-SFC-MKM
Date Filed: 2/10/2011
Judge: Hon. Sean F. Cox
Status: Closed

On February 10, 2011, Plaintiffs Dura Global Technologies, LLC, Dura G.P., and Dura Operating LLC filed suit against Defendants Magna International Inc., Magna Mirrors of America, Inc., Magna Exteriors and Interiors Corp., Magna Exteriors and Interiors of America, Inc., Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA, Inc., and Magna Exteriors and Interiors of America Holdings, Inc. alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,766,617 covering power sliding rear windows used commonly in pick-up truck cabs.

In their complaint, Plaintiffs detailed other extensive litigation in the Eastern District between the two companies, direct competitors that frequently bid against each other for automotive glass product contracts. In particular, Plaintiffs mentioned other patent infringement litigation, Case Nos. 2:10-cv-11566 and 2:10-cv-12283, where Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants had infringed on four of Plaintiffs’ patents relating to rear sliding windows for vehicles. Here, Plaintiffs argued that Defendants’ manufacturing of Toyota Tundra rear sliding windows infringed on Plaintiffs’ patent and asked for a preliminary and permanent injunction, as well as damages. Defendant answered on May 17, 2011, denying the allegations of infringement and counterclaiming that the Plaintiff’s patent was invalid and unenforceable.

After litigation commenced, Plaintiffs sought to add hundreds of additional claims to its patent. This led Defendants to file a motion to stay the litigation pending the USPTO’s reexamination of the patent. On October 7, 2011, Judge Cox granted Defendants’ motion. On November 2, 2011, Judge Cox ordered the case dismissed as stipulated to by all parties.