Thursday, February 28, 2013

ICM Dismissed with "sparse" Wit and Prejudice

IV. CONCLUSION

The Court concludes that ICM Inc.’s claims in Count I under Kansas state law should be dismissed with prejudice; however, its claim under the Lanham Act may proceed. Further, ICM Inc.’s declaratory judgment claims in Count II are properly pled and the transferor court will retain jurisdiction over them on remand; however, it is in the interests of justice to transfer this proceeding to the Southern District of New York after the Multidistrict Litigation proceedings. GS CleanTech Corporation’s and GreenShift Corporation’s Motion to Dismiss is hereby 

GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as

set forth herein.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of February, 2013.

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After a quick read this looks like a GREAT victory. 

A little history:  This story is about Corn Oil Extraction (COES) Patents.  The first one in the industry was issued to GERS back on October 13, 2009.  On that same day ICM filed its original Complaint for Declaratory Judgment against GERS.  ICM filed the first lawsuit to try to steal the tactical advantage by striking the first blow and moving the game to its home turf.  But with patent now in hand - GreenShift sued producers and ICM and others for patent infringement.  GreenShift successfully moved all the cases to Federal MDL (Multi-District Litigation) for the pre-trial motions and the all important Claim Construction.  As things have moved along GreenShift has won major battles.  I consider these to be the two major claim constructions and the court's rejection of a key leg of defense:  Prevost. 

GreenShift now has four major COES patents listed on their site.  GERS' lists eight industry related patents on the Patent Office site.

The additional patents are one reason original complaints have been amended so many times.  ICM's original complaint was amended five times.  Each time before the Judge could rule on the previous complaint.

Fast Forward to today.  GreenShift finally got an answer to its motion to dismiss ICM's original complaint.  Now called "ICM’s Fifth Amended Complaint".  GreenShift's motion to dismiss was GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. 

The whole Kansas state law thing is dismissed with prejudice.  Done.  Over.

"Under this circumstance, the Court must agree with Plaintiffs that ICM has failed to state a claim of unfair competition under Kansas common law."
 
"Like with its Lanham Act claim, ICM’s claim that Plaintiffs tortuously interfered with its business and contractual relationships . . . is sparse
on connections between facts and the legal standards"

Wow.  Again, I am not a lawyer.  " . . .sparse on connections between facts and legal standards"  That's not an ICM lawyer atta-boy by the court - is it?    Yep, I got that zinger without a penny of law school tuition.
 
"ICM’s conclusory allegations fail to put Plaintiffs on notice of exactly how the GreenShift letters interfered with ICM’s contractual or prospective business relationships; therefore, those claims should be dismissed."


 
Also, remember the ICM filing using the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (“KCPA”)??  (You know, the family of laws that protect housewives from heavy thumbed butchers?)  After further review ICM just plain left that out of the last filing.  The court says ". . there is no claim under the KCPA in the 5th Am. Compl. since it appears ICM withdrew that claim in March 2010."
 
In other areas the court admits it is handcuffed.  It has to act as if the allegations by ICM are true.  "On a motion to dismiss, however, the Court must take the allegations in the complaint as true." 

The Cantrell one year offer prior to 17 August 2004 challenge can proceed:  "The contradictory statements by the patentees provided to the PTO are enough to infer the scienter element under the Federal Circuit standard enunciated in
Exergen".

On another "sparse" court comment:  "The Court concludes that, while sparse, Count 1 of ICM’s 5th Am. Compl. states a claim under the Lanham Act."
 
Another explanation from the court on it having to allow part of ICM's motion to proceed:  "The Court declines (GERS) Plaintiffs’ invitation to address the factual disputes raised in their motion, which is improper on a motion to dismiss where all allegations in the complaint are taken as true and draw all reasonable inferences in ICM’s favor."


It seems that the things that move forward by ICM are moved primarily on procedure - not necessarily merit - AND what is left is going to end up in New York - not Kansas as argued by ICM for the past 3+ years. 
 
Overall, I would be very surprised if ICM sees anything here that they will wish to draw attention to.  On the other hand, I would not be surprised if GreenShift included information in this court order in their next public release. 
 
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Under Seal

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SkunK


30 comments:

techguess said...

What exactly was the victory?

glta

Anonymous said...

ITD OVER

KING PETAL SUPREME > n0b0dy

Anonymous said...

i wanna see nobody turn this around hahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Oh he will somehow

nobody12378 said...

Completely consistent with my position that we will eventually win this round of litigation but that it will be many months, even years, before money changes hands as part of the court directed award. During that time dilution will continue unless there is a significant increase in revenue, or lightening strikes and there is a cash in hand settlement. Remember, for the purposes of ending dilution it does us, the common shareholders, no good to obtain a settlement for the purposes of establishing settlements if the defendant is left off the financial hook. So far, all is proceeding according to the prescribed time-table, provided here and elsewhere a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

up early for damage control^^^

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAAHA

Anonymous said...

your position is on all fours scumbag

Anonymous said...

true^^^

Anonymous said...

Sure was nice yesterday. Not because it was our 3rd up day in a row, but because Nobody was silent! An entire day void of his usual BS!

nobody12378 said...

All the brave talk here and on other boards that they would be averaging down this morning due to this great news on the litigation front does not seem to be materializing. Seems like wiser heads are stepping forward. Yup, that was a real decimal dust run in the past few days; below a penny to just over a penny. You guys can be satisfied with your cheap thrills, much more is in order here, but not for a while -- a long while.

Anonymous said...

"You guys can be satisfied with your cheap thrills"? Who is this ape shit? Is this one of those bashers I've heard about? His name seems appropriate!

nobody12378 said...

"GERS' basher" -- any one that doesn't belong to the Hallelujah Chorus that only sings the praises of this company and is unwilling to look deeper into the issues facing it. Yes, I am a "GERS' basher" by this definition. I will be paid "GERS' basher" in the years ahead when I cash in on my large accumulated position that I added significantly to as the PPS continues to falter below this point.

Anonymous said...

anony 858 sure was Not on any blog the bull hub yhoo nowhere

nobody12378 said...

Folks cant' read -- again. BTW would never ventured, have never ventured into the Yahoo cesspool.

nobody12378 said...

Also, very flattered that you are following my posts so closely -- gives me the energy needed to continue to alert the world beyond the cadets.

Anonymous said...

hE WAS TOO BUSY GETTING CASES IN KANSAS DROPPED TO PPOST &)

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha^^

Anonymous said...

I like to call him by a different, more appropriate name "smallballs 12378". Don't let him bother you. He spends his entire day watching the blogs, waiting to pounce on anyone who posts anything the least bit positive about this company.
He has about 4 or 5 lame theories which he posts over and over and he always twists facts to his advantage. He will post information that he imagines makes sense and then state that the information was posted in a official capacity in a company report. Another words, he LIES!
If the pps moves down .001, he will post an "end of the world" message within seconds, if it moves up by the same increment, he labels the move as "insignificant" or "dust". He claims to own many shares of GERS, but it is difficult to believe a proven liar. Isn't it? He also imagines he has some sort of cult following, when the only responses he gets to his sick posts are from those who are vigilant and don't want his perverted messages to be the only ones posted, trying to bring the company down.

nobody12378 said...

Again, confusion caused by low reading comprehension of the English language. This poor soul should stay away from reading labelled food ingredients. He/she/it will probably conclude that there is a communist conspiracy to poison us all. This is the outcome of providing marginally competent people with information that they cannot possibly process correctly.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahaha^

Anonymous said...

Really getting hard to distinguish the real Nobody from the imposter!

First insult above sounds like the little s**t, but the one right after is how we all invision him!!

Anonymous said...

time to slap the ask

Anonymous said...

nah nah nah nah

Anonymous said...

NAH NAH NAH NAH

Anonymous said...

D-I-L-U-T-I-O-N

Anonymous said...

GOOD BYE

Anonymous said...

KING PETAL SUPREME > n0b0dy

Anonymous said...

nobodys gay

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