The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall is a popular venue for patent infringement lawsuits; as The New York Times pointed out in 2006, right after that famous Echostar-TiVo trial wrapped, "more patent lawsuits will be filed here this year than in federal district courts in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington." It's also notoriously friendly to plaintiffs -- hence, its rep as a "judicial hellhole" for defendants, as Inside Counsel puts it this morning in a story about how Volkswagen is trying to move a case, involving a 2005 crash on a Dallas freeway, out of Marshall and back to Dallas, as Texas Lawyer noted last summer in its story about a case that's still dragging along. The U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit's ruling is anxiously awaited, as all the judges have now heard the case and will rule on the request, and legal experts expect their ecision to have wide-ranging ramifications from here to the U.S. Supreme Court. --Robert Wilonsky
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