Although jury trials are continued in the rest of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, Judge Alan Albright of Waco has ordered that jury trials will resume effective October 1, and he has set a major patent trial for October 5. Judge Albright has the busiest patent docket in the country. Judge Albright observes that the 12 counties comprising to Waco Division have only 2.44% of Texas’s active cases and that they collectively have fewer cases than any one of the 12 counties with the highest number of estimated active cases. Witnesses and speaking attorneys will be unmasked. Several times during this pandemic, when judges have made clear over parties’ objections that a trial will go forward, the result has been settlement. We will watch this case with interest.
Patent Rocket Docket Jury Trial to Resume
By McDermott Will & Emery on September 25, 2020
Posted In Federal Courts, Reopening Procedures, Texas