FMC Corporation v. Glouster Engineering Co.

830 F.2d 770 (1987)

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FMC Corporation v. Glouster Engineering Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
830 F.2d 770 (1987)

Facts

FMC Corporation (FMC) (plaintiff) filed an antitrust lawsuit against several companies (defendants), some of which were German and some of which were domestic, in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. FMC also filed a patent lawsuit against one of the domestic corporations that was also a defendant in the antitrust lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred the antitrust lawsuit for pretrial proceedings only to the Massachusetts court in order to consolidate pretrial proceedings in both the antitrust lawsuit and the patent lawsuit. The German companies filed a motion to dismiss them from the antitrust lawsuit. The trial court denied the motion but certified its order for immediate appeal. The German companies filed an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which encompasses the Northern District of Illinois.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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