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La Quinta Corp. v. Heartland Properties LLC, 08-6368

In an action alleging breach of a hotel franchise agreement and federal trademark infringement, judgment of the district court is affirmed where: 1) there is no abuse of discretion in the district court's decision in denying defendant's belated discovery motion; 2) district court did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of plaintiff and denying defendant's motion with respect to the parties' breach of contract claims; and 3) there is no abuse of discretion, or prohibited "penalty" in the district court's award of treble damages given the abundant evidence that defendant willfully infringed upon plaintiff's trademarks, and an award of loyalties alone was inadequate to compensate plaintiff for the true extent of its injuries.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 08/03/2009
  • Decided 04/28/2010
  • Published 04/28/2010

Judges

  • Before SILER, GIBBONS, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Sixth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  • ARGUED:George R. Carter, George R. Carter, Attorney at Law, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellants. Joel D. Siegel, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Appellees. ON BRIEF:George R. Carter, George R. Carter, Attorney at Law, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellants. Joel D. Siegel, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Los Angeles, California, David R. Simonton, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, San Francisco, California, Theresa A. Canaday, J. Kendrick Wells, IV, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellees.