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Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


September 9, 2009

ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC., PLAINTIFF
v.
BRIDGEPORT FITTINGS, INC., DEFENDANT
BRIDGEPORT FITTINGS, INC., CONSOLIDATED PLAINTIFF
v.
ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC., CONSOLIDATED DEFENDANT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 9th day of September, 2009, upon consideration of the motion in limine*fn1 (Doc. 478 ¶ 7) to exclude testimony concerning Arlington Industries' ("Arlington") role in the local economy, wherein Bridgeport Fittings ("Bridgeport") moves to preclude Arlington from presenting "(1) evidence that Arlington's headquarters and manufacturing are located in Pennsylvania and that it employs many Pennsylvanians; and (2) evidence that a few of the components used in Bridgeport's patented Whipper-Snap connectors are manufactured in China," (Doc. 514 at 2-3), and it appearing that the geographic location of Arlington's headquarters is foundational, but that evidence regarding the number of Pennsylvania residents that Arlington employs, and that some Bridgeport connectors are manufactured in China, is not relevant to prove any issues currently in dispute,*fn2 see FED. R. EVID. 401 ("'Relevant evidence' means evidence having any tendency to make the existence of any fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action more or less probable than it would be without the evidence."), it is hereby ORDERED that the motion in limine (Doc. 478 ¶ 7) to exclude Arlington's role in the local economy is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as follows:

1. The motion is GRANTED insofar as it seeks to exclude evidence regarding the number of Pennsylvania residents Arlington employs and the fact that some Bridgeport components are manufactured in China. See FED. R. EVID. 402 (explaining that "[e]vidence which is not relevant is not admissible").

2. The motion is DENIED in all other respects.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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