R.C. Olmstead, Inc. v. CU Interface, LLC

(United States Sixth Circuit) – In a copyright and trade secret infringement suit brought by a provider of credit union software against the developer of a competing credit union software, district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant is affirmed where: 1) district court did not abuse its broad discretion in refusing to compel additional discovery and plaintiff can point to no errors of fact or law in the court’s denial of its employees access to defendant’s software; 2) district court did not abuse its discretion in barring the use of an expert’s report because the report failed to comply with the requirements of Fed. Rule of Civ. Proc. 26(a)(2)(B); 3) plaintiff was not entitled to take the deposition of defendant’s expert witness because defendant designated him as a non-testifying expert; 4) district court did not abuse its discretion in declining to impose a sanction on defendant because plaintiff was not left without a remedy for any harm caused by the third party’s spoliation; 5) defendant was entitled to summary judgment on the merits on the copyright infringement claims because plaintiff has not produced any direct evidence of copying and indirect evidence of copying was not sufficient to create a fact question as to whether copying occurred; and 6) district court correctly held that plaintiff’s end user product was not a trade secret because plaintiff did not take reasonable steps to maintain its secrecy.