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Sanrio Co., Ltd. v. Teng FEI Trading

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 9, 2006

SANRIO COMPANY, LTD. AND SANRIO, INC., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
TENG FEI TRADING, INC., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Marilyn D. GO United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

By letter dated February 22, 2006, plaintiffs moved to compel responses to an interrogatory. No opposition having been filed and this Court finding that information regarding the financial condition of defendant Teng Fei Trading, Inc. is indeed relevant to the determination of damages in this infringement action, as noted in the application, the motion is granted.

In addition, this Court agrees with plaintiffs that the answers provided must be verified by an authorized officer of defendant. Rule 33(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifies that interrogatories be answered under oath while Rule 33(b)(2) requires that answers be signed by the party while objections are signed by counsel. See Morin v. Nationwide Federal Credit Union, 229 F.R.D. 364, 269 (D.Conn. 2005).

CONCLUSION

Defendant Teng Fei Trading Co., Inc. must answer interrogatory 7 and provide a verification for all of its interrogatory answers by March 23, 2006.

SO ORDERED.

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