Guru Denim, Inc. v. Hayes, 2010 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 52992 (C.D. Cal. 2010)
Plaintiff filed suit against defendant for allegedly selling a counterfeit “hoodie” bearing plaintiff’s trademark. Plaintiff failed to prosecute the case diligently- letting it linger for 16 months before seeking a default (which defendant overcame based on questions of appropriate service) and then, at the pretrial conference, complained for the first time of defendant’s failure to participate in discovery and sought a continuance. The court issued an order to show cause why plaintiff should not be sanctioned. Plaintiff then informed the court that plaintiff’s counsel had misplaced the allegedly infringing hoodie. As sanctions, the court dismissed the case with prejudicie, awarded defendant costs as the prevailing party, and sanctioned plaintiff’s counsel for the expenses incurred by defendant in attending the pretrial conference and sanctions hearing (defendant could not be awarded attorneys fees because he appeared pro se).