Identiseal Corp. v. Positive Identification Systems, Inc.

560 F.2d 298 (7th Cir. 1977)


Identiseal (P) sued Positive (D) for fraud. P alleged that D represented to P that it was successful in the promotion of its products and that in fact, D was not successful. This fraud-induced P to invest $15,000 in D's products. The district court ruled that the pretrial work necessary to efficiently try the case had not been done and that the case was dismissed for want of prosecution. The court then stayed the order if P conducted specified discovery by a certain date. P objected, and the action was eventually dismissed.