Personal Audio Wins Motion to Dismiss in Massachusetts

March 4, 2014 

Beaumont, TX

Personal Audio, the pioneers in personalized media solutions, has prevailed on a motion to dismiss in Massachusetts against media giant, Fox Network Groups, Inc. 

In July 2013, Fox filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment in Massachusetts district court against Personal Audio LLC. Fox’s Complaint argued that the proper venue for the patent infringement lawsuit between Personal Audio and Fox should be the district court in Massachusetts, not in Texas, the location of its corporate headquarters.

On March 4, 2014, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf dismissed the case on the grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction. This holding affirms what has already been determined in the past – that the proper venue for suits involving Personal Audio and its patents is the East Texas District Court.

Personal Audio was represented by Howard Susser from Burns & Levinson, L.L.P., a Boston-based firm. Susser has now joined Personal Audio's litigation team in the consolidated cases in Texas.

Fox Network Groups is an American entertainment industry company that operates out of Los Angeles, California.  For more information, visit or


Personal Audio LLC was founded in 1996 by James Logan, a savvy inventor and entrepreneur, with a mission of offering personalized media to listeners over the Internet. The company worked to develop an audio player that could download, store and manipulate audio files to fulfill this mission.  This system, along with related ideas, was described in several patent applications filed in October 1996.

Personal Audio's pioneering playlist technologies are commonly used today in smartphones, tablets and other devices that store and play audio and video files and work with downloaded playlists.

In 2009, Personal Audio was issued a patent covering its groundbreaking innovations in the distribution of serialized online media, the "Episodic Content Patent." These techniques are commonly used today in the distribution of podcasts and serialized television shows. Learn more at    


For more information, contact:

Erin Davis, Personal Audio LLC