Gallion v. Apple, Inc

Filing 71

JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT filed by Charlene Gallion. (Kralowec, Kimberly) (Filed on 8/2/2012)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Jeffrey L. Fazio (146043) (jlf@fazmiclaw.com) Dina E. Micheletti (184141) (dem@fazmiclaw.com) FAZIO | MICHELETTI LLP 2410 Camino Ramon, Suite 315 San Ramon, CA 94583 T: 925-543-2555 F: 925-369-0344 Steven A. Schwartz (pro hac vice) (sas@chimicles.com) Timothy N. Mathews (pro hac vice) (tnm@chimicles.com) CHIMICLES & TIKELLIS LLP 361 W. Lancaster Avenue Haverford, PA 19041 T: 610-642-8500 F: 610-649-3633 Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel (Additional Counsel Listed at End of Document) Penelope A. Preovolos (87607) (ppreovolos@mofo.com) Andrew D. Muhlbach (175694)(amuhlbach@mofo.com) Samuel J. Boone Lunier (252732) (slunier@mofo.com) MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 T: 415-268-7000 F: 415-268-7522 15 Attorneys for Defendant Apple Inc. 16 17 18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 19 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 20 21 IN RE APPLE iPHONE/iPOD WARRANTY LITIGATION 22 This Document Relates To: 23 All Actions 24 25 26 27 28 No. 10-CV-01610 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT DATE: August 9, 2012 TIME: 10:00 a.m. COURTROOM: 3 TRIAL DATE: Not set 1 Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16-10(d), the parties respectfully submit this 2 Case Management Conference Statement in anticipation of the Conference 3 scheduled for August 9, 2012. 4 The original complaint in Gallion v. Apple Inc., No. 10-CV-01610, was filed 5 in this Court on April 15, 2010, and was later consolidated with two related 6 actions, Corsi v. Apple Inc., No. 10-CV-03316, and Calix v. Apple Inc., No. 10-CV- 7 05895, each of which proposed a nationwide class of consumers who had purchased 8 an original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and/or iPod touch device (“Class 9 Devices”). Another, related action had been filed in the Santa Clara County 10 Superior Court, Pennington, et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 1-10-CV-162659, which 11 proposed a class composed of California residents who had purchased a Class 12 Device. 13 In each of these actions (collectively, the “Actions”), the plaintiffs alleged 14 that Apple had a policy of denying warranty claims on the ground that Class 15 Devices had been damaged by liquid based solely on a Liquid Contact Indicator 16 (“LCI”) that had turned pink or red, without inspecting Class Devices for evidence 17 of actual damage by liquid. Plaintiffs also alleged that because Apple relied on a 18 provision in its warranties by which coverage is excluded if the consumer causes 19 damage, Apple bore the burden of proving that the Class Devices had actually been 20 damaged by the consumer, and that Apple could not carry that burden because 21 LCIs are inherently incapable of establishing that a Class Device had been 22 damaged. Apple has answered each of the complaints and has denied all claims of 23 liability. 24 The parties have engaged in more than two years of extensive discovery 25 efforts that has included multiple sets of written discovery, the production of 26 hundreds of thousands of pages of documents by Apple and by third parties, and 27 the depositions of witnesses employed by Apple and by third parties. Plaintiffs and 28 Apple have explored the possibility of resolving this litigation by way of a series of -1JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT (CASE NO. 10-CV-01610) 1 mediation sessions before Retired Magistrate Judge Edward Infante and Catherine 2 Yanni of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (“JAMS”). The parties 3 have made substantial progress in that regard, and hereby respectfully request 4 that the August 9, 2012 case management conference be conducted in chambers so 5 that the parties may provide the Court with a candid assessment of the status of 6 the litigation, the progress of settlement efforts, and discuss a variety of scheduling 7 issues. 8 DATED: August 2, 2012 FAZIO | MICHELETTI LLP 9 10 by 11 Jeffrey L. Fazio (146043) Dina E. Micheletti (184141) FAZIO | MICHELETTI LLP 2410 Camino Ramon, Suite 315 San Ramon, CA 94583 Telephone: 925-543-2555 Facsimile: 925-369-0344 12 13 14 /s/ Jeffrey L. Fazio 15 /s/ Steven A. Schwartz 16 19 Steven A. Schwartz (pro hac vice) Timothy N. Mathews (pro hac vice) CHIMICLES & TIKELLIS LLP 361 W. Lancaster Avenue Haverford, PA 19041 Telephone: 610-642-8500 Facsimile: 610- 649-3633 20 Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel 21 Kimberly A. Kralowec (163158) Elizabeth Newman (257329) THE KRALOWEC LAW GROUP 188 The Embarcadero, Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94105 Telephone: 415-546-6800 Facsimile: 415-546-6801 17 18 22 23 24 25 26 27 Earl L. Bohachek (55476) LAW OFFICES OF EARL L. BOHACHEK One Maritime Plaza San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: 415-434-8100 Facsimile: 415-781-1034 28 -2JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT (CASE NO. 10-CV-01610) Rose F. Luzon (221544) James C. Shah (260435) SHEPHERD, FINKELMAN, MILLER & SHAH, LLP 401 West A Street Suite 2350 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: (619) 235-2416 1 2 3 4 Philip Bohrer Scott E. Brady BOHRER LAW FIRM, L.L.C. 8712 Jefferson Highway, Suite B Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809 Telephone: (225) 925-5297 Facsimile: (225) 231-7000 5 6 7 8 John P. Wolff, III Christopher K. Jones KEOGH, COX & WILSON 701 Main Street Post Office Box 1151 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821 Telephone: (225) 383-3796 Facsimile: (225) 343-9612 9 10 11 12 13 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 14 15 DATED: August 2, 2012 MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 16 17 by /s/ Penelope A. Preovolos 18 22 Penelope A. Preovolos (87607) (ppreovolos@mofo.com) Andrew D. Muhlbach (175694)(amuhlbach@mofo.com) Samuel J. Boone Lunier (252732) (slunier@mofo.com) MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 T: 415-268-7000 F: 415-268-7522 23 Attorneys for Defendant Apple Inc. 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 ATTESTATION OF FILER I, Kimberly A. Kralowec, hereby attest that concurrence in the filing of this document has been obtained from each of the other signatories. See N.D. Cal. Gen. Order No. 45, para. X(B) Dated: August 2, 2012 by /s/ Kimberly A. Kralowec -3- JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT (CASE NO. 10-CV-01610)