"The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation"

Filing 151

MOTION to Relate C07-6507 HRL, C05-37 JW, C06-4457 JW Cases filed by Stacie Somers. (Attachments: # 1 Stipulation of the Parties, # 2 Proposed Order)(Zeldes, Helen) (Filed on 1/29/2008) Modified on 1/30/2008 (cv, COURT STAFF).

1 HAEGGQUIST LAW GROUP ALREEN HAEGGQUIST (221858) 2 501 West Broadway, Suite A-276 San Diego, CA 92101 3 Telephone: 619/955-8218 Facsimile: 619/342-7878 4 alreen@haeggquistlaw.com 5 LAW OFFICE OF HELEN ZELDES 6 HELEN I. ZELDES (220051) 249 S. Highway 101, #370 7 Solana Beach, CA 92075 Telephone: 858/523-1713 8 Facsimile: 858/523-1783 helenz@zeldeslaw.com 9 10 11 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 12 13 14 15 16 THE APPLE IPOD ITUNES ANTI-TRUST 17 LITIGATION 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED MEHRI & SKALET, PLLC STEVEN A. SKALET CRAIG L. BRISKIN 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202/822-5100 Facsimile: 202/822-4997 sskalet@findjustice.com cbriskin@findjustice.com UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. C 05-00037-JW ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED [Civ. LR 3-12] The Honorable Judge James Ware This Document Relates To: STACIE SOMERS V. APPLE, INC., Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -1- 1 TO THE COURT AND ALL PARTIES OF RECORD: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 2. following two other cases filed in this District: 1. Slattery v. Apple Computer, Inc., Case No. C 05-00037-JW (filed Jan. 3, 2005)("Slattery"); and Melanie Tucker v. Apple Computer, Inc., Case No. 5:06-cv-04457-JW (filed on July 21, 2006) ("Tucker"). The Slattery 1 and Tucker cases were consolidated 2 on March 21, 2007 and are now titled "The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation," Case No.C-5-00037 JW. The Apple iPod iTunes AntiTrust Litigation and the Somers action are "related cases" according to the criteria set forth in Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 3-12, plaintiff Stacie Somers respectfully submits this administrative motion to consider whether a recently filed case, Stacie Somers v. Apple, Inc., Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL, filed on December 31, 2007 ("Somers"), should be related to the 15 Civil Local Rule 3-12(a). 16 Local Rule 3-12 of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California 17 provides that cases are related when they (1) concern substantially the same parties, property, 18 transaction or event, and (2) it appears likely that there will be an unduly burdensome duplication 19 20 21 22 of labor and expense or conflicting results if the cases are conducted before different Judges. The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation and the Somers action involve substantially the same factual antitrust tying and monopolization allegations on behalf of purchasers of 23 portable media players and electronic files. Both allege substantially similar causes of action, 24 25 Plaintiff Slattery withdrew his claims and was replaced as a class representative by Somtai Troy Charoensak and Mariana Rosen. The Slattery case was then known as the Charoensak case 26 for a short time. 27 At the time of consolidation, the Slattery case was titled Somtai Charoensak, et al. v. Apple 28 Computer, Inc., Case No.C-5-00037 JW. ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED 2 1 Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -2- 1 asserting that Apple, Inc. monopolized, attempted to monopolize, and engaged in illegal tying in 2 the market for online music and portable digital music players. The difference between the cases 3 4 5 6 7 Because this action arises from the same transactions, happenings or events, calls for determination of the same questions of law and/or fact, and is likely to entail substantial duplication is that the Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation is brought on behalf of a class of direct purchasers whereas the Somers action is brought on behalf of a class of indirect purchasers. 8 of labor if heard by a different judge, it is related within the meaning of Local Rule 3-12(a). 9 Pursuant to Local Rule 3-12(a)(2), it appears likely that there will be an unduly 10 burdensome duplication of labor and expense or the possibility of conflicting results if the cases 11 12 13 14 15 are conducted before different Judges. Apple, Inc. as well as plaintiffs in The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation stipulate that the Somers action should be related to The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation. Accordingly, for all the aforementioned reasons, the Somers action should be deemed 16 "related" and assigned to the Honorable Judge James Ware, the Judge in the earlier-filed action, 17 The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation. 18 DATED: January 29, 2008 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ Helen Zeldes HELEN ZELDES LAW OFFICES OF HELEN ZELDES HELEN ZELDES 249 S. Highway 101, #370 Solana Beach, CA 92075 Telephone: 858/523-1713 858/523-1783 (fax) HAEGGQUIST LAW GROUP ALREEN HAEGGQUIST 501 West Broadway, Suite A-276 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/955-8218 619/342-7878 (fax) Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -3- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 MEHRI & SKALET, PLLC STEVEN A. SKALET CRAIG L. BRISKIN 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202/ 822-5100 202/822-4997 (fax) sskalet@findjustice.com Attorneys for Plaintiff CERTIFICATION OF INTERESTED ENTITIES OR PERSONS Pursuant to Civil L.R. 3-16, the undersigned certifies that as of this date, other than the 12 named parties, there is no such interest to report. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED /s/ Helen I. Zeldes . HELEN I. ZELDES, ATTORNEY OF RECORD FOR PLAINTIFF Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -4- 1 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on January 29, 2008, I electronically filed the foregoing with the Clerk 3 of the Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing to the e-mail 4 addresses denoted on the attached Electronic Mail Notice List, and I hereby certify that I have 5 caused the foregoing document or paper to be mailed via the United States Postal Service to the non6 CM/ECF participants indicated on the attached Manual Notice List and Service List. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED s/ HELEN I. ZELDES HELEN I. ZELDES LAW OFFICES OF HELEN I. ZELDES HELEN I. ZELDES (220051) 249 S. Highway 101, #370 Solana Beach, CA 92075 Telephone: 858/523-1713 858/523-1783 (fax) E-mail: helenz@zeldeslaw.com Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -5- 1 Mailing Information for a Case 5:05-cv-00037-JW 2 Electronic Mail Notice List 3 The following are those who are currently on the list to receive e-mail notices for this case. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Francis Joseph Balint , Jr fbalint@bffb.com Michael David Braun service@braunlawgroup.com Andrew S. Friedman rcreech@bffb.com,afriedman@bffb.com Roy A. Katriel rak@katriellaw.com,rk618@aol.com Thomas J. Kennedy tkennedy@murrayfrank.com Caroline Nason Mitchell cnmitchell@jonesday.com,mlandsborough@jonesday.com,ewallace@jonesday.com Robert Allan Mittelstaedt ramittelstaedt@jonesday.com,ybennett@jonesday.com Brian P Murray bmurray@rabinlaw.com Jacqueline Sailer jsailer@murrayfrank.com Adam Richard Sand , Esq invalidaddress@invalidaddress.com John J. 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Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 2 Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman, & Balint 3 4 5 Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, P.C 6 Suite 1000 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Mailing Information for a Case 5:07-cv-060507-HRL Electronic Mail Notice List The following are those who are currently on the list to receive e-mail notices for this case. Craig L. Briskin cbriskin@findjustice.com Alreen Haeggquist alreen@haeggquistlaw.com Steven A. Skalet sskalet@findjustice.com Helen I. Zeldes helenz@zeldeslaw.com Manual Notice List The following is the list of attorneys who are not on the list to receive e-mail notices for this case 20 (who therefore require manual noticing). You may wish to use your mouse to select and copy this list into your word processing program in order to create notices or labels for these 21 recipients. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO CONSIDER WHETHER CASES SHOULD BE RELATED No manual recipients Case No. 5:07-cv-060507-HRL -7-