"The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation"

Filing 381

STATUS REPORT Joint Case Management Statement by Melanie Tucker. (Sweeney, Bonny) (Filed on 7/9/2010)

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"The Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation" Doc. 381 1 ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP 2 JOHN J. STOIA, JR. (141757) BONNY E. SWEENEY (176174) 3 THOMAS R. MERRICK (177987) PAULA M. ROACH (254142) 4 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101 5 Telephone: 619/231-1058 619/231-7423 (fax) 6 johns@rgrdlaw.com bonnys@rgrdlaw.com 7 tmerrick@rgrdlaw.com proach@rgrdlaw.com 8 THE KATRIEL LAW FIRM 9 ROY A. KATRIEL (pro hac vice) 1101 30th Street, N.W., Suite 500 10 Washington, DC 20007 Telephone: 202/625-4342 11 202/330-5593 (fax) rak@katriellaw.com 12 Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs 13 [Additional counsel appear on signature page.] 14 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 15 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 16 SAN JOSE DIVISION 17 THE APPLE IPOD ITUNES ANTI-TRUST ) Lead Case No. C-05-00037-JW(HRL) ) 18 LITIGATION ) CLASS ACTION ) 19 ) JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT This Document Relates To: 20 ) STATEMENT ) ALL ACTIONS. 21 _____________________________________ ) Case No. C-07-6507 JW STACIE SOMERS, On Behalf of Herself and ) 22 All Others Similarly Situated, ) CLASS ACTION ) 23 ) Plaintiff, ) 24 ) vs. ) JUDGE: Hon. James Ware 25 APPLE, INC., a California corporation, ) DATE: July 19, 2010 ) TIME: 10:00 a.m. Defendant. 26 ) CTRM: 8, 4th Floor 27 28 571253_1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 In accordance with the Court's June 29, 2010 Order, the parties jointly submit this Case 2 Management Conference Statement. 3 I. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 B. Indirect Plaintiff's Position Final Pretrial Order Final Pretrial Hearing Jury Trial PROPOSED CASE SCHEDULE A. Direct Plaintiffs' Position Direct Plaintiffs propose the following schedule for motions, discovery, and trial: Direct Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Class Certification Apple's Opposition to Direct Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Class Certification Direct Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of Renewed Motion for Class Certification Hearing on Direct Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Class Certification Close of Non-Expert Discovery Deadline for Taking Fact-Related Depositions Deadline for Filing Dispositive Motions and Corresponding Memoranda Parties' Simultaneous Exchange of Expert Reports Deadline for Expert Rebuttal Reports Deadline for Expert Depositions November 15, 2010 November 29, 2010 December 6, 2010 December 20, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. (or a date convenient for the Court) January 24, 2011 30 days after the close of non-expert discovery 60 days after the close of non-expert discovery 60 days after close of non-expert discovery 30 days after initial exchange 30 days after exchange of expert rebuttal reports May 2, 2011 May 16, 2011, at 11:00 am June 14, 2011 (or a date convenient for the Court) At this juncture, the Somers case is in a different procedural posture from that of the Direct 24 Plaintiffs. Plaintiff Somers has just filed her Amended Complaint, and Defendant has not yet 25 responded. Contrary to Apple's assertion, these cases are not virtually identical. As the Court 26 recognized in its June 29, 2010 Order, Somers seeks to represent a different class of purchasers and 27 seeks different forms of relief. This will require different and additional discovery. 28 571253_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -1- 1 Accordingly, Plaintiff proposes unitary discovery, with all discovery scheduled to be 2 completed by April 20, 2011 and Plaintiff's class certification motions filed by May 23, 2011. 3 4 C. Apple's Position Plaintiffs' proposal is unrealistic and inefficient. It ignores that this Court did not deny 5 Apple's Rule 56 motion on the merits. Rather, the Court ruled that the motion was premature 6 pending completion of the discovery identified in plaintiffs' Rule 56(f) application. Dkt. 377, p.15. 7 Apple is confident that that discovery will show that its software updates, designed to stop hacks that 8 stripped the DRM protection required by the music copyright holders, were entirely legitimate and 9 that plaintiffs' challenge to those updates is without merit. In addition, the updates were product 10 improvements and thus under the Ninth Circuit's recent Tyco decision cannot give rise to Section 2 11 liability. Moreover, Apple had no antitrust duty to deal with RealNetworks. The schedule proposed 12 by Apple, as set forth below, allows ample time for the Rule 56(f) discovery, followed by a renewed 13 Rule 56 motion as contemplated by the Court's order. That is the efficient way to resolve this case. 14 Plaintiffs' proposal also ignores the enormous scope of discovery that plaintiffs seek over and 15 above the Rule 56(f) discovery. Plaintiffs' schedule does not begin to allow enough time for Apple 16 to comply with whatever portions of those discovery demands are appropriate­ all of which will be 17 mooted if the renewed Rule 56 motion is granted. Plaintiffs seek, among other things, information 18 regarding the relevant antitrust product markets for iPods and iTunes Store music; costs, profits and 19 market share of iPods and iTS; confidential royalty and licensing fees; communications with 20 competitors; customer inquiries; confidential information about costs to develop and maintain 21 Apple's DRM; transactional data for iPod sales to wholesalers and resellers including quantities, 22 dates of sale and prices for almost a decade; highly confidential iPod pricing strategies; costs related 23 to iTS; components costs for iPods; and the like. 24 Plaintiffs did not claim that they needed any of this additional information to respond to the 25 Rule 56 motion. Before forcing Apple to incur the burden of time and expense in responding to this 26 discovery ­ discovery that does not bear on the renewed Rule 56 motion ­ the Rule 56(f) discovery 27 should be completed and Apple's renewed motion should be decided. That Rule 56(f) discovery, by 28 itself, imposes a greater burden and expense than discovery in most cases. 571253_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -2- 1 Nor does plaintiffs' unrealistically expedited schedule allow sufficient time to brief class 2 certification or to depose any economist whom plaintiffs may use to support their class motions. The 3 previous class briefing and expert analysis was focused on plaintiffs' now-dismissed tying claims 4 that challenged Apple's use of its own proprietary DRM technology. Plaintiffs' only remaining 5 claim is focused solely on software updates. In Apple's view, it will be impossible for any 6 economist to claim that software updates had any impact on iPod prices (which is plaintiffs' damage 7 theory), much less to isolate and quantify any such impact. Certainly, the economist's report 8 previously submitted by plaintiffs does not purport to perform any such analysis. 9 Plaintiffs also improperly attempt to shorten the time to trial by compressing expert 10 discovery. This is not a case where simultaneous disclosure of expert reports is appropriate. Given 11 the novel and changing nature of plaintiffs' claims, plaintiffs' experts should be required to state 12 their opinions first, and Apple's experts can then respond. In short, sequential disclosure of expert 13 reports is appropriate, not the simultaneous disclosure provided for by plaintiffs' schedule. 14 Based on these considerations ­ including the scope of Rule 56(f) discovery sought by 15 plaintiffs ­ Apple proposes the following schedule: 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Rule 56(f) Discovery And Renewed Rule 56 Motion December 1, 2010: January 10, 2011: February 17, 2011: March 17, 2011: March 21, 2011: Remaining Discovery The remaining discovery (which plaintiffs concede is not relevant to the deferred Rule 56 Completion of Rule 56(f) discovery. Apple's renewed Rule 56 motion. Plaintiffs' opposition. Apple's reply. Hearing on renewed Rule 56 motion. 24 motion and will not be relevant to the renewed Rule 56 motion) should occur after the renewed Rule 25 56 motion is decided. Accordingly, Apple proposes that the deadline for document production 26 beyond the Rule 56(f) discovery should be six months after the decision on the renewed Rule 56 27 motion, with fact depositions to be completed one month later. 28 571253_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -3- 1 2 Class certification discovery and briefing For the reasons noted above, class certification proceedings should be deferred until Apple's 3 renewed Rule 56 motion is decided. But whenever the class certification briefing occurs, the 4 schedule should provide time for Apple to depose declarants used to support the motions and, given 5 the anticipated complexities of the motions, 30 days after the declarants' depositions for Apple to 6 file its opposition briefs. Plaintiffs' proposed schedule would give them four months to prepare their 7 class certification motions but restrict Apple to only two weeks to depose plaintiffs' economists and 8 prepare its oppositions to the directs' and indirect's simultaneously-filed motions. Two weeks is 9 simply not enough time to do all of that work, particularly when plaintiffs say they need four months 10 to prepare the motions to which Apple will be responding. 11 12 Expert discovery Plaintiffs' proposed schedule would give them four months to prepare their class certification 13 motion but restrict Apple to only two weeks to depose plaintiffs' economist and prepare its 14 opposition to the plaintiffs' motion. Not only do they propose simultaneous exchange of reports but 15 they propose only 30 days for rebuttal reports and contemplate that experts will be deposed after 16 rebuttal reports, not before. Plaintiffs also propose that experts be deposed after the pretrial 17 conference and less than one month before trial. And they leave no time for motions to exclude 18 experts from testifying at trial. In a case of this magnitude, that is unreasonable. 19 20 Apple proposes the following schedule for expert discovery: 30 days after end of fact discovery: Plaintiffs designate experts and serve Rule 26 reports, 21 and produce experts for depositions within 45 days. 22 60 days after plaintiff's designations: Apple designates experts and serves Rule 26 reports, 23 and produces experts for depositions within 45 days. 24 60 days after Apple's designations: Plaintiffs designate rebuttal experts and serve Rule 26 25 reports, and produces rebuttal experts for depositions within 30 days. 26 27 Dispositive motions Plaintiffs' schedule is also unrealistic in proposing that final dispositive motions in both the 28 direct and indirect cases be filed March 28, 2011 (60 days after January 24, 2011). Under plaintiffs' 571253_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -4- 1 schedule, that is the same day that expert discovery would commence. The final dispositive 2 motions, which will be based on all discovery (fact and expert), should be due after completion of all 3 fact and expert discovery, not before expert discovery as plaintiffs contemplate. Moreover, 4 plaintiffs' schedule would mean that trial occurs less than three months after the initial briefs of the 5 dispositive motions are filed. That does not allow enough time for the parties to brief the motions 6 and for the Court to decide them before the parties engage in final pretrial preparations. The process 7 of designating depositions and exhibits, filing motions in limine, submitting jury instructions and the 8 like should occur after the final dispositive motions are decided, not before as plaintiffs contemplate. 9 Apple proposes that the deadline for dispositive motions should be 60 days after the end of 10 expert discovery. 11 12 Motions in limine Apple proposes that motions in limine, including those directed at experts, be filed 60 days 13 after the final dispositive motions are decided, with 30 days for oppositions and 30 days for replies. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Apple's proposed schedule summary December 1, 2010: January 10, 2011: February 17, 2011: March 17, 2011: March 21, 2011: Completion of Rule 56(f) discovery. Apple's renewed Rule 56 motion. Plaintiffs' opposition. Apple's reply. Hearing on renewed Rule 56 motion. 6 months after ruling on Rule 56 motion: End of remaining document and written fact 21 discovery (if necessary). Fact depositions conclude one month later. 22 30 days after end of fact discovery: Plaintiffs designate experts and serve Rule 26 reports, 23 and produce experts for depositions within 45 days. 24 60 days after plaintiff's designations: Apple designates experts and serves Rule 26 reports, 25 and produces experts for depositions within 45 days. 26 60 days after Apple's designations: Plaintiffs designate rebuttal experts and serve Rule 26 27 reports, and produces rebuttal experts for depositions within 30 days. 28 571253_1 60 days after end of expert discovery: Deadline for dispositive motions. JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -5- 1 60 days after decision on dispositive motions: Deadline for motions in limine. Oppositions 2 due 30 days later. Replies due 30 days after oppositions. 3 4 D. Direct Plaintiffs' Response to Apple's Position In its June 29, 2010 Order, the Court requested that the parties submit a proposed schedule. 5 In response, Apple has submitted a brief that essentially re-argues, yet again, Apple's position on the 6 substance of the lawsuit. Direct Plaintiffs' position on those issues has been made clear on 7 numerous occasions and Direct Plaintiffs will not take up Apple's challenge and submit a brief 8 instead of a proposed schedule. 9 Direct Plaintiffs' proposed schedule seeks to move the case forward on the merits in an 10 expeditious manner. Direct Plaintiffs do not agree with Apple's position that it should be allowed to 11 file serial summary judgment motions going forward as it has in the past. Nor do they agree that 12 Apple should be granted a de facto stay on all discovery other than that identified by plaintiffs in 13 their Rule 56(f) motion. 14 The class certification briefing dates proposed by Direct Plaintiffs are per the Local Rules for 15 the Northern District of California. Class certification has already been briefed twice in this case, 16 and Apple has extensively deposed their economist expert, Dr. Roger Noll twice, for seven hours 17 each time. His testimony was not limited to tying issues or in any other way. They anticipate that 18 the issues raised in their renewed motions for class certification will be substantially similar to those 19 already briefed. Additional time is therefore not warranted. 20 A simultaneous exchange of experts is more efficient and fair. There is no legitimate reason 21 to stage the reports other than to give Apple's experts the benefit of tailoring their reports to Direct 22 Plaintiffs. Under Direct Plaintiffs' proposed schedule, Apple's and Direct Plaintiffs' experts will 23 have the opportunity to respond to each other's reports on equal footing. Direct Plaintiffs are, 24 however, willing to compromise on the timing of merits experts' reports. 25 Finally, Direct Plaintiffs believe that they have allowed adequate time for dispositive motions 26 but are willing to compromise on the scheduling and would defer to the Court on the timing and 27 management of motions in limine and other pre-trial matters. 28 571253_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -6- 1 II. 2 3 CONSOLIDATION A. Direct and Indirect Plaintiffs' Position Plaintiffs agree that continued coordination of the Direct and Indirect actions is appropriate to 4 further the interests of judicial economy. However, they do not believe consolidation of the cases 5 for all purposes would be necessary or beneficial. 6 7 B. Apple's Position: Apple submits that the two actions should be consolidated for all purposes, including Consolidation will "avoid the 8 discovery, class certification, summary judgment, and trial. 9 unnecessary costs and delays that would ensue from proceeding separately with claims or issues 10 sharing common aspects of law or fact." Miller v. Ventro Corp., No. 01-1287, 2001 WL 34497752, 11 at * 2 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 28, 2001); Fed. R. Civ. P. 42(a). Here, the Indirect Purchaser's proposed 12 amended complaint is nearly identical to the Direct Purchaser's amended complaint. Compare 13 Indirect Purchaser Proposed Am. Compl. Dkt. 92-1 to Direct Purchasers' Am. Compl. Dkt. 322. 14 The complaints are based on the same core facts and legal theories. Indeed, the Indirect Purchaser's 15 amended monopolization claims are the same as the Direct Purchasers' monopolization claims, 16 namely, that Apple's updates to FairPlay were purportedly anticompetitive.1 The Indirect Purchaser 17 also wants to represent a 23(b)(2) or (b)(3) class of iTS music and video purchasers, a group she 18 admits "overlaps" with the direct iPod purchasers whom the Direct Purchasers seek to represent. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 571253_1 1 Compare Indirect Purchaser Dkt. 92-1, ¶¶67-72, 77-80, 99-104 ("Defendant took anticompetitive action against RealNetworks, the Hymn Project, and John Lech Johansen...."); ¶¶67-72, 77-80 (identifying "software updates" as the anticompetitive action); ¶¶107, 115 ("Through the anticompetitive use of software updates described herein...."); ¶¶119, 127 (same "software updates" are the basis of her claim of attempted monopolization claims) with Direct Purchasers' Dkt. 322, ¶5 ("Apple's use of software updates . . . constitutes a violation of United States and California antitrust law."); ¶¶52-67 ("Apple's Anticompetitive Use Of Software Updates"); ¶¶91, 97 ("[t]hrough the anticompetitive use of software updates described herein"); ¶¶101, 108 (same conduct is basis of their claim of attempted monopolization). JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -7- 1 Dkt. 91, pp. 1, 3. Multiple trials on essentially the same claims with the same facts against the same 2 defendant serves no useful purpose, is inefficient, and prejudices Apple by requiring it to defend 3 itself twice and face potential contradictory outcomes. 4 DATED: July 9, 2010 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 571253_1 Respectfully submitted, ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP JOHN J. STOIA, JR. BONNY E. SWEENEY THOMAS R. MERRICK PAULA M. ROACH s/ Bonny E. Sweeney BONNY E. SWEENEY 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/231-1058 619/231-7423 (fax) THE KATRIEL LAW FIRM ROY A. KATRIEL 1101 30th Street, N.W., Suite 500 Washington, DC 20007 Telephone: 202/625-4342 202/330-5593 (fax) Co-Lead Counsel for Direct Plaintiffs BONNETT, FAIRBOURN, FRIEDMAN & BALINT, P.C. ANDREW S. FRIEDMAN FRANCIS J. BALINT, JR. ELAINE A. RYAN TODD D. CARPENTER 2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1000 Phoenix, AZ 85012 Telephone: 602/274-1100 602/274-1199 (fax) BRAUN LAW GROUP, P.C. MICHAEL D. BRAUN 10680 West Pico Blvd., Suite 280 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Telephone: 310/836-6000 310/836-6010 (fax) MURRAY, FRANK & SAILER LLP BRIAN P. MURRAY JACQUELINE SAILER JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -8- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DATED: July 9, 2010 9 10 11 12 13 14 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 801 New York, NY 10016 Telephone: 212/682-1818 212/682-1892 (fax) GLANCY BINKOW & GOLDBERG LLP MICHAEL GOLDBERG 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 311 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: 310/201-9150 310/201-9160 (fax) Additional Counsel for Plaintiffs JONES DAY ROBERT A. MITTELSTAEDT s/ Robert A. Mittelstaedt ROBERT A. MITTELSTAEDT 555 California Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: 415/626-3939 415/875-5700 (fax) Attorneys for Defendant Apple, Inc. 15 DATED: July 9, 2010 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 571253_1 MEHRI & SKALET, PLLC STEVEN A. SKALET CRAIG L. BRISKIN s/ Craig L. Briskin CRAIG L. BRISKIN 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202/822-5100 202/822-4997 (fax) ZELDES & HAEGGQUIST, LLP HELEN I. ZELDES ALREEN HAEGGQUIST 655 West Broadway, Suite 1410 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/955-8212 619/342-7878 (fax) Attorneys for Plaintiff Indirect Plaintiff JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT - C-05-00037-JW(HRL) -9- 1 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on July 9, 2010, I authorized the electronic filing of the foregoing with 3 the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing to the 4 e-mail addresses denoted on the attached Electronic Mail Notice List, and I hereby certify that I 5 caused to be mailed the foregoing document or paper via the United States Postal Service to the non6 CM/ECF participants indicated on the attached Manual Notice List. 7 I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the 8 foregoing is true and correct. Executed on July 9, 2010. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 571253_1 s/ Bonny E. Sweeney BONNY E. 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