Rille, et al v. Accenture LLP, et al
ORDER granting 696 Motion to Seal; finding as moot 702 Motion for Leave to File; denying 703 Motion to Strike ; finding as moot 704 Motion to Shorten Time. The parties are directed to file, by 5:00 p.m., August 10, 2012, briefs explaining why this case should not be stayed until the California issues are resolved. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 8/3/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ACCENTURE LLP, et al.,
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ex rel. NORMAN RILLE and NEAL
Case No. 4:04-CV-00985-BRW
Pending is Accenture’s Motion for Leave to File Out of Time Defendants’ Opposition to
PPJ’s Motion to Seal (Doc. No. 702). The Motion contained the opposition brief as Exhibit A.
Because Accenture’s opposition brief is already in the record, the Motion (Doc. No. 702) is
DENIED as MOOT.
Also pending are Accenture’s Motion to Strike Privileged Materials (Doc. No. 703) and
Motion to Shorten Time for Response to Motion to Strike (Doc. No. 704). The Motion to Strike
(Doc. No. 703) is DENIED. The Motion to Shorten Time (Doc. No. 704) is DENIED as MOOT.
Pending is Packard, Packard & Johnson’s (“PPJ”) Motion to Seal (Doc. No. 696). The
Motion to Seal is GRANTED. However, in connection with attorney’s fees, I find that any
privileges have been waived by seeking attorney’s fees and costs, and submitting privileged
documents in support -- but only in connection with documents that have already been produced.
Under these circumstances, I do not find the cases cited by Accenture1 persuasive in connection
with a broad waiver of privilege -- beyond the documents that have already been produced. Of
course, the General Protective Order remains in effect.
Accenture pointed out that in the lawsuit pending between Relators and PPJ in
California,2 Relators challenge the veracity of PPJ’s billing -- an issue that has not been raised
before. The First Amended Complaint reads, in part:
Of the approximately $1,400,000 in total costs claimed by PPJ, roughly $500,000
remain entirely unsupported, unexplained, and unaccounted for. And even the
incomplete information PPJ has provided to the Clients in connection with the
remaining $900,000 is costs shows that PPJ has attempted to impose on Clients
unreasonable costs, including overhead costs, that should not be imposed on Clients.3
According to the First Amended Complaint, under the fee agreement between PPJ and
Relators, “PPJ was required to deduct any Statutory Costs it recovered from the costs that would
otherwise be paid by Clients from their Relators’ Awards.”4 The fee agreement was silent as to
how to “divide, allocate and apply Statutory Fees (which go wholly to the Lawyers) and
Statutory Costs (which are paid from Clients’ Relators’ Awards) . . . .”5
Relators now seek statutory costs in their pending Motion for Award of Statutory
Attorneys’ Fees, Costs and Expenses Pursuant to 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d), while apparently arguing
in California that the costs PPJ is requesting are unexplained and inappropriate. The parties are
Doc. No. 709.
Case No. BC459259, Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los
Angeles (May 9, 2011).
Case No. 4:04-CV-00989-BWR, Doc. No. 212.
directed to file, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2012, briefs explaining to me why this case
should not be stayed until the California issues are resolved.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 3rd day of August, 2012.
/s/Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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