Rhea Drugstore Inc v. Prodigy Diabetes Care LLC
ORDER: Rhea Drugstore's motion for class certificate, 2 , is denied without prejudice. Prodigy's motion to stay based on its FCC petition, 15 , is denied. The case will proceed on a claim, and as potential class action, about the contents of unsolicited faxes. A Final Scheduling Order will issue. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 5/14/2015. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
RHEA DRUGSTORE, INC.,
individually and on behalf
of all others similarly situated
PRODIGY DIABETES CARE, LLC
1. When it filed its complaint five months ago, Rhea Drugstore moved
to certify a class, but stay any briefing ruling pending discovery. This was a
hedge. The drugstore is following the Seventh Circuit's suggestion in Damasco
v. Clearwire Corp., 662 F.3d 891, 896 (2011), about how to avoid any mootness
question if Prodigy Diabetes Care, LLC, offers to make this drugstore whole
for the unsolicited fax, which didn't contain the statutorily required opt-out
notice. The Court admires counsel's caution and creativity. But the motion to
certify is denied without prejudice. We'll handle any mootness issue, if and
when it comes. See, e.g., Alpern v. UtiliCorp United, Inc., 84 F.3d 1525, 1539 (8th
Cir. 1996). The Court declines to let the motion hang fire; it's been five months
since it was filed, for example, and the parties have suggested doing the real
certification briefing starting in October. That would put resolution of the
motion about a year after filing. This is just too long a delay.
2. Prodigy asks the Court to stay the whole case, pointing to its pending
FCC petition seeking retroactive waiver of the rules requiring an opt-out
notice on solicited faxes. This motion is denied too. Rhea Drugstore didn't get
a solicited fax; it got an unsolicited fax. The complaint is clear about that fact.
NQ 1at3. The drugstore wasn't injured by any solicited fax from Prodigy. And
it therefore has no standing to pursue any claim -for itself or others- about
the contents of any solicited fax. Lujan v. Defenders a/Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 563
(1992); Goff v. Nix, 113 F.3d 887, 890 (8th Cir. 1997). Put in terms of Rule 23,
Rhea Drugstore didn't suffer the same injury as someone who got an
imperfect solicited fax, and therefore the drugstore can't represent those who
did. Alpern, 84 F.3d at 1539.
Rhea Drugstore's motion for class certification, NQ 2, is denied without
prejudice. Prodigy's motion to stay based on its FCC petition, NQ 15, is denied.
The case will proceed on a claim, and as potential class action, about the
contents of unsolicited faxes. A Final Scheduling Order will issue.
D.P. Marshall Jr.V
United States District Judge
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