Carlin et al v. DairyAmerica, Inc. et al
ORDER ON NON-PARTY AND AMICI CURIAE LAND O'LAKES, INC. AND DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE FOURTH AMENDED CONSOLIDATED CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT, signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 3/22/2017. (Kusamura, W)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GERALD CARLIN, JOHN RAHM, PAUL
ROZWADOWSKI and DIANA WOLFE,
individually and on behalf of themselves and
all others similarly situated,
DAIRYAMERICA, INC., and
CALIFORNIA DAIRIES, INC.,
CASE NO. 1:09-CV-00430 AWI EPG
ORDER ON NON‐PARTY AND AMICI
CURIAE LAND O’LAKES, INC. AND
DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA
INC.’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE
A BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR LEAVE
TO FILE FOURTH AMENDED
CONSOLIDATED CLASS ACTION
(Doc. No. 385)
Non-parties Land O’Lakes, Inc. (“Land O’Lakes”) and Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
(“DFA”) seek to file an amicus curia brief in opposition to Plaintiffs’ pending motion for leave to
file a fourth amended complaint. Plaintiffs seek to amend their complaint to add Land O’Lakes
and DFA as defendants. For the reasons that follow, Land O’Lakes and DFA’s motion will be
It has been recognized that district courts have the inherent authority to permit and
consider amicus curiae briefs, even though such briefs are not specifically provided for in the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See In re Bayshore Ford Trucks Sales, Inc., 471 F.3d 1233,
1249 n.34 (11th Cir. 2006) (“Unlike the Supreme Court Rules and the Federal Rules of Appellate
Procedure, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not specifically provide for the filing of
amicus curiae briefs at the district court level. Nevertheless, district courts possess the inherent
authority to appoint ‘friends of the court’ to assist in their proceedings.”); see also Rocky
Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, 2010 WL 1949146, at *2 (E.D. Cal. May 11, 2010) (“This
Court retains broad discretion to either permit or reject the appearance of amicus curiae. A court
may grant leave to appear as an amicus if the information offered is timely and useful. An amicus
brief should normally be allowed when a party is not represented competently or is not represented
at all.”) (internal citations and quotations omitted). The Court previously allowed a similar motion
from a non-party earlier in this litigation under similar circumstances. See ECF No. 176.
Therefore, Land O’Lakes and DFA’s motion to file an amicus curia brief will be granted.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Land O’Lakes and DFA’s motion to file an amicus curia brief in opposition to Plaintiffs’
pending motion for leave to file a fourth amended consolidated complaint (Doc. No. 385)
2. Land O’Lakes and DFA’s opposition (attached as exhibit A to their motion, Doc. No. 385)
is deemed filed as of March 17, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: March 22, 2017
SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE
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