Chavez v. Blue Sky Natural Beverage Co. et al

Filing 144

ORDER 143 Compelling VN Graphics, Inc. to Produce Documents in Response to Subpoena. Signed by Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen on 9/3/2010. (emcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/3/2010)

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Chavez v. Blue Sky Natural Beverage Co. et al Doc. 144 1 ADAM J. GUTRIDE (State Bar No. 181466) SETH A. SAFIER (State Bar No. 197427) 2 GUTRIDE SAFIER LLP 835 Douglass Street 3 San Francisco, California 94144 Telephone: (415) 336-6545 4 Facsimile: (415) 449-6469 5 Attorneys for Plaintiff 6 7 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION Case No. CV-06-06609 VRW (EMC) [Proposed] ORDER COMPELLING VN GRAPHICS, INC. TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS IN RESPONSE TO SUBPOENA OR TO SHOW CAUSE WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE ADJUDGED IN CONTEMPT OF COURT CHRIS CHAVEZ, an individual, on behalf of 10 himself, the general public and those similarly situated 11 Plaintiff, 12 v. 13 BLUE SKY NATURAL BEVERAGE CO., a 14 foreign corporation; HANSEN NATURAL CORP., a foreign corporation; HANSEN BEVERAGE 15 COMPANY, a foreign corporation; AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10 16 Defendants 17 18 Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen Plaintiff has moved to compel VN Graphics, Inc. ("VN Graphics") to respond to a subpoena 19 for the production of documents. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [Proposed] Order re Subpoena to VN Graphics FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN, the Court finds and concludes as follows: VN Graphics was served with the subpoena. On May 17, 2010, Mr. Kammer of Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP, counsel for Defendants, filed a "Notice of Appearance" on behalf of VN Graphics. No limitations regarding the scope of appearance were stated. (Dkt.# 115.) The same day, on behalf of VN Graphics, Mr. Kammer filed a motion to quash the subpoena. The motion to quash did not make any argument about the place of production or the authority of this Court to issue a subpoena to VN Graphics. Instead, it argued only that the requests 1 were burdensome, irrelevant, and duplicative of requests made to Defendants. (Dkt.# 116.) 2 On June 10, VN Graphics filed a notice of withdrawal of the motion to quash the subpoena. 3 (Dkt.# 119.) 4 On June 28, 2010, Plaintiff wrote to the Court seeking leave to file a motion to compel 5 production to enforce the subpoena. (Dkt.# 122.). 6 On July 7, 2010, on behalf of VN Graphics, Mr. Kammer wrote to the Court that VN 7 Graphics had represented that it has "reviewed all of the reasonably accessible documents in [its] 8 possession, custody and control" and that he was awaiting receipt of the documents and "[did] not 9 anticipate problems" with production. (Dkt.# 123.) Again, no argument was made about the forum 10 from which the subpoena issued or the place of required production. 11 On July 13, 2010, Judge Walker referred the matter to the undersigned (Dkt.# 126), who 12 held a hearing on August 11, 2010, at which both Mr. Kammer and counsel for Plaintiff were 13 present. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [Proposed] Order re Subpoena to VN Graphics On August 16, 2010, the Court issued the following order: Documents from VN Graphics, Inc. (third party). Defense counsel currently represents VN Graphics, Inc. with respect to this litigation. Counsel has represented that there has been difficulty in getting the client to cooperate in producing the documents requested by Plaintiff. Counsel has also indicated that it will likely withdraw its representation of VN Graphics as a result. In that event, Plaintiff will have to seek to enforce the subpoena with the appropriate court. Counsel will confirm with the Court by August 20, 2010 that either all documents have been produced or counsel has withdrawn from VN Graphics' representation. (Dkt.# 134): On August 20, 2010, Mr. Kammer stated in a letter to the Court that "Defendants communicated again with VN Graphics about providing the documents covered by the subpoena previously issued by plaintiff. To date, defendants' counsel has received nothing from VN Graphics, and consequently the firm of Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP has notified VN Graphics that it has withdrawn from representing them in connection with this subpoena duces tecum." (Dkt.# 136.) Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP has not formally withdrawn from representation. Nor has VN Graphics filed a notice of substitution of counsel. 1 VN Graphics generally appeared in this litigation. (Dkt.# 115.) It is accordingly subject to 2 this Court's jurisdiction. It did not object to the jurisdiction of this Court over the enforcement of 3 the subpoena. Cf. Hilao v. Estate of Marcos, 95 F.3d 848, 854 (9th Cir. 1996) ("A general 4 appearance, of course, subjects the party who appears to the personal jurisdiction of the court."). 5 Moreover, having withdrawn its motion to quash, it has waived any objections. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 VN Graphics has failed to comply with the subpoena without adequate justification. VN Graphics is ordered to produce by September 15, 2010, all of the following: 1. All documents depicting, describing and/or relating to any BLUE SKY PACKAGING. (The term "BLUE SKY PACKAGING" means any cans, bottles, other beverage containers or labels affixed thereto bearing the "Blue Sky" mark or brand.) 2. All documents depicting, describing and/or relating to BLUE SKY ARTWORK. ((The term "BLUE SKY ARTWORK" means any images, graphics, logos, design elements, product descriptions, fonts, or other textual or graphical items used with respect to products bearing the "Blue Sky" mark or brand.) 3. All correspondence, communications, and other documents exchanged between you and Defendants relating to any BLUE SKY WEBSITE, BLUE SKY PACKAGING, AND/OR BLUE SKY ARTWORK. (The term "BLUE SKY WEBSITE" means,, and any other web site authorized by any DEFENDANT whose primary focus in the Blue Sky Natural Beverage Company AND/OR products bearing the "Blue Sky" mark or brand. The other terms are as defined above.) VN Graphics shall have the option to produce the aforementioned items either by 22 (1) delivering a physical or electronic copy thereof to attorneys for Plaintiff, Gutride Safier LLP, at 23 their offices, 835 Douglass Street, San Francisco CA 94114 or (2) notifying Plaintiff that the items 24 are available, and making the items available, for inspection at VN Graphic's place of business in 25 Redmond, Washington, and for removal to a local scanning and copying facility designated by 26 Plaintiffs. 27 VN Graphics shall file, via ECF, a certification of its compliance with the above by 28 September 15, 2010. [Proposed] Order re Subpoena to VN Graphics 1 Should VN Graphics not produce the documents or certify its compliance as directed, this 2 matter shall be referred to Judge Walker for hearing on September 9, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at which 3 time VN Graphics shall show cause why it should not be adjudged to be in contempt of Court and 4 accordingly sanctioned. 5 Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this order on VN Graphics such that it is received no later than 6 September 8, 2010. Because counsel for VN Graphics has withdrawn, service may not be effected 7 by serving that counsel. 8 9 10 11 Dated: 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [Proposed] Order re Subpoena to VN Graphics IT IS SO ORDERED. UNIT ED September 3, 2010 S S DISTRICT TE C TA ER N F D IS T IC T O R A C LI FO ________________________________ Hon. Edward M. Chenrd M. Chen dwa U.S. MagistrateeJudge Judg E R NIA ED ORDER O IT IS S IFIED S MOD A RT U O NO RT H

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