Oracle Corporation et al v. SAP AG et al

Filing 853

Declaration of Elaine Wallace in Support of 851 Memorandum in Opposition, Declaration of Elaine Wallace In Support Of Defendants' Opposition To Plaintiffs' Motion No. 1 To Exclude Expert Testimony Of Stephen K. Clarke filed bySAP AG, SAP America Inc, Tomorrownow Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Exhibit 8, # 9 Exhibit 9, # 10 Exhibit 10, # 11 Exhibit 11, # 12 Exhibit 12, # 13 Exhibit 13, # 14 Exhibit 14, # 15 Exhibit 15, # 16 Exhibit 16, # 17 Exhibit 17, # 18 Exhibit 18, # 19 Exhibit 19, # 20 Exhibit 20, # 21 Exhibit 21, # 22 Exhibit 22, # 23 Exhibit 23, # 24 Exhibit 24, # 25 Exhibit 25, # 26 Exhibit 26, # 27 Exhibit 27, # 28 Exhibit 28, # 29 Exhibit 29, # 30 Exhibit 30, # 31 Exhibit 31, # 32 Exhibit 32, # 33 Exhibit 33, # 34 Exhibit 34, # 35 Exhibit 35, # 36 Exhibit 36)(Related document(s) 851 ) (McDonell, Jason) (Filed on 9/9/2010)

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Oracle Corporation et al v. SAP AG et al Doc. 853 Att. 31 EXHIBIT 31 Dockets.Justia.com LEXSEE Analysis As of: Sep 07, 2010 ARTHUR G. MAIONCHI, et al., Plaintiffs, v. UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION, Defendant. Case No.: C 03-0647 JF PVT UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, SAN JOSE DIVISION 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53169 July 9, 2007, Decided July 9, 2007, Filed PRIOR HISTORY: Maionchi v. Union Pac. Corp., 156 Fed. Appx. 27, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 25413 (9th Cir. Cal., 2005) CORE TERMS: disclosure, rebuttal, substantially justified, disclosing, harmless, substantial justification, recommendation, discovery, disclose, deadline, depose, attorneys fees, reasonableness, timing, opine, rebut COUNSEL: [*1] For Arthur G. Maionchi, Edward A. Maionchi, Thomas S. Dinette, Charles J. Kraft, Plaintiffs: David D. Cooke, LEAD ATTORNEY, Cathy Ann Hongola, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, San Francisco, CA; Stuart I. Block, LEAD ATTORNEY, Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, San Francisco, CA; Melanie Louise Tang, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP, San Francisco, CA. For Safety-Kleen Services, Inc., Defendant: Hilton S. Williams, LEAD ATTORNEY, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Grace A. Carter, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, San Francisco, CA. For Union Pacific Corp., Defendant: Marc A. Zeppetello, Esq., LEAD ATTORNEY, John F. Barg, Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP, San Francisco, CA. JUDGES: PATRICIA V. TRUMBULL, United States Magistrate Judge. OPINION BY: PATRICIA V. TRUMBULL OPINION ORDER RE PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO EXCLUDE EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY; AND RECOMMENDATION THAT DISTRICT JUDGE FOGEL EXCLUDE THE TESTIMONY OF WILLIAM GWIRE On July 2, 2007, Plaintiffs filed a motion to exclude the testimony of experts Plaintiffs argue were not timely disclosed. 1 Defendant opposed the motion. Having reviewed the papers submitted by the parties, the court finds it appropriate to issue this order without oral argument. [*2] Based on the moving and opposition papers filed, 1 The holding of this court is limited to the facts and the particular circumstances underlying the present motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs' motion is DENIED with regard to Gary Hokkanen. Under Rule 37(c)(1), "[a] party that without substantial justification Page 1 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53169, *2 fails to disclose information required by Rule 26(a) or 26(e)(1) ... is not, unless such failure is harmless, permitted to use as evidence at trial, at a hearing, or on motion any witness or information not so disclosed." District courts are permitted particularly wide latitude in imposing sanctions under Rule 37(c)(1). See Yeti by Molly, Ltd. v.. Deckers Outdoor Corp., 259 F.3d 1101, 1106 (9th Cir. 2001). Exclusion of Mr. Hokkanen is thus appropriate only if Defendant was not substantially justified in disclosing him after the deadline for expert disclosures set in the scheduling order, and Plaintiffs were harmed by the delay. In the present case, Plaintiffs do not dispute that Mr. Hokkanen is a rebuttal expert. The fact that Defendant and its expert were able to see Plaintiffs' expert's report before providing Mr. Hokkanen's report did not constitute harm because that is [*3] the usual course for rebuttal experts. As expert discovery is still open, Plaintiffs may still depose Mr. Hokkanen. Under all the circumstances of this case, Defendants' delay in disclosing this expert and his report has not caused harm to Plaintiffs that would warrant exclusion of this expert's testimony. 2 2 Because the court finds Defendant's delay in disclosing Mr. Hokkanen and his report was harmless, the court does not address the issue of substantial justification. While there is a good argument for finding the timing of the disclosure of Mr. Hokkanen to be substantially justified, the timing of the disclosure of his report is questionable. IT IS RECOMMENDED, however, that District Judge Fogel exclude from any motion or trial the testimony and report of William Gwire. Mr. Gwire, who opines about the reasonableness of certain attorneys fees included in Plaintiffs' damage calculations, is not a rebuttal expert because the expert he purportedly "rebuts" is not an attorney and does not opine regarding the reasonableness of the subject attorneys fees. Defendant has not shown it was substantially justified in waiting 30 days after the expert disclosure deadline to disclose an expert [*4] who is not a rebuttal expert. Nor has Defendant shown that its unjustified delay was harmless. Under the current schedule, which has already been extended twice, there is insufficient time for Plaintiffs to retain an expert to rebut Mr. Gwire's opinion, for that expert to prepare a report, and for Defendant to depose that expert all within the remaining 7 business days before the close of expert discovery. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any party may serve and file specific written objections to this recommendation within ten (10) working days after being served with a copy. See 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(C); FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b); CIVIL L.R. 72-3. Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the court's order. Dated: 7/9/07 PATRICIA V. TRUMBULL United States Magistrate Judge Page 2

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