Center for Food Safety et al v. Connor et al

Filing 232

ORDER GRANTING 231 Stipulation REGARDING BRIEFING SCHEDULE AND PAGE LIMITS ON PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION. Signed by Judge Jeffrey S. White on 2/10/10. (jjo, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/10/2010)

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Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IGNACIA S. MORENO Assistant Attorney General BEVERLY F. LI (WSBA No. 33267) Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division Natural Resources Section P.O. Box 663 Washington, D.C. 20044-0663 Telephone: (202) 353-9213 Facsimile: (202) 305-0506 Beverly.Li@usdoj.gov TONY WEST Assistant Attorney General JOHN R. GRIFFITHS Assistant Director, Federal Programs Branch JOHN R. COLEMAN (Va. Bar # 70908) Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Room 6118 Washington, D.C. 20530 Telephone: (202) 514-4505 Facsimile: (202) 616-8460 Email: John.Coleman3@usdoj.gov Attorneys for Federal Defendants [Complete list of Parties on signature page] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION Center for Food Safety, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Thomas J. Vilsack, et al., Defendants. CASE NO. C-08-0484 JSW STIPULATION REGARDING BRIEFING AND PAGE LIMITS ON PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page2 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pursuant to Local Rule 6-2 and this Court's Order Setting Briefing Schedule Regarding Motion For Preliminary Injunction dated January 20, 2010 (the "Briefing Order") permitting stipulation of the parties to modify the existing briefing schedule for Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction (the "PI Motion"), the parties hereby so stipulate to modification of the briefing schedule set forth in the Briefing Order as follows: Federal Defendants shall submit their Opposition to Plaintiffs' PI Motion on or before February 12, 2010, and Plaintiffs shall submit their consolidated Reply to Federal Defendants' and Defendant-Intervenors' Oppositions to Plaintiffs' PI Motion on or before February 19, 2010. The remaining deadlines in the Parties' stipulation that was approved by the Court on January 26, 2010 (Dkt. No. 226) shall remain in place. The parties further stipulate that Plaintiffs shall be permitted to filed a consolidated Reply that exceeds the applicable page limitation set forth in the Court's Civil Standing Orders 6 by ten pages, to a total length of not more than twenty-five (25) pages. The parties submit that this Stipulation is for good cause, and in support of this Stipulation state as follows. 1. On January 19, 2010, Plaintiffs filed their PI Motion, together with a memorandum of law, 20 declarations and 19 exhibits in support, totaling 676 pages of materials. Plaintiffs noticed their PI Motion for hearing on March 5, 2010. 2. On January 20, 2010, the Court issued the Briefing Order, requiring any oppositions to the PI Motion to be filed by February 3, 2010, and any reply in support of the PI Motion to be filed by February 10, 2010. The Briefing Order further states that "[i]f the parties wish to modify this schedule, they may submit for the Court's consideration a stipulation and proposed order demonstrating good cause for any modification requested." On January 25, 2010, the Parties filed a stipulation to revise the Court's Briefing Order. Dkt. No. 225. The Court approved the Parties' stipulation on January 26, 2010. Under the current briefing schedule, Federal Defendants' and Defendant-Intervenors Oppositions to Plaintiffs' PI Motion are due February 10, 2010. 3. On February 4, 2010, the Court approved the parties' joint motion to enlarge page 1 Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page3 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 limits, which permitted Plaintiffs to file an opening brief in support of their PI Motion that was 22 pages in length, and allowed Federal Defendants and Defendant-Intervenors to file Opposition to the PI Motion that are 22 pages in length. Dkt. No. 228. The parties did not jointly move, and the Court did not address, the issue of an enlargement of page limits for Plaintiffs' Reply. 4. On February 5-6, 2010, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area experienced a record-breaking amount of snowfall. As a consequence of the severely adverse weather conditions, the Federal Government in the D.C. area was closed on February 8-9, 2010. A subsequent snowstorm is anticipated to begin on February 9, 2010. Because the Federal Government has been closed for two business days and because individual Federal Government personnel lack sufficient resources outside of their offices to finalize documents needed for Federal Defendants' Opposition to PI Motion, Federal Defendants require additional time beyond the February 10, 2010 deadline to respond to the PI Motion. 5. Defendant-Intervenors expect to file their Opposition to Plaintiffs' PI Motion by February 10, 2010. 6. Beyond the extension of the due dates for briefs set forth in this Stipulation, the parties do not believe the requested time modification would otherwise affect the schedule for this case. 7. Pursuant to Local Rule 6-2(a)(2), the parties state that the following time modifications have occurred in this case: On August 4, 2008, the Court continued the hearing date on Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment pursuant to Defendants' motion, and continued the date for submission of the case management statement, and the date for the case management conference pursuant to stipulation of the parties. On June 5, 2008, the Court continued the case management conference to August 8, 2008, sua sponte. On November 3, 2008, pursuant to the parties' joint status report, the Court set the hearing on Plaintiffs' Plaintiffs' summary judgment motion for April 3, 2009, and ordered the briefing therefore. On March 18, 2009, the Court continued the hearing on the parties' crossmotions for summary judgment to April 10, 2009 sua sponte. 2 Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page4 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 On March 20, 2009, pursuant to the parties' joint stipulation, the Court continued the hearing on the parties' cross-motions for summary judgment to May 22, 2009. On May 20, 2009, the Court vacated the hearing. On January 26, 2010, the Court approved the parties' stipulation to revise the deadlines in the Briefing Order for the parties' briefing on Plaintiffs' PI Motion. For the foregoing reasons, the parties stipulate that the Federal Defendants' Opposition to the PI Motion shall be submitted by February 12, 2010, and that Plaintiffs' Reply in support of the PI Motion shall be submitted by February 19, 2010. The remaining deadlines approved by the Court on January 26, 2010 (Dkt. No. 226) shall remain in place. The parties further stipulate that Plaintiffs shall have up to twenty-five (25) pages for their consolidated Reply in support of the PI Motion. Dated: February 9, 2010 TONY WEST Assistant Attorney General JOHN R. GRIFFITHS Assistant Director, Federal Programs Branch JOHN R. COLEMAN (Va. Bar # 70908) Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Room 6118 Washington, D.C. 20530 Telephone: (202) 514-4505 Facsimile: (202) 616-8460 Email: John.Coleman3@usdoj.gov Respectfully submitted, IGNACIA S. MORENO Assistant Attorney General /s/ Beverly F. Li BEVERLY F. LI (WSBA No. 33267) Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division Natural Resources Section P.O. Box 663 Washington, D.C. 20044-0663 Tel.: (202) 353-9213 Facsimile: (202) 305-0506 Beverly.Li@usdoj.gov Attorneys for Federal Defendants HOLLY J. TATE (Ca. Bar No. 237561) LATHAM & WATKINS LLP 505 Montgomery Street, Suite 1900 San Francisco, California 94111-2562 Telephone: (415) 391-0600 Facsimile: (415) 395-8095 Email: holly.tate@lw.com /s/ Philip J. Perry______________ PHILIP J. PERRY (CA Bar No. 148696 admitted) JANICE M. SCHNEIDER (DC Bar No. 472037) (pro hac vice granted) LATHAM & WATKINS LLP 555 11th Street, N.W., Suite 1000 Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone: (202) 637-2200 Facsimile: (202) 637-2201 Email: phil.perry@lw.com Email: janice.schneider@lw.com Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction 3 Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page5 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STANLEY H. ABRAMSON (DC Bar No. 217281) (pro hac vice granted) RACHEL G. LATTIMORE (DC Bar No.450975) (pro hac vice granted) ARENT FOX LLP 1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-5339 Telephone: (202) 857-6000 Facsimile: (202) 857-6395 Email: abramson.stanley@arentfox.com Email: lattimore.rachel@arentfox.com Attorneys for Intervenor-Defendant Monsanto Company JOANNE LICHTMAN (Ca. Bar No. 137300) HOWREY LLP 550 South Hope Street, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, California 90071-2627 Telephone: (213) 892-1800 Facsimile: (213) 892-2300 Email: lichtmanj@howrey.com /s/ Gilbert S. Keteltas______________ GILBERT S. KETELTAS (DC Bar No. 421236) (pro hac vice granted) JOHN F. BRUCE (DC Bar No. 1578) (pro hac vice granted) CHRISTOPHER H. MARRARO (DC Bar No. 395152) (pro hac vice granted) HOWREY LLP 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004-2402 Telephone: (202) 783-0800 Facsimile: (202) 383-6610 Email: keteltasg@howrey.com Email: brucej@howrey.com Email: marraroc@howrey.com Attorneys for Intervenor-Defendants American Sugarbeet Growers Association, Ervin Schlemmer, Mark Wettstein, Duane Grant, John Snyder, Jr., United States Beet Sugar Association, American Crystal Sugar Company, The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC, Western Sugar Cooperative and Wyoming Sugar Company LLC DAVID J. LAZERWITZ (Cal. Bar. No. 221349 admitted) FARELLA BRAUN + MARTEL LLP 235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 954-4400 Facsimile: (415) 954-4480 Email: dlazerwitz@fbm.com /s/ Nancy Bryson________________ NANCY BRYSON (DC Bar No. 913673) (pro hac vice granted) HOLLAND & HART LLP 975 F Street, N.W., Suite 900 Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone: (202) 654-6921 Facsimile: (202) 747-6567 Email: nbryson@hollandhart.com Attorneys for Intervenor-Defendant Syngenta Seeds, Inc. DANIEL M. ABUHOFF (NY Bar No. 1227057) (pro hac vice granted) HARRY ZIRLIN (NY Bar No. 2315737) (pro hac vice granted) DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON LLP /s/ Daniel Murphy_____________ DANIEL MURPHY (Ca. Bar No. 141006) W. ALLAN EDMISTON (Ca. Bar No. 228246) LOEB & LOEB LLP 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 22nd Floor 4 Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page6 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 919 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022 Telephone: (212) 909-6000 Facsimile: (212) 909-6836 Email: dmabuhof@debevoise.com Email: hzirlin@debevoise.com Los Angeles, California 90067 Telephone: (310) 282-2000 Facsimile: (310) 282-2200 Email: dmurphy@loeb.com Email: aedmiston@loeb.com Attorneys for Intervenor-Defendant Betaseed, Inc. DANIEL BUKOVAC (Mo. Bar No. 33456) (pro hac vice granted) STINSON MORRISON HECKER LLP 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 2900 Kansas City, Missouri 64106 Telephone: (816) 842-8600 Facsimile: (816) 412-1051 Email: dbukovac@stinson.com /s/ Sarah G. Flanagan____________ SARAH G. FLANAGAN (CA Bar No. 70845 admitted) PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP 50 Fremont Street P.O. Box 7880 San Francisco, CA 94120-7880 Telephone: (415) 983-1000 Facsimile: (415) 983-1200 Email: sarah.flanagan@pillsburylaw.com Attorneys for Intervenor-Defendant SESVanderHave USA, Inc. KEVIN GOLDEN, State Bar No. 233378 Center for Food Safety 2601 Mission St., Suite 803 San Francisco, CA 94110 T: (415) 826-2770 / F: (415) 826-0507 Email: kgolden@icta.org GREGORY C. LOARIE, State Bar No. 215859 Earthjustice 426 17th Street, 5th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 T: (510) 550-6725 / F: (510) 550-6749 Email: gloarie@earthjustice.org Counsel for Plaintiffs /s/ Paul H. Achitoff PAUL H. ACHITOFF (Pro Hac Vice) Earthjustice 223 South King Street, Suite 400 Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813 T: (808) 599-2436 / F: (808) 521-6841 Email: achitoff@earthjustice.org 5 Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page7 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. v. Thomas J. Vilsack, et al., Defendants. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION Center for Food Safety, et al., Plaintiffs, CASE NO. C-08-0484 JSW [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING REQUESTED MODIFICATION OF BRIEFING SCHEDULE AND PAGE LIMITS ON PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION The Court has reviewed the parties' Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction (the "Stipulation"). Upon consideration of the Stipulation, the Court hereby GRANTS the requested modification of time for briefing on Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction sought in the Stipulation, as follows: 1. Intervenor-Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction shall be submitted by February 10, 2010. Federal Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction shall be submitted by February 12, 2010. by 4:00 p.m. Plaintiffs' Consolidated Reply to Federal Defendants' and Intervenor-Defendants' Oppositions to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction shall be submitted by February 19, 2010. by 4:00 p.m. Plaintiffs shall have up to twenty-five (25) pages for their Consolidated Reply to Federal Defendants' and Intervenor-Defendants' Oppositions to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction. No further depositions shall occur prior to February 22, 2010, other than those depositions already noticed. Hearing on Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction shall remain set for Case3:08-cv-00484-JSW Document231 Filed02/09/10 Page8 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 March 5, 2010. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 10 ______, 2010 Honorable Jeffrey S. White 1 Stipulation Regarding Briefing On Plaintiffs' Motion For Preliminary Injunction

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