Kilgore et al v. Keybank, National Association et al

Filing 140

ORDER for Supplemental Briefing on re 132 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Third Amended Complaint, on or before 3/15/2010. Signed by Judge Thelton E. Henderson. (tehlc4, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/9/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 v. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA MATTHEW C. KILGORE, et al., Plaintiffs, NO. C08-2958 TEH ORDER FOR SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEFING ON DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS KEYBANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, et al., Defendants. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California The Court is in receipt of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Third Amended 12 Complaint and all subsequent briefing on the motion, which is noticed for hearing on 13 March 29, 2010. Defendants urge the Court to dismiss this action based on a forum selection 14 clause that requires any suit to be venued in Ohio and governed by Ohio law. The parties 15 agree that enforcement of the forum selection clause is governed by M/S Bremen v. Zapata 16 Off-Shore Co., in which the Supreme Court concluded that a "contractual choice-of-forum 17 clause should be held unenforceable if enforcement would contravene a strong public policy 18 of the forum in which suit is brought, whether declared by statute or by judicial decision." 19 407 U.S. 1, 15 (1972). Plaintiffs argue that California's policy barring arbitration of 20 injunctive relief claims in consumer class actions meets that standard, a conclusion they 21 claim this Court already reached in its Order Denying Motion to Compel Arbitration 22 (Doc. 81). 23 Defendants' appeal of that order is currently pending before the Ninth Circuit. As a 24 general rule, "the filing of a notice of appeal divests the district court of jurisdiction and 25 transfers jurisdiction to the appellate court." Britton v. Co-op Banking Group, 916 F.2d 26 1405, 1412 (9th Cir. 1990). However, "an appeal seeking review of collateral orders does 27 not deprive the trial court of jurisdiction over other proceedings in the case, and an appeal of 28 an interlocutory order does not ordinarily deprive the district court of jurisdiction except with 1 regard to the matters that are the subject of the appeal." Id. Where "the issue of arbitrability 2 [is] the only substantive issue presented in [an] appeal, the district court [is] not divested of 3 jurisdiction to proceed with the case on the merits." Id. 4 Defendants' appeal in this case questions whether this Court erred "in holding that 5 California law barred the arbitration of a private contractual dispute where injunctive relief is 6 sought." Appellants' Opening Br. at 1. This appears to be identical to one of Plaintiffs' 7 central arguments in opposition to the motion to dismiss that California has a strong public 8 policy barring arbitration of injunctive relief claims in consumer class actions. Although the 9 parties have not questioned this Court's jurisdiction over the pending motion, the Court 10 raises this question sua sponte in light of the apparent identity of issues. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California Therefore, with good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs and 12 Defendants shall each file supplemental briefs, on or before March 15, 2010, addressing 13 whether this Court can and should rule on Defendants' motion to dismiss before the Ninth 14 Circuit decides Defendants' pending appeal. Each brief shall not exceed five pages. The 15 parties shall be prepared to address the jurisdictional question, in addition to all other 16 arguments related to Defendants' motion to dismiss, at the March 29, 2010 hearing. 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 20 Dated: 3/9/10 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

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