Trone et al v. Peanut Corporation of America

Filing 183

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Trone et al v. Peanut Corporation of America Doc. 183 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 ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION CINDY COHN (145997) cindy@eff.org LEE TIEN (148216) tien@eff.org KURT OPSAHL (191303) kurt@eff.org KEVIN S. BANKSTON (217026) bankston@eff.org CORYNNE MCSHERRY (221504) corynne@eff.org JAMES S. TYRE (083117) jstyre@eff.org 454 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA 94110 Telephone: 415/436-9333 415/436-9993 (fax) Attorneys for Plaintiffs [Additional counsel appear on signature page.] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION TASH HEPTING, GREGORY HICKS, CAROLYN JEWEL and ERIK KNUTZEN, on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated,, Plaintiffs, v. AT&T CORP., et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C-06-0672-VRW CLASS ACTION PLAINTIFFS ' NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION TO EXTEND PAGE LIMIT (UNOPPOSED) AND PLAINTIFFS' NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION TO FILE PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ACCOMPANYING DECLARATION OF MICHAEL M. MARKMAN PURSUANT TO FED. R. CIV. P. 56(F) UNDER SEAL Courtroom: Judge: 6, 17th Floor The Hon. Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge No. C-06-0672-VRW MOTION TO EXTEND PAGE LIMIT AND FILE UNDER SEAL FOR PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS Dockets.Justia.com 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 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that plaintiffs Tash Hepting, Gregory Hicks, Carolyn Jewel and Erik Knutzen will and hereby do move the Court: (a) Pursuant to N.D. Cal. Civil Local Rule 7-11 for permission to exceed the page limit set forth in Civil Local Rules 7-4 for Plaintiffs' Opposition to the Motion to Dismiss Or, in the Alternative, Motion for Summary Judgment of the United States (the "Opposition"), for a total of up to 60 pages; and (b) Pursuant to Civil Local Rules 7-11 and 75-9(b), for an order allowing Plaintiffs to file Plaintiffs' Opposition, and the accompanying Declaration of Michael M. Markman Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(f), under seal. Plaintiffs seek these administrative orders based on this Notice of Motion and Motion, the Memorandum of Points and Authorities below, the Declaration of Michael M. Markman filed herewith, and all associated papers. MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES Plaintiffs make two administrative requests on this motion. First, Plaintiffs request leave of the Court to file a memorandum of points and authorities in Opposition to the Motion to Dismiss Or, in the Alternative, Motio n for Summary Judgment of the United States of 60 pages. Plaintiffs' request for additional pages is unopposed by the United States. Plaintiffs make this motion in order to address the multiple and weighty arguments raised by the United States in its Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiffs further seek leave to file the Opposition, and the accompanying Rule 56(f) declaration, under seal. Plaintiffs make that request in good faith to protect information that Defendant AT&T Corporation alleges to be trade secrets and that is discussed in the Opposition. I. ARGUMENT A. Request for Additional Pages Plaintiffs ask the Court for leave to file an Opposition to the government's pending motion to dismiss of 60 pages. The redacted version of the government's opening brief was 30 pages long; Plaintiffs have no way of knowing the size of the unredacted brief that the government has submitted in camera and ex parte. The government does not oppose Plaintiffs' motion. Markman No. C-06-0672-VRW MOTION TO EXTEND PAGE LIMIT AND FILE UNDER SEAL FOR PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS -1- 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 Decl., 2. The issues raised by the government's motio n are complex, relating to weighty constitutional questions and to a complex statutory regime. The government's motion also implicates the non-secret facts underlying Plaintiffs' claims, requiring a discussion of the record evidence marshaled to date by Plaintiffs to assist the Court. B. Request to File Under Seal As discussed in Plaintiffs' motion to file documents under seal in connection with the preliminary injunction motion pending in this matter, Defendant AT&T Corp. ("AT&T") asserts that evidence developed by Plaintiffs includes AT&T's confidential trade secrets. While Plaintiffs contest AT&T's characterization and reserve all rights to dispute whether particular information rises to the level of a trade secret, Plaintiffs nevertheless seek to proceed in good faith to address AT&T's concerns. Plaintiffs' Opposition discusses in detail portions of the information that AT&T asserts constitutes trade secret information in order to rebut the government's claim that this case should be dismissed, or summary judgment entered, based on the state secrets privilege. In an abundance of caution, Plaintiffs also submit the accompanying Declaration of Michael M. Markman Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(f) under seal. The declaration attaches nonconfidential materials relating to Plaintiffs' Opposition. It also includes a discussion of topics for further discovery, which may include information that AT&T or the government may contend to be confidential. Plaintiffs make this request without suggesting that any material in either the Opposition or the accompanying declaration are trade secrets, state secrets, or otherwise confidential, and without waiver to Plaintiffs' right to argue that any of the materials in these documents are nonconfidential. Plaintiffs anticipate that the parties can reach an agreement regarding a protective order governing documents in this case, and can create a redacted version of the Opposition and Declaration for the public record. No. C-06-0672-VRW MOTION TO EXTEND PAGE LIMIT AND FILE UNDER SEAL FOR PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS -2- 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 II. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiffs request leave of Court to file a 60-page Opposition to the government's Motion to Dismiss Or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment. Plaintiffs also request leave to file the Opposition and accompanying declaration under seal. DATED: June 8, 2006 Respectfully submitted, HELLER EHRMAN LLP By /s/Michael M. Markman________________ ROBERT D. FRAM (SBN 126750) MICHAEL M. MARKMAN (SBN 191388) ETHAN C. GLASS (SBN 216159) SAMUEL F. ERNST (SBN 223963) NATHAN E. SHAFROTH (SBN 232505) ELENA M. DIMUZIO (SBN 239953) 333 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: 415/772-6000 415-772-6268 (fax) LERACH COUGHLIN STOIA GELLER RUDMAN & ROBBINS LLP REED R. KATHREIN JEFF D. FRIEDMAN SHANA E. SCARLETT MARIA V. MORRIS 100 Pine Street, Suite 2600 San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: 415/288-4545 415/288-4534 (fax) LAW OFFICE OF RICHARD R. WIEBE RICHARD R. WIEBE 425 California Street, Suite 2025 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: 415/433-3200 415/433-6382 (fax) TRABER & VOORHEES BERT VOORHEES (137623) bv@tvlegal.com THERESA M. TRABER (116305) tmt@tvlegal.com 128 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 204 Pasadena, CA 91103 Telephone: 626/585-9611 626/ 577-7079 (fax) LERACH COUGHLIN STOIA GELLER RUDMAN & ROBBINS LLP ERIC ALAN ISAACSON 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/231-1058 619/231-7423 (fax) No. C-06-0672-VRW MOTION TO EXTEND PAGE LIMIT AND FILE UNDER SEAL FOR PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS -3- 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 No. C-06-0672-VRW CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on June 8, 2006, I electronically filed the foregoing with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing to the e- mail addresses denoted on the attached Electronic Mail Notice List, and I hereby certify that I have mailed the foregoing document or paper via the United States Postal Service to the following nonCM/ECF participants: David W. Carpenter Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP Bank One Plaza 10 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60600 David L. Lawson Sidley Austin Brown & Wood 172 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20006 By /s/ ________________ Michael M. Markman (SBN.191388) Heller Ehrman LLP 333 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 772-6926 Facsimile: (415) 772-6268 michael.markman@hellerehrman.com PROOF OF SERVICE

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