Zeisel v. Diamond Foods, Inc.

Filing 194

ORDER ON FORM AND METHOD OF CLASS NOTICE; CONTINUING DEADLINES AND VACATING STATUS CONFERENCE: Hearing on MOTION for Summary Judgment set for 3/2/2012 09:00 AM in Courtroom 11, 19th Floor, San Francisco before Hon. Jeffrey S. White. Responses due by 1/13/2012. Replies due by 2/10/2012. Last Daty for Expert Discovery: 2/24/2012. Jury Trial set for 5/14/2012 08:00 AM in Courtroom 11, 19th Floor, San Francisco before Hon. Jeffrey S. White. Pretrial Conference set for 4/23/2012 02:00 PM in Courtroom 11, 19th Floor, San Francisco before Hon. Jeffrey S. White.. Signed by Judge JEFFREY S. WHITE on 10/13/11. (jjoS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/13/2011)

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1 2 3 4 5 NOT FOR PUBLICATION 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 ELLIOT ZEISEL, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, No. C 10-01192 JSW 10 ORDER ON FORM OF AND METHOD OF CLASS NOTICE; CONTINUING DEADLINES; AND VACATING STATUS CONFERENCE 11 v. For the Northern District of California United States District Court Plaintiffs, 12 13 DIAMOND FOODS, INC., a Delaware corporation, 14 Defendant. / 15 16 The Court has received and considered the parties’ Joint Status Conference Statement, 17 submitted following the Court’s Order on Plaintiff’s Motion to Approve Plan and Form of 18 Notice and Class Definition. The Court HEREBY VACATES the status conference set for 19 October 14, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. In their status report, the parties have stated that they agree to 20 the modified Class Definition proposed by the Court, with the caveat that “both parties’ rights 21 with respect to the arguments they have raised before this Court are preserved.” That caveat is 22 duly noted. Accordingly, the Court orders that the class shall be defined as follows: 23 All persons in the United States who, for personal or household use, purchased Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts in 6oz, 10oz, 16 oz and 3lb bags from March 22, 2006 through October 13, 2011 (“the Shelled Walnut Products”) bearing labels that say “OMEGAÆ3...2.5 g per serving” on the front and back of the package, and “The omega-3 in walnuts can help you get the proper balance of fatty acids your body needs form promoting and maintaining heart health” on the back of the package (the “Disputed Labels”). Purchasers who bought Shelled Walnut Products with Disputed Labels for resale are not included. 24 25 26 27 28 1 The parties also have agreed that notice shall be published once in Bon Appetit, once in status conference statement, the parties note that they intend to publish the notice in Bon Appetit 4 and Cooking Light during the holiday season, which is the time of year Defendant typically 5 advertises and is a busy time of year and, thus, likely to reach a wide number of readers. In 6 light of the fact that the parties have agreed to publish notice in both magazines and in U.S.A. 7 Today, the Court’s concerns are satisfied, and it concludes that the method of notice is the best 8 notice practicable under the circumstances. The parties also have resolved their disputes on 9 timing. The parties argue that the Court set an opt-out deadline of February 15, 2012, which is 10 45 days after the last date on which notice would be published in Cooking Light. In its previous 11 For the Northern District of California Cooking Light, and once in USA Today, and by a distribution of a newswire release. In their 3 United States District Court 2 order, the Court noted that it would require at least 45 days. In light of the fact that the parties 12 are going to publish notice during the holiday season, which the parties themselves 13 acknowledge is a busy time of year, the Court ORDERS that the opt-out deadline shall be 14 February 29, 2012. 15 16 17 In light of the Court’s ruling regarding the opt-out deadline, the Court modifies, in part, the parties’ proposed scheduling order as follows: 20 Plaintiff’s Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment: 1/13/12 Last Date for Expert Disclosure: 1/27/12 Defendant’s Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment: 2/10/12 Last Day for Expert Discovery: 2/24/12 Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment: 3/2/12 9:00 a.m. Pretrial Conference: 4/23/12 2:00 p.m. Trial: 5/14/12 8:00 a.m. 21 With respect to the form of notice, although the Court expresses no opinion on the 18 19 22 admissibility of the FDA Warning Letter, the Court concludes that the disputed paragraph at p. 23 3 of the Long Form Notice should be removed. 24 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 13, 2011 JEFFREY S. WHITE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 26 27 28 2 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 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 3

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