Colucci et al v. ZonePerfect Nutrition Company

Filing 39

ORDER DISMISSING CASE (tdm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/1/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. (admitted pro hac vice) Maureen Davidson-Welling (pro hac to be filed) Wyatt A. Lison (pro hac to be filed) STEMBER FEINSTEIN DOYLE PAYNE & KRAVEC LLC Allegheny Building, 17th Floor 429 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Tel: (412) 281-8400 Fax: (412) 281-1007 Email:jkravec@stemberfeinstein.com Emal:mdavidsonwelling@stemberfeinstein.com Email: wlison@stemberfeinstein.com Janet Lindner Spielberg (SBN 221926) LAW OFFICES OF JANET LINDNER SPIELBERG 12400 Wilshire Boulevard, #400 Los Angeles, California 90025 Tel: (310) 392-8801 Fax: (310) 278-5938 Email: jlspielberg@jlslp.com Michael D. Braun (SBN 167416) BRAUN LAW GROUP, P.C. 10680 West Pico Boulevard, Suite 280 Los Angeles, California 90064 Tel: (310) 836-6000 Fax: (310) 836-6010 Email: service@braunlawgroup.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS 11 12 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 13 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 14 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 15 16 17 JAMES COLUCCI and KIMBERLY S. SETHAVANISH, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, 18 19 20 21 v. CASE NO.: CV 11-4561 SC CLASS ACTION PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL ZONEPERFECT NUTRITION COMPANY, a Delaware corporation, Defendant. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 Plaintiffs’ Notice of Voluntary Dismissal; Case No. CV 11-4561 SC 1 Plaintiffs, by their attorneys, hereby voluntarily dismiss their claims against Defendant 2 ZonePerfect Nutrition Company (“ZonePerfect”) without prejudice pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 3 41(a)(1). ZonePerfect has not served an answer or motion for summary judgment and this dismissal 4 will not bind any member of the proposed class, and thus Plaintiffs do not need a court order to 5 dismiss their claims. 6 Plaintiffs are dismissing their federal action and re-filing their claims in California state court 7 for the purpose of preserving their claims in the event federal jurisdiction does not exist under the 8 Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), 28 U.S.C. §1332(d). CAFA requires the matter in controversy 9 to exceed $5 million, exclusive of interest and costs, for class members collectively. 28 U.S.C. 10 §1332(d)(2). When Plaintiffs filed their action originally, they were confident that the amount in 11 controversy exceeded $5 million based on ZonePerfect’s nationwide sales of its nutrition bars and 12 based on the ability to get a nationwide class certified for ZonePerfect’s uniform conduct of labeling 13 its nutrition bars as being “All Natural” despite containing non-natural ingredients. 14 After filing Plaintiffs’ action, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that nationwide 15 certification of claims alleging false advertising under California law may not be appropriate, 16 depending on a fact-specific state-by-state choice of law analysis. See Mazza v. American Honda 17 Motor Co., Inc., 666 F.3d 581 (9th Cir. 2012)(en banc review denied on March 16, 2012). Based on 18 Mazza, Plaintiffs are now uncertain whether the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million for the 19 class as it will depend on the size of any class certified. The amount in controversy for the class 20 might exceed $5 million if the Court certifies a nationwide class or a large enough multi-state class. 21 However, if the class is limited to a small number of states or a state-wide class, damages might not 22 meet this Court’s jurisdictional requirements under CAFA. If the Court finds it does not have 23 jurisdiction under CAFA after a class is certified, it may not have the power to adjudicate the claims 24 of the certified class. 25 Given this uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, Plaintiffs are dismissing their 26 claims in federal court and refilling their action in state court. If ZonePerfect removes Plaintiffs’ 27 state court action, Plaintiffs do not and will not object to the action being assigned to Judge Conti for 28 the purpose of continuing this litigation. However, should the Court find it does not have 2 Plaintiffs’ Notice of Voluntary Dismissal; Case No. CV 11-4561 SC 1 jurisdiction under CAFA for the removed case due to the size of any class certified based on the 2 amount in controversy, Plaintiffs will have ensured theirs and the class’ claims in that the action can 3 then be remanded to state court for further proceedings at that time rather than being dismissed. 4 5 Dated: April 27, 2012 STEMBER FEINSTEIN DOYLE PAYNE & KRAVEC, LLC 6 By: s/Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. (admitted pro hac vice) 7 8 9 Wyatt A. Lison (pro hac to be filed) Maureen Davidson-Welling (pro hac to be filed) 429 Forbes Avenue Allegheny Building, 17th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Tel: (412) 281-8400 Fax: (412) 281-1007 Email: jkravec@stemberfeinstein.com wlison@stemberfeinstein.com mdavidsonwelling@stemberfeinstein.com 10 11 12 13 14 15 Michael D. Braun (Bar No. 167416) BRAUN LAW GROUP, P.C. 10680 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 280 Los Angeles, CA 90025 Phone: (310) 836-6000 Fax: (310) 836-6010 Email: service@braunlawgroup.com 16 17 18 19 Janet Lindner Spielberg (Bar No. 221926) LAW OFFICE OF JANET LINDNER SPIELBERG 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90025 Phone: (310) 392-8801 Fax: (310) 278-5938 Email: jlspielberg@jlslp.com 20 21 22 A H ER ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS FO amue Judge S RT 27 R NIA S l Conti NO 26 ERED O ORD IT IS S LI 25 UNIT ED 24 ISTRIC ES D TC AT T RT U O 23 N F D IS T IC T O R C 28 3 Plaintiffs’ Notice of Voluntary Dismissal; Case No. CV 11-4561 SC 1 PROOF OF SERVICE 2 STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA 3 COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY ) ) ) ss.: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 I am employed in the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am over the age of 18 and not a party to the within action. My business address is 429 Forbes Avenue, Allegheny Building, 17th Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219. On April 27, 2012, I served the document(s) described as: PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL [ X ] BY ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION USING THE COURT’S ECF SYSTEM: I caused the above document(s) to be transmitted by electronic mail to those ECF registered parties listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 5(d)(1) and by first class mail to those non-ECF registered parties listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF). “A Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) is generated automatically by the ECF system upon completion of an electronic filing. The NEF, when e-mailed to the e-mail address of record in the case, shall constitute the proof of service as required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 5(d)(1). A copy of the NEF shall be attached to any document served in the traditional manner upon any party appearing pro se.” Executed on April 27, 2012, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 15 16 /s Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 Plaintiffs’ Notice of Voluntary Dismissal; Case No. CV 11-4561 SC

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