Senne et al v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, et al

Filing 862

ORDER by Judge Joseph C. Spero granting 847 Motion to Intervene; granting 848 Motion to Withdraw. Cody Sedlock, Edwin Mateo and Luis Yanel Diaz shall be permitted to intervene in this action. Corey Jones, Brian Hunter, and Shane Opitz shall no longer be plaintiffs in this action and their claims are dismissed without prejudice. The motion hearing scheduled for January 15, 2021 is vacated. (jcslc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/6/2021)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 AARON SENNE, et al., Case No. 14-cv-00608-JCS Plaintiffs, 8 v. 9 KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL CORP., et al., 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 Defendants. ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO INTERVENE AND MOTION TO WITHDRAW AND VACATING JANUARY 15, 2021 HEARING Re: Dkt. Nos. 847, 848 12 13 Plaintiffs bring a Motion to Intervene, requesting that Cody Sedlock, Edwin Mateo, and 14 Luis Yanel Diaz be permitted to intervene in this action as named Plaintiffs. They also bring a 15 Motion to Withdraw Certain Previous Intervenors and to Dismiss their Claims without Prejudice 16 (“Motion to Withdraw”). In the Motion to Withdraw, Corey Jones, Brian Hunter, and Shane Opitz 17 ask to withdraw from the case and to have their claims dismissed without prejudice. These 18 companion motions have been brought to cure a potential defect as to standing in connection with 19 Plaintiffs’ proposed Rule 23(b)(2) class. In particular, Jones, Hunter and Opitz are no longer 20 minor league players and therefore may not have standing to assert claims for prospective relief as 21 part of the Rule 23(b)(2) class. Sedlock, Mateo and Diaz, on the other hand, are current minor 22 league players who are likely to have standing to seek such relief. Defendants do not oppose 23 either motion, though they seek to condition their non-opposition to the Motion to Intervene on 24 being permitted to conduct certain discovery as to the intervenors. Dkt. No. 855. 25 The Court GRANTS the Motion to Withdraw based on the stipulation of the parties and 26 dismisses the claims of Corey Jones, Brian Hunter, and Shane Opitz without prejudice. The Court 27 also GRANTS the Motion to Intervene on the basis that the requirements of permissive 28 intervention under Rule 24(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been satisfied. The 1 Court declines to reach whether the proposed intervenors also have a right to intervene under Rule 2 24(a). The Court also declines to address herein the discovery that will be permitted as to the 3 intervenors. If, as Defendants represent in their statement of non-opposition to the Motion to 4 Intervene, the parties have agreed to certain discovery with respect to the intervenors, the parties 5 may file a signed stipulation to that effect. Otherwise, the Court will address any disputes as to 6 the scope and timing of such discovery in the context of case management or on a properly noticed 7 motion. The Motion hearing set for January 15, 2021 is vacated pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7- 8 1(b). 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 Dated: January 6, 2021 ______________________________________ JOSEPH C. SPERO Chief Magistrate Judge 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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