Gaynor v. Chatila et al
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE. to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. IN RE: SUNEDISON, INC., SECURITIES LITIGATION. MDL No. 2742. Signed by Sarah S. Vance, Chair on 8/2/17. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/8/2017)
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UNITED STATES JUDICIAL PANEL
IN RIG: SUNEDISON, INC., SECURITIES
MDL No. 2742
Before the Panel:* Plaintiff Paul J. Gaynor in the Northern District of California action
(Gaynor) listed on the attached Schedule A moves under Panel Rule 7.1 to vacate the Panel's order
conditionally transferring the action to MDL No. 2742. Defendants Ahmad Chatila and Brian
Wuebbels oppose the motion.
After considering the argument of counsel, we find this action involves common questions
of fact with the actions previously transferred to MDL No. 2742, and that transfer under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1407 will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient
conduct of the litigation. Transfer is warranted for the reasons set out in our order directing
centralization. In that order, we held that the Southern District of New York was an appropriate
Section 1407 forum for actions sharing factual questions arising from allegedly inaccurate statements
concerning SunEdison' s operational and financial condition (e.g., its liquidity, classification of debt,
and internal financial controls), as well as the propriety of its public filings. The centralized actions
involved various transactions, offerings and statements made in the roughly ten-month period before
SunEdison filed for bankruptcy relief. See In re: SunEdison Sec. Litig., 214 F. Supp. 2d 1350
Plaintiff in Gaynor is a former Executive Vice President of SunEdison. He contends that he
was improperly dismissed from employment in retaliation for expressing his concerns about the
accuracy and propriety of SunEdison's public financial disclosures beginning in late summer 2015,
particularly its deteriorating liquidity position, to defendants Chatila (the CEO and President of
SunEdison) and Wuebbels (the Executive Vice President and CFO of SunEdison). Plaintiff also
contends that defendant Chatila defamed him by accusing him of doctoring internal financial records,
misrepresenting certain First Wind eamout milestones, and blaming plaintiff for SunEdison's
longstanding pattern of borrowing capital to pay for its financial mishaps. This action clearly falls
within the MDL's ambit, because it involves allegations related to SunEdison's liquidity and
defendants' efforts to conceal the true state of that liquidity in the months preceding the company's
Plaintiff opposes transfer primarily by arguing that his employment-related claims will be
distinct from (and much narrower in scope than) the other complex securities cases in the MDL.
Judge Marjorie 0. Rendell took no part in the decision of this matter.
A CERTIFIED COPY
RUBY' J. KRAJICK, CLERK
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Plaintiff also argues that his action will take longer to resolve in the transferee court. We are not
persuaded by these arguments. We have long held that "Section 1407 does not require a complete
identity or even majority of common factual and legal issues." In re: Satyam Computer Servs., Ltd.,
Sec. Litig., 712 F. Supp. 2d 1381, 1382 (J.P.M.L. 2010). 1 The significant events in Gaynor, without
doubt, concern "factual issues arising from allegedly inaccurate statements concerning SunEdison' s
operational and financial condition - e.g., its liquidity, classification of debt , and internal financial
controls - and the alleged impropriety of its public filings." Jn re: SunEdison, 214 F. Supp. 3d 1350
(J.P.M.L. 2016). Indeed, some MDL cases contain detailed factual allegations concerning Plaintiff
Gaynor's purported expressions of concern about the reliability of certain SunEdison cash position
statements and projections.2
We also note that Gaynor will not be the only whistleblower action in the MDL. There
already are two similar MDL whistleblower actions brought by former SunEdison executives, both
transferred this year, one over plaintiffs objections. 3 Placing all related actions before the transferee
court will allow for the streamlined resolution of this litigation while, at the same time, reducing the
risk of inconsistent pretrial rulings and duplicative pretrial discovery.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the action listed on Schedule A is transferred to the
Southern District of New York and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable P.
Kevin Castel for inclusion in the coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.
PANEL ON MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION
Sarah S. Vance
Charles R. Breyer
Ellen Segal Huvelle
Catherine D. Perry
Lewis A. Kaplan
R. David Proctor
See also In re: ClassicStar Mare Lease Litig., 528 F. Supp. 2d 1345, 1346 (J.P.M.L. 2007)
("Regardless of any differences among the actions, all actions arise from the same factual milieu ... ").
See, e.g., Horowitz v. SunEdison, Inc., et al., S.D. New York, C.A. 16-7917, Sec. Amend.
Compl., doc. 138 at ~~ 157, 161, 162, 193; Chamblee v. TerraForm Power, Inc., et al.,S.D. New
York, C.A. 16-8039, Sec. Amend. Compl., doc. 91at~~134, 136, 140.
See Perez v. TerraForm Global,lnc., et al., D. Maryland, C.A. No. l 7-cv-516 (filed Feb. 21,
2017; opposition to CTO withdrawn, action transferred to MDL on April 13, 2017); MDL No.
2742,TransferOrder, ECFNo. 198 (J.P.M.L. May3 l,2017) (J.P.M.L. 2016) (transferringDomenech
whistleblower action over plaintiffs objections).
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IN RE: SUNEDISON, INC., SECURITIES
Northern District of California
GAYNOR v. CHATILA, ET AL., C.A. No. 3:16-6305
MDL No. 2742
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