Blair v. Rent-A-Center, Inc. et al

Filing 39

ORDER RE PENDING MOTION TO TRANSFER [re 20 MOTION to Change Venue To Central District of California filed by Rent-A-Center, Inc., Rent-A-Center West, Inc.]. Signed by Judge William Alsup on 6/30/2017. (whasec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/30/2017)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 PAULA BLAIR, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, No. C 17-02335 WHA Plaintiff, 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 v. ORDER RE PENDING MOTION TO TRANSFER RENT-A-CENTER, INC., a Delaware corporation, RENT-A-CENTER WEST, INC., a Delaware corporation, and DOES 1–50, inclusive, Defendants. / With respect to the pending motion to transfer, defendants failed in the opening motion 19 to identify employees of the Rent-A-Center store in Long Beach, California, whose 20 convenience is at issue, among other things. These individuals should have been identified by 21 name, location, position, and role in case. In the reply memorandum, defendants supplied this 22 information, but not under oath. This was sandbagging. Plaintiff has moved to strike this 23 after-the-fact information. Defendants are ORDERED TO PRODUCE the Central District-based 24 witnesses (Dkt. No. 35-2 at 3; witnesses number 3 and 4) for deposition at plaintiff’s counsel’s 25 office in La Jolla, California, on FRIDAY, JULY 7, AT 10 A.M. Each is to be deposed for ninety 26 minutes on the issues raised in the motion. If plaintiff’s counsel does not wish to take 27 advantage of this opportunity, then the motion to strike will be denied. If plaintiff does take 28 advantage, supplemental information from the depositions will be considered (but the motion to 1 strike will still be denied). If defendants do not produce the witnesses, then the motion to strike 2 may be granted. The cost of the court reporter will be borne by defendants (who are guilty of 3 sandbagging), but otherwise each side will bear its own expenses. There is no need for a 4 videographer. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 Dated: June 30, 2017. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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