Atkins Sheep Ranch, Inc. v. Scharmann et al

Filing 21

ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULE AND HEARING ON 13 MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE, AND EXPEDITED DISCOVERY. Signed by Judge Alsup on 8/25/2017. Responses due by 8/30/2017. Motion Hearing set for 9/5/2017 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, San Francisco before Hon. William Alsup. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/25/2017)

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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 ATKINS SHEEP RANCH, INC., a California Corporation, Plaintiff, 12 13 14 15 16 17 No. C 17-04917 WHA v. CHARLES SCHARMANN; JOSEPH RING; CHRIS LAM; BLUE RIVER SEAFOOD, INC., a California Corporation dba PUCCI FOODS; and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive, ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULE AND HEARING ON MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE, AND EXPEDITED DISCOVERY Defendants. / 18 19 Plaintiff Atkins Sheep Ranch, Inc., brought this action for trade secret misappropriation 20 and related claims against defendants Charles Scharmann, Joseph Ring, Chris Lam, and Blue 21 River Seafood, Inc. (“Pucci”) based on allegations that former Atkins employees Scharmann 22 and Ring misappropriated Atkins trade secrets pertaining to business operations and 23 relationships and solicited one of Atkins’s primary customers, Grocery Outlet, for the benefit of 24 their new employer Pucci, a competing business headed by Lam (see Dkt. No. 1 ¶¶ 6–37). 25 Atkins has filed an ex parte motion for (1) a temporary restraining order, (2) an order to 26 show cause why a preliminary injunction should not issue, and (3) limited expedited discovery 27 (Dkt. No. 13). Atkins CEO Jonathan Packman submitted a supporting declaration (Dkt. No. 15) 28 with appended documentary evidence of the complaint’s allegations, including the Atkins 1 employee handbook and emails to and from defendants, but omitting the alleged trade secret 2 documents “pending court order sealing [said] documents” (e.g., Dkt. No. 15-2 at 5). 3 Having considered the complaint, motion, and supporting documentation, the Court is 4 unwilling to grant the requested relief on an ex parte basis but sets a hearing on the motion for 5 SEPTEMBER 5 AT 10:00 A.M. Atkins shall file the alleged trade secret documents with an 6 administrative motion to file under seal in full compliance with our Civil Local Rules by 7 AUGUST 28 AT NOON. Atkins shall also serve the summons, complaint, motion, supporting 8 documentation, and this order on defendants by TOMORROW AT 5:00 P.M. Defendants may file 9 a written response by AUGUST 30 AT NOON. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 13 Dated: August 25, 2017. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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