Keller v. Electronic Arts Inc. et al

Filing 646

ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO COMPEL re #594 Statement filed by Collegiate Licensing Company. Signed by Judge Nathanael M. Cousins on 11/5/2012. (nclc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/5/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 11 12 13 Case No. 09-cv-01967 CW (NC) IN RE NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE NAME AND LIKENESS LICENSING LITIGATION Re: Dkt. No. 594 14 15 ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO COMPEL Defendant Collegiate Licensing Company moves to compel Antitrust Plaintiffs to 16 amend their responses to Interrogatories 1, 2, 11, 12, and 14. CLC argues that Plaintiffs’ 17 current responses to these five interrogatories are deficient. Antitrust Plaintiffs respond that 18 CLC’s dissatisfaction stems from the content of their responses, not their sufficiency or 19 level of detail, and that no amendment is necessary. 20 Interrogatory 1 states “Identify every illegal contract, combination, or conspiracy in 21 violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1 in which You contend CLC participated, including Your 22 contention in Paragraphs 25, 496, and 507 that CLC facilitated a restraint of trade in 23 violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1.” Dkt. No. 601-2, Ex. D at 8. 24 CLC requests amendment because Plaintiffs’ response lacks sufficient detail, expands the 25 issues, and improperly references their response to Interrogatory 14. As the Court noted at 26 the October 17 discovery hearing, Interrogatory 1 is drafted to elicit an expansive answer 27 and thereby contributes to the generality of Plaintiffs’ response. Plaintiffs’ incorporation by 28 reference to their response to Interrogatory 14 is technically improper, however, it does not Case No. 09-cv-01967 CW (NC) ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO COMPEL 1 detract from their response to Interrogatory 1. Nor would amendment of this response to 2 include the substance of Plaintiffs’ response to Interrogatory 14 be an efficient use of time. 3 Therefore, the Court DENIES CLC’s motion to compel amendment of Interrogatory 1. Interrogatory 2 asks Plaintiffs to identify the facts and documents that support their 4 5 allegations against CLC of conspiracy and concerted action identified in Interrogatory 1. 6 CLC argues that Antitrust Plaintiffs’ response to Interrogatory 2 is inconsistent with one of 7 their expert reports and challenges the viability of Antitrust Plaintiffs’ theory of liability. 8 But CLC’s objections are better suited to a dispositive motion than a discovery dispute. No 9 amendment by Antitrust Plaintiffs to their response will change the nature of the report or 10 Plaintiffs’ theory of liability. Accordingly, the Court DENIES CLC’s motion to compel 11 amendment of Interrogatory 2. Interrogatories 11 and 12 ask Plaintiffs to describe the injuries to business or property 12 13 suffered by the named plaintiffs and class members. CLC contends that Plaintiffs’ 14 responses to these two interrogatories are vague, conclusory, and lacking in factual or 15 documentary support. Antitrust Plaintiffs’ current responses, although somewhat cursory, 16 describe the damages they have incurred. Furthermore, the Court finds that CLC’s concerns 17 can be addressed through other discovery mechanisms. CLC’s motion to compel amended 18 responses to Interrogatories 11 and 12 is DENIED. Interrogatory 14 asks “If You contend that Former Student-Athletes are restricted 19 20 from licensing, selling, using, or displaying their Collegiate Images in any way, identify all 21 facts and documents that support Your contention.” Dkt. No. 601-2, Ex. D at 72. CLC 22 asserts that Antitrust Plaintiffs’ existing response is insufficient because it addresses only 23 current student-athletes. Antitrust Plaintiffs supplied a detailed response outlining the ways 24 in which NCAA bylaws prohibit student-athletes from licensing or sharing in the profits 25 from the use of their names, images, and likenesses while they are student-athletes. 26 Although Plaintiffs’ response adequately describes how bylaws affected former student27 athletes while they were student-athletes, it is nevertheless insufficient. 28 // Case No. 09-cv-01967 CW (NC) ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO COMPEL 2 1 Antitrust Plaintiffs’ theory of the case is that “[f]ormer player class members have 2 two components to their damages—damages sustained while those individuals were 3 competing under collusive restraints, and damages sustained by the continued licensing or 4 sale of their images after they ceased participating in collegiate athletics.” Mot. for Class 5 Certification, Dkt. No. 554 at 10. Antitrust Plaintiffs’ current response to Interrogatory 14 6 does not identify any facts that illustrate how former student-athletes are currently restricted 7 from licensing or sharing in the profits derived from their names, images, and likenesses, or 8 how they suffer damages from the continued licensing and sale of their names, images, and 9 likenesses. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS CLC’s motion to compel an amended 10 response to Interrogatory 14. 11 Antitrust Plaintiffs have fourteen days from the date of this order to amend their 12 response to Interrogatory 14. Under Rule 72(a), any party may object to this order within 13 fourteen days. 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Date: November 5, 2012 16 _________________________ Nathanael M. Cousins United States Magistrate Judge 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Case No. 09-cv-01967 CW (NC) ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO COMPEL 3

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