Century Aluminum Company et al v. AGCS Marine Insurance Co.

Filing 64

ORDER re 57 Joint Discovery Letter filed by Nordural EHF, Century Aluminum Company, concerning Ute von Briel deposition and "other claims" discovery. (Cousins, Nathanael) (Filed on 2/8/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 9 10 CENTURY ALUMINUM COMPANY, et al., 11 Plaintiffs, Order re: (1) von Briel Deposition; and (2) “Other Claims” Discovery 12 13 Case No. 11-cv-02514 YGR (NC) v. AGCS MARINE INSURANCE CO., Re: Dkt. No. 57 14 Defendant. 15 16 17 18 The parties participated in a telephonic discovery conference on January 31, 2012, 19 concerning issues presented in a joint discovery letter, Dkt. No. 57. The Court orders as 20 follows: 21 1. Defendant AGCS objected to the noticed deposition of Ute von Briel, citing 22 the so-called “apex doctrine.” Plaintiffs may depose von Briel after completing the 23 depositions of Nancy Zachariades and Dan Klein. The von Briel deposition shall be 24 limited to 3 hours without leave of court. The parties are ordered to meet and confer 25 further concerning the specific time, location, and costs of this deposition. 26 2. Plaintiffs’ discovery requests for “other claims” and “other insured” materials 27 as set forth in the joint discovery letter, Dkt. No. 57 at 3-6, are granted in part, but 28 limited to documents in the custody, possession, and control of AGCS and relating to: Case No. 11-cv-02514 YGR (NC) Order re: von Briel Deposition 1 (1) ocean marine (not inland) cargo claims that AGCS denied from January 1, 2009 to 2 the present, based on either (a) a conclusion that the packing of the cargo was 3 insufficient to withstand the intended voyage, or (b) sea conditions that AGCS concluded 4 were not so severe to have caused the loss; and (2) ocean marine (not inland) cargo 5 claims that AGCS accepted or paid from January 1, 2009 to the present, involving sea 6 conditions less severe than level 7 on the Beaufort Scale; and (3) ocean marine cargo 7 insurance policies provided by AGCS to ABB Group, and communications between 8 AGCS and ABB Group concerning those policies during the time period January 1, 9 2009, to present. 10 11 12 3. AGCS is ordered to produce 30(b)(6) deponent(s) as to the “other claims” and “other insured” discovery issues addressed above within 60 days of this Order. 4. As to the final paragraph of the joint letter brief, the parties are ordered to meet 13 and confer further within the next 7 days concerning the specific claim files that 14 plaintiffs seek. 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. 16 17 DATED: February 8, 2012 18 ____________________________ NATHANAEL M. COUSINS United States Magistrate Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Case No. 11-cv-02514 YGR (NC) Order re: von Briel Deposition

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