Kinderstart.Com, LLC v. Google, Inc.

Filing 59

Ex Parte MOTION L.R. 7-11 Request re Filing Oppositions to CCP 425.16 and Rule 8 Motions filed by Kinderstart.Com, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Declaration of Linda Pomerantz# 2 Proposed Order Allowance of Untimely Opposition)(Yu, Gregory) (Filed on 10/17/2006)

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Kinderstart.Com, LLC v. Google, Inc. Doc. 59 Case 5:06-cv-02057-JF Document 59 Filed 10/17/2006 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Gregory J. Yu (State Bar No. 133955) GLOBAL LAW GROUP 2015 Pioneer Court, Suite P-1 San Mateo, CA 94403 Telephone: (650) 570-4140 Facsimile: (650) 570-4142 E-mail: glgroup [at] inreach [dot] com Attorney for Plaintiffs and Proposed Class and Subclasses UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION Case No. C 06-2057 JF KINDERSTART.COM LLC, a California limited liability company, on behalf of itself and all others similarly situated, PLAINTIFF'S ADMINISTRATIVE REQUEST UNDER LOCAL RULE 7-11 Plaintiffs, REGARDING FILING OF OPPOSITION AND REPLY FOR v. DEFENDANT'S SPECIAL MOTION TO STRIKE UNDER CCP 425.16 AND GOOGLE, INC., a Delaware corporation, MOTION TO STRIKE UNDER FED.R.CIV.P. 8 Defendant. PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND On August 11, 2006, the Court issued an order for briefing in connection with the filing of a subsequent amendment to the First Amended Complaint. For convenience, the ordered schedule, in relevant part, is reproduced below: September 1, 2006 Deadline for filing SAC September 22, 2006 Deadline for filing motion (s) responsive to the SAC October 13, 2006 October 20, 2006 Deadline for filing opposition Deadline for filing reply Plaintiff KinderStart.com LLC ("KinderStart") timely filed its Second Amended Complaint on September 1, 2006. Defendant Google, Inc. ("Google") timely filed its responsive motions, which included (1) a motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure ("Rule") PLAINTIFFS' REQUEST UNDER L.R. 7-11 TO ALLOW PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITIONS AS FILED -1- Case No. C 06-2057 JF Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:06-cv-02057-JF Document 59 Filed 10/17/2006 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 12(b) (the "12(b) Motion"), (2) a motion to strike under California Code of Civil Procedure 425.16 (the "anti-SLAPP Motion"), and (3) a motion to dismiss/strike under Rule 8(a), 8(e), 41(b), 12(f) and 15(a) (the "Rule 8 Motion"), all on September 22, 2006. On October 13, 2006, KinderStart timely filed its opposition to the 12(b) Motion before midnight that day and was assigned a filing date of October 13, 2006. However, due to a word processing problem in the office of Plaintiffs' counsel, its oppositions to the anti-SLAPP Motion and the Rule 8 Motion were not received and registered by ECF until 12:03 a.m. and 12:05 a.m. on October 14, 2006, respectively. This was up to five minutes past the Court's deadline. The software problem within the operations of Plaintiffs' counsel is confirmed by its outside software consultant. See Declaration of Linda Pomerantz, attached hereto as Exhibit 1. ADMINISTRATIVE REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF OPPOSITIONS. Plaintiffs understand the need to fully comply with deadlines imposed by the Court. While the Court has no standing order to about the consequences of an untimely opposition, other federal judges may deem this as a consent to the motion. See e.g., Braun v. Morton, et al., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5912 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 1, 2006, J. Jenkins) ("An opposing party's failure to file a memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to any motion shall constitute consent to the granting of said motion." Standing Order of Hon. Martin Jenkins, p 2). However, under Rule 6(b), the Court "for cause shown may at any time in its discretion . . . (1) [omitted] or (2) upon motion made after the expiration of the specified period permit the act to be done where the failure to act was the result of excusable neglect." For the Supreme Court, the legal standard for excusable neglect is a four-part test that takes "account of all relevant circumstances surrounding the party's omission. These include . . . the danger of prejudice to the [other party], the length of the delay and its potential impact on judicial proceedings, the reason for the delay, including whether it was within the reasonable control of the movant, and whether the movant acted in good faith." Pioneer Inv. Servs. Co. v. Brunswick Assocs. Ltd. P'ship, 507 U.S. 380, 395, 123 L. Ed. 2d 74, 113 S. Ct. 1489 (1993). Plaintiff believes that these conditions are satisfied in this instance in light of the brevity of the tardiness and the fact that counsel's software had some unexpected problems. PLAINTIFFS' REQUEST UNDER L.R. 7-11 TO ALLOW PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITIONS AS FILED -2- Case No. C 06-2057 JF Case 5:06-cv-02057-JF Document 59 Filed 10/17/2006 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 In this case, to address the issue of the untimely oppositions to the anti-SLAPP Motion and Rule 8 Motion, on October 16, 2006, Plaintiffs counsel telephoned Defendant's counsel and informed them of the delay of the Plaintiffs' two filings, slightly past midnight on Friday, October 16, 2006. Plaintiffs offered Defendant, subject to the Court's approval, a period of up to an additional 24 hours to file their replies to these two motions. Under the circumstances, Defendant's counsel indicated at this time that it would not contest the untimely filing of the two oppositions. Further, if the court were to permit and consider Plaintiffs' untimely oppositions to the two motions in question as filed,1 Defendant's counsel expressed that Defendant would not oppose (but did not request) a grant of up to an additional 24 hours for its replies to the two oppositions in question. CONCLUSION In light of the above, the accompanying declaration and the documents and pleadings on file herein, KinderStart respectfully requests the Court to consider and permit the filing of its oppositions to the anti-SLAPP Motion and the Rule 8 Motion. Further, in its discretion, the Court may consider extending Defendant's replies to these oppositions to the two motions be extended for up to an additional calendar day ending 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2006. Dated: October 17, 2006 GLOBAL LAW GROUP By: ____/s/ Gregory J. Yu__________________ Gregory J. Yu, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff KinderStart.com LLC and for the proposed Class and Subclasses The Court has allowed the extensions for oppositions to be granted under circumstances as agreed to by the parties. See e.g. Ling Feng v. Frontier Communications Corporation, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16582, (N.D. Cal. 2001) (J. Fogel), at 6-7 (plaintiff's opposition deadline, with defendant's consent, was extended by the Court seven extra days). PLAINTIFFS' REQUEST UNDER L.R. 7-11 TO ALLOW PLAINTIFFS' OPPOSITIONS AS FILED -3- Case No. C 06-2057 JF

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