Wu v. Stitt et al

Filing 162

ORDER 160 Discovery Plan. Signed by Judge Ronald M. Whyte on 11/18/10. (jg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/18/2010)

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In re Extreme Networks, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation Doc. 162 1 ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP 2 SHAWN A. WILLIAMS (213113) CHRISTOPHER M. WOOD (254908) 3 Post Montgomery Center One Montgomery Street, Suite 1800 4 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: 415/288-4545 5 415/288-4534 (fax) shawnw@rgrdlaw.com 6 cwood@rgrdlaw.com *E-FILED - 11/18/10* and 7 TRAVIS E. DOWNS III (148274) LUCAS F. OLTS (234843) 8 IVY T. NGO (249860) 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 9 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/231-1058 10 619/231-7423 (fax) travisd@rgrdlaw.com 11 lolts@rgrdlaw.com ingo@rgrdlaw.com 12 Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs 13 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 14 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 15 SAN JOSE DIVISION 16 In re EXTREME NETWORKS, INC. ) No. C-07-02268-RMW 17 SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE ) LITIGATION ) JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT 18 ) STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN ) AND [PROPOSED] ORDER 19 This Document Relates To: ) ) 20 ) ALL ACTIONS. ) 21 ) 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 583157_1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16-9, plaintiff Kathleen Wheatley and nominal defendant 2 Extreme Networks, Inc. ("Extreme" or the "Company") hereby submit this Joint Case Management 3 Statement and Discovery Plan and [Proposed] Order. 4 In the last several weeks, the parties' settlement discussions have remained ongoing, and the 5 parties continue to make progress towards resolving this matter. Because of these continued and 6 ongoing discussions, this discovery plan was not submitted to the Court in accordance with the 7 deadlines set forth at the October 15, 2010 Case Management Conference. The parties apologize for 8 this delay, and while they remain hopeful that they can report an agreement in the next several 9 weeks, the parties nonetheless believe that the entry of the following schedule is appropriate at this 10 time should such efforts fail. 11 I. 12 JURISDICTION AND SERVICE Based on the allegations set forth in plaintiffs' Third Amended Consolidated Verified 13 Shareholder Derivative Complaint ("TAC"), this Court has jurisdiction of this matter under 28 14 U.S.C. 1331. 15 II. 16 17 FACTS A. Brief Description of the Events Underlying the Action This is a consolidated shareholders' derivative action brought on behalf of nominal defendant 18 Extreme Networks, Inc. against certain current and former members of its Board of Directors and 19 senior executives for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, 20 constructive fraud, corporate waste, unjust enrichment, breaches of California Corporations Code 21 25402 and 25502.5, and violations of 10(b), Rule 10b-5, 14(a) and 20(a) of the Securities 22 Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") in connection with Extreme's granting of and accounting 23 for stock options. Plaintiff alleges that defendants allowed Extreme insiders to divert millions of 24 dollars of corporate assets to themselves via the manipulation of the grant dates associated with 25 options awarded to insiders covering millions of shares of Extreme stock a scheme commonly 26 referred to as "backdating." 27 28 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -1- 1 2 B. Procedural Summary This action was commenced in April 2007. On January 16, 2008, the Court entered a 3 stipulated Order by which the parties agreed that "[d]iscovery may proceed" once the Court denies 4 defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that plaintiff's failure to make a demand 5 was not excused. See Dkt. No. 60. On August 12, 2008, the Court granted Extreme's and the 6 individual defendants' motion to dismiss the second amended complaint. Dkt. No. 82. On 7 September 4, 2008, plaintiff Kathleen Wheatley filed the TAC. Dkt. No. 92. On November 17, 8 2009, this Court issued the Order Denying Nominal Defendant's Motion to Strike and Motion to 9 Dismiss. Dkt. No. 111. 10 On December 3, 2009, defendants filed a Motion: (1) for Leave to File Motion for 11 Reconsideration of November 17, 2009 Order Denying Nominal Defendant's Motion to Strike and 12 Motion to Dismiss; or, in the Alternative, (2) for Stay of Action and Certification of Appeal Under 13 28 U.S.C. 1292(b); as well as a Motion to Stay Action and for Certification of Appeal Under 28 14 U.S.C. 1292(b). Dkt. Nos. 112, 114. On April 2, 2010, this Court entered an Order Denying 15 Extreme's Motion for Reconsideration and for Stay of Action and Certification of Appeal (the 16 "Reconsideration Order"). Dkt. No. 124. 17 Since that time, the parties have been engaged in the initial stages of discovery, as discussed 18 in more detail below. Further, the parties have engaged in extensive settlement discussions. 19 III. 20 21 LEGAL ISSUES The principal factual and legal issues which the parties dispute are: (a) Whether the individual defendants violated the Exchange Act, specifically 22 10(b), 14(a) and 20(a); 23 (b) Whether the individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties to the 24 Company and its shareholders; 25 (c) Whether the individual defendants violated California insider trading laws, 26 specifically Cal. Corp. Code 25402 and 25502; 27 28 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -2- 1 (d) Whether plaintiff is entitled to an accounting from the individual defendants 2 of expenses and damages resulting from the backdating of stock options, damages caused and the 3 misallocation of expenses; 4 (e) Whether the individual defendants are liable to the Company for the unjust 5 retention of a benefit to the loss of the Company; 6 7 (f) (g) Whether the Company is entitled to the remedy of rescission; Whether some or all of the claims against some of the individual defendants 8 are barred by the statute of limitations, as established either by statute or by contract; 9 (h) Whether some or all of the claims are barred by Extreme's Certificate of 10 Incorporation, By-laws, governing Delaware law and/or contractual agreements with one or more of 11 the individual defendants; 12 (i) Whether plaintiff has properly stated a claim for abuse of control, gross 13 mismanagement and constructive fraud; 14 15 (j) (k) Whether stock option backdating occurred at the Company; Whether the Company has suffered any damages as a result of the individual 16 defendants' alleged misconduct; 17 (l) Whether and to what extent plaintiff has standing to sue on behalf of the 18 Company for the claims alleged; and 19 20 (m) Whether the individual defendants committed corporate waste. In addition, other legal and factual issues may be raised at the time that the individual 21 defendants respond to the TAC. 22 IV. 23 MOTIONS Plaintiff and defendants anticipate that they will file dispositive motions and discovery 24 motions as may be necessary. The individual defendants anticipate filing motions to dismiss the 25 TAC. 26 V. 27 AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS The TAC was filed on September 4, 2008. Plaintiff does not intend to amend the complaint 28 at this time. 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -3- 1 VI. 2 3 DISCLOSURES A. Initial Disclosures Extreme and plaintiff agreed to begin exchanging Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) 4 Initial Disclosures on May 28, 2010. Specifically, on that date, Extreme produced certain binders of 5 documents related to the stock options allegedly at issue in this case. Defendants have yet to 6 complete serving their initial disclosures. Plaintiffs served initial disclosures on all defendants on 7 June 25, 2010. 8 VII. 9 EVIDENCE PRESERVATION AND ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY Pursuant to the amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f)(3), on December 4, 2009, the parties 10 discussed disclosure and discovery of electronically stored information, including the form or forms 11 in which it should be produced. Plaintiff has asked that Extreme and the individual defendants 12 provide detailed information regarding steps taken to preserve evidence relevant in this action, 13 including interdiction of any document-destruction program and any ongoing erasures of e-mails, 14 voice mails and other electronically recorded material. Plaintiff has also asked that, pursuant to Fed. 15 R. Civ. P. 26 and 34, documents will be produced in their native format, in the form in which they 16 were generated and kept at the Company. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 34, Advisory Committee Notes, 2006 17 Amendment, effective December 1, 2006, Subdivision (b). Extreme has advised plaintiff that it has 18 taken appropriate steps to preserve evidence, and that electronic documents will be produced in 19 appropriate format, which may or may not be "native" format depending on availability and the 20 burden and expense involved. The parties have agreed to continue to meet and confer about 21 appropriate format for the production of electronic documents. 22 VIII. DISCOVERY AND PRE-TRIAL SCHEDULING 23 24 A. Discovery Conducted To Date and Current Discovery Deadlines Extreme provided to plaintiffs, on May 28, 2010, certain documents which it viewed as 25 relevant to the grants alleged to be backdated in the TAC. Further, in July 2010, Extreme begun 26 providing plaintiffs with documents responsive to search terms provided to Extreme by plaintiffs. 27 On July 29, 2010, Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd entered a Stipulation and Order 28 providing for the following discovery deadlines: 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -4- 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 583157_1 1. The Parties agree that Extreme will provide Plaintiff with a privilege log identifying all documents withheld from the May 28, 2010 document production, on or before July 19, 2010. 2. The Parties agree that Extreme will produce additional documents to Plaintiff in connection with the August 9, 2010 mediation, as ordered by the Court during the July 2, 2010, Case Management Conference. Such production shall begin no later than July 26, 2010, and shall be completed by September 15, 2010. 3. The Parties agree that Extreme will provide Plaintiff with a rolling production of documents responsive to the electronic search terms agreed upon by the Parties, beginning on July 26, 2010. In the event that the August 9, 2010 mediation is unsuccessful, then by no later than September 15, 2010, Extreme will either (a) comply with Judge Lloyd's July 6, 2010 Order (in other words, proceed all documents responsive to our discovery requests); or (b) apply to the court for appropriate relief if Extreme is unable to complete such production. 4. The Parties agree that Extreme will provide Plaintiff with a privilege log identifying all documents withheld from the production of documents responsive to the electronic search terms agreed upon by the Parties, no later than September 29, 2010. 5. The parties agree that the deadline for Extreme to file an appropriate motion or response to the Subpoenas served by plaintiffs on June 23, 2010 to third-parties Ernst & Young LLP, Fenwick & West LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is hereby extended to August 26, 2010. Subsequent to the entry of this order, on August 25, 2010, the Court signed a Stipulation and Order extending all discovery deadlines by one week. On September 3, 2010, the parties attended a case management conference, at which the parties agreed to extend all discovery deadlines by two weeks. Finally, on September 22, 2010, the Court signed a Stipulation and Order holding all discovery deadlines in abeyance until after the October 15, 2010 Case Management Conference. The parties have agreed that these deadlines should be extended by an additional three weeks. Thus, based on the foregoing orders and agreements, the following discovery deadlines are currently in place: 1. Defendants are to complete production of documents responsive to the electronic search terms provided by plaintiffs no later than November 19, 2010. Defendants will produce a privilege log for all documents withheld from the production pursuant to the search terms by December 3, 2010. JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -5- 1 2. By no later than November 19, 2010, defendants will produce all documents 2 responsive to document requests served by plaintiffs in December 2009, as well as a privilege log, or 3 will apply to the Court for relief if they are unable to complete this production. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Fact Discovery Completion of Rule 26(a)(1) Initial Disclosures Close of Fact Discovery Rule 26(a)(2) Expert Disclosures Rebuttal Expert Disclosures Expert Depositions B. Discovery Plan and Schedule EVENT Already begun November 18, 2010 May 8, 2011 June 3, 2011 June 24, 2011 July 7 July 29, 2011 PROPOSED DATE Last Day for Filing Dispositive Motions September 8, 2011 C. Limitation on Discovery Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30, each party is permitted to take ten depositions. Under Fed. R. Civ. 14 P. 33, each side is permitted to propound 25 interrogatories. The parties agree and the Court should 15 order that the limitation set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 30 be adjusted to a total of 20 depositions for 16 plaintiffs and a total of 20 depositions for defendants, and the limitation set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 17 33 be adjusted to 50 interrogatories total for all plaintiffs and 50 interrogatories for each defendant. 18 IX. 19 20 X. 21 22 XI. 23 CLASS ACTIONS There are no relevant class actions currently pending against the Company. RELATED CASES There are no related cases currently pending against the Company. RELIEF Plaintiff seeks damages on behalf of Extreme for the harm caused by defendants' backdating 24 of stock options. Plaintiff also seeks rescission of certain stock option grants, disgorgement of 25 illegal insider trading proceeds, treble damages for insider trading under California law, and 26 repayment of attorney fees paid by Extreme on behalf of the individual defendants for defense of this 27 action. 28 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -6- 1 XII. 2 SETTLEMENT AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION The parties' settlement discussions remain ongoing, and the parties continue to make 3 progress towards resolving this matter. While the parties are hopeful that they can report an 4 agreement in the next several weeks, they nonetheless believe that the entry of the following 5 schedule is appropriate at this time should such efforts fail. 6 XIII. CONSENT TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR ALL PURPOSES 7 The parties do not consent to assignment of this case to a magistrate for further proceedings. 8 XIV. OTHER REFERENCES 9 10 XV. 11 N/A. NARROWING OF ISSUES Through the meet and confer and discovery process, including the initial disclosures and 12 dispositive motions, the parties expect that the issues in this case will be narrowed. 13 XVI. TRIAL 14 Plaintiff requests a trial date in 2011, and currently estimate that the trial will last for 15 approximately 15 court days. Extreme believes that no trial date should be scheduled at this time; 16 that in any event the action will not be ready for trial until 2012 given that the individual defendants 17 have yet to file their initial responses to the complaint and that the length of trial cannot be 18 ascertained until after the Court determines how many of the individual defendants will remain in the 19 case and settles issues pertaining to the scope of claims and applicable time periods. The parties 20 believe that a more accurate assessment of the length of the trial can be determined after the scope of 21 the claims are determined and after discovery on such claims. 22 XVII. DISCLOSURE OF NON-PARTY INTERESTED ENTITIES OR PERSONS 23 At this time, the parties have no one to disclose. 24 XVIII. MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS 25 26 A. Service of Court Filings All documents filed with the Court shall be filed electronically on the ECF website and 27 service shall be accomplished consistent with the procedures in General Order No. 45. In the event 28 that the ECF system is unavailable, service of the Court filings shall be accomplished as follows: (1) 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -7- 1 pleadings, motions and briefs shall be served by facsimile or electronic mail on the day of filing, 2 with overnight delivery the same day of a complete copy of the pleading, motion or brief, and any 3 supporting documents, including exhibits; or (2) any filing may be served by hand on the same day 4 as filing. 5 6 B. Service of Documents Not Filed with the Court For documents not simultaneously filed with the Court, such as discovery requests and 7 responses thereto (other than items being produced as discovery), counsel for the parties shall serve 8 each other by fax or electronic mail on the day of service, with overnight delivery of the document 9 and any supporting materials, unless the parties mutually agree otherwise. 10 XIX. MODIFICATION OF THIS ORDER 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 583157_1 Plaintiff reserves the right to seek Court modification of this Order. DATED: November 2, 2010 ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP SHAWN A. WILLIAMS CHRISTOPHER M. WOOD /s/ SHAWN A. WILLIAMS Post Montgomery Center One Montgomery Street, Suite 1800 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: 415/288-4545 415/288-4534 (fax) ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP TRAVIS E. DOWNS III LUCAS F. OLTS IVY T. NGO 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 619/231-1058 619/231-7423 (fax) Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -8- 1 DATED: November 2, 2010 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP JOHN H. HEMANN JOSEPH E. FLOREN /s/ JOHN H. HEMANN One Market, Spear Street Tower San Francisco, CA 94105 Telephone: 415/442.1000 415/442.1001 (fax) Attorneys For Nominal Defendant EXTREME NETWORKS, INC. I, Shawn A. Williams, am the ECF User whose ID and password are being used to file this 11 Case Management Statement and [Proposed] Order. In compliance with General Order 45, X.B., I hereby attest that John Hemann has concurred in this filing. 12 DATED: November 2, 2010 /s/ 13 SHAWN A. WILLIAMS 14 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. ____________________________________ THE HONORABLE RONALD M. WHYTE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE * * ORDER * 11/18/10 17 DATED: _________________________ 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 583157_1 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND DISCOVERY PLAN AND [] ORDER- C-07-02268-RMW -9-

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