Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Filing 93

ORDER by Judge Richard Seeborg granting in part and denying in part (46) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (47) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (48) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (5 3) Motion to Compel in case 5:07-cv-05158-JF; granting in part and denying in part (38) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (39) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (40) Motion to Compel; granting in part and den ying in part (45) Motion to Compel in case 5:08-cv-00213-JF; granting in part and denying in part (33) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (34) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (35) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (40) Motion to Compel in case 5:08-cv-00216-JF; granting in part and denying in part (34) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (27) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (28) Motion to Co mpel; granting in part and denying in part (29) Motion to Compel in case 5:08-cv-00215-JF; granting in part and denying in part (16) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (17) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (1 8) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (23) Motion to Compel in case 5:08-cv-01727-JF; granting in part and denying in part (16) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (17) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (18) Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part (23) Motion to Compel in case 5:08-cv-01726-JF (rssec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/8/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION STANFORD HOSPITAL & CLINICS et al., v. Petitioners, NO. C 07-5158 JF (RS) ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART PETITIONERS' MOTIONS TO COMPEL: (1) DISCOVERY RESPONSES, AND (2) DEPOSITIONS / *E-FILED 10/8/08* United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, LOCAL 715. et al., Respondent. AND ALL RELATED CASES / I. INTRODUCTION Petitioners Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (collectively "the hospitals") move to compel discovery responses from Service Employees International Union, Local 715 ("Local 715") and non-parties Service Employees International Union, Local 521 ("Local 521"), Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers West ("UHW") (collectively "the unions"), and to compel the depositions of Bruce W. "Rusty" Smith, and non-parties Kristy Sermersheim, and Myriam Escamilla.1 Local 715 opposes the motions. At the hearing on September 24, 2008 on these motions, the Court instructed the parties to The four motions at issue are the hospitals' motion to compel: (1) further responses to discovery requests propounded to Local 751; (2) responses to discovery subpoena propounded to UHW; (3) responses to subpoena propounded to Local 521; and (4) depositions of Smith, Sermersheim, and Escamilla. 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 meet and confer further to attempt to resolve the discovery disputes at issue. Both parties were ordered to file a separate supplemental report addressing the remaining issues. Each party filed a separate report that reflects some narrowing of disputed issues but with certain disputes remaining unresolved.2 As to those matters, as set forth below, the hospitals' motions to compel will be granted in part and denied in part. II. DISCUSSION Despite narrowing the issues in dispute, outstanding issues remain regarding: (1) the temporal scope of the document requests; (2) the production of the unions' budgets; (3) the production of documents relating to the unions' websites; (4) production of documents relating to legal representation provided by the law firm of Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld ("WRR"); (5) and production of documents relating to Local 715's relationships with other union locals and employers. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 The hospitals filed a fifth motion to compel seeking the deposition of non-party Greg Pullman, an employee of Service Employees International Union ("SEIU"). As indicated at the hearing, because the hospitals have made significant progress toward securing voluntary compliance from SEIU, the Court indicated it was inclined to dismiss this motion without prejudice. In their supplemental report, the hospitals do not oppose such a disposition. That motion, therefore, is dismissed without prejudice. The remaining four motions to compel still are in dispute. 2 2 A. Temporal Scope of Document Requests The hospitals seek a number of documents from June 30 or July 1, 2005 (request numbers 2- 8, 28-33, 37, 39), or January 2006 (request numbers 10, 14, 17, 20, 40-42, 48-55), or January 2007 (request numbers 9, 11-13, 15-16, 21, 34-36, 38). Local 715 argues that the time frame of the discovery requests should be limited to after October 9, 2007, because it was on that date that Stanford Hospital filed a petition before an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board allegedly conceding that Local 715 was a labor organization. Local 715 also suggests January 20, 2006, as an alternative limiting date, which is the effective date of the collective bargaining agreement. Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1), parties may obtain discovery of any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claims or defenses, or "for good cause," discovery of any matter relevant to the subject matter involved in the action. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1). Because the collective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 bargaining agreement presumably developed over time, the extra six month window going back to July 1, 2005, is reasonably calculated to cover relevant time periods and is not unduly burdensome. The remaining dates requested by the hospitals similarly cover a time period reasonably expected to lead to relevant evidence and the unions therefore shall respond to the document requests in the time frame designated therein unless modified below. B. Budgetary Document Requests The hospitals seek documents in response to request numbers 34-36, which pertain to the annual or other budgets prepared by the unions, and request number 40, which relates to bank records for Local 715. At the hearing the unions suggested it would produce documents related to any portion of the budget that references either Local 715 or Stanford Hospital. The unions' limitation, however, could exclude responsive documents that do not specifically name Stanford Hospital or Local 715 but are otherwise responsive. The unions, therefore, will produce documents reflecting those portions of the budgets that pertain or relate to the hospitals or the representation of employees of the hospitals. The unions further request that UHW's budget for 2008 be excluded because UHW recently won a secret ballot election and therefore the production of such information could unfairly impact the bargaining relationship between the parties. While such material may relate to sensitive issues of representation, they appear to be relevant to the matters in controversy, and should be produced. Finally, the unions seek to limit request number 40 to dues payments received by employers such as Stanford Hospital, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University, instead of every single financial transaction. As opposed to request numbers 34-36, where a limitation to specific names could result in the exclusion of responsive documents, such a limitation here is warranted because relevant dues payments presumably would carry the name of the particular involved entity. Accordingly, production of documents in response to number 40 shall be modified as requested by the unions. C. Website Document Requests The hospitals seek documents in response to request numbers 12-14, which request documents relating to UHW's website. The unions maintain that complying with this request is burdensome because the website frequently changes. At the hearing, the Court expressed concern 3 United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 that frequent changes to the website possibly could be burdensome and instructed the unions to report how frequently such changes were made. In their supplemental report, the unions still had no clear answer, but declared that it would inform the Court by October 1, 2008. That date has passed, and without a clear picture of how often the website was changed or updated, the hospitals' request is granted as it is currently written. D. WRR Document Requests The hospitals seek documents in response to request number 20 relating to WRR's representation of Local 715. The hospitals acknowledge that they are not seeking documents or portions of documents containing legal advice, but rather are seeking documents pertaining to whether Local 715 retained WRR or whether UHW retained the firm pursuant to a servicing agreement. The unions insist that it would be extremely burdensome for its single trustee to compile every document that relates to anything WRR did for Local 715 from January 2006 to the present, including WRR's representation on behalf of Local 715 in any litigation, grievance proceeding, arbitration, or administrative hearing whether related to the hospitals or not. Instead, the unions are willing to produce all documents and writings related to the grievances at issue in this matter. Despite the unions' arguments to the contrary, limiting the hospitals to the few grievances at issue would fail to provide the hospitals with an overall picture of what persons or organization was retaining WRR in its provision of legal services to Local 715 relating to the its operational status. Therefore, the unions shall respond to request number 20. E. Documents Relating to Relationships with Union Locals and Employers The hospitals seek documents in response to request numbers 48-55 that pertain to the relationships between Local 715 and Stanford University and Santa Clara University -- two employers whose employees Local 715 allegedly represented. Again, the unions contend that for their single trustee to compile every responsive document would be extremely burdensome. A bare allegation of burden without more information as to the number of documents that exist or estimated to exist does not suffice to exempt the unions from their discovery obligations. These documents may be relevant because they may reflect the status of Local 715. Finally, the assertion that these United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 requests should be denied because they do not contain a timeline is without merit. Each request has a specific time period beginning in January 2006. F. Depositions of Smith, Sermersheim, and Escamilla The unions do not oppose the hospitals' plan to take the depositions of Smith, Sermersheim, and Escamilla. The unions note that the parties will meet and confer to schedule the depositions to take place before October 31, 2008. The hospitals seek a date certain for the deposition to occur no later than October 31, 2008. Consequently, the motion is granted, and the depositions of Smith, Sermersheim, and Escamilla shall be noticed and held within twenty days of the date of this order. III. CONCLUSION The hospitals' motions to compel are granted in part and denied in part as follows: (1) The unions shall produce documents covering the time periods commencing on July 1, 2005, for request numbers 2-8, 28-33, 37, 39, January 2006 for request numbers 10, 14, 17, 20, 4042, 48-55, and January 2007 for request numbers 9, 11-13, 15-16, 21, 34-36, 38, unless modified below. (2) In response to request numbers 34-36, the unions shall produce information on those portions of their budgets that pertain or relate to the hospitals or the representation of employees of the hospitals. The unions shall produce budget information for the time period including 2008. (3) Request number 40 is granted in part and denied in part, in that it is limited to dues payments designated from members employed by Stanford Hospital, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University. (4) Request numbers 12-14, which request documents relating to UHW's website, is granted as presented. (5) In response to request number 20 relating to WRR's representation of Local 715, the unions shall compile documents related to anything WRR did for Local 715 from January 2006 to the present which includes WRR's representation on behalf of Local 715 in any litigation, grievance proceeding, arbitration, and/or administrative hearing whether specifically related to the hospitals or not. 5 United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 order. (6) Request numbers 48-55, which seek documents that pertain to the relationships between Local 715 and Stanford University and Santa Clara University are granted. (7) The unions shall make their supplemental responses within ten days of the date of this (8) The depositions of Smith, Sermersheim, and Escamilla shall be noticed and held within twenty days of the date of this order. (9) The deposition of Pullman is dismissed without prejudice as described in footnote two. IT IS SO ORDERED. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California Dated: October 8, 2008 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 RICHARD SEEBORG United States Magistrate Judge ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART PETITIONERS' MOTIONS TO COMPEL: (1) DISCOVERY RESPONSES, AND (2) DEPOSITIONS C 07-5158 JF (RS) 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT NOTICE OF THIS ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO: Bruce A. Harland courtnotices@unioncounsel.net, bharland@unioncounsel.net eridley@foley.com, tschuman@foley.com, wdelvalle@foley.com larnold@foley.com sinciardi@foley.com, kkunisaki@foley.com, syardley@foley.com courtnotices@unioncounsel.net Eileen Regina Ridley Laurence R. Arnold Scott Powers Inciardi Vincent A. Harrington , Jr W. Daniel Boone courtnotices@unioncounsel.net Counsel are responsible for distributing copies of this document to co-counsel who have not registered for e-filing under the Court's CM/ECF program. Dated: 10/8/08 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: Chambers United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART PETITIONERS' MOTIONS TO COMPEL: (1) DISCOVERY RESPONSES, AND (2) DEPOSITIONS C 07-5158 JF (RS) 7

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