Walsh v. Apple, Inc. et al

Filing 21

ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT. Signed by Judge Jeremy Fogel on 3/16/09. (jflc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/16/2009)

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Walsh v. Apple, Inc. et al Doc. 21 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 1 **E-Filed 3/16/09** IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION Case Number C 08-4918 JF (RS) DAVID WALSH, an individual, and DAVID KALUA, and individual, on behalf of themselves and all persons similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. APPLE, INC., Defendant. ORDER1 GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT In this action for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Labor Code, and California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL"), Plaintiffs David Walsh and David Kalua ("Plaintiffs") allege that Defendant Apple, Inc. ("Defendant") illegally classified Plaintiffs and other similarly situated individuals as categorically "exempt" from overtime pay, despite significant amounts of overtime labor they performed. By the instant motion, Defendant moves 28 This disposition is not designated for publication in the official reports. C a s e No. C 08-4918 JF (RS) O R D E R GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE ST A T E M EN T ( JF L C 3 ) Dockets.Justia.com 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 to strike references to certain statutory predicates for the UCL claims, and for a more definite statement with respect to all of the alleged statutory violations. Specifically, as to the UCL claims, Defendant argues that any reference to 203 and 226 of the Labor Code as predicate violations should be stricken because those sections provide for penalties not recoverable through the UCL. Defendant also argues that in setting forth the UCL claims, the complaint improperly refers to large portions of the relevant California codes, rather than identifying specific statutory provisions that serve as the basis for the claims. At oral argument, the parties agreed that references to 203 should be stricken because that provision contains only penalties for violations of other provisions, as opposed to any independent substantive command. However, the parties also recognized that portions of 226 do contain such independent commands, and that references to that section may stand to the extent that they rely on the statute's substantive provisions and are directed solely at obtaining injunctive relief. The parties' understanding is consistent with the reasoning of Baas v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., No. C 07-03108 JSW, 2007 WL 2462150, at *5 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 29, 2007), which explained that Labor Code provisions that provide only for penalties may not serve as predicates for a UCL claim.2 Accordingly, the motion to strike will be granted to the extent set forth above. With respect to the motion for a more definite statement, Plaintiffs argued in their papers that the complaint alleges violations of specific statutory provisions and therefore is adequate. The Court largely agrees. See Second Amended Complaint 14, 23, 28, 33, 35, 44, 54, 61, 63, 92-101 (alleging violations of Cal. Labor Code 510, 512, 515, 515.5, 1198, and of the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. 201, 207, 213). However, consistent with the tone of civility set by both parties, counsel for Plaintiff volunteered to amend the complaint to ensure that the statutory bases for There is no dispute that penalties may not be recovered through a UCL claim. See, e.g., Korea Supply Co. v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 29 Cal. 4th 1134, 1144 (2003); Kasky v. Nike, Inc., 27 Cal. 4th 939, 950 (2002); Cel-Tech Commc'ns, Inc. v. Los Angeles Cellular Tel. Co., 20 Cal. 4th 163, 179 (1999); see also Tomlinson v. Indymac Bank, 359 F. Supp. 2d 891, 895 (C.D. Cal. 2005). 2 C a s e No. C 08-4918 JF (RS) O R D E R GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE ST A T E M EN T ( JF L C 3 ) 2 1 2 3 4 the UCL claim are clear. Accordingly, pursuant to the parties' stipulation, the motion for a more definite statement will be granted. Plaintiff shall file an amended complaint within thirty (30) days of the date of this order. IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 C a s e No. C 08-4918 JF (RS) O R D E R GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE ST A T E M EN T ( JF L C 3 ) DATED: 3/16/09 JEREMY FOGEL United States District Judge 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 This Order has been served electronically upon the following persons: Allison Elizabeth Pitigoi Jessica R. Perry apitigoi@orrick.com, tmcbride@orrick.com jperry@orrick.com jliburt@orrick.com kyle@bamlawlj.com Joseph Charles Liburt Kyle Roald Nordrehaug Lynne C. Hermle lchermle@orrick.com norm@bamlawlj.com schariyasatit@orrick.com Norman B. Blumenthal Sitthikit Chariyasatit 4 C a s e No. C 08-4918 JF (RS) O R D E R GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART MOTIONS TO STRIKE AND FOR A MORE DEFINITE ST A T E M EN T ( JF L C 3 )

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