Multiven, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

Filing 265

ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL MASTER GEORGE FISHER FOR DISCOVERY MATTERS re 264 Order on Report and Recommendations - Special Master (jwlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/9/2010)

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Multiven, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Doc. 265 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Multiven, Inc., v. Plaintiff, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION NO. C 08-05391 JW ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL MASTER GEORGE FISHER FOR DISCOVERY MATTERS Cisco Systems, Inc., Defendant. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al., v. Counterclaimants, / United 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 Multiven, Inc., et al., Counterdefendants. / Pursuant to the Court's July 9, 2010 Order Adopting Magistrate Judge Lloyd's Report and Recommendation1 ("R&R") and the parties' Stipulation as to the R&R,2 the Court appoints Mr. George Fisher as Special Master for discovery matters. In addition to the duties listed in the Court's July 9 Order, the Court ORDERS as follows: A. Scope of the Special Master's Appointment (1) The Special Master shall preside over all proceedings, with the power to hear and make reports and recommendations on the following pretrial matters: a. b. Timing of pre-answer motions or any responsive pleadings; Timing and content of initial disclosures; 1 2 (Docket Item No. 264.) (See Docket Item Nos. 214, 263.) Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 c. d. e. f. Case development processes (e.g., staged discovery and discovery schedules or plans); Disclosures or discovery; Disclosures or discovery disputes; Limits on the number of party experts. Furthermore, the Special Master shall have the authority to: g. Conduct pretrial conferences and hearings to establish: (1) (2) (3) (4) The substance of the claims and defenses presented in the case and of the issues to be decided; The material facts not reasonably disputable; The disputed material factual issues; The relief claimed, including a particularized itemization of all elements of damages which may reasonably be claimed based upon the evidence which would be presented at trial; The pertinent undisputed and disputed points of law, with respect to liability and relief, including proposed jury instructions; The witnesses necessary to be called at trial, except for impeachment or rebuttal, together with the substance of the testimony to be given; A compilation of all documents and other items necessary to be offered as exhibits at trial, except for impeachment or rebuttal, together with a brief statement following each item describing its substance or purpose and the identity of the authenticating witness. 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 (2) h. (5) (6) (7) Audit and establish attorney fees to be awarded, if any. The Special Master shall exercise the power necessary or proper to regulate all proceedings before him and shall do all acts and take all measures necessary or proper for the efficient performance of his duties under this Order. (3) The Special Master shall file numbered interim reports or recommendations which: (a) advise this Court of the status of the case, and (b) recommend the disposition of any matter heard by him. The parties shall have ten (10) days from the date an interim report or recommendation is filed to file any objections. Any party opposing the objection(s) shall file an opposition within ten (10) days after the objection is filed. If no objection is filed, the Special Master's report or 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 recommendation shall become a binding Order of the Court and the parties shall comply with the Order. If, however, an objection is filed, the matter shall be deemed submitted to the Court without oral argument twenty (20) days after the Special Master's report or recommendation is filed-unless an application is made and the Court orders the matter to be scheduled for hearing. Reports or recommendations pertaining to non-dispositive motions or pretrial discovery matters shall be reconsidered by this Court only where the Special Master's report or recommendation is clearly erroneous or contrary to law. B. Fees and Costs of Special Master Unless the Court receives a recommendation from the Special Master for some other apportionment, each party shall bear the cost of the Special Master on a per capita basis, payable in advance. On or before July 16, 2010, parties shall meet and confer with the Master and develop a plan to set up a trust account whereby the parties shall deposit, initially, $50,000 each to cover the anticipated fees and costs. The Special Master shall issue statements to the parties and draw from the trust account every 30 days for his performance of the appointment. The Special Master will bill at the rate of $400.00 per hour. The Special Master shall report to the Court on a periodic basis, every 90 days, regarding the state of his fees and expenses and make a recommendation to the Court as to whether the trust account needs additional deposits from the parties as the case progresses. To complete the appointment, Mr. Fisher shall file the affidavit required by Rule 53(b)(3) of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure within ten (10) days from the date of this Order. 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 Dated: July 9, 2010 JAMES WARE United States District Judge 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT COPIES OF THIS ORDER HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO: Brian Curtis Vanderhoof bvanderhoof@rmkb.com Dan Keith Webb dwebb@winston.com Donald Ross Pepperman dpepperman@blechercollins.com James C. Potepan jpotepan@ropers.com Maxwell Michael Blecher mblecher@blechercollins.com Michael Sungwoo Kim mkim@rmkb.com Patrick Martin Ryan pryan@winston.com Thomas Michael O'Leary to'leary@ropers.com Dated: July 9, 2010 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: /s/ JW Chambers Elizabeth Garcia Courtroom Deputy 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

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