Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al
MOTION for Protective Order Regarding Samsung's First Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition Notice filed by Apple Inc.. Motion Hearing set for 1/18/2012 02:00 PM in Courtroom 5, 4th Floor, San Jose before Magistrate Judge Paul Singh Grewal. Responses due by 1/13/2012. (Attachments: # 1 McElhinny Declaration, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Mazza Declaration, # 5 Exhibit A, # 6 Exhibit B, # 7 Exhibit C, # 8 Exhibit D, # 9 Proposed Order)(Jacobs, Michael) (Filed on 1/10/2012)
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Apple v. Samsung Electronics, et al., No. 5:11-cv-01846-LHK (N.D.Cal.)
I write in response to your December 27 letter about Samsung's First 30(b)(6) Deposition Notice
to Apple, Inc. and in particular Apple's latest announcement that it will not provide witnesses on
any topic unless Samsung is "willing to provide reciprocal testimony."
It is highly improper for Apple to condition its production of these witnesses on whether
Samsung will provide reciprocal testimony. The Federal Rules expressly reject this position. As
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d)(2)(B) provides, “discovery by one party does not require any other party to
delay its discovery.” Accord Schwarzer et al., Cal. Prac. Guide: Fed. Civ. Pro. Before Trial ¶
11:1390 (Rutter) (“The fact one party is conducting discovery (by deposition or otherwise) does
not operate to delay another party’s right to discovery.”). Courts likewise have rejected claims
that alleged deficiencies in another party’s discovery can support a refusal to be deposed See,
e.g., George C. Frey Ready-Mixed Concrete, Inc. v. Pine Hill Concrete Mix Corp., 554 F.2d 551,
556 at n.5 (2d Cir. 1977) (stating that parties’ respective rights to discovery are “concurrent”
with one another); Struthers Scientific & Int’l Corp. v. Gen. Foods Corp., 290 F. Supp. 122, 128
(S.D. Tex. 1968) (“the failure to answer plaintiff’s interrogatories provides no grounds for
vacating or staying defendant’s notice of taking of depositions.”)
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Moreover, the parties each have their own time limit for depositions on issues relevant to the
case. Samsung has the right to use its time as it sees fit and will be scheduling deposition time
with Apple on particular topics and with particular individuals it noticed shortly. Meanwhile,
Apple has made its own choices with respect to how it would like to spend its limited deposition
time. Apple does not get to add to its time by demanding "reciprocal" discovery on top of what
it is entitled to under the Court's guidelines.
Apple's position is clearly designed to waste time. On the December 21 call, we invited Apple to
work with us cooperatively to overcome any breadth objections, but you insisted we withdraw
our whole notice and start all over again. Now you claim we need to agree to provide witnesses
on unidentified "similar topics," without explaining which topics you consider "similar" or why
you think they are appropriate for reciprocal treatment, much less for additional deposition time
for Apple. Meanwhile, Apple has not offered a single date for any of the 49 individual
witnesses we noticed, nor for any topic in either of our two deposition notices.
With respect to your other boilerplate objections, they are meritless:
You cannot point to a single topic that is not relevant to the claims and defenses in this
case, and the number of topics is entirely appropriate for a case with so many issues in
Samsung has not insisted that a witness be provided on every topic, and so your premise
to the contrary is false.
Topics that ask for "all communications" on a given matter or with certain parties can be
perfectly appropriate depending on what they relate to, and you've not shown why any of
those requests are overbroad, irrelevant or harassing.
To the extent that there are several detailed topics appearing to relate to each other, the
detail is provided to give Apple notice of precisely what information is sought and to
break the information down into logical pieces. Certainly, if there were fewer, broader
topics, you would be complaining that all the topics were too broad to cover.
Nor are the topics cumulative of other types of discovery. Samsung is entitled to Apple's
testimony on all of these topics regardless of what other discovery it has gathered or wll
gather relating to those issues. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d)(2)(A) (discovery may be
conducted in any sequence).
The stall tactics need to stop. Please confirm, no later than January 2, 2012, that Apple will
provide witnesses on Samsung's topics (up to Samsung's time limit and subject to any agreement
between the parties as to scope or any limitations from the Court as to scope) without requiring
reciprocal testimony of any kind. Failure to withdraw your improper objections by January 2
will place this issue on the meet-and-confer agenda for January 5.
Diane C. Hutnyan
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