Clay et al v. Cytosport, Inc.

Filing 154

ORDER re: Briefing Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification and Defendant's Summary Judgment and Daubert Motions 152 . Defendant's pending summary judgment motion 151 is Denied Without Prejudice to including the same arguments and requests for relief in Defendant's opposition to Plaintiffs' class certification motion as provided herein. No later than April 26, 2017, Plaintiffs shall file their reply in support of class certification and opposition to any summary jud gment and/or Daubert motions Defendant joined with its opposition to class certification. No later than May 3, 2017, Defendant shall file a reply in support of its summary adjudication and/or Daubert motions. Signed by Judge M. James Lorenz on 3/9/2017. (sjt)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 CHAYLA CLAY et al., 12 v. Case No: 3:15-cv-00165-L- AGS Plaintiffs, ORDER REGARDING BRIEFING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION AND DEFENDANT'S SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND DAUBERT MOTIONS [Doc. no. 152] 13 CYTOSPORT, INC., a California 14 corporation, 15 Defendant. 16 17 18 This order supersedes the order filed November 17, 2016 (doc. no. 137). 19 In this putative consumer class action, the parties contacted the Court 20 pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7.1 with requests for hearing dates. Plaintiffs intend 21 to file a motion to certify a class action. On March 3, 2017, Defendant filed a 22 motion for partial summary judgment. In addition, Defendant intends to file 23 another summary judgment motion and a Daubert motion. They request a briefing 24 schedule to accommodate orderly and efficient briefing. 25 The pending request warrants a context. Plaintiffs had previously filed a 26 motion for class certification. Shortly thereafter he parties encountered discovery 27 disputes. On September 21, 2016, Defendant filed an ex parte application, seeking 28 to extend the time to file its opposition to the class certification motion and -1Case No. 3:15-cv-00165-L-AGS 1 continue the class certification schedule because it wanted discovery to respond to 2 expert declarations filed in support of class certification, but the parties could not 3 agree if Defendant was entitled to it. (Doc. no. 121.) The application was 4 vehemently opposed. (Doc. no. 122.) Plaintiffs indicated that if Defendant was 5 permitted to depose Plaintiffs' experts, then they wanted an opportunity to re-file 6 their motion after the depositions. (Opp'n at 5 n.7.) Defendant filed an involved 7 reply. (Doc. no. 123.) The Court referred the discovery dispute to the assigned 8 Magistrate Judge, see 28 U.S.C. ยง636(b)(1)(A) & Civ. Loc. Rule 72.1(b), the 9 hearing date for the class certification motion was vacated, Plaintiffs' class 10 certification motion was denied without prejudice to accommodate their request to 11 re-file after expert depositions, if any, and the parties were ordered to file a status 12 report no later than five days after the Magistrate Judge's disposition of the 13 discovery dispute. (Doc. no. 124.) On October 19, 2016, class certification 14 discovery was reopened to allow Defendant to depose Plaintiffs' experts. (See doc. 15 no. 128.) On November 16, 2016, the parties jointly requested a continuance of 16 class certification deadlines and proposed a briefing schedule to allow more time 17 for briefing. (See doc. no. 135.) Court largely granted the request, and set March 18 3, 2017 as the due date for Plaintiffs' renewed class certification motion. (See doc. 19 no. 137.) 20 As the March 3 due date approached, Defendant expressed the intention to 21 file summary judgment and Daubert motions. Defendant's pending summary 22 judgment motion attacks named Plaintiffs' standing and the merits of some, but not 23 all claims alleged. The Defendant intends to file another summary judgment 24 motion relating to the claims asserted by Chris Roman, a putative class 25 representative Plaintiffs intend to join.1 Mr. Roman has been deposed, but his 26 1 On December 19, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a motion to intervene seeking to join 27 Chris Roman as a putative class representative. Defendant agreed to not oppose the motion. (Doc. no. 143.) On January 9, 2017, the Court approved the 28 stipulation. (Doc. no. 144.) Although the parties had apparently agreed, Plaintiffs -2Case No. 3:15-cv-00165-L-AGS 1 transcript has not been signed. Defendant waits for Mr. Roman's signature and any 2 corrections before filing the motion. Finally, Defendant intends to file a Daubert 3 motion to attack the experts who provided evidence in support of class 4 certification. 5 Plaintiffs request that their class certification motion and Defendant's 6 summary judgment motions be briefed concurrently rather than consecutively 7 because Defendant's motions, even if granted, would not dispose of all the claims 8 as to which class certification is sought, are relevant to viability of class 9 certification, and are directly relevant to the adequacy and typicality elements of 10 class certification. See Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 23. Plaintiffs object to Defendant filing 11 a separate summary judgment motion as to Mr. Roman. They argue that the issues 12 Defendant intends to raise on summary judgment should be raised in opposition to 13 class certification instead. 14 Defendant requests the Court to set a due date for Mr. Roman to sign his 15 deposition transcript with corrections, if any. It seeks leave to file the second 16 summary judgment motion fourteen (14) days after receiving the signed transcript. 17 Defendant offers to consolidate its pending and planned second summary judgment 18 motions in one brief.2 19 In the interests of justice and in furtherance of orderly and efficient briefing 20 of the pending and upcoming motions, IT IS ORDERED as follows: 21 1. Plaintiffs shall file their class certification motion, if any, no later than 22 March 15, 2017. 23 2. No later than March 15, 2017, Plaintiffs shall serve Defendant with 24 Mr. Roman's signed deposition transcript with corrections, as any. In the absence 25 of compliance with this Order, the transcript shall be deemed corrected and signed 26 27 to date have not filed an amended complaint naming Mr. Roman. 2 Neither party has addressed the issue whether there are any claims asserted 28 by Mr. Roman at all, as Plaintiffs have not joined him to date. -3Case No. 3:15-cv-00165-L-AGS 1 by Mr. Roman in its present condition. 2 2. Defendant shall brief the issues raised in the pending summary 3 judgment motion or planned to be raised in the proposed summary judgment and 4 Daubert motions, if any, in the memorandum of points and authorities filed in 5 opposition to Plaintiffs' motion for class certification, if any. The brief may be 6 styled as a combined opposition, motion for summary adjudication, and Daubert 7 motion, as appropriate in light of the requested relief. The brief shall not exceed 8 45 pages in length. Defendant's brief shall be filed no later than April 5, 2017. 9 3. Defendant's pending summary judgment motion (doc. no. 151) is 10 DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to including the same arguments and 11 requests for relief in Defendant's opposition to Plaintiffs' class certification motion 12 as provided herein. 13 4. No later than April 26, 2017, Plaintiffs shall file their reply in support 14 of class certification and opposition to any summary judgment and/or Daubert 15 motions Defendant joined with its opposition to class certification. The reply and 16 opposition, if any, shall be briefed in one combined memorandum of points and 17 authorities, which shall not exceed 35 pages in length. 18 5. No later than May 3, 2017, Defendant shall file a reply in support of 19 its summary adjudication and/or Daubert motions. The brief shall not exceed 20 20 pages in length. 21 6. Upon filing the foregoing, the motions will be deemed submitted. 22 There shall be no oral argument unless requested by the Court. See Civ. Loc. Rule 23 7.1.d. The parties need not contact chambers to secure hearing dates for the 24 motions addressed by this Order. 25 7. In all other respects, the parties shall comply with the applicable 26 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil Local Rules of 27 this District and the Standing Order for Civil Cases of this Court, including the 28 -4Case No. 3:15-cv-00165-L-AGS 1 standing orders regarding telephone calls to chambers, motion briefing, and 2 summary judgment briefing. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 Dated: March 9, 2017 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -5Case No. 3:15-cv-00165-L-AGS

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