San Diego County Credit Union v. Citizens Equity First Credit Union

Filing 278

ORDER Denying 272 Plaintiff's Ex Parte Request for Court to Issue Order on its Motion to Exclude Testimony of Dr. On Amir. Signed by Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on 1/6/21. (dlg)

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Case 3:18-cv-00967-GPC-MSB Document 278 Filed 01/06/21 PageID.14507 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION, 15 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S EX PARTE REQUEST FOR COURT TO ISSUE ORDER ON ITS MOTION TO EXCLUDE TESTIMONY OF DR. ON AMIR Plaintiff, 13 14 Case No.: 18cv967-GPC(RBB) v. CITIZENS EQUITY FIRST CREDIT UNION, 16 Defendant. [Dkt. No. 272.] 17 18 Plaintiff filed an ex parte request for the Court to rule on its motion to exclude 19 testimony of Dr. On Amir because Defendant intends to call Dr. Amir as a witness at 20 trial. (Dkt. No. 272.) Defendant filed a response and Plaintiff replied. (Dkt. No. 274, 21 275.) 22 The Court’s prior order granted SDCCU’s motion for summary judgment declaring 23 that SDCCU’s use of the SDCCU Mark does not infringe the CEFCU Registered Mark 24 and that SDCCU’s use of the SDCCU Mark does not infringe CEFCU common law mark 25 for the CEFCU Tagline as unopposed. (Dkt. No. 259 at 21.) The Court, sua sponte, 26 dismissed the cancellation counterclaim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and denied 27 SDCCU’s motion for summary judgment as moot. (Id.) Because Dabuert motions filed 28 1 18cv967-GPC(RBB) Case 3:18-cv-00967-GPC-MSB Document 278 Filed 01/06/21 PageID.14508 Page 2 of 3 1 by both parties related to the cancellation counterclaims, the Court also denied CEFCU’s 2 motion to exclude the expert testimony of Dr. Stephen M. Nowlis and SDCCU’s motion 3 to exclude expert testimony of Dr. On Amir as moot. (Id. at 22.) The remaining fourth 4 cause of action, not subject to summary judgment, which will be set for a bench trial 5 seeks “Declaratory Judgment for Invalidity of NOT A BANK. BETTER.” (Dkt. No. 139, 6 SAC ¶¶ 98-104.) 7 The district court has broad discretion in ruling on a motion in limine. United 8 States v. Torres, 794 F.3d 1053, 1059 (9th Cir. 2015) (motion in limine rulings are 9 reviewed for abuse of discretion). In the broad sense, a motion in limine is a motion 10 “whether made before or during trial, to exclude anticipated prejudicial evidence before 11 the evidence is actually offered.” Luce v. United States, 469 U.S. 38, 40 n.2 (1984). 12 “Because the ‘first purpose of a motion in limine’ is ‘protecting the jury’ from potentially 13 inadmissible evidence, motions in limine are generally ‘inapplicable in the context of a 14 bench trial.’” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v. Godaddy.com, Inc., Case 15 No.: CV 10-03738-AB (CWx), 2015 WL 12697750, at *2 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 10, 2015) 16 (quoting Crane-Mcnab v. County of Merced, No. CIV 1:08-1218 WBS SMS, 2011 WL 17 94424 at *1 (E.D. Cal. Jan. 11, 2011)). This reasoning applies equally to expert opinions 18 which “the court may admit . . . ‘subject to the ability later to exclude it or disregard it if 19 it turns out not to meet the standard of reliability established by Rule 702.’” Id. (quoting 20 Wolkowitz v. Lerner, No. SA CV 07-777-CAS, 2008 WL 1885770, at *5 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 21 21, 2008)). 22 Because the case will be tried before the Court, it concludes it would be 23 superfluous to rule on a motion to exclude prior to the bench trial. See Godaddy.com, 24 Inc., 2015 WL 12697750, at *2 (“in the case of a bench trial, a threshold ruling [on 25 admissibility before trial] is generally superfluous.”). Accordingly, the Court DENIES 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 2 18cv967-GPC(RBB) Case 3:18-cv-00967-GPC-MSB Document 278 Filed 01/06/21 PageID.14509 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 SDCCU’s ex parte request. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: January 6, 2021 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 3 18cv967-GPC(RBB)

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