Crypto Asset Fund, LLC et al v. Medcredits, Inc. et al

Filing 40

ORDER Denying Plaintiff's Application for Leave to File Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. 33 ). Signed by Chief Judge Larry Alan Burns on 10/13/2020. (jdt)

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Case 3:19-cv-01869-LAB-DEB Document 40 Filed 10/13/20 PageID.432 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 13 CRYPTO ASSET FUND, LLC, et al., Case No. 19-cv-1869-LAB-MDD Plaintiff, vs. 14 15 MEDCREDITS, INC., et al., 16 ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO FILE MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION [Dkt. 33] Defendants. 17 18 The Court’s March 30, 2020 Order granted Defendants’ Motion to 19 Compel Arbitration and stayed the case. Dkt. 23. Plaintiffs Crypto Asset 20 Funds, LLC, Timothy Enneking, and Kyle Chaykowski filed an Application for 21 Leave to File a Motion for Reconsideration of that Order based on 22 purportedly new evidence. Dkt. 33. For the reasons stated below, the Court 23 DENIES the Motion. 24 Motions for reconsideration “are disfavored and will be summarily 25 denied” unless the moving party can point to new evidence, a change in 26 controlling law, or a clear error in the Court’s earlier ruling. Standing Order in 27 Civil Cases § 3(e). Plaintiffs’ Application contends reconsideration is 28 warranted by new evidence: Defendants, who previously argued that the 19cv1869 -1- Case 3:19-cv-01869-LAB-DEB Document 40 Filed 10/13/20 PageID.433 Page 2 of 3 1 Court should compel arbitration, now take contrary positions before the 2 arbitrator. Dkt. 33 at 3-6. 3 Defendants’ change of position isn’t new evidence that warrants 4 reconsideration. New evidence may affect the factual premises of an order, 5 but the same can’t be said of a changed litigation strategy. Here, the Motion 6 to Compel was granted because the language of the Seed Round Agreement 7 binds the parties to arbitration in case of a dispute, even as to questions of 8 arbitrability. See Dkt. 23 at 7-11. This is still the case, even if Defendants are 9 singing a different tune than they were before. 10 Certainly, equitable concerns arise when a party successfully 11 persuades one tribunal to adopt a position and then reverses course before 12 a subsequent tribunal. See, e.g., New Hampshire v. Maine, 121 S. Ct. 1808, 13 1814 (2001) (describing doctrine of judicial estoppel). But when that 14 happens, the solution isn’t to set aside the prior order. Instead, the second 15 tribunal decides whether the positions are inconsistent and whether the 16 litigant should be held to its original position. See id. 17 The Court DENIES the Application for Leave to File a Motion for 18 Reconsideration. Nevertheless, the Court takes the opportunity to clarify its 19 Order in one respect. Plaintiffs misunderstand that the Order required the 20 Plaintiffs to commence a new arbitration proceeding, separate from the 21 proceeding that was underway when Plaintiffs initiated this litigation. The 22 Order recognized that the Seed Round Agreement gave the arbitrator the 23 /// 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 19cv1869 -2- Case 3:19-cv-01869-LAB-DEB Document 40 Filed 10/13/20 PageID.434 Page 3 of 3 1 “exclusive authority and jurisdiction to make all procedural and substantive 2 decisions regarding a dispute.” Dkt. 23 at 9. Disputes over the joinder of 3 claims fall within the scope of this arbitration provision. 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 6 7 8 Dated: October 13, 2020 ____________________________ HON. LARRY ALAN BURNS United States District Judge 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 19cv1869 -3-

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