Netquote Inc. v. Byrd

Filing 26

SCHEDULING ORDER: Discovery due by 11/5/2007. Dispositive Motions due by 12/3/2007. Settlement Conference set for 8/10/2007 03:30 PM before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty. Final Pretrial Conference set for 2/5/2008 09:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 06/05/07. (jjh, )

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Netquote Inc. v. Byrd Doc. 26 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 1 of 11 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 07-cv-00630-DME-MEH NETQUOTE INC, a Colorado corporation, Plaintiff, v. BRANDON BYRD, an internet user making use of the IP Addresses 64.136.27.226 and 64.136.26.227, and MOSTCHOICE.COM, INC., a Georgia corporation Defendants. SCHEDULING ORDER 1. DATE OF CONFERENCE AND APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL The Court conducted a Rule 16 Scheduling Conference on June 4, 2007, at 9:15 a.m. Appearing for the parties at the Scheduling Conference were the following counsel: For the plaintiff NetQuote Inc.: David W. Stark FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 3200 Wells Fargo Center 1700 Lincoln Street Denver, Colorado 80203 (Tel): 303-607-3500 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 2 of 11 Daniel D. Williams FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 1900 Fifteenth Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 (Tel): 303- 447-7700 For the defendants Brandon Byrd and MostChoice.com, Inc.: Ryan L. Isenberg, Esq. ISENBERG & HEWITT, P.C. 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg 15, Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia 30328 (Tel): 770-351-4400 Rachel L. Eichenbaum, Esq. HOLME ROBERTS & OWENS LLP 4400 Wells Fargo Center 1700 Lincoln Street Denver, Colorado 80203 (Tel): 303-866-0323 2. STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION This civil action was initially filed in Colorado state court, in the District Court for the City & County of Denver, before it was removed to federal court by a Notice of Removal filed by Defendant Byrd. This Court has subject-matter jurisdiction in this case pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331 with respect to the federal Lanham Act claim, and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1332(a)(1) and 1367(a) with respect to the state-law claims. 3. STATEMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEFENSES a. Plaintiff: Plaintiff NetQuote operates an internet-based business that markets to consumers interested in quotes for various insurance products, and then passes along the consumer information collected from these consumers to interested insurance brokers. The success of 2 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 3 of 11 NetQuote' business depends on the reliability of these so-called "eads"that are passed along to s l NetQuote' local insurance brokers and agents. In this case, NetQuote alleges that Defendants s MostChoice and Byrd sabotaged NetQuote' business by having Byrd make submissions of false s or deceptive information to NetQuote' websites at www.netquote.com and s www.localinsurance.com. On the basis of such conduct, NetQuote alleges that MostChoice and Byrd have committ ed the torts of fraud and tortious interference with business relations. NetQuote also has alleged claims against MostChoice for common law unfair competition, false advertising under the Lanham Act, and deceptive trade practices under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. b. Defendants: Defendant Byrd as an employee of Defendant Mostchoice admits to submitting information through the Netquote system, as well as through its local affiliates, which contained in accurate information. The parties are generally competitors and the purpose of the submissions were to obtain the identity of insurance agents who purchase leads. Defendants deny that the conduct is actionable or harmful, and Mostchoice believes that the plaintiff;s employees has also engaged in this same conduct. Defendants otherwise deny that the plaintiff can recover under any asserted theory, and cannot prove any damages which would be other than speculative because of the nature of the business and minute percentage of submissions by Brandon Byrd compared to the number of gross submissions received by the plaintiff. c. Other Parties: 3 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 4 of 11 None. 4. UNDISPUTED FACTS As yet, no responsive pleadings have been filed by the defendants. As a result, the part ies have not yet reached agreement as to any undisputed facts. 5. COMPUTATION OF DAMAGES Plaintiff NetQuote has not yet been able to calculate the full extent of its damages. NetQuote anticipates that its damages include lost revenues from departed clients, payments to disgruntled clients for misinformation submitted by defendants, personnel costs for responding to sabotage attacks by defendants, lost opportunities as a result of diversion of staff to respond to sabot age attacks by defendants, and harm to NetQuote' overall reputation in its industry. To s date, NetQuote estimates its damages amount to at least $2,000,000, not including legal fees and expenses, without any exemplary or treble damages. NetQuote will supplement its calculation of its damages as discovery proceeds in this case. 6. REPORT OF PRECONFERENCE DISCOVERY AND MEETING UNDER FED. R. CIV. P. 26(f) a. b. Date of rule 26(f) meeting: April 19, 2007. Names of each participant and party he represented: Christopher Beall representing Plaintiff NetQuote. Ryan L. Isenberg representing Defendants Byrd and MostChoice. c. No changes in timing or requirement of disclosures under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) are anticipated. 4 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 5 of 11 d. Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures were exchanged between the parties on May 4, 2007, and May 7, 2007. e. There are no agreements as yet to conduct informal discovery, including joint interviews with potential witnesses, exchanges of documents, and joint meetings with clients to discuss settlement. The parties will continue to discuss informal discovery. f. Both parties anticipate that this case will involve some amount of electronically sto red information, and some of the information requested in discovery will involve information or records maintained in electronic form. The parties will make reasonable efforts to (i) preserve electronically stored information; (ii) facilitate discovery of electronically stored information; (iii) limit associated discovery costs and delay; and (iv) avoid discovery disputes relating to electronic discovery. No agreements have been reached with respect to claims of inadvertent disclosure of privileged material or protected trial-preparation materials within the context of electronically stored information. 7. CONSENT The parties do not, at this time, consent to the exercise of dispositive jurisdiction by a magistrate judge under 28 U.S.C. 636(c)(1). 8. CASE PLAN AND SCHEDULE a. Deadline for joinder of parties and amendment of pleadings: July 19, 2007. 5 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 6 of 11 b. Deadline to complete all discovery, including expert discovery: November 5, 2007. c. Deadline to file any dispositive motion: December 3, 2007. d. Expert witness disclosures: (1) Anticipated fields of expert testimony: Plaintiff NetQuote anticipates the need for expert testimony on economic damages, and potentially also with respect to business practices among internet-based businesses. Defendants Byrd and MostChoice are unable to presently anticipate the need for expert witnesses. (2) Limit on number of expert witnesses: The parties have agreed to offer no more than three expert witnesses per side. (3) The party with the burden of proof on an issue must designate its expert testimony with respect to that issue and provide opposing counsel and any pro se party with all information specified in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) on or before September 6, 2007. (4) Any party wishing to designate expert testimony in rebuttal to the testimony designated by a party with the burden of proof on an issue must do so, and provide opposing counsel and any pro se party with all 6 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 7 of 11 information specified in Fed. R. Civ. 26(a)(2), on or before October 8, 2007. (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B), no exception to the requirements of the rule will be allowed by stipulation of the parties unless the stipulation is approved by the court. e. Deposition Schedule: Date of Time of Expected Length of Deposition Deposition Deposition t-b-d t-b-d Name of Deponent By the plaintiff: Brandon Byrd Michael Levy t-b-d t-b-d Rule 30(b)(6) of MostChoice Additional witnesses t-b-d By the defendants: Multiple 30(b)(6) witnesses Melissa Buschacher Additional witnesses t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d 7 hrs 7 hrs 7 hrs t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d t-b-d 7 hrs per witness Less than 7 hrs 7 hrs f. Interrogatory Schedule Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 33, the last day for any party to serve written interrogato ries upon any other party, not exceeding 25 in number to any single responding party, is September 29, 2007. 7 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 8 of 11 g. Schedule for Request for Production of Documents Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 34, the last day for any party to serve requests for production of documents and/or requests for admissions upon any other party, not exceeding 25 in number to any single responding party, is September 29, 2007. h. Discovery Limitations: (1) The limit on the number of depositions set in Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(a)(2)(A) applies to this case. (2) No deposition will exceed one day of seven hours, as provided for under the Rules, without leave of Court, upon a showing of good cause or unless agreed by the parties. (3) No party has requested modifications on the presumptive numbers of depositions or interrogatories contained in the federal rules. (4) The number of requests for production of documents and requests for admissions will be limited to 25 to any single responding party. (5) Other Planning or Discovery Orders: The parties anticipate filing a motion for entry of a stipulated protective order. 9. SETTLEMENT The parties certify here that, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f), they have discussed the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case by alternate dispute resolution. NetQuote requests that the Court schedule a settlement conference before the magistrate judge. 8 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 9 of 11 10. OTHER SCHEDULING ISSUES a. There are no discovery or scheduling issues on which counsel, after a good-faith effort , were unable to reach an agreement. b. Anticipated length of trial and whether trial is to the court or jury: Trial to a jury is anticipated to last 5 days. 11. DATES FOR FURTHER CONFERENCES a. A settlement conference will be held on August 10, 2007 at 3:30 o'clock p.m. It is hereby ordered that all settlement conferences that take place before the magistrate judge shall be confidential. () Attorneys and client representatives with authority to settle must be present. (NOTE: This requirement is not fulfilled by the presence of counsel. If an insurance company is involved, an adjustor authorized to enter into settlement must also be present.) (X) Each party shall submit a Confidential Settlement Statement to the magistrate judge on or before August 3, 2007 outlining the facts and issues, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their case. b. times: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Status conferences will be held in this case at the following dates and 9 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 10 of 11 c. A final pretrial conference will be held in this case on February 5, 2008 at 9:30 o'clock a.m. A Final Pretrial Order shall be prepared by the parties and submitted to the court no later than five days before the final pretrial conference. 12. OTHER MATTERS In addition to filing an appropriate notice with the clerk's office, counsel must file a copy of any notice of withdrawal, notice of substitution of counsel, or notice of change of counsel's address or telephone number with the clerk of the magistrate judge assigned to this case. Counsel will be expected to be familiar and to comply with the Pretrial and Trial Procedures established by the judicial officer presiding over the trial of this case. In addition to filing an appropriate notice with the clerk's office, a pro se party must file a copy of a notice of change of his or her address or telephone number with the clerk of the magistrate judge assigned to this case. With respect to discovery disputes, parties must comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1A. The parties filing motions for extension of time or continuances must comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 6.1D. by submitting proof that a copy of the motion has been served upon the moving attorney's client, all attorneys of record, and all pro se parties. 13. AMENDMENTS TO SCHEDULING ORDER The scheduling order may be altered or amended only upon a showing of good cause. DATED this 5th day of June, 2007. 10 Case 1:07-cv-00630-DME-MEH Document 26 Filed 06/05/2007 Page 11 of 11 BY THE COURT: S/Michael E. Hegarty Michael E. Hegarty United States Magistrate Judge APPROVED: s/David W. Stark David W. Stark FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 3200 Wells Fargo Center 1700 Lincoln Street Denver, Colorado 80203 Telephone: (303) 607-3500 Facsimile: (303) 607-3600 E-mail: dstark@faegre.com s/Ryan L. Isenberg Ryan L. Isenberg ISENBERG & HEWITT, P.C. 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg 15, Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia 30328 Telephone: (770) 351-4400 Facsimile: (678) 990-7737 E-mail: ryan@isenberghewitt.co m Daniel D. Williams FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 1900 Fifteenth Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 Telephone: (303) 447-7700 Facsimile: (303) 447-7800 E-mail: dwilliams@faegre.com Rachel L. Eichenbaum HOLME ROBERTS & OWENS LLP 4400 Wells Fargo Center 1700 Lincoln Street Denver, Colorado 80203 Telephone: (303) 866-0323 Facsimile: (303) 866-0200 E-mail: rachel.eichenbaum@hro.com 11

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