HealthTrio, LLC v. Aetna Inc. et al
MINUTE ORDER : Denying as moot, without prejudice, 217 HealthTrio's Motion for Protective Order Regarding Defendants' Notice to Depose In-House Counsel Asma Hasan, Esq.; Granting in part and denying in part 211 Defendants' Motion to Quash and for a Protective Order, by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe on 5/5/2015.(emill)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 12-cv-03229-REB-MJW
HEALTHTRIO, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company,
AETNA, INC., a Connecticut corporation,
ACTIVEHEALTH MANAGEMENT, INC., a Delaware corporation, and
MEDICITY, INC., a Colorado corporation,
Entered by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe
It is hereby ORDERED that:
HealthTrio’s Motion for Protective Order Regarding Defendants’ Notice to
Depose In-House Counsel Asma Hasan, Esq. (Docket No. 217) is
DENIED AS MOOT, WITHOUT PREJUDICE, because Defendants have
withdrawn their notice of deposition of Mr. Hasan. (See Docket No. 219.)
Defendants’ Motion to Quash and for a Protective Order (Docket No.
211) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Plaintiff has shown
that Mark Bertolini, Defendants’ CEO and Chairman of the Board, has
first-hand knowledge of relevant factual information dating from his time
(before becoming CEO and Chairman) as manager of the relevant
divisions and projects; this showing is sufficient to overcome Mr.
Bertolini’s affidavit to the contrary filed by Plaintiff. However, Plaintiff has
not shown that any of the facts known to Mr. Bertolini are unique to him
and cannot be acquired through the deposition of lower ranking
employees; indeed, it seems likely that such employees have superior
knowledge. Applying this District’s precedent on the apex doctrine, see,
e.g., Naylor Farms Inc. v. Anadarko OGC Co., Case No. 11-cv-01528REB-KLM, 2011 WL 2535067 (D. Colo. June 27, 2011), the Court finds
that the better course of action is to QUASH the subpoena for the time
being. If, after conducting the Rule 30(b)(6) depositions, Plaintiff can
demonstrate (1) that the deposed individuals were unable to answer
questions about specific matters and (2) that Mr. Bertolini can be
expected to be able to answer those questions, Plaintiff may file a motion
seeking the Court’s leave to depose Mr. Bertolini.
Date: May 5, 2015
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