City of Winter Haven v. Cleveland Indians Baseball Company Limited Partnership

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA ORLANDO DIVISION IN RE: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation MDL DOCKET NO. 1769 This Document Relates to ALL CASES _______________________________________ JOINT MOTION AND COMBINED MEMORANDUM TO APPOINT A PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE The MDL Plaintiffs and Defendants AstraZeneca LP and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP ("AstraZeneca"), by and through their counsel, respectfully submit this Joint Motion and Combined Memorandum to Appoint a Project Management Office to coordinate case specific discovery in this MDL. 1. The parties have met and conferred and hereby jointly move that this Court appoint the firm of BrownGreer PLC ("BrownGreer") to serve as the Project Management Office ("PMO") to coordinate case specific discovery in this MDL. 2. BrownGreer has ample experience with lit igat ion management and support, claims resolution and administration, and discovery programs in mass tort litigations, most notably Dalkon Shield and Fen-Phen Diet Drugs. Background information about the firm, along with resumes and contact information for the firm's partners, is attached hereto as Exhibit A. Additional information can be found on the firm's website: -1- 3. The parties have spoken wit h Orran Brown, partner at BrownGreer, who indicated that the firm is willing and able to assist in coordinating case specific discovery in this MDL. 4. BrownGreer has provided the parties with the firm's billing rates, included in Exhibit A, but the parties have not yet agreed upon a specific fee arrangement with BrownGreer or how costs will be divided among the parties. Mr. Brown has assured the parties that BrownGreer will be able to accommodate a fee schedule that is agreeable to them and this Court. The parties will continue to meet and confer about these issues. 5. The parties will also continue to meet and confer with each other and with BrownGreer regarding who at the firm should be appointed Special Master. The parties are considering the availability of the partners at the firm, the precise scope of the work to be performed, and the fees associated with such work, among other things. 6. The parties propose that the scope of duties and authority for BrownGreer, as PMO for this MDL, shall be as follows: BrownGreer shall serve as the Project Management Office for the administration of the case specific discovery program in this MDL. As PMO, BrownGreer shall determine the availability of physicians and sales representatives for depositions; coordinate with liaison counsel for the parties, witnesses, and counsel for the witnesses to schedule such depositions; facilitate the steps needed to adhere to the deposition and other discovery deadlines set by the Court; maintain a deposition calendar; facilitate the resolution among the parties and deponents of scheduling conflicts and -2- changes to the deposition schedule; and provide regularly scheduled reports and other reports as requested on the progress of such discovery. 7. BrownGreer is also capable, if needed or requested by the parties and/or the Court, of providing centralized storage of electronic images and hardcopy files of deposition transcripts and exhibits and of other discovery materials; providing uniform access for the parties and the Court to such materials through a secure website; creat ing and hosting a centralized litigation website; coding and tracking standardized pleadings and discovery responses, including assessments of the completeness of responses to standardized fact sheets or other uniform disclosures mandated by the Court or rules; creating and maintaining a centralized docket, case list and status report; generating reports on any such discovery or case-specific issues; and meeting other technological and managerial needs of the parties and the Court. The parties will continue to meet and confer about whether such services will be necessary or beneficial to this litigation in the future. CONCLUSION Accordingly, the parties respectfully request that this Court appoint Brown Greer PLC as PMO for this MDL. -3- Respect fully submitted on this the 12th day of July, 2007, /s/ Paul Pennock Paul Pennock Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. 180 Maiden Lane - 17th Floor New York, NY 10038 Telephone: (212) 558-5504 m Camp Bailey Bailey Perrin Bailey LLP The Lyric Centre 440 Louisiana, Suite 2100 Houston, TX 77002 Telephone: (713) 425-7232 Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs /s/ Fred T. Magaziner Fred T. Magaziner DECHERT LLP 2929 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Telephone: (215) 994-4000 Facsimile: (215) 994-2222 Counsel for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and AstraZeneca LP -4- CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that, on the 12th of July, 2007, I electronically filed the foregoing with the Clerk of the Court by using the CM/ECF system. I further certify that I mailed the foregoing document and the notice of electronic filing by first-class mail to the non-CM/ECF participants listed on the attached Service List. /s/ Shane T. Prince -5- SERVICE LIST In Re: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation MDL Docket No. 1769 Paul J. Pennock, Esq. Michael E. Pederson, Esq. Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. 180 Maiden Lane - 17th Floor New York, NY 10038 Telephone: (212) 558-5500 m Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Larry Roth, Esq. Law Offices of Larry M. Roth, P.A. Post Office Box 547637 Orlando, FL 32854-7637 Telephone: (407) 872-2239 m Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel Matthew F. Pawa, Esq. Law Offices of Matthew F. Pawa, P.C. 1280 Centre St., Suite 230 Newton Centre, MA 02459 Telephone: (617) 641-9550 m Keit h M. Jensen, Esq. Jensen, Belew & Gonzalez, PLLC 1024 North Main Fort Worth, TX 76106 Telephone: (817) 334-0762 Matthew E. Lundy, Esq. Lundy & Davis, LLP 333 North Sam Houston Parkway East Suite 375 Houston, TX 77060 Telephone: (281) 272-0797 m Camp Bailey, Esq. Michael W. Perrin, Esq. Fletcher Trammell, Esq. Bailey Perrin Bailey LLP The Lyric Centre 440 Louisiana, Suite 2100 Houston, TX 77002 Telephone: (713) 425-7240 m Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Tommy Fibich, Esq. Fibich, Hampton & Leebron, L.L.P. 1401 McKinney, Suite 1800 Five Houston Center Houston, TX 77010 Telephone: (713) 751-0025 Robert L. Salim, Esq. Robert L. Salim Attorney at Law PO Box 2069 Natchitoches, LA 71457-2069 Telephone: (318) 352-5999 Scott Allen, Esq. Cruse, Scott, Henderson & Allen, L.L.P. 2777 Allen Parkway, 7th Floor Houston, Texas 77019 Telephone: (713) 650-6600 W. Todd Harvey, Esq. What ley Drake, LLC 2323 2nd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone: (205) 328-9576 THARVEY@what m ccf@what m -6- Robert L. Ciotti, Esq. Carlton Fields, P.A. 4221 W. Boy Scout Boulevard Suite 1000 Tampa, FL 33607-5736 Telephone: (813) 223-7000 Attorney for Defendants AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, and AstraZeneca LP Randy Niemeyer 22442 Pike 309 Bowling Green, MO 63334-5209 Pro Se Catherine Solomon 3100 N.E. 83 Gladstone, MO 64119 Pro Se Aaron C. Johnson, Esq. Summers & Johnson 717 Thomas Weston, MO 64098 Telephone: (816) 640-9940 firm@summersandjo m Todd S. Hageman, Esq. Simo n and Passanante, PC 701 Market St., Suite 1450 St. Louis, MO 63101 Telephone: (314) 241-2929 thageman@spst Thomas F. Campion, Esq. Heidi E. Hilgendorff, Esq. Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP 500 Campus Drive Florham Park, New Jersey 07932-1047 Telephone: (973) 360-1100 Attorneys for Defendants Janssen Pharmaceutical Products and Johnson & Johnson Co. Gregory P. Forney, Esq. Shaffer Lombardo Shurin 911 Main Street, Suite 2000 Kansas City, MO 64105 Telephone: (816) 931-0500 m Attorney for Defendant, Marguerite Devon French Eric B. Milliken, Esq. 3 Sir Barton Ct. Newark, DE 19702 Pro Se Louisiana Wholesale Drug Co. Inc. C/O Gayle R. White Registered Agent Highway 167N Sunset, LA 70584 Pro Se Robert A. Schwartz, Esq. Bailey & Galyen 18333 Egret Bay Blvd., Suite 120 Houston, TX 77058 Telephone: (281) 335-7744 m Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Esq. Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson 620 Newport Center Drive, 7th Floor Newport Beach, CA 92660 Telephone: (949) 720-1288 Michael Davis, Esq. James Mizgala, Esq. Sidley Aust in LLP One South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60603 Telephone: (312) 853-7731 Attorneys for Defendants AstraZeneca LP and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP -7- Elizabeth Raines, Esq. Baker, Sterchi, Cowden & Rice, LLC 2400 Pershing Road, Suite 500 Kansas City, MO 64108 Telephone: (816) 471-2121 Kenneth W. Bean, Esq. Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard One City Centre 15th Floor St. Louis, MO 63101-1880 Telephone: (314) 231-3332 Attorney for Defendant Dr. Asif Habib Aaron K. Dickey, Esq. Goldenberg and Heller, PC P.O. Box 959 2227 S. State Road 157 Edwardsville, IL 62025 Telephone: (618) 650-7107 m Just in Witkin, Esq. Ken Smith, Esq. Aylstock, Witkin & Sasser, PLC 4400 Bayou Boulevard Suite 58 Pensaco la, FL 32503 Telephone: (850) 916-7450 m ksmit noverho m Howard Nations Lori A. Siler Howard L. Nations Attorney At Law 4515 Yoakum Blvd. Houston, TX 77006-5895 Telephone: (713) 807-8400 nat Timothy Reese Balducci, Esq. The Langston Law Firm, PA P.O. Box 787 100 South Main Street Booneville, MS 38829-0787 Telephone: (662) 728-3138 John Driscoll, Esq. Brown & Crouppen, PC 720 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63101 Telephone: (314) 421-0216 asmit m m Matthew J. Hamilton, Esq. Pepper Hamilton 3000 Two Logan Square 18th & Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Telephone: (215) 981-4000 David P. Matthews, Esq. Lizy Sant iago, Esq. Matthews & Associates 2905 Sackett Street Houston, TX 77098 Telephone: (713) 222-8080 m lsantiago m Mary B. Cotton John D. Giddens, P.A. 226 North President Street P.O. Box 22546 Jackson, MS 39225-2546 Telephone: (601) 355-2022 m -8- Salvatore M. Machi Ted Machi & Associates PC 18333 Egret Bay Blvd., Suite 120 Houston, TX 77058 Telephone: (281) 335-7744 David Dickens Miller & Associates 105 North Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314-3010 (703) 519-8080 Fred T. Magaziner Marjorie Shiekman A. Elizabeth Balakhani Shane T. Prince Eben S. Flaster DECHERT LLP Cira Centre 2929 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 994-4000 Scott Burdine, Esq. Hagans Burdine Montgomery Rustay & Winchester, P.C. 3200 Travis, Fourth Floor Houston, TX 77006 Telephone: (713) 222-2700 Jona R. Hefner, Esq. 3441 W. Memorial, Suite 4 Oklaho ma City, OK 73134-7000 Telephone: (405) 286-3000 Pete Schneider, Esq. Grady, Schneider & Newman, L.L.P. 801 Congress, 4th Floor Houston, TX 77002 (713) 228-2200 m Lawrence J. Gornick, Esq. William A. Levin, Esq. Dennis J. Canty, Esq. Levin Simes Kaiser & Gornick LLP 44 Montgomery Street, 36th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 646-7160 dcant m m m m m m -9-

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