Blaszkowski et al v. Mars Inc. et al

Filing 287

MOTION Motion for Leave to Take Limited Jurisdictional Discovery by New Albertson's Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Poyer, Joshua)

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Blaszkowski et al v. Mars Inc. et al Doc. 287 Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 1 of 9 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA RENEE BLASZKOWSKI, et al., Individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. MARS INC., et al. Defendant. Civil Action No. 07-cv-21221-CMA DEFENDANT NEW ALBERTSONS, INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO TAKE LIMITED JURISDICTIONAL DISCOVERY Defendant, New Albertsons, Inc. ("New Albertsons"), respectfully submits this motion to take limited jurisdictional discovery of the named Florida Plaintiffs, Patricia Davis ("Patricia Davis") and Raul Isern ("Raul Isern") (sometimes collectively "Plaintiffs"), and states:1 Argument Plaintiffs' jurisdictional allegations concerning New Albertsons are non-specific, conclusory, and generically applied to several Defendant Retailers.2 Second Amended Class Action Complaint 51 - 60. [D.E. 260]. They read as follows: New Albertsons is registered to do business in Florida and has a registered agent in Florida upon which service has been executed. [New] Albertson's conducts business in Florida and places products in the stream of commerce that reach Florida consumers. New Albertsons is in the business of manufacturing, producing, distributing, advertising and/or selling its own brand of pet food 1 New Albertsons seeks leave to serve jurisdictional discovery on account of the Court's July 6, 2007 Order staying discovery pending the outcome of the motion to dismiss. [D.E. 130]. 2 Plaintiffs identify the Defendant Retailers as Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Albertsons, LLC, New Albertsons, Inc., The Kroger Co. of Ohio, Safeway, Inc., H.E. Butt Grocery Company, Meijer Inc., and The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company. Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 2 of 9 products in Florida, as well as distributing, advertising and/or selling the Defendant Manufacturers' pet food products in Florida, which has injured the Plaintiffs in Florida. New Albertson's markets and sells its own brands and the Defendants' brands of commercial pet food in Florida. New Albertsons adopts the marketing representations of the Defendant Manufacturers by placing point of purchase advertising at or near the Defendant Manufacturers' pet food in its retail stores with the intent to induce consumers to purchase its products. Second Amended Class Action Complaint 55. [D.E. 260]. The omissions are glaring. For example, the Second Amended Class Action Complaint does not describe what, if anything, any Plaintiff purchased from New Albertsons in Florida. It does not describe which of New Albertsons products, if any, injured any Plaintiff, let alone a Florida Plaintiff.3 New Albertsons is entitled to determine whether Plaintiffs' nonspecific allegations provide the basis for the exercise of personal jurisdiction and which, if any, of the two named plaintiffs who live in Florida were allegedly injured by New Albertsons in Florida. In considering the elements of the constitutional limits of specific personal jurisdiction, it is the named class representatives whose claims must satisfy these elements in order for the Court to have personal jurisdiction over the defendants. Williams v. Firstplus Home Loan Trust 1996-2, 209 F.R.D. 404 (W.D. Tenn., 2002); Barry v. Mtg. Serv. Acquisition Corp., 909 F. Supp. 65 (D. R.I., 1995). See also Selman v. Harvard Medical School, 494 F. Supp. 603, 613 (S.D.N.Y. 1980) ("It is clear that the named class representative himself must satisfy all jurisdictional prerequisites [under the New York long-arm statute] before the action can go forward"). There is, however, a simple and efficient manner in which to answer those questions. On October 30, 2007, the Court granted plaintiffs leave to conduct personal jurisdiction with regards to New Albertsons. [D.E. 251]. If this Court were to permit New Albertsons a reciprocal right to conduct very limited jurisdictional discovery, New Albertsons could For the reasons set forth in Defendants' Omnibus Motion to Dismiss, these defects, and others, are fatal and warrant dismissal of this case, in its entirety. 3 Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 3 of 9 determine whether its conduct injured any Plaintiff in Florida to the extent it deserves to be hailed before this State's courts. If there is merit to Plaintiffs' allegations, Plaintiffs have no reason to pointlessly hide those facts. The inverse, however, is that New Albertsons is entitled to know whether Plaintiffs' jurisdictional allegations are as baseless as they are generic. Again, the scope of the jurisdictional discovery would be limited both in terms of intended recipients, Patricia Davis and Raul Isern, the only two named Florida Plaintiffs, and topical breadth. Those topics would be limited to those set forth in the seven proposed interrogatories, per each named Florida Plaintiff, Patricia Davis and Raul Isern, attached hereto as Exhibit A. In addition, New Albertsons proposes to proceed only by service of a limited set of interrogatories in lieu of either requests for production or depositions duces tecum, which, incidentally, New Albertsons believes to be the most efficient manner of moving forward for both Plaintiffs and Defendants at this early stage, recognizing the short amount of time the Parties have to complete this phase of discovery. In this instance, limited interrogatories are a more efficient method of obtaining limited information in lieu of depositions. As pointed out in New Albertsons contemporaneous Motion for Leave to Provide Interrogatory Answers in lieu of 30(b)(6) Witnesses for Jurisdictional Discovery or, in the Alternative, for a Protective Order as to Specific Topics and Document Requests, Plaintiffs should have little difficulty answering New Albertsons simple, targeted interrogatories and the answers would provide New Albertsons with the clarity to which they are entitled. WHEREFORE, New Albertsons, Inc., respectfully requests leave of this Court to serve limited jurisdictional discovery. Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 4 of 9 RULE 7.1 CERTIFICATION Pursuant to S.D. Fla. L.R. 7.1., the undersigned certifies that counsel for New Albertsons has conferred with plaintiffs' counsel in a good faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues raised in this Motion, but has been unable to do so. Dated: December 18, 2007. Respectfully submitted, /s Craig P. Kalil Craig P. Kalil Fla. Bar No. 607282 Joshua D. Poyer Fla. Bar No. 653349 2250 Sun Trust International Center One Southeast Third Avenue Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: (305) 372-5924 Fax: (305) 373-7929 W. Randolph Teslik Pro Hac Vice Andrew J. Dober Pro Hac Vice Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP 1333 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-887-4000 202-887-4288 Attorneys for NEW ALBERTSONS, INC. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing Corporate Disclosure Statement was filed with the Clerk of the Court by the CM/ECF filing system on December 18, 2007, which will send notice to all counsel or parties of record on the attached service list. s/ Joshua D. Poyer Joshua D. Poyer Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 5 of 9 SERVICE LIST CATHERINE J. MACIVOR cmacivor@mflegal.com JEFFREY B. MALTZMAN jmaltzman@mflegal.com JEFFREY E. FOREMAN jforeman@mflegal.com DARREN W. FRIEDMAN dfriedman@mflegal.com MALTZMAN FOREMAN, PA One Biscayne Tower 2 South Biscayne Boulevard -Suite 2300 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305-358-6555 / Fax: 305-3749077 Attorneys for Plaintiffs KATHLEEN S. PHANG kphang@sfklaw.com CHARLES PHILIP FLICK cflick@sfklaw.com Seipp, Flick & Kissane Two Alhambra Plaza -Suite 800 Miami, Florida 33134-5241 Tel: 305.995.5600 / Fax: 305.9956100 Attorney for Defendant Target Corp. ALAN GRAHAM GREER agreer@richmangreer.com Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen 201 South Biscayne Boulevard STE 1000 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305.373.4010 / Fax: 305.373.4099 Attorneys for Defendant Proctor and Gamble Co. PHILIP A. SECHLER psechler@wc.com THOMAS G. HENTOFF thentoff@wc.com DANE H. BUTSWINKAS dbutswinkas@wc.com CHRISTOPHER M. D'ANGELO cdeangelo@wc.com PATRICK J. HOULIHAN phoulihan@wc.com Williams & Connolly LLP 725 12th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 Tel: 202.434.5459 / Fax: 202.434.5029 Attorneys for Defendant Mars, Inc. OMAR ORTEGA oortega@dortaandortega.com Dorta and Ortega, P.A. Douglas Entrance 800 S. Douglas Road, Suite 149 Coral Gables, Florida 33134 Tel: 305-461-5454 / Fax: 305-4615226 Attorneys for Defendant Mars, Inc. JOHN J. KUSTER jkuster@sidley.com JAMES D. ARDEN jarden@sidley.com Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212.839.7336 / Fax: 212.839.5599 Attorneys for Defendant Colgate Palmolive Company Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 6 of 9 D. JEFFREY IRELAND djireland@ficlaw.com BRIAN D. WRIGHT bwright@ficlaw.com LAURA A. SANOM lsanom@ficlaw.com Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. 500 Courthouse Plaza, S.W. 10 North Ludlow St. Dayton, OH 45402 Tel: 937.227.3710 / Fax: 937.227.3717 Attorneys for Defendant Proctor and Gamble Co. SHERRIL M. COLOMBO scolombo@cozen.com Cozen O'Connor 200 South Biscayne Boulevard Suite 4410 Miami, Florida 33131-2303 Tel: 305.704.5945 / Fax: 305.704.5955 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods, Co. JOHN J. McDONOUGH jmcdonough@cozen.com RICHARD FAMA rfama@cozen.com Cozen O'Connor 45 Broadway New York, NY 10006 Tel: 212.509.9400 / Fax: 212509.9492 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods Co. JOHN F. MULLEN jmullen@cozen.com Cozen O'Connor The Atrium 3rd Floor 1900 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Tel: 215.665.2179 / Fax: 215.665.2013 Attorneys for Defendant Del Monte Foods Co. OLGA M. VIEIRA ovieira@carltonfields.com BENJAMINE REID breid@carltonfields.com Carlton Fields, PA 100 SE 2nd Street - #4000 Miami, FL 33131 Tel: 305.530.0050 / Fax: Attorneys for Defendant Colgate Palmolive Company KARA L. McCALL kmccall@sidley.com Sidley Austin, LLP One South Dearborn Chicago, Illinios 60603 Tel: 312.853.2666 / Fax: Attorneys for Defendant Colgate Palmolive Company ROBERT C. TROYER rctroyer@hhlaw.com Hogan & Hartson LLP One Tabor Center -Suite 1500 1200 Seventeenth Street Denver, CO 80202 Tel: 303-899-7300 / Fax: 303-8997333 Attorneys for Nestle U.S.A., Inc. MIRANDA L. BERGE mlberge@hhlaw.com CRAIG A. HOOVER cahoover@hhlaw.com Hogan & Hartson, LLP 555 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tel: 202.637.5600 / Fax: 202.637.5910 Attorneys for Nestle U.S.A., Inc. Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 7 of 9 CHARLES ABBOTT cabbott@gibsondunn.com BEN BRODERICK bbroderick@gibsondunn.com GARY L. JUSTICE gjustice@gibsondunn.com WILLIAM EDWARD WEGNER wwegner@gibsondunn.com GAIL E. LEES glees@gibsondunn.com Gibson Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P 333 S. Grand Avenue -Suite 4600 Los Angeles, CA 90071 Tel: 213.229.7887 / Fax: 213.229.6887 Attorneys for Defendant Nutro Products Inc. CAROL A. LICKO calicko@hhlaw.com Hogan & Hartson L.L.P Mellon Financial Center 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1900 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305.459.6500 / Fax: 305.459.6550 Attorneys for Nestle U.S.A., Inc. MARTY STEINBERG msteinberg@hunton.com ADRIANA RIVIERE-BADELL ariviere-badell@hunton.com Hunton & Williams, LLP 1111 Brickell Avenue - #2500 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305.810.2500 / Fax: 305.810.2460 Attorneys for Defendant Nutro Products Inc. JOHN B. T. MURRAY, JR. jbmurray@ssd.com Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP 1900 Phillips Point West 777 South Flagler Drive - #1900 West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 Tel: 561.650.7200 / Fax: 561.655.1509 Attorneys for Defendants Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. HUGH J. TURNER JR. Hugh.turner@akerman.com Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson Las Olas Centre II, Suite 1600 350 East Las Olas Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2229 Tel: 954.463.2700 / Fax: 954.463.2224 Attorneys for Defendant Publix Supermarkets, Inc. ROLANDO ANDRES DIAZ rd@kubickidraper.com MARIA KAYANAN mek@kubickidraper.com CASSIDY YEN DANG cyd@kubickidraper.com Kubicki Draper, P.A. 25 West Flagler Street - Penthouse Miami, Florida 33130 Tel: 305.982.6722 / Fax: 305.374.7846 Attorneys for Defendant Pet Supermarket, Inc. ROBIN LEA HANGER rlhanger@ssd.com Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard 40th Floor Miami, Florida 33131-2398 Tel: 305.577.7040 / Fax: 305.577.7001 Attorneys for Defendants Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 8 of 9 SUSAN ELIZABETH MORTENSEN smortensen@coffeyburlington.com Coffey Burlington 2699 S. Bayshore Drive - Penthouse Miami, Florida 33133 Tel: 305.858.2900 / Fax: 305.858.5261 Attorneys for Defendant Petsmart, Inc. ALEXANDER SHAKNES Alex.shaknes@dlapiper.com AMY W. SCHULMAN Amy.schulman@dlapiper.com DLA PIPER US LLP 1251 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020-1104 Tel: 212.335.4829 / Fax: 212.884.8629 Attorneys for Menu Foods Income Fund and Menu Foods, Inc. WILLIAM C. MARTIN William.martin@dlapiper.com DLA PIPER US LLP 203 North LaSalle Street - #1900 Chicago, Illinois 60601-1293 Tel: 312.368.3449 / Fax: 312.630.7318 Attorneys for Menu Foods Income Fund and Menu Foods, Inc. MICHAEL K. KENNEDY mkk@gknet.com MICHAEL R. ROSS mrr@gknet.com Gallagher and Kennedy, PA 2575 E. Camelback Road - #1100 Phoenix, Arizona 85016 Tel: 602.530.8504 / Fax: 602.530.8500 Attorneys for Defendant Petsmart, Inc. LONNIE L. SIMPSON lonnie.simpson@dlapiper.com S. DOUGLAS KNOX sdouglas.knox@dlapiper.com DLA PIPER US LLP 101 E. Kennedy Boulevard - #2000 Tampa, Florida 33602 Tel: 813-229-2111/ Fax: 813-2291447 Attorneys for Menu Foods Income Fund and Menu Foods, Inc. ROBERT D. MCINTOSH rdm@adorno.com ADORNO & YOSS LLP 888 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 500 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1159 Tel: 954-523-5885 / Fax: 954-7609531 Attorneys for Defendants Menu Foods, Inc. and Menu Foods Income Fund RALPH G. PATINO rpatino@patinolaw.com DOMINICK V. TAMARAZZO dtamarazzo@patinolaw.com CARLOS B. SALUP csalup@patinolaw.com PATINO & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 225 Alcazar Avenue Coral Gables, Florida 33134 Tel: 305-443-6163 / Fax: 305-4435635 Attorneys for Co-Defendant Pet Supplies "Plus" and Pet Supplies Plus/USA, Inc. C. RICHARD FULMER, Jr. rfulmer@Fulmer.LeRoy.com Fulmer LeRoy Albee Baumann & Glass, PLC 2866 East Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306 Tel: 954-707-4430 / Fax: 954-7074431 Attorneys for The Kroger Co. of Ohio Case 1:07-cv-21221-CMA Document 287 Entered on FLSD Docket 12/18/2007 Page 9 of 9 JAMES K. REUSS jreuss@lanealton.com Lane Alton & Horst, LLC Two Miranova Place, Suite 500 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Attorneys for The Kroger Co. of Ohio MARCOS DANIEL JIMENEZ mjimenez@kennynachwalter.com ROBERT J. ALWINE II ralwine@kennynachwalter.com Kenny Nachwalter, P.A. 201 South Biscayne Boulevard 1100 Miami Center Miami, Florida 33131-4327 Tel: 305-373-1000 / Fax: 305-3721861 Attorneys for Safewy Inc. and The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC ROBERT VALADEZ rvaladez@shelton-valadez.com JAVIER THOMAS DURAN jduran@shelton-valadez.com Shelton & Valadez, P.C. 600 Navarro, Suite 500 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Tel: 210-349-0515 / Fax: 210-3493666 Attorneys for Defendant H.E. Butt Grocery Co. JASON JOFFE jjoffee@ssd.com Square Sanders & Dempsy, LLP 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4000 Miami, Florida 33131 Tel: 305-577-7000 / Fax: 305-5777001 Attorneys for Defendant Meijer, Inc.

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