Nestle Purina PetCare Company v. The Blue Buffalo Company Ltd.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Wilbur-Ellis' motion to compel # 609 and nonparty Darling Ingredients motion to quash # 644 are DENIED for lack of jurisdiction. Signed by District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on 3/24/16. (ARL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
NESTLÉ PURINA PETCARE COMPANY,
THE BLUE BUFFALO COMPANY LTD.,
AND RELATED ACTIONS
Case No. 4:14 CV 859 RWS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before me on Wilbur-Ellis Company’s motion to compel the production of
documents from non-party Darling Ingredients, Inc., and Darling Ingredients’ cross-motion to
quash Wilbur-Ellis’ subpoena to produce documents. Because I conclude that I lack jurisdiction
over this dispute, I will deny both motions.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45(c)(1)(A)(2)(A) provides that the place of compliance
for a subpoena served on a nonparty is “at a place within 100 miles of where the person resides,
is employed, or regularly transacts business in person.” When a nonparty properly objects to a
subpoena, “the serving party may move the court for the district where compliance is required
for an order compelling production or inspection.” FRCP 45(d)(2)(B)(i) (emphasis added).
Likewise, the Rules provide that “the court for the district where compliance is required” may
quash subpoenas that are improper under the Rules. FRCP 45(d)(3).
Wilbur-Ellis served a subpoena on non-party Darling Ingredients seeking the production
of documents. Darling Ingredients resides in Irving, Texas, which is also the location of its
corporate headquarters and all of its decision-makers. See Declaration of Steve Thomas [#646]
Ex. 3 at ¶ 14. Accordingly, the proper place of compliance for the subpoena would be at a place
within 100 miles of Darling Ingredients’ location in Irving, Texas, and only a court for the
district encompassing the place of compliance has jurisdiction to compel production or quash the
subpoena. See FRCP 45(c)(1)(A)(2)(A), (d)(2), (d)(3); see also In re Digital Equip. Corp., 949
F.2d 228, 231 (8th Cir. 1991). This Court is not located within that geographic area, and as a
result, I will deny Wilbur-Ellis’ motion to compel and nonparty Darling Ingredients’ motion to
quash for lack of jurisdiction.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Wilbur-Ellis’ motion to compel # and nonparty
Darling Ingredients’ motion to quash # are DENIED for lack of jurisdiction.
RODNEY W. SIPPEL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 24th day of March, 2016.
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