Boswell et al v. Panera Bread Company et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER : IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants motion to stay is DENIED. (Doc. No. #121 ) Signed by District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig on 12/01/2015. (KCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MARK BOSWELL, et al.,
PANERA BREAD COMPANY, et al.,
Case No. 4:14-CV-01833-AGF
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ motion (Doc. No. 121) to stay
proceedings in this matter pending resolution of Defendants’ petition in the Eighth
Circuit requesting leave to appeal the Court’s Order granting class certification under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3).
Rule 23(f) provides:
A court of appeals may permit an appeal from an order granting or denying
class-action certification under this rule if a petition for permission to
appeal is filed with the circuit clerk within 14 days after the order is
entered. An appeal does not stay proceedings in the district court unless the
district judge or the court of appeals so orders.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f).
A party seeking a stay while a petition for permission to appeal is pending bears
the burden of showing that: (1) the party is likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal;
(2) the party will be irreparably injured unless the stay is granted; (3) the non-moving
party will not be substantially injured by granting the stay; and (4) the public interest will
not be harmed by granting the stay. Brady v. Nat’l Football League, 640 F.3d 785, 789
(8th Cir. 2011).
After examining these factors, the Court finds that a stay is not warranted in this
case. The Court conducted a rigorous analysis before granting class certification, and
while it is always possible that the Eighth Circuit will disagree with the Court’s
conclusions, Defendants have not demonstrated that success on the merits of their appeal
is likely. Neither have Defendants demonstrated that the other factors weigh in favor a
stay. Discovery is complete, and trial is set for April, 2016. A stay would require trial to
be delayed, which would substantially prejudice Plaintiffs and the public interest in the
speedy resolution of cases. While the Court takes seriously Defendants’ concerns
regarding the cost of having to re-notify the class if the certification decision is reversed
or modified after class notice is distributed, the Court believes that this harm is unlikely
to occur. The form of class notice has not been finalized in this case, and there is no
indication that notice will be finalized and distributed before the Eighth Circuit resolves
Defendants’ petition for leave to appeal. In any event, if the Eighth Circuit is inclined to
grant Defendants’ petition, it may stay this case of its own accord.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants’ motion to stay is DENIED. (Doc.
AUDREY G. FLEISSIG
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 1st day of December, 2015.
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