Janson et al v. LegalZoom.com, Inc.

Filing 124

SUGGESTIONS in support re 123 MOTION for discovery to Reopen Discovery and Compel Production filed by Timothy W. Van Ronzelen on behalf of Plaintiffs Gerald T. Ardrey, C & J Remodeling LLC, Chad M Ferrell, Todd Janson. (Related document(s) 123 ) (Van Ronzelen, Timothy)

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IN UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI CENTRAL DIVISION TODD JANSON, et al., on behalf of themselves and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC. Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 2:10-cv-04018-NKL PLAINTIFFS’ SUGGESTIONS IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO RE-OPEN LIMITED DISCOVERY AND COMPEL PRODUCTION In this case, Plaintiffs allege that Defendant engages in the unauthorized practice of law in the State of Missouri by preparing legal documents for Missouri consumers without being properly licensed to do so. In discovery in this case, Plaintiffs requested and received advertisements that Defendant published or aired describing what it does. For example, one of Defendant’s founders, Robert Shapiro, states in a television advertisement aired nationwide that “we’ll [LegalZoom] prepare your legal documents and deliver them directly to you.” See, Plaintiffs’ Suggestions in Opposition to LegalZooms Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 113), Plaintiffs’ Additional Undisputed Material Fact 4., pp. 39-40. Despite this clear statement from one of its founders, Defendant takes the position in its Motion for Summary Judgment that consumers prepare their own legal documents at LegalZoom.com and it is nothing more than a fill in the blank “form” provider. See, Suggestions in Support of Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 91). 1 As more specifically set forth in the Affidavit attached as Exhibit A to this Motion, one of Plaintiffs’ counsel heard an advertisement for Defendant on a nationally syndicated radio program that specifically encouraged consumers to use LegalZoom.com because they would not get a “fill in the blank” document, but rather Defendant provides “personalized” documents legal documents to consumers. Because this advertisement goes directly to the heart of Defendant’s claims in its Motion for Summary Judgment, Plaintiffs contacted Defendant’s counsel and asked that the advertisement be produced. Defense counsel refused citing that discovery was closed. Plaintiffs respectfully suggest that even though discovery is closed, Defendant is under a duty pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(e) to supplement its earlier document production with this advertisement. Further, this limited request goes to the heart of one of the defenses asserted and is not burdensome. It will not cause any delay in the case. Therefore, Plaintiffs seek an order compelling production of this advertisement. Respectfully submitted, ___/s/ Timothy W. Van Ronzelen ____ Timothy Van Ronzelen, #44382 Matthew A. Clement, #43833 Kari A. Schulte, #57739 COOK, VETTER, DOERHOFF & LANDWEHR 231 Madison Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 Telephone: 573-635-7977 Facsimile: 573-635-7414 tvanronzelen@cvdl.net mclement@cvdl.net kschulte@cvdl.net and 2 Edward D. Robertson, Jr., # 27183 Mary Doerhoff Winter, # 38328 BARTIMUS, FRICKLETON, ROBERTSON & GORNY 715 Swifts Highway Jefferson City, MO 65109 Telephone: 573-659-4454 Facsimile: 573 659-4460 chiprob@earthlink.net marywinter@earthlink.net David T. Butsch, # 37539 James J. Simeri, #52506 BUTSCH SIMERI FIELDS LLC 231 S. Bemiston Ave., Ste. 260 Clayton, MO 63105 Telephone: 314-863-5700 Facsimile: 314-863-5711 butsch@bsflawfirm.com simeri@bsflawfirm.com Randall O. Barnes, #39884 RANDALL O. BARNES & ASSOCIATES 219 East Dunklin Street, Suite A Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 Telephone: 573-634-8884 Facsimile: 573-635-6291 rbarnesjclaw@aol.com Steven E. Dyer, #45397 LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN DYER 10850 Sunset Office Drive, Ste. 300 St. Louis, MO 63127 Telephone: 314-898-6715 jdcpamba@gmail.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on June 17, 2011, I served this paper upon the following via this Court’s ECF system: Party Defendant LegalZoom.com, Inc. Counsel Robert M. Thompson James T. Wicks BRYAN CAVE LLP One Kansas City Place 1200 Main Street, Ste. 3500 Kansas City, MO 64105 816.374.3200, 816.374.3300 (fax) John Michael Clear Michael Biggers 3 James Wyrsch BRYAN CAVE LLP One Metropolitan Square – Ste. 3600 211 N. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63102 314.250.2000, 314.259.2020 (fax) ___/s/Timothy W. Van Ronzelen __ 4

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