Janson et al v. LegalZoom.com, Inc.

Filing 86

MOTION for order Excluding Expert Testimony filed by David T. Butsch on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 4/25/2011 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Butsch, David)

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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’ MOTION TO EXLUDE EXPERT TESTIMONY Plaintiffs move for an order excluding the testimony of Defendant LegalZoom.com, Inc.’s designated expert, Burnele Venable Powell, at trial. In support of their motion, Plaintiffs state: 1. On February 15, 2011, Defendant LegalZoom produced a report containing the opinions of its sole designated expert, law professor Burnele Venable Powell. (The report is attached to Plaintiffs Suggestions as Exhibit 1). 2. Professor Powell’s report consists of his opinions as to what conduct constitutes the unlawful practice of law and what the law should be. Furthermore, his report discusses various subjects, including the history of the regulation of the practice of law, the history of legal “self-help,” and the alternatives to a prohibition on use of computerized forms. 3. Professor Powell’s opinions on the law and how it should be applied in this case usurp the role of the Court and will not assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or determine a fact in issue, all in violation of Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. 4. Further, the various subjects of Professor Powell’s report and testimony to be given at trial fail to meet the relevancy test of Rule 401 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and should therefore be excluded. 5. For the reasons more fully set forth in Plaintiffs Suggestions in Support of Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony, Plaintiffs seek an order excluding the testimony of Professor Powell at trial. WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs move for an order of this Court excluding the testimony of Burnele Venable Powell at trial and that provides all other relief that is just. 2 Edward D. Robertson, Jr., # 27183 Mary Doerhoff Winter, # 38328 BARTIMUS, FRICKLETON, ROBERTSON & GORNY 715 Swifts Highway Jefferson City, MO 65109 573.659.4454, 573.659.4460 (fax) chiprob@earthlink.net, marywinter@earthlink.net /s/ David T. Butsch David T. Butsch, # 37539 James J. Simeri, #52506 BUTSCH SIMERI FIELDS LLC 231 S. Bemiston Ave., Ste. 260 Clayton, MO 63105 314.863.5700, 314.863.5711 (fax) butsch@bsflawfirm.com simeri@bsflawfirm.com Timothy Van Ronzelen, #44382 Matthew A. Clement, #43833 Kari A. Schulte, #57739 COOK, VETTER, DOERHOFF & LANDWEHR, PC 231 Madison Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 573.635.7977, 573.635.7414 (fax) tvanronzelen@cvdl.net mclement@cvdl.net kschulte@cvdl.net Randall O. Barnes, #39884 RANDALL O. BARNES & ASSOCIATES 219 East Dunklin Street, Suite A Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 573.634.8884, 573.635.6291 (fax) rbarnesjclaw@aol.com Steven E. Dyer, #45397 LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN DYER 10850 Sunset Office Drive, Ste. 300 St. Louis, MO 63127 314.898.6715 jdcpamba@gmail.com Attorneys for Plaintiffs 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on April 8, 2011, I filed the foregoing with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system. The system sent notification of this filing to the following: Party 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) Defendant LegalZoom.com, Inc. John Michael Clear Michael Biggers 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/ David T. Butsch 4

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