Ribeiro et al v. Baby Trend, Inc.
ORDER that by October 9, 2015, the parties shall confer and schedule the remaining Lerado corporate depositions. However, these depositions shall occur no later than November 30, 2015. Plaintiffs' responses to the Motions to Dismiss filed by Gno tec and the Lerado Defendants shall be filed within thirty days of completion of the Lerado corporate depositions. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Scheduling of Jurisdictional Depositions and for Leave to Extend Deadlines (filing 254 ) is denied as moot. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (LAC)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
FRANCO RIBEIRO, as individuals
and as next friends and biological
parents of Lucas Ribeiro, an infant,
and DEANNA RIBEIRO, as
individual and as next friend and
biological parents of Lucas Ribeiro, an
BABY TREND, INC., a corporation,
MARK SEDLACK, MILLENIUM
DEVELOPMENT CORP., INDIANA )
MILLS & MANUFACTURING INC., )
LERADO GROUP CO., LTD.,
LERADO GROUP (HOLDING)
COMPANY, LTD., LERADO
(ZHONG SHAN) INDUSTRIAL CO., )
LTD., LERADO CHINA LIMITED,
LERADO H.K. LIMITED,
HOLMBERGS SAFETY SYSTEM
HOLDING AB, GNOSJOGRUPPEN )
AB, HOLMBERGS CHILDSAFETY )
AB, and GNOTEC REFTELE AB,
On July 31, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a motion requesting that the Court extend its
deadline to respond to Defendant Gnotec’s Motion to Dismiss. (Filing 244.) The motion
requested that the deadline be extended and that the deadline “coordinate and match
Plaintiffs’ deadlines regarding jurisdictional discovery and response to the Motion to Dismiss
filed by the Lerado entities (and all extensions thereto).” On August 3, 2015, by text order,
the Court granted Plaintiffs motion, and ordered Plaintiffs to respond to Defendant Gnotec’s
Motion to Dismiss by September 18, 2015. (Filing 247.)
On August 27, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a motion requesting that the Court compel the
scheduling of the jurisdictional corporate depositions of Defendants Lerado Group (Holding)
Company and Lerado H.K. Limited. (Filing 254.) Plaintiffs explained that the parties had
been unable to schedule the depositions on their own. Plaintiffs’ motion also requested that
the Court extend the deadlines to conduct jurisdictional discovery and respond to the Lerado
entities’ Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiffs’ motion did not, however, specifically mention an
extension of the deadline to respond to the Motion to Dismiss filed by Gnotec. Plaintiffs’
motion to compel and request for extension of deadlines remains pending before the Court.
Plaintiffs have not responded to the Motions to Dismiss filed by Gnotec and the
Lerado Defendants, seemingly because their motion to compel and for extension of time is
still pending. On September 28, 2015, Gnotec filed a “Notice,” rather than a motion, stating
that its Motion to Dismiss should be deemed submitted. (Filing 269.) Plaintiffs responded
to the Notice, stating that they believed their deadline in responding to Gnotec’s Motion to
Dismiss coordinated with their deadline to respond to the Lerado Motion to Dismiss and,
given the pendency of the motion to compel and for extension of time, believed no response
was necessary by the September 18, 2015 deadline.
This litigation involves multiple foreign entities and, consequently, discovery has been
slow and difficult. However, Plaintiffs have been diligent in pursuing discovery and clearly
want this matter to move forward at a faster pace. There is no indication that Plaintiffs have
blatantly ignored Court orders or purposely hindered rulings on the Motions to Dismiss.
Plaintiffs have long expressed their belief that the Lerado Defendants possess information
relevant to responding to Gnotec’s Motion to Dismiss. Therefore, it should come as no
surprise to Gnotec that a response to its Motion to Dismiss is tied to the pace of the Lerado
To clarify the time frames and deadlines in this matter, the Court orders as follows:
By October 9, 2015, the parties shall confer and schedule the remaining
Lerado corporate depositions. However, these depositions shall occur no later
than November 30, 2015. Plaintiffs’ responses to the Motions to Dismiss filed
by Gnotec and the Lerado Defendants shall be filed within thirty days of
completion of the Lerado corporate depositions.
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Scheduling of Jurisdictional Depositions and for
Leave to Extend Deadlines (filing 254) is denied as moot.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED September 30, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
S/ F.A. Gossett
United States Magistrate Judge
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