Vallejo v. Amgen, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that the Defendants' motion for protective order, (Filing No. 90 ), is granted. No depositions will be taken or noticed until Judge Smith Camp rules on Plaintiff's objection, (Filing No. 88 ), to my order dated March 28, 2016, (Filing No. 83 ). Plaintiff's motion for clarification, (Filing No. 86 ), is denied. On or before May 23, 2016, Attorney Solomon Radner shall either enter an appearance and thereby submit to this court's rules governing attorney conduct, or cease representation of Plaintiff in this case. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (LAC)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
JAN VALLEJO, Individually and As
Personal Representative of Steve Vallejo;
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
AMGEN, INC., WYETH, INC., AND
Plaintiff moved for clarification of my order dated March 28, 2016, (Filing No.
86), and thirty minutes later, filed an objection asking Judge Smith Camp to reverse that
same order. (Filing No. 88). The March 28, 2016 order, (Filing No. 83), includes the
undersigned magistrate judge’s proportionality analysis and decision on the parameters of
permissible “general causation” discovery. That determination will, in turn, inform the
parties regarding the scope of deposition questioning.
Seven days after filing the motion to reconsider and the objection, and more than a
week before Defendants’ responses to those filings were due, Plaintiff served a notice to
depose Jan Isles and to conduct a 30(b)(6) deposition of Defendant Amgen. Defendants
asked the Plaintiff to withdraw the 30(b)(6) deposition notice.
Defendants have moved for a protective order, arguing the noticed 30(b)(6) deposition
exceeds the scope of discovery permitted under my March 28, 2016 order. (Filing No.
Plaintiff’s objection to the March 28, 2016 order argues my ruling improperly and
unreasonably limits the scope of Plaintiff’s discovery. As I stated during the prior
hearing, absent a ruling by the court on the scope of discovery allowed at this time, the
scope of Plaintiff’s 30(b)(6) deposition notice will prompt another significant discovery
dispute and result in a deposition riddled with objections. The scope of discovery has not
been finally decided by the trial court. Until Judge Smith Camp rules on Plaintiff’s
objection to my order, the scope of discovery remains in dispute. Judge Smith Camp’s
ruling will inform the parties as they pursue discovery moving forward, including during
Plaintiff’s noticed depositions.
As such, it would be premature to take depositions before the ruling on Plaintiff’s
objection. And it makes little sense to invest judicial resources in drafting an order
“clarifying” my March 28, 2016 order when that same order is currently subject to
appellate review by Judge Smith Camp.
The court notes that Solomon Radner, an attorney, is apparently representing
Plaintiff in this case, but he has not entered an appearance and is not licensed to practice
law in Nebraska. If Solomon Radner is assisting in Plaintiff’s representation, he must
enter an appearance and thereby submit to this court’s rules governing attorney conduct
in this forum. 1
While Plaintiff’s counsel of record has been admitted pro hac vice for this case, pursuant to
Nebraska General Rule 1.7 (i):
A judge may require an attorney who is not a resident of this district to associate
with an attorney who is both a resident of this district and a member of this
court’s bar. This resident attorney’s name must be identified on all documents
filed thereafter and that attorney must continue in the case unless another resident
attorney makes an appearance. The resident attorney need not be present in court
during all proceedings unless the court orders otherwise. The resident attorney
must have full authority to act for and on behalf of the client in all matters,
including appearing at pretrial conferences, trial, or any hearings.
NEGenR 1.7(i). The court is considering whether to implement this rule in the present complex
litigation. Plaintiff is encouraged to consider engaging experienced Nebraska counsel (an
attorney who is a resident of this district, has been a member of this court’s bar for a minimum of
each of the last ten years, has never been suspended or disbarred from the practice of law by any
jurisdiction, and has significant federal court civil litigation experience--providing primary or
lead representation in no fewer than ten civil cases in this court over three last ten years).
IT IS ORDERED:
Defendants’ motion for protective order, (Filing No. 90), is granted. No
depositions will be taken or noticed until Judge Smith Camp rules on
Plaintiff’s objection, (Filing No. 88), to my order dated March 28, 2016,
(Filing No. 83).
Plaintiff’s motion for clarification, (Filing No. 86), is denied.
On or before May 23, 2016, Attorney Solomon Radner shall either enter an
appearance and thereby submit to this court’s rules governing attorney
conduct, or cease representation of Plaintiff in this case.
May 9, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Cheryl R. Zwart
United States Magistrate Judge
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