Le et al v. Zuffa, LLC

Filing 55

ORDER that Bellator's 1 Motion to Quash Subpoenas is Denied and Bellator's 1 Motion to Modify Subpoenas is Granted. Plaintiffs' 26 Motion to Compel Documents is Denied. Bellator shall have until 7/5/2017 to produce all responsive information required by this order and all documents responsive to the subpoenas (see Order for specific details). Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 6/13/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SLD)

Download PDF
1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 6 *** 7 CUNG LE, et al., 8 9 10 v. Related Case 2:17-cv-00849-RFB-PAL Plaintiffs, Lead Case 2:15-cv-01045-RFB-PAL ZUFFA, LLC, et al, ORDER (Mot Quash – ECF No. 1) (Mot Compel – ECF No. 26) Defendants. 11 12 The court heard oral argument at a hearing conducted June 1, 2017, on Non-Party Bellator 13 Sport Worldwide, LLC’s (“Bellator”) Motion to Quash or Modify Subpoenas (ECF No. 1), and 14 Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Documents Responsive to Plaintiffs’ Subpoena (ECF No. 26), both 15 of which were filed in related case 2:17-cv-00849-RFB-PAL which was initially filed in the 16 Central District of California and transferred to this district. 17 Bellator’s Motion to Quash and Modify addresses subpoenas duces tecum served by 18 plaintiffs in the lead/underlying case on September 15, 2015, and by Zuffa on September 24, 2015. 19 Both subpoenas requested 15 broad categories of documents asserted to be relevant to litigation 20 pending in this district. The parties and non-party Bellator engaged in extensive and protracted 21 meet-and-confer sessions over a prolonged period of time and were able to resolve the majority of 22 their disputes. However, Bellator’s motion to quash or modify, and plaintiffs’ motion to compel 23 address five requests for production of documents concerning two broad categories of documents 24 the parties were unable to resolve without court intervention. These two categories are document 25 requests for: (1) Bellator fighter contract documents and related contract negotiation documents, 26 plaintiffs Request for Production No. 4, and Zuffa’s Request for Production No. 1; and (2) Bellator 27 cost and revenue information, plaintiff’s Request for Production No. 12, and Zuffa’s Request for 28 Production Nos. 7 and 12. 1 1 At the conclusion of oral argument at the June 1st hearing the court directed counsel to file 2 proposed orders outlining the scope of their requested relief from this court. Proposed orders (ECF 3 Nos 423, 424 & 427) were submitted June 5, 2017. 4 Bellator’s proposed order does not address the time period for which documents in the two 5 broad categories should be produced. Plaintiffs’ proposed order seeks fighter contract documents 6 and event level profit and loss data from Bellator for the time period covered by their subpoena, 7 January 1, 2006 to the present. Zuffa’s subpoena seeks documents for what it defines as the 8 relevant time period—January 1, 2010 to the present. However, Zuffa’s proposed order asks that 9 the court compel compliance for responsive documents from January 1, 2009 to the present. 10 Bellator claims, and the parties do not dispute, that Bellator was formed in 2008. 11 With respect to fighter contract documents, Bellator proposes producing five anonymized 12 exemplar fighter contracts for five categories of male MMA fighters, and one anonymized 13 exemplar contract for five categories of female MMA fighters. Bellator represents that there are 14 approximately 160 fighters currently on the Bellator roster, of whom less than 20% are female 15 fighers. As a result, Bellator cannot produce more than one contract within each female fighter 16 category without compromising the anonymity of the female fighters. Bellator proposes producing 17 30 fighter contracts—25 for male fighters, and 5 for female fighters. Bellator is proposing to 18 produce anonymized exemplar contracts for its current roster of fighters, rather than anonymized 19 exemplar contracts over the period requested by the parties in their respective subpoenas. 20 Plaintiffs’ proposed order states that the only document request in dispute between Bellator 21 and plaintiffs is Request No. 12, which requests cost and revenue information. Plaintiffs’ proposed 22 order contains a sentence indicating the order “does not modify any agreement reached by Bellator 23 with respect to compliance with the subpoena in any other respect.” Zuffa’s proposed order 24 proposes that Bellator be required to produce a randomized sample of contracts with its athletes to 25 include at least 20% of athletes with whom Bellator had an agreement between January 1, 2009 26 and the present, including any side letters or agreements redacted of personally identifying 27 information. 28 2 1 With respect to Bellator cost and revenue information, Bellator proposes producing 2 unaudited quarterly profit and loss statements through the quarter ending March 31, 2017. Bellator 3 represents that for periods prior to December 31, 2011, it may not be able to produce P&L data in 4 precisely the categories described in its proposed order because its operations changed when 5 Viacom acquired Bellator in October 2011. Bellator’s proposed order outlines the quarterly 6 revenue information and expense information it proposes to disclose. 7 Plaintiff’s proposed order requests revenue and expense information to include quarterly 8 financial statements from specific sources such as Pay Per View, television broadcasting 9 agreements, advertising, sponsorship, gate receipts, merchandizing and other sources, and total 10 fighter compensation. It also asks for a list of all events by date and location for every MMA event 11 promoted or co-promoted by Bellator. For each event, it proposes that Bellator be compelled to 12 produce profit and loss statements, or other financial statements showing all revenue from specific 13 sources such as Pay Per View, television broadcasting agreements, advertising, sponsorship, gate 14 receipts, merchandizing and “other sources”, and costs. Zuffa’s proposed order requests quarterly 15 profit and loss statements for Bellator covering the period from January 1, 2009, through the 16 present, to include “the same line-item detail as is maintained by Bellator in the ordinary course 17 of its business.” Zuffa’s proposed order also requests event level P&L statements from January 1, 18 2009, through the present, for each event in which Bellator contends UFC’s allegedly anti- 19 competitive actions adversely impacted event revenues, viewership, sponsorship, venue 20 availability, or profitability. 21 22 Having carefully reviewed and considered the moving and responsive papers and the arguments of counsel, 23 IT IS ORDERED that: 24 1. Bellator’s Motion to Quash Subpoenas (ECF No. 1) is DENIED. 25 2. Bellator’s Motion to Modify Subpoenas (ECF No. 1) is GRANTED as set forth below. 26 3. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Documents (ECF No. 26) is DENIED. 27 4. With respect to the requests addressing fighter contract documents, the parties’ requests 28 for production are limited and modified as follows: 3 1 A. Bellator shall produce a randomized sample of contract agreements between 2 Bellator and fighters with whom Bellator has or has had an agreement between 3 January 1, 2010, and the present. The random sample shall consist of at least 4 20 percent of fighters under contract with Bellator between January 1, 2010 and 5 the present. For the fighters selected for the sample, Bellator shall provide all 6 agreements between it and the fighters, including any amendments, 7 modifications, side letters, or extensions that may exist with respect to any 8 contract that is produced pursuant to this section. 9 B. “Anonymized contracts” means that the fighters’ identifying information such 10 as names, addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security Numbers, may be 11 redacted. Bellator shall assign a unique identifier to each contract and any 12 related amendments, modifications, side letters, or extensions to the contracts 13 selected for the random sample. 14 15 16 17 C. The anonymized contracts shall include the fighter’s gender, weight class, number of fights during term of agreements and any compensation to be paid. 5. With respect to the income and expense documents, the parties’ request for production are limited and modified as follows: 18 A. Bellator shall produce a list of all MMA events it promoted or co-promoted 19 from January 1, 2010, through the present. The list shall identify all events by 20 date and location. 21 22 B. Bellator shall produce unaudited profit and loss statements through the quarter ending March 31, 2017, that include the following information: 23 REVENUE 24 Advertising/Sponsorship Revenue Affiliate/Pay Per View Revenue Ancillary Revenue TV Syndication Consumer Products Recreation & Events Other Total Revenue 25 26 27 28 4 1 EXPENSES 2 Operating Expenses Production & Programming Expenses Fighter Compensation Above the Line Production Staff Below the Line Production Staff Staging, Lighting & Set Tech Crews & Equipment Post Production Venue Costs Travel & Transportation Other Operating Expenses 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Selling, General, and Administrative (“SG&A”) Expenses Employee Compensation: SG&A Advertising & Promotion Expenses Other SG&A 11 Depreciation & Amortization Total Expenses 12 OPERATING INCOME 13 NET INCOME 14 15 6. Bellator may designate information provided in response to the modified Subpoenas as 16 “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” 17 pursuant to the Revised Stipulation and Protective Order Protective Order in effect in 18 the Lead Case (2:15-cv-01045-RFB-(PAL)) (“Protective Order”), and the Parties and 19 their experts and consultants shall be bound by the protections of the Productive Order. 20 Any expert report or analysis that will be shared beyond outside litigation counsel for 21 the parties and that makes reference, describes or discloses the substance of materials 22 that Bellator has designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ EYES 23 ONLY” shall be likewise designated “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS’ 24 EYES ONLY” in such portion that includes a reference, description or disclosure of 25 Bellator’s designated materials. The Parties are required to make best efforts to protect 26 information designated “CONFIDENTIAL” or “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – 27 ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY” from public disclosure at the trial of these actions, 28 including by stipulating and seeking the approval of the District Court to maintain, the 5 1 confidentiality of information designated by Bellator as “CONFIDENTIAL” or 2 “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – ATTORNEYS EYES ONLY,” providing advance 3 notice to Bellator of any intended use of such materials at trial, and best efforts by the 4 party seeking to introduce designated materials to limit access of the parties and the 5 public to such materials. 6 7. Bellator shall have until July 5, 2017, to produce all responsive information required 7 by this order, and all documents responsive to the subpoenas served by both parties on 8 which agreements were reached during the meet and confer process. 9 DATED this 13th day of June, 2017. 10 11 PEGGY A. LEEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?