Basbanes et al v. Microsoft Corporation et al

Filing 32

ORDER granting in part and denying in part 21 Motion to Consolidate Cases; granting in part and denying in part 21 Motion to Appoint. On January 22, 2024, plaintiffs Basbanes and Gage filed a motion with the four requests addressed below. (EC F No. 21.) The Court hereby grants plaintiffs' motion in part and denies the motion in part. First, plaintiffs move to consolidate this action (the 11Basbanes-Gage Action") with Authors Guild, et al., v. Open AI Inc., et al., No. 23-cv-0829 2 (the II Authors Guild Action") and with Jonathan Alter, et al., v. Open AI Inc., et al., No. 23-cv-10211 (the II Alter Action"). Plaintiffs in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action do not oppose consolidation (ECF No. 31), and the Cou rt has not received any other opposition to plaintiffs' motion. Accordingly, the motion to consolidate is granted for pretrial purposes pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 42. Second, plaintiffs request that the Court create a steering committee for the consolidated actions that includes counsel for Basbanes and Gage. The Court finds that a steering committee is not necessary and denies this request. Third, plaintiffs request to appoint the law firms of Lief Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Su sman Godfrey L.L.P. as interim co-lead counsel for the consolidated actions. Pursuant to the Court's order entered on February 6, 2024 in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action, Lief Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Susman Godfrey L.L.P., a nd Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP have been appointed as interim co-lead class counsel in the consolidated action, which now includes the Basbanes-Gage Action. Plaintiffs' fourth request to rule on this motion before ordering the Joint Stipulation filed in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action is moot. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Sidney H. Stein on 2/6/2024) (jca)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK NICHOLAS A. BASBANES and NICHOLAS NGAGOYEANES (professionally known as Nicholas Gage), individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated 24-CV-84 (SHS) ORDER Plaintiffs, -vMICROSOFT CORPORATION, OPENAI, INC., OPENAI GP, L.L.C., OPENAI HOLDINGS, LLC, OAI CORPORATION, LLC, OPENAI GLOBAL, LLC, OPENAI, L.L.C., and OPENAI OPCO, LLC, Defendants. SIDNEY H. STEIN, U.S. District Judge. On January 22, 2024, plaintiffs Basbanes and Gage filed a motion with the four requests addressed below. (ECF No. 21 .) The Court hereby grants plaintiffs' motion in part and denies the motion in part. 11 First, plaintiffs move to consolidate this action (the Basbanes-Gage Action") with Authors Guild, et al., v. Open AI Inc., et al., No. 23-cv-08292 (the Authors Guild Action") and with Jonathan Alter, et al., v. Open AI Inc., et al., No. 23-cv-10211 (the Alter Action"). Plaintiffs in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action do not oppose consolidation (ECF No. 31), and the Court has not received any other opposition to plaintiffs' motion. Accordingly, the motion to consolidate is granted for pretrial purposes pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 42. II II Second, plaintiffs request that the Court create a steering committee for the consolidated actions that includes counsel for Basbanes and Gage. The Court finds that a steering committee is not necessary and denies this request. Third, plaintiffs request to appoint the law firms of Lief£ Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Susman Godfrey L.L.P. as interim co-lead counsel for the consolidated actions. Pursuant to the Court's order entered on February 6, 2024 in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action, Lief£ Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Susman Godfrey L.L.P., and Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP have been appointed as interim co-lead class counsel in the consolidated action, which now includes the Basbanes-Gage Action. Plaintiffs' fourth request to rule on this motion before ordering the Joint Stipulation filed in the Authors Guild Action and Alter Action is moot. Dated: New York, New York February 6, 2024 SO ORDERED:

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