Charvat v. Echostar Satellite, LLC
SCHEDULING CONFERENCE ORDER. Plaintiff may serve discovery. Scheduling order due 5/28/2014. If parties unable to agree on whether to reopen discovery, counsel will call magistrate judge's office by 5/28/2014 to schedule a telephone conference. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark R. Abel on 5/6/2014. (Abel, Mark)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Philip J. Charvat,
Echostar Satellite LLC,
Civil Action 2:07-cv-1000
Magistrate Judge Abel
Scheduling Conference Order
On May 5, 2013, counsel for the parties participated in a telephone scheduling conference with the Magistrate Judge. Counsel discussed the status of the case following the
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s October 17, 2013 Order remanding
this case for consideration of Charvat’s claims in light
of the Federal Communication Commission’s May 9, 2013 declaratory ruling interpreting
the Telephone Act. In re Dish Network, LLC, 28 FCC Rcd. 6574 (2013).
Discovery. Plaintiff argues that when granting summary judgment this court relied
on a narrow vicarious liability test that has now been rejected by the FCC. The FCC’s ruling
opened up broader theories of liability based on apparent authority, apparent agency, and
ratification. Now that the contours of the case law requirements are clear, plaintiff would
like to reopen discovery to develop facts necessary to demonstrate that defendant ratified
the telephone solicitation practices of the independent contractor retailers who were selling
DISH Network® brand satellite television programming.
Defendant responds that plaintiff had 13 months in which to conduct that discovery
before the parties briefed the ratification issues on summary judgment. There is no good
cause to reopen discovery. Plaintiff briefed ratification on summary judgment. Defendant
further argues that because the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
recently held that the FCC’s declaratory ruling in this case is persuasive, but not binding,
this court should now proceed to reaffirm its grant of summary judgment.
Order. I have not had the opportunity to read the FCC’s declaratory ruling. I do not
know what discovery was conducted before summary judgment. I have no way to determine whether the FCC’s ruling changed the legal framework for decision to such an extent
that fairness requires that the court reopen discovery.
Within the next two weeks, plaintiff is free to serve written discovery regarding ratification. Defendant is free to respond that such discovery would be burdensome because
plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to conduct that discovery before the parties briefed
If the parties are able to reach an agreement about reopening discovery, they should
email me (Mark_Abel@ohsd.uscourts.gov) their proposed scheduling order on or before
May 28. If they unable to reach agreement, counsel should call my office (614.719.3370) on
or before May 28 to schedule a telephone conference with me. Before the conference, they
should email me defendant’s responses to plaintiff’s written discovery and their communications back and forth about whether discovery should be reopened.
s/Mark R. Abel
United States Magistrate Judge
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