Albritton v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al

Filing 169

MOTION to Quash Trial Subpoenas to Non Party Witnesses by Bart Showalter, Kevin Meek, Douglas Kubehl, Kurt Pankratz, Jillian Powell. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Joseph D. Cheavens in Support of Motion to Quash Trial Subpoenas, # 2 Exhibits 1-4 to Motion to Quash Trial Subpoenas)(Cheavens, Joseph) (Additional attachment(s) added on 2/12/2009: # 3 Text of Proposed Order) (mjc, ).

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Albritton v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al Doc. 169 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION ERIC M. ALBRITTON V. CASE NO. 6:08CV89 CISCO SYSTEMS, INC., ET AL MOTION TO QUASH TRIAL SUBPOENAS TO NON PARTY WITNESSES BART SHOWALTER, KEVIN MEEK, DOUGLAS KUBEHL, KURT PANKRTZ, AND JILLIAN POWELL TO THE HONORABLE DISTRICT JUDGE: Bar Showalter ("Showalter"), Kevin Meek ("Meek"), Douglas Kubehl ("Kubehl"), Kur Panatz ("Panatz"), and Jilian Powell ("Powell") respectfully move to quash the trial subpoenas issued which when served would require them in this case to attend trial beginning March 2, 2009, in Tyler, Texas (Exhibits 1-4 attached), and as grounds would show the following:! 1. Showalter, Meek, Kubehl, and Panatz are partners in the firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. ("Baker Botts") with offices in Dallas, Texas. Powell is a legal assistant employed by that firm in Dallas. Subpoenas have been issued requiring their attendance at the trial of this case on March 2, 2009, in Tyler, 98 miles from the firm's Dallas office. Showalter is the firm- wide head of Baker Botts' IP Deparment consisting of 145 lawyers in offices in Texas, Washington, New York, and Californa. Meek is the deputy department chair. Kubehl and Panatz are partners in that deparment. Powell is a legal assistant assigned to the deparment. Subpoenas have been served on Showalter, Kubehl, Pankatz, and Powell. The process server has been unable to serve Meek because he has been spending substantial time at the Baker Botts Austin office during the last two months. HOU02: 1162060.1 2. These witnesses were previously noticed and subpoenaed for oral depositions in this case. Mutually convenient times for the depositions were agreed between counsel. After taking the depositions of Kubehl and Panatz at the Baker Botts Dallas office, and after Baker Botts had produced pursuant to plaintiffs request numerous emails as to which Cisco and plaintiff entered into a limited privilege waiver, counsel for the plaintiff advised at the end of the Panatz deposition on November 24, 2008, that he did not wish to pursue taking the depositions of Showalter, Meek and Powell. This occured after Meek had rearanged his travel schedule in order to be available the afternoon of November 24. 3. Powell is curently on maternity leave from the firm, at home taking care of a new born baby born prematurely last month. She was served at her home address in Wylie, Texas. She is not due to retur from maternity leave until the week of March 23. Requiring her to come to Tyler for trial would impose a manifest and highly unfair hardship. Who would care for her new born tiny baby while she drives to Tyler, sits in cour, and drives back to her home in Wylie over 100 miles from the courhouse? 4. If counsel for the plaintiff did not need the oral depositions of Powell, Showalter, and Meek when they were available for deposition at a convenient time and place (their offices in Dallas), he should not need their testimony at triaL. Having voluntarily withdrawn his deposition notices, he should not now be permitted to subpoena them for trial at an inconvenient time and place. 5. Requiring the attendance at trial of these key parners would be burdensome on Baker Botts and the four parners. The few hundred dollars of witness fees and mileage costs tendered with the subpoenas would not begin to compensate for the lost time of these parners. HOU02: 1162060.1 2 6. Upon being served with these subpoenas, undersigned counsel for the firm contacted plaintiffs counsel seeking to reach agreement to avoid the fiing of this motion and the burden on the firm and the witnesses of complying with the subpoena. Inquiry was made as to what evidence was sought from these witnesses, and no explanation given. Undersigned suggested that counsel for the plaintiff and counsel for Cisco should attempt to work out a stipulation of facts as to any testimony from these witnesses, but that offer was rebuffed. Counsel for the plaintiff refused even to try to work out a stipulation. Undersigned requested an explanation of why counsel for the plaintiff decided not to take the depositions of Showalter, Meek, and Powell when all were present at the firm's offices in Dallas but now they are somehow needed for triaL. No explanation was offered. The dialogue between undersigned counsel and counsel for the plaintiff is reflected in email exchanges durng the weeks of February 2 and 9 and wil be provided if the Court requests documentation. This email dialogue complies with the "meet and confer" requirements of the rules. WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, Showalter, Meek, Kubehl, Panatz, and Powell move as follows: 1. That all of the subpoenas issued for them to be in attendance at trial be quashed; or 2. In the alternative, that the subpoenas issued for Showalter, Meek, and Powell be quashed because counsel for the plaintiff previously withdrew his notice and subpoenas for their oral depositions; and that the subpoenas issued for Kubehl and Panatz be quashed because, with leave of cour, their oral deposition testimony can be used without the burden of their attending trial; or HOU02: 1162060.1 3 3. In the alternative, that the subpoena issued for Powell be quashed because of the personal hardship of requiring her to attend trial in Tyler; or 4. In the alternative, that plaintiff compensate Baker Botts for the time of any witnesses from the firm who are required to attend trial at the standard biling rates for such witnesses; and 5. For such other relief as the Cour in fairness deems appropriate in this situation. Respectfully submitted, BAKER BOTTS L.L.P. By lsi Joseph D. Cheavens Joseph D. Cheavens State Bar No. 04170000 910 Louisiana Houston, Texas 77002 713.229.1250 (telephone) 713.229.1522 (facsimile) j oseph.cheavens( ATTORNEYS FOR BART SHOWALTER, KEVIN MEEK, DOUGLAS KUBEHL, KURT PANKRATZ, AND JILLIAN POWELL CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE Undersigned counsel has conferred with counsel for the plaintiff to seek his agreement to withdraw these subpoenas, and no agreement was reached. lsi Joseph D. Cheavens Joseph D. Cheavens HOU02:1162060.1 4 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that the foregoing has been fied pursuant to the electronic filing the United States District Cour for the Eastern District of Texas on this, the_ day of Februar, 2009, which provides for service on counsel of record in accordance with the electronic fiing protocols in place. requirements of lsi Joseph D. Cheavens Joseph D. Cheavens HOU02: i i 62060.1 5

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