Rich Media Club et al v. Mentchoukov et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION granting 45 Motion to Quash; denying 45 Motion for Protective Order; denying 53 Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells on 04/18/2012. (tls)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH, CENTRAL DIVISION
RICH MEDIA CLUB, LLC, a Delaware
limited liability company, and RICH MEDIA
WORLDWIDE, LLC, a Delaware limited
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER
ON PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL
and DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO QUASH
AND FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
Case No. 2:11-cv-1202
District Judge Ted Stewart
NIKOLAI MENTCHOUKOV, JAMES W.
ROWAN, and LEFTSNRIGHTS, INC., a
Delaware corporation, dba LIQWID, and
JOHN DOES 1–25,
Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Rich Media Club, LLC and Rich Media
Worldwide, LLC (collectively Plaintiffs or Rich Media) Motion to Compel Discovery Responses
and Production. 1 Also before the Court are Defendants’ Nikolai Mentchoukov, James Rowan, 2
and LeftsnRights, Inc., dba LIQWID (collectively Defendants) Motion to Quash Subpoenas
Duces Tecum and Motion for Protective Order. 3 These matters came on for a hearing before the
undersigned on March 23, 2012. At the hearing, Plaintiffs were represented by Jared Inouye and
Daniel Brough; and Defendants were represented by Craig Parry and Chad Pehrson. At the
conclusion of the hearing the Court found Plaintiffs’ Motion to Quash moot 4 and took the
Docket no. 53.
At the time the instant motions were filed and heard, Jim Rowan was a named defendants. By Memorandum
Decision and Order dated April 3, 2012, Judge Stewart, however, dismissed Jim Rowan as a named defendant. See
docket no. 115.
Docket no. 45.
Docket no. 47.
remaining motions under advisement. The Court further directed the parties to submit proposed
findings of fact and conclusions of law by April 6, 2012.
On April 3, 2012, Judge Stewart entered a Memorandum Decision and Order granting in
part Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.5 Specifically in that order Judge Stewart dismissed
Defendant James Rowan with prejudice; 6 dismissed with prejudice: Defendants claims for
breach of fiduciary duty, 7 for conversion and theft, 8 for tortious interference with economic
relations through improper means, 9 for unjust enrichment, 10 for violations of Utah Code Ann. §
48-2C-807, 11 and for replevin. 12 Judge Stewart further dismissed without prejudice six other
claims allowing Plaintiffs to file an amended complaint within thirty days setting forth the claims
with more specificity. The claims dismissed without prejudice are for patent infringement of the
‘590 patent, 13 for violation of the Utah unfair competition act, 14 for tortious interference by
improper purpose, 15 for civil conspiracy, 16 for fraudulent nondisclosure, 17 and for declaratory
Memorandum Decision and Order dated April 3, 2012, docket no. 115.
Id. at 17-18.
Id. at 7.
Id. at 9.
Id. at 11.
Id. at 12.
Id. at 15.
Id. at 5-6.
Id. at 8.
Id. at 11.
Id. at 13.
Id. at 13-14.
Id. at 16-17.
The instant motions before this Court center on discovery requests propounded by
Plaintiffs and subpoenas issued by Plaintiffs to certain third parties. Defendants in their motions
move the Court for an order “(1) quashing the Subpoenas Duces Tecum (“Subpoenas”)
issued by Plaintiffs upon third parties Via West and Consonus in this action; (2) protecting from
disclosure Defendants’ trade secret information, specifically, the information requested in
Plaintiffs’ Interrogatory No. 20; and (3) protecting from production and inspection Defendants’
electronic storage devices, as requested in Plaintiffs’ Request for Production Nos. 6 and 16.” 19
According to Defendants the subpoenas should be quashed because they seek trade secrets and
other confidential and commercially sensitive information.
In response to Defendants’ motions, Plaintiffs have filed a Motion to Compel seeking to
discover the same items Defendants seek to prevent disclosure of. Plaintiffs seek an order
compelling complete responses to Interrogatory No. 20 and Requests for Production Nos. 6, 7,
and 16, “including the complete production of all source code—front and back end, open and
closed, in native electronic format bearing all original attributes.” 20 Plaintiffs specifically seek
identification of all electronic computing devices in Defendant Mentchoukov’s control or
possession since 2002 and production and inspection of those computing devices currently in
Mentchoukov’s control or possession.
After a review of the parties’ arguments and the discovery requests and in light of Judge
Stewart’s recent decision the Court finds that the arguments raised by Plaintiffs for discovering
the materials they seek rely on claims that were dismissed without prejudice or with prejudice.
Because there is no current operating Complaint in this matter it is not possible at this time for
the Court to make a determination of relevance. In similar fashion the Court cannot fully address
Defendants’ mtn p. 2-4.
Pla. mtn p. 2.
at this time Defendants arguments against discovery. Further, the new Amended Complaint may
render moot some of the current discovery requests and some arguments made by the parties in
support of their respective motions. The Court therefore
DENIES Plaintiffs’ instant Motion to Compel. Upon the filing of a new Amended
Complaint Plaintiffs are directed to propound new discovery requests that relate to the new
Complaint. The Court further
DENIES Defendants’ Motion for a Protective Order. Once a new Amended Complaint is
filed Defendants may, if necessary, seek protection from discovery those items it believes are
improperly requested. The Court further
GRANTS the Motion to Quash subpoenas. Given Judge Stewart’s conclusion that
Plaintiffs’ Complaint lacked the requisite specificity the Court will not allow the current
subpoenas to be enforced. If appropriate, Plaintiffs may reissue subpoenas at a future time after
filing an appropriate Complaint.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this 18 April 2012.
Brooke C. Wells
United States Magistrate Judge
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