J. R. Simplot Company v. Washington Potato Company et al

Filing 60

MINUTE ORDER directing parties to file briefing no later than 3/20/17 at 12pm re 57 MOTION to Disqualify filed by National Frozen Food Corporation by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (RS)

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 10 J.R. SIMPLOT COMPANY, et al., 11 Plaintiffs, 12 Case No. C16-1851 RSM v. 13 MINUTE ORDER WASHINGTON POTATO CO., et al., 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Defendants. The following MINUTE ORDER is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief United States District Judge: On March 16, 2017, National Frozen Food Corporation (“NFF”), which is co-owned by Plaintiff J.R. Simplot Company and Defendant Washington Potato Company, filed a motion to 21 disqualify the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine as Defendants’ counsel in this matter. 22 Dkt. #57. Although NFF’s motion to disqualify is noted for March 31, 2017, NFF now 23 requests a telephonic motion under Local Civil Rule 7(i). NFF explains that a telephonic 24 motion is necessary because NFF is scheduled to appear for a 30(b)(6) deposition conducted by 25 26 27 Plaintiff on March 22, 2017. NFF is not opposed to Plaintiff conducting its deposition on March 22, 2017, however, NFF opposes Davis Wright Tremaine’s presence at that deposition. 28 MINUTE ORDER - 1   1 Before the Court determines whether it will hold a telephonic motion, the Court 2 DIRECTS the parties to file briefing no later than Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:00 P.M. 3 addressing the following: 4 a) the extent of the relationship between NFF and Davis Wright Tremaine; and 5 6 b) given that relationship, whether NFF must provide informed consent, confirmed in 7 writing, pursuant to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 and/or 1.9, before Davis Wright 8 Tremaine may represent Defendants. 9 DATED this 17th day of March 2017. 10 11 WILLIAM McCOOL, Clerk 12 13 By: /s/ Rhonda Stiles Deputy Clerk 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 MINUTE ORDER - 2

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