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Masterson Marketing, Inc. v. KSL Recreation Corp.

December 14, 2007

MASTERSON MARKETING, INC., PLAINTIFF,
v.
KSL RECREATION CORPORATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cathy Ann Bencivengo United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER FOLLOWING HEARING ON DEFENDANTS' MOTIONS IN LIMINE AND SETTING PRE-TRIAL DATES

And related cross-actions.

On December 13, 2007, the Court heard oral argument on the following motions in limine:

(1) Defendants' motion in limine to exclude evidence of allegedly unreturned images or damages purportedly arising therefrom; (2) Defendants' motion in limine to exclude evidence or argument regarding images of Squaw Peak not created by Ed Masterson; and (3) Defendants' Daubert motion in limine to exclude the expert report and testimony of Jeff Sedlik. Bruce E. Van Dalsem appeared on behalf of Defendants. Grant Teeple and Eric Hart appeared for plaintiff. After considering the arguments of counsel and the papers submitted by the parties, and for GOOD CAUSE APPEARING THEREFOR, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

1) Defendants' motion in limine to exclude evidence of allegedly unreturned images or damages purportedly arising therefrom is GRANTED;

2) Defendants' motion in limine to exclude evidence or argument regarding images of Squaw Peak not created by Ed Masterson is DENIED with regard to any such images that were NOT the subject of the partial summary judgment motion granted by the Honorable M. James Lorenz on April 13, 2007 and reported at 495 F.Supp.2d 1044;

3) Defendants' Daubert motion in limine to exclude the expert report and testimony of Jeff Sedlik is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART AND GRANTED IN PART.

The motion is GRANTED in that Mr. Sedlik will NOT be allowed to testify with regard to the following:

a) allegedly unreturned images or damages purportedly arising therefrom;

b) whether or not images of Squaw Peak not created by Ed Masterson infringe. Mr. Sedlik was designated to testify with regard to "practices and standards within the commercial photography industry, as well as valuation of images and image licenses, applicable actual damages, and the identification of a causal nexus supporting an award of disgorged profits." Preliminary Expert Report and Disclosure of Jeff Sedlik dated September 22, 2006 (the "Report") at 2. Therefore, Mr. Sedlik may not testify as to whether such images (of Squaw Peak not created by Ed Masterson) infringe. If the court finds such images to infringe, then Mr. Sedlik may testify as to any related damages as set forth

The motion is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE as to all other opinions Defendants sought to exclude. Specifically, the Court is not excluding, at this time, Mr. Sedlik's report and testimony with regard to the "scarcity multiplier" initially identified in the Report at page 15. Defendants may, however, renew their motion to exclude specific opinions at the appropriate time after the voir dire examination of Mr. Sedlik.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED:

4) Despite the requirements of Civil Local Rule 16.1(f), neither party is required to file Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law at any time. The parties shall instead focus their efforts on drafting and submitting a proposed pretrial order by the time and date specified by Local Rule 16.1(f)(6).

5) All parties or their counsel shall also fully comply with the Pretrial Disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3), including deposition designations, on or before January 11, . Failure to comply with these disclosures requirements could result ...


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