UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 3, 2009
AJAXO, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION; K.C. MULTIMEDIA, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, PLAINTIFFS,
BANK OF AMERICA TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION; BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION; BANK OF AMERICA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; AND ALLEN TAM, AN INDIVIDUAL, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
Defendants move to continue or stay the trial scheduled to commence on March 9, 2009, until final judgment is entered in a related state trade secret action. Since the motion concerns pending copyright claims within the Court's exclusive federal jurisdiction, the motion is denied. See Minucci v. Agrama, 868 F.2d 1113, 1115 (9th Cir. 1989)(reversing district court's decision to stay a copyright action and holding "a district court has no discretion to stay proceedings as to claims within exclusive federal jurisdiction"). See also Legal Economic Evaluations v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 39 F.3d 951, 956 (9th Cir. 1994)(holding "binding Ninth Circuit precedent [ ] precludes Colorado River abstention where federal jurisdiction is exclusive").