IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 23, 2012
BEST BUY STORES, L.P., A VIRGINIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, PLAINTIFF,
MANTECA LIFESTYLE CENTER, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
On August 4, 2011, defendant and counter-claimant Manteca Lifestyle Center, LLC ("defendant" or "Manteca") filed a Notice of Motion and Motion For Protective Order, Or, In The Alternative, To Quash The Subpoenas ("Motion for Protective Order").*fn1 (Mot for Prot. Order, Dkt. No. 55.) In its entirety, the filing consisted of one three-page Notice document setting the matter for hearing for August 25, 2011. (Id.) However, when the parties failed to file a joint statement regarding the dispute at least seven days before that hearing date, the hearing was dropped from the calendar. (Dkt. No. 59.) A review of the court's electronic docket confirms that no joint statement regarding defendant's Motion for Protective Order was ever filed.
The undersigned presided over several telephonic conferences between defendant and plaintiff and counter-defendant Best Buy Stores, L.P. ("plaintiff" or "Best Buy"), addressing the discovery dispute prompting defendant's motion as well as other discovery issues. (E.g., Dkt. Nos. 60, 61.) Following such a conference, the undersigned took defendant's Motion for Protective Order under submission. (Dkt. No. 61 at 2.) Thereafter, the undersigned presided over an additional telephonic conference between the parties, which addressed issues pertaining to defendant's Motion for Protective Order as well as other discovery issues. (Dkt. No. 65.) Thereafter, the parties were able to stipulate to certain protective orders and certain third-party discovery. (Dkt. Nos. 66, 69, 71.) The undersigned approved the parties' stipulations via signed orders. (Dkt. Nos. 68, 70, 72.)
Defendant has not formally withdrawn its Motion for Protective Order; however, the parties' discovery deadline has passed. (See Dkt. Nos. 56 (deadline of Oct. 31, 2011 for "all discovery")), 72 at 4-5 (deadline for certain third party discovery extended to various dates in November and December 2011) .) Accordingly, because the discovery period is complete, and for purposes of clarity, the undersigned denies defendant's Motion for Protective Order (Dkt. No. 55).
For all the foregoing reasons, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: Defendant's Notice of Motion and Motion For Protective Order, Or, In The Alternative, To Quash The Subpoenas (Dkt. No. 55) is denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.