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Bruce "Max" Davis, An Individual; Blindside Entertainment LLC v. At&T Wireless Services Inc.; Cellco Partnership

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


April 30, 2012

BRUCE "MAX" DAVIS, AN INDIVIDUAL; BLINDSIDE ENTERTAINMENT LLC; KIMAN/GROWTH MUSIC PUBLISHING; HEATHER AZURE KIRKBRIDE, AN INDIVIDUAL; AND GLOBAL DATA REVENUE, INC., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
AT&T WIRELESS SERVICES INC.; CELLCO PARTNERSHIP, A NEW JERSEY CORPORATION DOING BUSINESS AS VERIZON WIRELESS; SPRINT SPECTRUM LP, A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP; T-MOBILE, USA, A WASHINGTON CORPORATION; TRACFONE WIRELESS INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dean D. Pregerson United States District Judge

CLOSED

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION [Docket No. 71]

Presently before the court is Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration ("Motion"). Having reviewed the parties' moving papers, the court denies the Motion and adopts the following Order.

In their Motion, Plaintiffs ask the court to reconsider its March 1, 2012 Order Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The court declines to do so. The court granted Defendants' Motion to Dismiss with prejudice, because Plaintiffs' own allegations in its First Amended Complaint made clear that Plaintiffs and Defendants were not participants in the same market with regard to the alleged antitrust injury. As the court noted in its Order, "Plaintiffs failed to respond to this argument in their Opposition to the Motion." (Order at 4.) As the court also noted, Plaintiff did not dispute Defendants' argument that Plaintiffs' state law claims were entirely dependent on their antitrust claims. (Id. at 5.)

In their Motion for Reconsideration, Plaintiffs now seek to present arguments that they could have made in response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. Specifically, Plaintiffs argue that they did adequately plead that Plaintiffs and Defendants were participants in the same market, and that their state law claims can survive even if their federal antitrust claims fail. As the Ninth Circuit has held, a motion for reconsideration "may not be used to raise arguments or present evidence for the first time when they could reasonably have been raised earlier in the litigation." Kona Enters., Inc. v. Estate of Bishop, 229 F.3d 877, 890 (9th Cir. 2000) (emphasis in original).

Plaintiff had a full opportunity to raise these arguments earlier, but failed to do so. The court will not consider them now. The same holds true for Plaintiffs' request to amend. Again, the court found that dismissal with prejudice was appropriate because Plaintiffs' own allegations as to the alleged antitrust injury and relevant market made clear that their Amended Complaint was not susceptible to being cured. The court made this ruling based on Defendants' express request for dismissal with prejudice on these grounds, which Plaintiff failed to address. The court therefore declines to reopen this case to grant Plaintiffs' leave to amend.*fn1

For all of these reasons, there court hereby DENIES Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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