United States District Court, C.D. California
Abelardo Martinez, Jr., et al.
Adidas America, Inc.
PRESENT: THE HONORABLE JESUS G. BERNAL, UNITED STATES
Order (1) GRANTING Plaintiffs' Motion to Remand (Dkt. No.
11); and (2) REMANDING this Action (IN CHAMBERS)
the Court is Plaintiffs Abelardo Martinez, Jr. and Roy
Rios' (“Plaintiffs”) Motion to Remand.
(“Remand Motion, ” Dkt. No. 11.) The Court finds
the Remand Motion appropriate for resolution without a
hearing. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 78; L.R. 7-15. On July 3,
2019, the Court took the matter under submission. (Dkt. No.
15.) After considering all papers filed in support of and in
opposition to the Remand Motion, the Court GRANTS the Remand
April 19, 2019, Plaintiffs filed this action in the Superior
Court of California, County of Riverside. (“Complaint,
” Dkt. No. 1-1.) Plaintiffs are blind individuals who
require screen reading software to read website content and
access the internet. (Id. ¶ 4.) Plaintiffs
allege Defendant Adidas America, Inc.'s
(“Defendant”) website contains access barriers
that deny Plaintiffs and other blind and visually-impaired
individuals full and equal access to its products and
services. (Id.) Plaintiffs allege one cause of
action arising under the Unruh Civil Rights Act
("UCRA"), California Civil Code § 51 et
seq. (Id. ¶¶ 22-25.) Plaintiffs seek
injunctive relief and statutory damages under the UCRA.
(Id. ¶¶ 27-28.)
6, 2019, Defendant removed the action to this Court.
(“Notice of Removal, ” Dkt. No. 1.) On May 22,
2019, Plaintiffs filed their Remand Motion. (See
Remand Mot.) In support of their Remand Motion, Plaintiffs
filed the following documents:
• Declaration of Scott J. Ferrell (“Ferrell
Declaration, ” Dkt. No. 11-1);
• May 9, 2019 Email to Defense Counsel (“May 9
Email, ” Dkt. No. 11-2);
• Request for Judicial Notice (“RJN, ” Dkt.
Nos. 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7); and .
Proposed Order (Dkt. No. 11-8).
opposed the Remand Motion on June 3, 2019. (“Remand
Opp'n, ” Dkt. No. 12.) In support of its Remand
Opposition, Defendant submitted the following documents:
Declaration of Gregory F. Hurley (“Hurley Declaration,
” Dkt. No. 12-1);
o May 8-9, 2019 Emails between Counsel (“Ex. A, ”
Dkt. No. 12-2);
o May 26, 2019 Email to Plaintiffs' Counsel (“Ex.
B, ” Dkt. No. 12-3);
o Martinez Trial Brief from Martinez v. San Diego County
Credit Union, Superior Court of California for the
County of San Diego, Case No. 37-2017- 00024673-CU-CR-NC
(“Ex. C, ” Dkt. No. 12-4);
o Court Order from Martinez v. San Diego County Credit
Union (“Ex. D, ” Dkt. No. 12-5);
o Complaint in Thurston v. Toys “R” Us,
Inc., Case No. 5:16-cv-02672-JAK (AGRx) (“Ex. E,