In Thornton v. DaVita HealthCare Partners., Inc., No. 13-cv-00573-RBJ-KMT, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145458 (D. Colo. Oct. 8, 2013), the plaintiffs filed a class action alleging various causes of action in the wake of a recall of certain brands of dialysis equipment. The case grew rapidly, and eventually involved several consolidated complaints.

The defendants filed a comprehensive motion to dismiss. With it, they filed a motion to stay the litigation until the court had decided the dispositive motion. Motions to stay do not always get traction with courts; they’re often viewed as merely a delaying tactic. This time, however, … Continue Reading

 Plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against defendant Tournament One Corp. in Nevada state court. Tournament One removed the case to federal court, and immediately filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration and a Motion to Dismiss, or, in the alternative, to stay the case pending the arbitration motion.

In the resulting opinion, Kidneigh v. Tournament One Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62217 (D. Nev. May 1, 2013), The trial court stressed that the Rules of Civil Procedure do not allow for automatic stays of discovery just because a dispositive motion is pending. But, observing that "discovery is expensive," it … Continue Reading

 Two plaintiffs’ firms filed nearly identical class actions against a dietary supplement company, alleging that one of its weight loss supplement didn’t work. The cases were filed within two weeks of each other, one in federal court (Branca v. Iovate Health Sciences USA, Inc.), and one in California state court (Garcia v. Iovate Health Sciences USA, Inc.). Shortly thereafter, the defendant filed a motion to stay in the federal case, because it had settled the case in state court.

So far, this was all just run-of-the-mill procedural maneuvering. So why make it the subject of … Continue Reading