Zuffa denied motion to stay discovery in antitrust lawsuit

July 30, 2015

A Nevada judge has denied Zuffa’s motion to stay discovery in the antitrust lawsuit filed by former fighters.  In addition, it appears that the court will want the parties to come up with a plan to allow the plaintiffs some of its discovery requests.

A Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit brought by Zuffa has yet to be heard by the court after the case was transferred from San Jose to Las Vegas but the court’s allowance of some of the discovery might infer that this case will not.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen denied Zuffa’s Motion to Stay Discovery.  The order indicates that “[t]he parties are directed to meet and confer and submit a proposed form of Confidentiality and Protective Order, as well as ES1 Protocols, within 30 days from today’s date [July 28th].”

In addition, the order stated that the Court “is going to impose restrictions on discovery while the District Judge considers the pending Motion to Dismiss…” it goes on to state, “Plaintiffs’ Counsel are encourage to reconsider their broad discovery requests.”

In federal court, there is a discovery “master” or judge that determines discovery disputes as was done here.  Judge Richard Boulware will preside over the actual court case.  This differs from state court where the trial court judge typically decides discovery motions too.

H/t:  Bloody Elbow

Payout Perspective:

The ruling appears to be a “cookie-cutter” of sorts as you might infer that the encouragement by the Court for Plaintiffs to reconsider its “broad” requests suggests that the Court does not want to grant Zuffa’s motion to halt discovery.  But, it acknowledges that the requests for a broad swath of financial statements, balance sheets and other receipts going back years and years is too cumbersome and unwieldly.  Thus, Plaintiffs will get a chance to obtain some documents but perhaps not everything it is seeking.  Despite not getting everything it asks for, Plaintiffs might get enough information to amend its complaint and survive a motion to dismiss.  In the alternative, you might think of this as the Court allowing Plaintiffs the opportunity to obtain some documents prior to the Court dismissing its case.  Hence, it was given a chance to prove its case.

The parties are to “meet and confer” to come up with a plan for discovery.  This happens a lot in discovery disputes where the Court forces the sides to work together.  Even with the hope of compromise, we still may see issues sprout up and fights over certain requests/documents.  Clearly, Zuffa will want to protect certain information while Plaintiffs will deem it discoverable.  We shall see how expansive this discovery fight continues and whether it plays into the inevitable Motion to Dismiss.

9 Responses to “Zuffa denied motion to stay discovery in antitrust lawsuit”

  1. Logical on July 30th, 2015 12:55 PM

    The plaintiffs might not have gotten all that they asked for, but it is still cause for celebration that this is moving forward for them. Hopefully they’ll survive the motion to dismiss.

    Zuffa is such a shady company & so protectionist that they will fight tooth & nail over every single item, they have a lot to hide and it will be very interesting to see if anything is made public.

  2. saldathief on July 30th, 2015 1:40 PM

    hahaha wait till the real information comes out. Pill popping heavy over at zuffa bahahahahahah

  3. tops E on July 30th, 2015 8:06 PM

    I wonder how they classify payola for media in theyre books hahahahahaha….also how many ppv did ufc 100 really do….its about time hahahaha

  4. d on July 30th, 2015 9:47 PM

    Tops UFC 100 did 1.6m buys, you see, in mma there is someone who is unbiased analyzing the numbers unlike boxing where they throw out these absurd lies about ppv numbers and then idiots like you just accept them. Hahaha.

  5. saldathief on July 30th, 2015 11:22 PM

    D is smoking the dick again bahahahaha what a moron! Go read a book and get a job you sponge of misinformation and lies!

  6. tops E on July 31st, 2015 2:27 AM

    Who work from home meltzer? Hahahaha…or bet or dare to say it reached such numbers…dw going to jump,mc gregor won the bet….not legally binding answers….btw dw did not even jump hahahaha

  7. tops E on July 31st, 2015 2:28 AM

    Jump was for ufc 100, mc gregor for his last fight

  8. d on July 31st, 2015 7:49 AM

    Sal’s kryptonite are facts and reality. He is a mutated retard of lies on steroids.

  9. d on July 31st, 2015 7:50 AM

    Topps ranting incoherently, following Sal’s behavior patterns.

Got something to say?

You must be logged in to post a comment.