Lagunitas Brewing Company v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc.

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-02971

STIPULATION AND ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASES re {{37}} STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER RE CONSOLIDATING CASES filed by Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore on 3/10/16.

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1 Craig A. Livingston – SBN 148551 Crystal L. Van Der Putten – SBN 227262 2 LIVINGSTON LAW FIRM A Professional Corporation 3 1600 South Main Street, Suite 280 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 4 Tel: (925) 952-9880 Fax: (925) 952-9881 5 clivingston@livingstonlawyers.com cvanderputten@livingstonlawyers.com 6 Attorneys for Defendant 7 SENTRY EQUIPMENT ERECTORS, INC. 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 THE LAGUNITAS BREWING) Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW COMPANY,) 11) Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ Plaintiff,) 12) STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] v.) ORDER CONSOLIDATING 13) CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW SENTRY EQUIPMENT ERECTORS, INC.,) AND 3:15-CV-06044-MEJ 14 and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive,)) 15 Defendants.)) 16) CHARLES CHRISTOPHER PERKINS, an) 17 individual,)) 18 Plaintiff,)) 19 v.)) 20 SENTRY EQUIPMENT ERECTORS, INC.,) a Virginia Corporation and DOES 1-25,) 21 inclusive,)) 22 Defendants.) 23 Plaintiffs THE LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY ("LAGUNITAS"), TWIN CITY 24 FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY ("TWIN CITY") and CHARLES CHRISTOPHER PERKINS 25 and DEFENDANT SENTRY EQUIPMENT ERECTORS, INC. ("SENTRY"), by and through 26 their respective counsel of record, HEREBY STIPULATE as follows: 27 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 28 The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW AND 3:15- CV-06044-MEJ -1- 1 1. Plaintiff LAGUNITAS filed a subrogation Complaint in the Sonoma County Superior 2 Court on or about June 15, 2015, naming defendant SENTRY, Sonoma County Superior Court 3 Case No. SCV257294. SENTRY removed the case to the United States District Court for the 4 Northern District of California on or about June 29, 2015, Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and 5 the case is currently pending before Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. 6 2. On or about July 28, 2015, LAGUNITAS filed the operative Second Amended Complaint 7 ("LAGUNITAS SAC") and added plaintiff TWIN CITY, LAGUNITAS' workers' compensation 8 insurer. The LAGUNITAS SAC is a subrogation action seeking reimbursement for worker's 9 compensation benefits paid by TWIN CITY to LAGUNITAS' employee PERKINS. 10 3. The LAGUNITAS SAC contains causes of action three causes of action: 1) Negligence; 11 2) Strict Products Liability (manufacturing, design and warning defect); and 3) Breach of the 12 Implied Warranties of Merchantability and Fitness. 13 4. No Case Management Order has been issued in the LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY action 14 and the Court extended the mediation deadline to allow the parties to resolve the issue of 15 consolidation. 16 5. Plaintiff PERKINS filed a Complaint in the Sonoma County Superior Court on or about 17 August 14, 2015, naming defendant SENTRY, Sonoma County Superior Court Case No. 18 SCV257582. SENTRY removed the case to the United States District Court for the Northern 19 District of California on or about December 22, 2015, Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ and the case 20 is currently pending before Magistrate Judge Maria Elena James. 21 6. The PERKINS Complaint is a complaint for personal injuries PERKINS sustained while 22 in the course and scope of his employment with LAGUNITAS. 23 7. The PERKINS Complaint includes five causes of action: 1) Negligence; 2) Strict 24 Products Liability – Manufacturing Defect; 3) Strict Products Liability – Design Defect; 4) Strict 25 Products Liability – Failure to Warn; and 5) Breach of Implied Warranties of Merchantability 26 and Fitness. 27 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 28 The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW AND 3:15- CV-06044-MEJ -2- 1 8. The initial case management conference in the PERKINS action is not scheduled to take 2 place until March 24, 2016. Accordingly, no Case Management Order has issued. 3 9. Both the LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY action and the PERKINS action arise from an 4 accident occurring on August 19, 2013 at 1280 North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma, 5 California and in which PERKINS sustained personal injuries while in the course and scope of 6 his employment with LAGUNITAS. PERKINS and LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY allege that 7 PERKINS was injured while troubleshooting an issue with a Bulk Depalletizer machine 8 SENTRY sold and delivered to the LAGUNITAS premises in or about June 2013. All plaintiffs 9 claim SENTRY's Bulk Depalletizer suffered from product defects (manufacturing, design and 10 warning) for which SENTRY is responsible. 11 10. The LAGUNITAS SAC and the PERKINS Complaint contain the same causes of action 12 and nearly identical factual allegations which create common issues of law and fact sufficient to 13 warrant consolidation under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42. 14 11. Consolidation of the LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY and PERKINS matters will promote 15 judicial efficiency and result in efficiency for all parties. 16 12. Consolidation of the LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY and PERKINS matters will not create 17 inconvenience, delay or expense. 18 13. Moreover, California law requires consolidation of actions against third parties by the 19 employer and employee if brought independently. Cal. Labor Code §2853. 20 14. Accordingly, LAGUNITAS, TWIN CITY, PERKINS and SENTRY agree that the 21 LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY and PERKINS actions, respectively Case Nos. 4:15-CV-02971- 22 KAW and Case No. 3:15-CV-06044-MEJ, should be consolidated for pre-trial proceedings, trial 23 and appeal. 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 28 The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW AND 3:15- CV-06044-MEJ -3- 1 15. It is further agreed that the PERKINS action should be reassigned to the Honorable 2 Kandis A. Westmore, the magistrate judge handling the LAGUNITAS/TWIN CITY action as it 3 was the earliest filed action. 4 IT IS SO STIPULATED. 5 Dated: February 12, 2016 ADELSON, TESTAN, BRUNDO, NOVELL & JIMENEZ 6 /S/ Davil Vasquez 7 By Davil Vasquez, Esq. 8 Attorneys for Plaintiffs THE LAGUNITAS BREWING 9 COMPANY, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION; AND TWIN CITY FIRE 10 INSURANCE COMPANY, AN INDIANA CORPORATION 11 12 Dated: February 12, 2016 KRANKEMANN PETERSEN LLP 13 /S/ W. Christian Krankemann By 14 W. Christian Krankemann, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 15 CHARLES CHRISTOPHER PERKINS 16 17 Dated: February 12, 2016 LIVINGSTON LAW FIRM 18 /S/ Craig A. Livingston By 19 Craig A. Livingston Crystal L. Van Der Putten 20 Attorneys for Defendant SENTRY EQUIPMENT ERECTORS, INC. 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 28 The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW AND 3:15- CV-06044-MEJ -4- 1 2 [PROPOSED] ORDER 3 Pursuant to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42 and the parties' stipulation, and good 4 cause appearing, Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW, entitled The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et 5 al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., and Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ, entitled Perkins v. 6 Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., shall be consolidated for pre-trial proceedings, trial and appeal. 7 Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ, shall be 8 reassigned to Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. 9 The clerk shall cause a copy of this Order to be placed in the separate file for Perkins v. 10 Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ. 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 13 Dated: 3/10/16 KANDIS A. WESTMORE 14 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 28 The Lagunitas Brewing Company, et al. v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02971-KAW and Perkins v. Sentry Equipment Erectors, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-06044-MEJ STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE NOS. 4:15-CV-02971-KAW AND 3:15- CV-06044-MEJ -5-