Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corporation et al

Northern District of Illinois, ilnd-1:2016-cv-05486

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS held on 1/17/17 before the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve. Court Reporter Contact Information: Joseph Rickhoff, 312-435-5562, joseph_rickhoff@ilnd.uscourts.gov. <P>IMPORTANT: The transcript may be viewed at the court's public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through the Court Reporter/Transcriber or PACER. For further information on the redaction process, see the Court's web site at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov under Quick Links select Policy Regarding the Availability of Transcripts of Court Proceedings.</P> Redaction Request due 3/28/2017. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 4/7/2017. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 6/5/2017.

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Case: 1:16-cv-05486 Document #: 64 Filed: 03/07/17 Page 1 of 4 PageID #:450 1 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS 2 EASTERN DIVISION 3 VIAMEDIA, INC.,) Docket No. 16 C 5486) 4 Plaintiff,)) 5 vs.)) 6 COMCAST CORPORATION AND) COMCAST SPOTLIGHT, INC.,) Chicago, Illinois 7) January 17, 2017 Defendants.) 8:41 o'clock a.m. 8 TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS - STATUS 9 BEFORE THE HONORABLE AMY J. ST. EVE 10 APPEARANCES: 11 For the Plaintiff: MAYER BROWN, LLP BY: MS. BRITT M. MILLER 12 71 South Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606 13 For the Defendants: DAVIS, POLK & WARDWELL 14 BY: MR. ARTHUR BURKE 450 Lexington Street 15 New York, NY 10017 16 JENNER & BLOCK, LLP BY: MS. SALLY K. SEARS CODER 17 353 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois 60654 18 Court Reporter: MR. JOSEPH RICKHOFF 19 Official Court Reporter 219 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1232 20 Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 435-5562 21 22 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 23 PROCEEDINGS RECORDED BY MECHANICAL STENOGRAPHY 24 TRANSCRIPT PRODUCED BY COMPUTER 25 Case: 1:16-cv-05486 Document #: 64 Filed: 03/07/17 Page 2 of 4 PageID #:450 2 1 THE CLERK: 16 C 5486, Viamedia vs. Comcast. 2 MS. MILLER: Good morning, your Honor, Britt Miller 3 on behalf of the plaintiff Viamedia. 4 MS. SEARS CODER: Sally Sears Coder and Arthur Burke 5 on behalf of defendants. 6 THE COURT: Good morning. 7 You are here for status this morning. You are in the 8 midst of briefing the motion to dismiss on the one count. 9 What is the status of discovery? 10 MS. MILLER: You are correct, your Honor. We filed 11 our response. I actually brought a courtesy copy this morning 12 for your Honor. 13 THE COURT: You can hand that to Katie. Thank you. 14 (Document tendered to the Court.) 15 MS. MILLER: Defendant's response, I believe, is due 16 February 9th. Both sides have served both interrogatories and 17 written document requests and responded to those. The parties 18 have had two meet-and-confers to discuss some of the issues. 19 We expect that we'll have at least one more to finish up those 20 discussions. There will be some preliminary exchange of some 21 baseline discovery this week, and then we expect to continue 22 those meet-and-confer discussions once those materials are 23 produced. 24 We have served a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition notice, but 25 have agreed to temporarily hold that in abeyance pending a Case: 1:16-cv-05486 Document #: 64 Filed: 03/07/17 Page 3 of 4 PageID #:450 3 1 production from the defendants this week. We have not 2 withdrawn it. We are simply holding the date in abeyance 3 pending that production. 4 THE COURT: And settlement? Have you discussed 5 settlement? 6 I know when you were here last time, I raised the 7 issue of whether or not you wanted to try to resolve this 8 early on since you know at least a piece of the case is going 9 forward. 10 MS. MILLER: Certainly. 11 The senior executives from both companies met about a 12 week-and-a-half ago, give or take. I think it's fair to say 13 that discussions are ongoing. There's no resolution as of 14 yet, but we are hopeful that the conversations will continue. 15 If it seems or gets close to the fact that we either could use 16 your assistance or Judge Finnegan's and/or we've reached an 17 impasse, we will promptly let the Court know. 18 THE COURT: Are you in agreement with those 19 representations? 20 MR. BURKE: We are, your Honor. 21 THE COURT: Keep in mind -- you probably heard me say 22 this before -- magistrate judges are a bit backed up these 23 days, so a referral will likely take two months or so to get 24 in for a settlement conference. So, factor that into your 25 scheduling. Case: 1:16-cv-05486 Document #: 64 Filed: 03/07/17 Page 4 of 4 PageID #:450 4 1 MS. MILLER: And, your Honor, in terms of the next 2 date, given the schedule that your Honor has set at our 3 request, we'd like a short date in case there are some 4 discovery issues that need to be resolved. 5 THE COURT: Okay. 6 I will have you come back in early March. If you 7 need me before, you can always call Katie. 8 THE CLERK: March 7th at 8:30. 9 THE COURT: Anything else this morning? 10 MS. MILLER: Not for me, your Honor. 11 MR. BURKE: Not from us. 12 THE COURT: Thank you. 13 MS. SEARS CODER: Thank you. 14 MS. MILLER: Thank you. 15 * * * * * 16 17 I certify that the foregoing is a correct transcript from the record of proceedings in the above-entitled matter. 18 19 /s/ Joseph Rickhoff January 27, 2017 20 Official Court Reporter 21 22 23 24 25