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G & G Closed Circuit Event, LLC v. Nguyen

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION
Jan 3, 2012
Case No.: 5:10-CV-05722 EJD (N.D. Cal. Jan. 3, 2012)

Opinion

Case No.: 5:10-CV-05722 EJD

01-03-2012

G & G CLOSED CIRCUIT EVENT, LLC, Plaintiff, v. LIEN PHUONG D. NGUYEN, Defendant.


NOT FOR CITATION


ORDER SUA SPONTE GRANTING

LEAVE TO FILE MOTION FOR

RECONSIDERATION OF THE

COURT'S ORAL RULING DENYING

DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO SET

ASIDE DEFAULT


[Re: Docket No. 29]

On September 23, 2011, the court heard oral argument on Defendant Lien Phuong D. Nguyen's ("Nguyen") motion for an order setting aside the default entered in the above-entitled action on August 22, 2011. At the hearing, the court issued an oral ruling denying Nguyen's motion to set aside the default.1

Although Nguyen has not moved for reconsideration of the court's oral ruling, the court finds it appropriate to exercise its inherent authority to reconsider its ruling on the motion to set aside the default. See U.S. v. Martin, 226 F.3d 1042, 1049 (9th Cir. 2000) (confirming that district court has inherent jurisdiction and authority to modify, alter or revoke its own orders before they become final, "absent some applicable rule or statute to the contrary"); Amarel v. Connell, 102 F.3d 1494, 1515 (9th Cir. 1996) (citation omitted) ("the interlocutory orders and rulings made pre-trial by a district judge are subject to modification by the district judge at any time prior to final judgment"); Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b) (a decision that does not dispose of every claim "may be revised at any time before the entry of a judgment").

The court finds that a material difference in law regarding the meritorious nature of Nguyen's defense exists from that which was presented to the court before its oral ruling. Specifically, in Plaintiff's papers and at oral argument, Plaintiff argued that good faith is not a defense because 47 U.S.C. §§ 605 and 553 are strict liability offenses. District Courts, however, have reached conflicting conclusions regarding whether strict liability applies to good faith purchases. Compare J & J Sports Prods. Inc. v. Gidha, No. CIV-S-10-2509 KJM-KJN, 2011 WL 3439205, at *3 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 4, 2011) (finding defendants could have a meritorious defense where it purchased cable provider improperly billed them for the residential rate instead of the commercial rate) with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Easterling, No. 4:08 CV 1259, 2009 WL 1767579, at *4-5 (N.D. Ohio June 22, 2009) (finding defendant who purchased residential license had no good faith defense to violating §§ 605 and 553). Because the issue appears to not yet be resolved within this Circuit, litigation of Nguyen's defense may not be a "wholly empty exercise." TCI Group Life Ins. Plan v. Knoebber, 244 F.3d 691, 700 (9th Cir. 2001). Thus, if Nguyen had moved for leave to file a motion for reconsideration, the court would have granted her leave. See Civil L.R. 7-9(b)(1). It therefore is proper for the court to sua sponte grant Nguyen leave to file a motion for reconsideration. Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that no later than January 27, 2012, Nguyen shall file a motion for reconsideration of the court's oral ruling denying the motion to set aside the default that specifically addresses whether Nguyen has a meritorious defense. Any opposition brief shall be filed no later than 14 days after the motion is filed. See Civil L.R. 7-3. Any reply brief shall be filed no later than 7 days after the opposition is filed. See id. Oral argument on the motion for reconsideration will be heard on March 9, 2012 at 9 a.m.

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EDWARD J. DAVILA

United States District Judge


Summaries of

G & G Closed Circuit Event, LLC v. Nguyen

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION
Jan 3, 2012
Case No.: 5:10-CV-05722 EJD (N.D. Cal. Jan. 3, 2012)
Case details for

G & G Closed Circuit Event, LLC v. Nguyen

Case Details

Full title:G & G CLOSED CIRCUIT EVENT, LLC, Plaintiff, v. LIEN PHUONG D. NGUYEN,…

Court:UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION

Date published: Jan 3, 2012

Citations

Case No.: 5:10-CV-05722 EJD (N.D. Cal. Jan. 3, 2012)