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In the beginning, we filed in Ca. State court. Sierra claimed a jurisdiction issue and had the case removed to federal court in May of 2001. (Los Angeles, Ca.)
U.S. District Court
Central District of California (Western Div.)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 01-CV-4690
MM3D Inc v. Sierra On-Line Inc, et al
Assigned to: Judge Christina A. Snyder
Jury demand: Defendant
Nature of Suit: 190 (civil, breach of contract)
I believe these dates are correct but they may be off by a day or two. Ive taken them from my personal notes. – Bridgette
05-24-01: The case was moved from State to Federal court.
06-11-01: They filed a motion to dismiss our claims.
06-18-01: We filed an opposition to their motion to dismiss.
06-25-01: They filed a response to our opposition filing.
07-03-01: Motion granted in part, denied in part. We were given leave to amend our complaint to fix it. (Note: We filed in State, not Federal, so we had to change our documents to meet the different Federal requirements.)
07-30-01: We filed an amended complaint and requested a jury trial.
08-16-01: They filed a motion to dismiss our amended (fixed) complaint. (The hearing date was set for 10am on 9-17-01)
08-30-01: We filed an opposition to their motion to dismiss.
09-10-01: They filed a response to our opposition.
09-17-01: Their motion to strike certain claims and motion to dismiss were denied by the court. (side note: They asked to have 4 claims dismissed out of the 11 we filed. All of our claims remained intact.)
What happens next?
They file a response to our complaint. After that, the case enters what is known as the discovery phase.
Discovery involves a long process of requesting documents, sending questions, taking depositions and basically, getting ready for trial.
I will be keeping a daily journal and making updates regularly. The updates will be less technical, and more personal. Stuff like: How does it feel to go through this? How is this effecting everyone?
On an even more personal note:
I appreciate your supportive emails and calls. I wish this hadnt happened but since it did, I am confident that we are doing the right thing. This will be a long process. (as you can see from what it took just to get to the discovery phase)
Obviously, there is a lot I cant talk about. Things have happened that arent mentioned above. Until the jury resolves this, I cant give more detail. I will keep notes though and once this is over, Ill write it all up.