Case Details

CourtDistrict of South Dakota
Docket number4:11-cv-04047
Date case filed2011-04-12
Date case closed2012-06-11
Date of latest filing
Assigned toU.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange
Case cause28:1332 Diversity-Contract Dispute
Nature of suit190 Contract: Other Contract
Jury demandNone
Demand
JurisdictionDiversity

Case Parties

Party: Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.
Party type: Counter Defendant
a South Dakota Corporation
Attorney name: Shawn M. Nichols
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Party: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
Party type: Counter Claimant
a Michigan corporation
Attorney name: Lisa Hansen Marso
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Arthur L. Pressman
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Gregg A. Rubenstein
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Party: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
Party type: Counter Claimant
a Michigan corporation
Attorney name: Lisa Hansen Marso
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Arthur L. Pressman
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Attorney name: Gregg A. Rubenstein
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Party: Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.
Party type: Counter Defendant
a South Dakota Corporation
Attorney name: Shawn M. Nichols
Attorney Contact:
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Case Docket

Docket
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12011-04-12 COMPLAINT, filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - 7/28/10 LCE Letter to James Fischer, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Little Caesar Franchise Agreement)(CMS) (Entered: 04/12/2011)
1.1 Exhibit 1 - 7/28/10 LCE Letter to James Fischer
1.2 Exhibit 2 - Little Caesar Franchise Agreement
22011-04-12 CIVIL COVER SHEET (CMS) (Entered: 04/12/2011)
32011-04-12 Summons Issued as to Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. Handed runner two true copies. (CMS) (Entered: 04/12/2011)
42011-04-12 Filing fee: $ 350.00, receipt number SDX400021679 (CMS) (Entered: 04/12/2011)
52011-04-29 MOTION for attorney Arthur L. Pressman to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 04/29/2011)
62011-04-29 CORPORATE Disclosure Statement by Defendant Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 04/29/2011)
72011-04-29 MOTION for attorney Gregg A. Rubenstein to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 04/29/2011)
82011-04-29 ORDER granting 5 Motion for Attorney Arthur L. Pressman to appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 7 Motion for Attorney Gregg A. Rubenstein to appear Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier on 4/29/2011. (KC) (Entered: 04/29/2011)
92011-05-05 AMENDED COMPLAINT, filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit July 28, 2010 letter, # 2 Exhibit Franchise Agreement, # 3 Exhibit Notice in Clas Action)(Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 05/05/2011)
9.1 Exhibit July 28, 2010 letter
9.2 Exhibit Franchise Agreement
9.3 Exhibit Notice in Clas Action
102011-05-05 Motion/APPLICATION for Preliminary Injunction and Request for Hearing by Plaintiff Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 to change to motion (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
112011-05-05 BRIEF by Plaintiff Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. re 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
122011-05-05 AFFIDAVIT of Shawn Nichols re 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Notice of Class Action)(Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
132011-05-05 AFFIDAVIT of James Fischer re 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
142011-05-05 AFFIDAVIT of Flora Rubright re 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
152011-05-05 AFFIDAVIT of Mark Terveen re 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified on 5/5/2011 (SLW). (Entered: 05/05/2011)
162011-05-05 CERTIFICATE of Service by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 05/05/2011)
172011-05-13 Joint MOTION Regarding Injunction and Expedited Litigation by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 05/13/2011)
182011-05-16 ORDER For Form 52 Report and Scheduling Information. Signed by Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier on 5/16/2011. (KC) (Entered: 05/16/2011)
192011-05-16 FORM 52 REPORT of Parties Planning Meeting re 18 Order for Form 52. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 05/16/2011)
202011-05-16 SCHEDULING ORDER: Discovery due by 6/27/2011. Motions due by 8/1/2011. Signed by Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier on 5/16/2011. (KC) (Entered: 05/16/2011)
212011-05-25 ANSWER to 9 Amended Complaint, COUNTERCLAIM against Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Hotchkiss Agreement, # 2 Exhibit B - Final Order & Judgment)(Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 05/25/2011)
222011-06-02 RETURN OF SERVICE Executed upon Defendant Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. on 05-17-2011 (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 06/02/2011)
232011-06-15 ANSWER to 21 Answer to Amended Complaint, Counterclaim by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc..(Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 06/15/2011)
242011-06-17 Joint MOTION for Protective Order by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 06/17/2011)
252011-06-20 ORDER granting 24 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier on 6/17/11. (CMS) (Entered: 06/20/2011)
262011-06-21 NOTICE to Take Deposition of James Fischer (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 06/21/2011)
272011-08-01 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Request for Oral Arguments by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 08/01/2011)
282011-08-01 STATEMENT OF Undisputed MATERIAL FACTS re 27 Motion for Summary Judgment by Plaintiff Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc., Counter Defendant Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Little Caesar Franchise Agreement, # 2 Exhibit Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for SJ, # 3 Exhibit Satisfaction of Judgment, # 4 Exhibit Trademarks 12/20/2005, # 5 Exhibit Trademarks 12/14/2010, # 6 Exhibit 7/28/10 crs., # 7 Exhibit Notice of Pendency, # 8 Exhibit franchise agreement amendments, # 9 Exhibit 10/26/10 crs, # 10 Exhibit Fischer depo excerpts)(Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 08/01/2011)
292011-08-01 MEMORANDUM in Support re 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Request for Oral Arguments filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 08/01/2011)
302011-08-01 CERTIFICATE by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 08/01/2011)
312011-08-01 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. (JMM) (Entered: 08/02/2011)
322011-08-01 MEMORANDUM in Support re 31 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (JMM) (Entered: 08/02/2011)
332011-08-01 STATEMENT OF MATERIAL FACTS re 31 Motion for Summary Judgment by Defendant Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., Counter Claimant Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (JMM) (Entered: 08/02/2011)
342011-08-01 DECLARATION of David Scrivano (copy signature) re 31 MOTION for Summary Judgment. (JMM) (Entered: 08/02/2011)
352011-08-01 DECLARATION of Gregg A. Rubenstein (copy signature) re 31 MOTION for Summary Judgment. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Amendment to Articles of Incorporation, # 2 Exhibit B - Franchise Agreement, # 3 Exhibit C - Responses to First Request for Admissions (redacted), # 4 Exhibit D - Amended Complaint, # 5 Exhibit E - Depo of James Fischer)(JMM) (Entered: 08/02/2011)
362011-08-05 DECLARATION of David Scrivano ORIGINAL. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 08/05/2011)
372011-08-05 DECLARATION of Gregg A. Rubenstein ORIGINAL. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 08/05/2011)
382011-08-22 MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Request for Oral Arguments filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 08/22/2011)
392011-08-22 RESPONSE to 28 Statement of Material Facts,, filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 08/22/2011)
402011-08-22 DECLARATION of Derek Kothe re 38 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion, 39 Response. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 08/22/2011)
412011-08-22 RESPONSE to 33 Statement of Material Facts Defendant's Statements of Undisputed Material Facts filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - letters, # 2 Exhibit 2 - declarations, # 3 Exhibit 3 - deposition excerpts)(Nichols, Shawn) Modified to number exhibits on 8/23/2011 (CMS). (Entered: 08/22/2011)
422011-08-22 BRIEF/MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION by Plaintiff Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc., Counter Defendant Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. re 31 MOTION for Summary Judgment. (Nichols, Shawn) Modified title on 8/23/2011 (CMS). (Entered: 08/22/2011)
432011-08-22 CERTIFICATE by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 08/22/2011)
442011-08-30 ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned to U. S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange for all further proceedings. Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier no longer assigned to case. Signed by Chief Judge Karen E. Schreier on 8/30/2011. (KC) (Entered: 08/30/2011)
452011-09-01 REPLY to 31 Motion for Summary Judgment in Support of Summary Judgment filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 09/01/2011)
462011-09-01 DECLARATION of Craig Hagen re 45 Reply Brief in Support of Summary Judgment. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 09/01/2011)
472011-09-01 DECLARATION of Pamela Taylor re 45 Reply Brief in Support of Summary Judgment. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 09/01/2011)
482011-09-01 CERTIFICATE by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 09/01/2011)
492011-09-01 Joint MOTION to Extend Deadlines for Defendant to file Reply Summary Judgment Materials by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 09/01/2011)
502011-09-02 ORDER granting 49 Motion to Extend Reply Brief Deadline to September 6, 2011. Signed by U. S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 9/2/11. (Lange, Roberto) (Entered: 09/02/2011)
512011-09-06 REPLY to 31 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 09/06/2011)
522011-10-24 ORDER SETTING MOTION HEARING: Motion Hearing set for 11/9/2011 at 10:00 AM in Sioux Falls Courtroom 3, Room 117 before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 10/24/2011. (LH) (Entered: 10/24/2011)
532011-11-09 Motion Hearing held on 11/9/2011 re 31 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., 10 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc., 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Request for Oral Arguments filed by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc. before U. S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange (Court Reporter Jill Connelly/FTR #3) (CMS) (Entered: 11/09/2011)
542011-11-22 DECLARATION of Arthur L. Pressman. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - 3/30/01 franchise agreement)(Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 11/22/2011)
552011-12-05 TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings re 53 Motion Hearing, held on November 9, 2011 before Judge Roberto A. Lange. Court Reporter/Transcriber: Jill Connelly, Telephone number 605-330-6669. Transcript may be viewed at the Clerk's Office 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 PACER. Redaction Request due 12/30/2011. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 1/9/2012. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 3/8/2012. (JC) (Entered: 12/05/2011)
562011-12-05 FILED IN ERROR - NOTICE of Filing of Official Transcript re: 53 Motion Hearing. Notice mailed to non-ecf counsel. (JC) Modified on 12/6/2011 (SAT). (Entered: 12/05/2011)
572011-12-06 NOTICE of Filing of Official Transcript re: 53 Motion Hearing. Notice mailed to non-ecf counsel. (JC) (Entered: 12/06/2011)
582012-03-14 OPINION AND ORDER CONCERNING CROSS-MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT denying as moot 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction; granting in part and denying in part 27 Sioux Falls Pizza's Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 31 Little Caesar's Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 03/14/2012. (LH) (Entered: 03/14/2012)
592012-04-03 Joint MOTION to Extend Deadlines for Enlargement of time by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 04/03/2012)
602012-04-04 ORDER ENLARGING TIME granting 59 Motion to Extend Deadline. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 04/04/2012. (LH) (Entered: 04/04/2012)
612012-04-06 STATUS REPORT Joint Report by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 04/06/2012)
622012-04-06 AFFIDAVIT of James Fischer re 9 Amended Complaint, 58 Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Order on Motion for Summary Judgment,,,,. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit photos of various pieces of assets, # 2 Exhibit copies of various advertisements)(Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 04/06/2012)
632012-04-09 STATUS REPORT Amended Joint Report by Sioux Falls Pizza Company, Inc.. (Nichols, Shawn) (Entered: 04/09/2012)
642012-04-24 Joint MOTION to Extend Deadlines - Regarding Response & Record by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 04/24/2012)
652012-04-24 ORDER granting 64 Joint Motion and Stipulation Regarding Response & Record. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 04/24/2012. (LH) (Entered: 04/24/2012)
662012-05-04 Joint MOTION to Extend Deadlines and Stipulation Regarding Response & Record by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 05/04/2012)
672012-05-08 ORDER granting 66 Second Joint Motion and Stipulation Regarding Response and Record. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 05/08/2012. (LH) (Entered: 05/08/2012)
682012-05-21 Third MOTION to Extend Deadlines & Regarding Response & Record by All Defendants. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 05/21/2012)
692012-05-22 ORDER granting 68 Third Joint Motion and Stipulation Regarding Response and Record extending deadline to June 11, 2012. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 05/22/2012. (LH) (Entered: 05/22/2012)
702012-06-08 Joint MOTION to Dismiss with prejudice and without costs as to Count III of Amended Complaint by Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.. (Marso, Lisa) (Entered: 06/08/2012)
712012-06-11 JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL granting 70 Joint Motion to Dismiss. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 06/11/2012. (LH) (Entered: 06/11/2012)