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DISDAsksJudgetoReconsiderTRO

DISDAsksJudgetoReconsiderTRO

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CAUSENO.11-9674-K
Defendants.
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vs.DALLASINDEPENDENTSCHOOLDISTRICT,JOHNDOE,R.L.S.INTERESTS,INC.
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JUDICIALDISTRICTDEFENDANTDALLASINDEPENDENTSCHOOLDISTRICT'SEMERGENCYMOTIONTORECONSIDER,VACATEAND/ORSTAYAUGUST5,2011ORDERGRANTINGEXPEDITEDDISCOVERYANDREQUESTFOREXPEDITEDHEARINGONDEFENDANT'SPLEATOTHEJURISDICTIONTOTHEHONORABLECRAIGSMITH,DISTRICTCOURTJUDGE:COMESNOWDefendantDallasIndependentSchoolDistrict("Defendant"orthe"District"),Defendantintheabove-styledandnumberedactionandfilesthisEmergencyMotiontoReconsider,Vacateand/orStayJudgeHoffman'sAugust5,2011OrderGrantingExpeditedDiscovery,andRequestforExpeditedHearingOnDefendant'sPleatotheJurisdiction.Insupportthereof,theDistrictwouldrespectfullyshowtheCourtasfollows:
I.
SUMMARYOFENTITLEMENTTORELIEFREQUESTED
OnAugust5,2011,theHonorableJudgeMartinHoffman,sittingfortheHonorableCraigSmith,enteredaTemporaryRestrainingOrderimmediatelyrestrainingtheDistrictfrom"disclosing,utilizing,copying,duplicating,orotherwisepermittingthedisclosure,useorduplicationofPlaintiffstradesecretsandotherconfidentialand/orproprietaryinformationincludingbutnotlimitedto:operations,vendorlistsandpricing,productlists,researchanddevelopment,feeschedules,formsanddocuments,drawings,renderings,schematics,room
DEFENDANT'SEMERGENCYMOTIONTORECONSIDERORDERGRANTINGEXPEDITEDDISCOVERYPAGE
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matrices,scopeofworkdocuments,meetingnotes,andcorrespondence."
(See
Exhibit"A,"August5,2011TRO.)InconnectionwiththeTemporaryRestrainingOrder,JudgeHoffmangrantedPlaintiffDelcomGroup,L.P.("Plaintiff'or"Delcom")anOrderGrantingExpeditedDiscovery("DiscoveryOrder").
(See
Exhibit"8,"August5,2011DiscoveryOrder.)TheAugust5,2011DiscoveryOrderallowsDelcomtoobtainabroad-rangeofdocumentsfromtheDistrictwithinfive(5)days,aswellthedepositionofGaryShuman,aDistrictemployee,aswellasacorporaterepresentativedepositiononavarietyoftopics.TheDistrictaskstheCourttovacatetheDiscoveryOrderforthefollowingreasons:(1)theDistrictindisputablyenjoysgovernmentalimmunitywithrespecttoallofPlaintiffsclaimsagainstit;(2)theDiscoveryOrderallowsPlaintifftoobtaindiscoveryfromtheDistrictthatisobjectionableandwellbeyondthescopeofpermitteddiscoveryandthescopeoftheTemporaryRestrainingOrder;(3)theOrder,enteredonaFridayafternoon,doesnotallowtheDistrictadequatetimetocomplywithitsmandates,and(4)therewasnohearingonPlaintiffsMotionforExpeditedDiscoveryinwhichtheDistrictwasaffordedtheopportunitytobeproperlyheardonPlaintiffsrequest.Infact,forreasonsthatwillbeexplainedbelow,DISD'scounsel,CarlosLopez,didnotevenrealizeexpediteddepositionshadbeenrequesteduntilaftertheOrderwassigned.TheTemporaryRestrainingOrderandtheDiscoveryOrderwithrespecttotheDistrictareoutsideoftheDistrictCourt'ssubjectmatterjurisdiction.BecauseoftheunequivocalnatureoftheDistrict's
immunityfromsuit
basedonPlaintiff'sownpleadings(withouttheneedforanyadditionalevidence),theDistrictrespectfullyaskstheCourttoscheduleitsPleatothe
DEFENDANT'SEMERGENCYMOTIONTORECONSIDERORDERGRANTINGEXPEDITEDDISCOVERYPAGE2
 
Jurisdictionforhearingonanexpeditedbasis,beforeanydiscoverycommencesandpriortothescheduledAugust18,2011TemporaryInjunctionhearing.
II.
PROCEDURALBACKGROUND
1.OnAugust4,2011,PlaintiffDelcomGroup,LP("Plaintiff'or"Delcom")filedits
VerifiedOriginalPetitionandApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrderandTemporaryandPermanentInjunctiveRelief
("PlaintiffsPetition").PlaintiffissuingtheDistrictforbreachofcontract,quantummeruit,promissoryestoppel,misappropriationoftradesecretsand,possibly,conspiracywithDefendantR.L.S.Interests,Inc.d/b/aPrimeSystems,Inc.("Prime")tomisappropriatetradesecrets.2.OnAugust4,2011,theDistrictfiledits
PleatotheJurisdictionandMotiontoDismiss.
TheDistrictseeksdismissalofallofPlaintiffsclaimsagainstitforlackofsubjectmatterjurisdictionongovernmentalimmunitygroundsbaseduponthefaceofPlaintiffsPetition.3.OnAugust4,2011,theDistrictalsofiledits
ResponsetoPlaintiffsApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrder.
4.OnAugust4,2011,theHonorableJudgeMartinHoffmaninformedthepartiesthatPlaintiffsrequestforatemporaryrestrainingorderwouldbeheardonAugust5,2011.InCourtonAugust4,2011,PlaintiffscounselhandedcounselfortheDistrictacopyofanunfiledMotionforExpeditedDiscovery(whichwasfiledbyPlaintiffelectronicallylaterthatevening.)5.OnAugust5,2011,theDistrictfileda
FirstAmendedResponsetoPlaintiff'sApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrder
6.OnAugust5,2011,theHonorableJudgeHoffinansatforthisCourtandheldahearingonPlaintiffsrequestforTROandenteredaTemporaryRestrainingOrderimmediately
DEFENDANT'SEMERGENCYMOTIONTORECONSIDER
ORDER
GRANTINGEXPEDITEDDISCOVERYPAGE
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