On 06/17/2016 GLORIA BYRON filed a Contract - Other Contract lawsuit against BMW OF NORTH AMERICA LLC. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judges overseeing this case are RICHARD E. RICO and JON R. TAKASUGI. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.
Pending - Other Pending
RICHARD E. RICO
JON R. TAKASUGI
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA LLC
DOES 1 THROUGH 10
STRATEGIC LEGAL PRACTICES APC
ROSENSTEIN MICHAEL H.
RUBEN DAVID NOEL
ROSENSTEIN MICHAEL HARRIS
LEHRMAN KATE S. ESQ.
11/1/2021: Stipulation and Order to use Certified Shorthand Reporter
11/1/2021: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (JURY TRIAL (5-7 DAY ESTIMATE); FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE)
11/1/2021: Notice of Settlement
10/21/2021: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE)
6/30/2021: Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information
7/11/2019: Motion re: - MOTION RE: ENFORCING THE COURTS DECEMBER 6, 2018 ORDER FOR PLAINTIFF TO MAKE HER VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR AN OIL CONSUMPTION TEST
8/16/2019: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (STATUS CONFERENCE)
10/4/2019: Declaration - DECLARATION OF MARCY GRIBIN-SANCHEZ IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS MOTION TO ENFORCE THE DECEMBER 6, 2018 ORDER FOR PLAINTIFF TO MAKE HER VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR AN OIL
10/4/2019: Opposition - OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS MOTION TO ENFORCE THE DECEMBER 6, 2018 ORDER FOR PLAINTIFF TO MAKE HER VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR AN OIL CONSUMPTION TEST
10/10/2019: Reply - REPLY BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLCS REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS MOTION TO ENFORCE THE DECEMBER 6, 2018 ORDER TO MAKE VEHICLE AVAILABLE FOR AN OIL CONSUMPTION TEST
10/18/2019: Order - ORDER ORDER ON TENTATIVE RULING
10/18/2019: Order Appointing Court Approved Reporter as Official Reporter Pro Tempore
10/18/2019: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON MOTION - OTHER MOTION OF DEFENDANT BMW OF NORTH A...)
11/26/2019: Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information
12/18/2019: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (STATUS CONFERENCE)
12/18/2019: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (NUNC PRO TUNC ORDER)
2/19/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (STATUS CONFERENCE)
2/27/2020: Notice of Case Reassignment and Order for Plaintiff to Give Notice
Hearing03/11/2022 at 08:30 AM in Department 17 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (Settlement)Read MoreRead Less
Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 17, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Final Status Conference - HeldRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 17, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Jury Trial ((5-7 day estimate)) - Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by CourtRead MoreRead Less
DocketStipulation and Order to use Certified Shorthand Reporter; Filed by Gloria Byron (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketMinute Order ( (Jury Trial (5-7 day estimate); Final Status Conference)); Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Settlement; Filed by Gloria Byron (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 17, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Held - ContinuedRead MoreRead Less
DocketMinute Order ( (Final Status Conference)); Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information; Filed by Michael Harris Rosenstein (Attorney)Read MoreRead Less
Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 17, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Hearing on Motion - Other (to Reopen Discovery) - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by CourtRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Case Management Conference; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketAnswer; Filed by BMW of North America, LLC (Defendant)Read MoreRead Less
DocketDFFENDANT BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC'S ANSWER TO PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINTRead MoreRead Less
DocketPROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
DocketProof-Service/Summons; Filed by Gloria Byron (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketPROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
DocketProof-Service/Summons; Filed by Gloria Byron (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketComplaint; Filed by Gloria Byron (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketSUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
DocketCOMPLAINT FOR VIOLATION OF STATUTORY OBLIGATIONSRead MoreRead Less
Case Number: BC624431 Hearing Date: March 18, 2021 Dept: 17
Superior Court of California
County of Los Angeles
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Case No.: BC624431
Hearing Date: March 18, 2021
Plaintiff’s motion to reopen discovery is DENIED.
On 6/17/2026, Plaintiff Gloria Byron (Plaintiff) filed suit against BMW of North America, LLC and Savage BMW for violations of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.
Now, Plaintiff moves to reopen discovery to allow her to depose Senior BMW Engineer Michael Murray.
Plaintiff argues she will be “severely prejudiced” if she is prevented from taking the deposition of Senior BMW Engineer Michael Murray, given that he can speak to BMW’s knowledge of defects with the N63 Engine. Alternatively, Plaintiff requests to submit transcripts, including exhibits of Mr. Murray’s depositions in several other cases that involve N63 engine defects.
Here, discovery closed on 12/2/2018. Plaintiff explains the failure to seek Mr. Murray’s deposition during discovery on the fact that “BMW only signaled its agreement to produce Mr. Murray for deposition in the other cases in a letter dated November 8, 2019.” (Motion, 14:3-7, emphasis added.)
As BMW NA noted in opposition, Plaintiff actually noticed Mr. Murray’s deposition on September 24, 2018. When BMW NA objected, Plaintiff did not file a motion to compel and took no further action to obtain Mr. Murray’s deposition until filing this motion, two and a half years later.
Plaintiff has offered no persuasive explanation as to why Plaintiff failed to move to compel the 2018 noticed deposition, or why Plaintiff waited over a year after receipt of BMW NA’s 2019 letter to move to re-open discovery here.
Also, crucially, the other cases referenced by Plaintiff are not related to, or consolidated with, this claim. Just because Plaintiff’s counsel has filed multiple actions against BMW NA does mean that discovery decisions in those cases have any bearing on this case. Moreover, the Court has no knowledge of the underlying facts of the other cases.
In support of her argument, Plaintiff contends that dealers and experts do not have access to the information Mr. Murray has, and writes:
…[H]is testimony is necessary to show “BMW’s willfulness in denying Plaintiff’s repurchase request despite having failed to conform the Subject Vehicle to the applicable warranties after a reasonable number of repair opportunities, giving rise to up to 2X civil penalty damages. Dealers and experts cannot provide such testimony. Michael Murray can.
(Motion, 2:25-3:2, original emphasis.)
Yet, by Plaintiff’s own admission, Michael Murray does not know Plaintiff, has never touched Plaintiff’s vehicle, and was not involved in the decision to not repurchase Plaintiff’s vehicle. Accordingly, the Court is unconvinced that only Michael Murray can speak to whether BMW willfully denied Plaintiff’s repurchase request, when Michael Murray had nothing to do with the decision to deny her repurchase request. This conclusion is reinforced by BMW NA’s opposition which claims that Plaintiff has misrepresented the deposition testimony provided by Mr. Murray in the separate cases. Specifically, Mr. Murray submitted a declaration stating, “These allegations are false and are contrary to the testimony I gave in my prior depositions. . . . I do not have any knowledge regarding plaintiff’s vehicle. I have never testified that the N63 engine is inherently defective. I have never testified that the N63 engine is incapable of being repaired. I have never testified that BMW NA decided not to disclose defects and conceal defects from consumers. None of these things is true.” (Murray Decl., ¶ 16.) Accordingly, the Court is not persuaded of Plaintiff’s contention that Mr. Murray has provided testimony elsewhere that BMW NA had knowledge of N63 engine defects which could be relevant here.
Plaintiff’s claims here concern her individual vehicle and its specific vehicle history. The Court is not persuaded that discovery should be reopened two years later to allow an individual to be deposed who has no personal knowledge of Plaintiff’s claim. While, of course, the Court understands the logic of Plaintiff’s argument, the Court simply cannot conclude that Plaintiff would be “severely prejudiced” if she was prevented from the taking the deposition of an individual who has no personal knowledge of her, her vehicle, or vehicle repair history. Plaintiff’s case turns on whether or not Defendants breached statutory duties owed to Plaintiff. That determination ultimately turns on the decisions made by the actual representatives involved in her vehicle’s repair, and the willfulness of their denials.
It is so ordered.
Dated: March , 2021
Hon. Jon R. Takasugi Judge of the Superior Court
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