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Senne v. Kan. City Royals Baseball Corp.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

May 20, 2015, Decided; May 20, 2015, Filed

Case No. 14-cv-00608-JCS; Related Case No. 14-cv-03289-JCS

Opinion

 [*990]  ORDER RE MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND MOTIONS TO TRANSFER

Re: Docket Nos. 281, 283, 285, 286

I. INTRODUCTION

Plaintiffs in this putative class action are former Minor League baseball players who assert claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and New York wage and hour laws against the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball doing business as Major League Baseball ("MLB") and its thirty member franchises. Presently before the Court are two sets of motions challenging personal jurisdiction and venue.

With respect to personal jurisdiction, two motions to dismiss have been filed in this action (the "Motions to Dismiss"). First, ten of the MLB Clubs named as Defendants in the Complaint — Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., Boston Red Sox Baseball Club L.P., Chicago White Sox, Ltd., Cleveland Indians Baseball Co., Inc., Cleveland Indians Baseball Co., L.P., Detroit Tigers, Inc., New York Yankees Partnership, The Phillies, Pittsburgh Associates, L.P., Tampa Bay Rays Baseball, Ltd., and Washington Nationals Baseball Club, [**12]  LLC ("Proskauer PJ Defendants") bring a Motion to Dismiss the Consolidated Amended Complaint as Against Certain Defendants for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction, Docket No. 281 ("Proskauer Motion to Dismiss"). Second, Defendant Baltimore Orioles Limited Partnership and Baltimore Orioles, Inc. (collectively, "Baltimore Orioles") join in the Proskauer Motion to Dismiss and also bring a Motion to Dismiss the Consolidated Amended Complaint for Violations of Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws Against the Baltimore Orioles Limited Partnership and Baltimore Orioles, Inc., Docket No. 285 ("Baltimore Orioles Motion to Dismiss"). The Court refers collectively to the Defendants who seek dismissal on the basis of lack of personal jurisdiction as the "Personal Jurisdiction Defendants."

Similarly, two motions seeking transfer under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) have been filed ("the Transfer Motions"). First, all of the Defendants except the Baltimore Orioles ("Proskauer Transfer Defendants") bring a Motion to Transfer Action to Middle District of Florida, Docket No. 283 ("Proskauer Transfer Motion"). Second, the Baltimore Orioles join in the Proskauer Transfer Motion and also bring a Motion to Transfer Case to the Middle District [**13]  of Florida Filed by Defendants Baltimore Orioles, Inc. and Baltimore Orioles Limited Partnership ("Baltimore Orioles Transfer Motion"). In these motions, Defendants ask that the entire case be transferred to the Middle District of Florida.

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105 F. Supp. 3d 981 *; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66170 **; 25 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 1009

AARON SENNE, et al., Plaintiffs, v. KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL CORP., et al., Defendants.

Subsequent History: Reconsideration denied by Senne v. Kan. City Royals Baseball Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56129 (N.D. Cal., Apr. 25, 2016)

Prior History: Senne v. Kan. City Royals Baseball Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1119 (N.D. Cal., Jan. 6, 2015)

CORE TERMS

players, League, scouting, MLB, teams, Interrogatory, training, offseason, Baseball, franchises, travel, spring, Leaguers, convenience, winter, Red, purposefully, season, attended, ongoing, Consolidated, affiliates, unpaid, Partnership, negotiations, hired, prong, summarized, MiLB, systematic

Civil Procedure, In Rem & Personal Jurisdiction, In Personam Actions, Challenges, Evidence, Burdens of Proof, Allocation, Responses, Defenses, Demurrers & Objections, Motions to Dismiss, Preliminary Considerations, Federal & State Interrelationships, Erie Doctrine, Labor & Employment Law, Wage & Hour Laws, General Overview, Long Arm Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction, Jurisdictional Sources, Statutory Sources, Minimum Contacts, Substantial Contacts, Doing Business, Due Process, Burden Shifting, Purposeful Availment, Class Actions, Class Members, Named Members, Business & Corporate Compliance, Labor & Employment Law, Wage Payments, Business & Corporate Law, Unincorporated Associations, Trials, Evidence & Testimony, Discovery & Disclosure, Discovery, Subpoenas, Venue, Federal Venue Transfers, Convenience Transfers, Special Proceedings