Under California Rules of the Court, a “complex case” is an action that requires exceptional judicial management to avoid placing unnecessary burdens on the court or the litigants and to expedite the case, keep costs reasonable, and promote effective decision making by the court, the parties, and counsel.
In deciding whether an action is a complex case under, the court must consider, among other things, whether the action is likely to involve:
- Numerous pretrial motions raising difficult or novel legal issues that will be time-consuming to resolve;
- Management of a large number of witnesses or a substantial amount of documentary evidence;
- Management of a large number of separately represented parties;
- Coordination with related actions pending in one or more courts in other counties, states, or countries, or in a federal court; or
- Substantial post-judgment judicial supervision.
This designation means the court has moved the case to another department that handles more difficult cases.
It seems to be a standard practice for cases such as this that involve antitrust or trade regulation claims. The court has scheduled a new case management conference for February 1, 2019.
For now, it appears this case is moving through the court system with public records showing only procedural updates.
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