The courtroom conflagration over Redbox’s “late fees” has dragged another rental chain into the fray. Laurie Piechur’s attorneys have served Blockbuster with a discovery subpoena requesting that BB turn over meeting minutes, drafts and other internal communications regarding its NCR-operated Blockbuster Express kiosks.
Not surprisingly, Blockbuster has filed a motion countering Piechur’s request, stating that it has nothing to do with the lawsuit and should not have to comply with the plaintiff’s demands. From the motion:
“There is no mention of the Blockbuster Express program in [Piechur’s] complaint . . . Her requests are amazingly overbroad, particularly for non-party discovery. In short, Plaintiff Piechur’s subpoena is nothing more than a fishing expedition through the corporate files of a non-party with no conceivable connection to the claims at issue in her case . . . This fishing expedition would expose Blockbuster to serious competitive harm, forcing it to produce sensitive business information in litigation involving a direct competitor,”
At what point does this case cross the line from “frivolous” to “ridiculous”, Insiders? Would Redbox be better off just settling to get Piechur and company off its back, or should it spend the time and resources to fight this suit to the bitter end?
(via The St. Clair Record)