Case No.: 37-2020-00023051-CU-BC-CTL    

Tentative Ruling on Motion to Dismiss – Forum non Conveniens

Woo v. Isodiol International, et al., Case No. 2020-23051

Oct. 16, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Dept. 72

1. Overview and Procedural Posture.

This action arises out of a series of agreements whereby plaintiff Woo, through his marketing companies, performed "tradeshow, marketing, and social media management services" for the Isodial defendants. Plaintiffs allege they managed logistics for tradeshows "such as accommodation, packing, exhibit booths, coordinating with marketing teams, managing sponsorships, creation of marketing materials, development of staff training schedules, staffing booths," and also created "day-to-day social media content." Plaintiffs refer to Isodiol as a "CBD business."* Disputes arose regarding payment of plaintiffs' expenses and compensation. The 13-count complaint was filed July 6, 2020; the ad damnum exceeds $2.7 million.

Presently, the ........