Adams et al v. Austal, U.S.A., L.L.C.
ORDER granting in part, for reasons stated on the record, 363 Motion to Sever; granting 387 Motion to Continue as to pretrial conference and denying as to trial setting as set out; granting in part 389 Motion to Sever. This action is SEVERED FOR TRIAL with the first trial to consist of Plaintiffs Earaton Adams, Myron Barnes, Frederick Carter, Sidney Hedgeman and Carlos Johnson. The Court will determine the manner in which the remaining plaintiffs shall be severed for trial at a later date. The Pretrial conference is set for 8/25/11 at 8:00 a.m. Jury selection is set for 8/30/11 at 8:30. Trial set 9/2611 at 8:30. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 7/28/2011. (Attachments: # 1 Standing Pretrial Order) (cmj)
STANDING ORDER GOVERNING FINAL
It is ORDERED that the following requirements shall prevail for Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(d)
Final Pretrial Conferences set before the Honorable Kristi K. DuBose:
1. Counsel shall confer and shall jointly prepare a single Joint Pretrial Document in the
form attached, which must be filed with the Clerk of Court at least seven (7) calendar days before
the Final Pretrial Conference. “Joint preparation” entails that counsel affirmatively and in good
faith attempt to reach agreement on each of the matters required by this Standing Order to be
addressed in the Joint Pretrial Document. Matters of good-faith disagreement should be so noted
in the Joint Pretrial Document, and should be accompanied by a statement as to whether any
specific rulings by the Court on those matters might facilitate the conduct of the trial or ongoing
2. Participation at the Final Pretrial Conference is mandatory. At least one attorney of
record for each party (or, in the case of a pro se party, the party himself or herself) must be
physically present at the conference, unless alternative arrangements are made and approved by
the Court in advance. Additional counsel may attend, but are not required to do so unless
otherwise ordered in a particular case.
3. Counsel shall confer and engage in meaningful settlement discussions within 30 days
prior to the Final Pretrial Conference. Merely making a single settlement demand or offer, with
no further discussions between the parties, is not sufficient. At the Final Pretrial Conference,
counsel must be prepared to discuss with the Court the status of those settlement negotiations,
and whether any method of Alternative Dispute Resolution may be beneficial to resolving the
action before trial.
4. The Joint Pretrial Document shall contain each of the following:
A. Jurisdiction and Parties. A statement as to (1) the Court’s jurisdiction over the
subject matter and parties, (2) the propriety of parties, including correctness of
identity of legal entities (e.g., partnership, corporation, or individual d/b/a trade
name), and (3) the necessity of appointment of guardian ad litem or other
representative, and validity of appointment if already made.
B. Statement of the Case. A brief statement of the action (no more than one
page), providing a broad overview of the basic facts and nature of the dispute.
The Court will read this statement to the venire during jury selection to qualify
prospective jurors as to the events giving rise to the lawsuit; therefore, it should
be written so as to be understandable by a typical juror.
C. Triable Claims and Affirmative Defenses. For each claim or affirmative
defense asserted: (1) a listing of its legal elements derived from the pattern jury
instructions or applicable and controlling case law; (2) a statement of the agreed
facts specifically related to that claim or defense; and (3) a statement of the
disputed facts specifically related to the claim or defense.1 Parties should not
submit a legal memorandum, but should instead present a simple statement of the
legal elements, with citations to supporting authority.
D. Trial Time. An estimate of the number of trial days required, and a statement
of the number of witnesses reasonably expected to testify on behalf of each party
in its case in chief.
E. Type of Trial. A statement indicating whether the action is a jury or non-jury
action. If a jury action, the parties should indicate whether the jury trial is
applicable to all aspects of the dispute or only to certain issues, which shall be
(1) Jury Size. In view of Fed.R.Civ.P. 48, which allows not fewer than
six (6) and not more than twelve (12) jurors, the parties shall include a
statement of their position with regard to the number of jurors they request
be selected. If the parties are unable to agree, the Court will cause a jury
of eight (8) to be selected.
(2) Voir Dire Questions. Proposed voir dire questions and objections
It is not necessary for the parties to set forth every possible variation of every factual
dispute involved in the case for fear that they may waive the presentation of some evidence at
trial. The Court is interested in a concise statement of the facts that are disputed and undisputed,
specifically related to the legal claims and defenses that are to be litigated.
thereto shall be included in the Joint Pretrial Document. Each party shall
be limited to twenty (20) questions. In preparing their lists, counsel may
find it helpful to review this District Court's form juror questionnaire
(which is available from the Clerk's Office upon request), so as not to ask
questions that are redundant of those posed in that questionnaire. Also,
counsel need not include questions concerning whether prospective jurors
know any of the parties, witnesses or lawyers in the case, or know
anything about the case, as those questions will be asked by the Court
during voir dire as a matter of course. Lawyer voir dire will be permitted
using court-approved questions from the lists submitted.
(3) Jury Instructions and Special Verdict Form. No later than seven
(7) calendar days prior to trial, the parties shall submit to chambers by email a jointly prepared set of agreed jury instructions. This document
should include a single, comprehensive, organized, jointly-approved set of
jury instructions, rather than multiple variations of the same charge to
which neither side objects. For any instructions as to which the parties
have been unable in good faith to agree, the parties may file separate
instructions designated accordingly (e.g., “Plaintiff’s proposed jury
instruction number _____”). It is anticipated that the incidence of
instructions as to which the parties are unable to agree in good faith will
be an infrequent occurrence in most cases. If the parties desire to submit
special interrogatories to the jury, a jointly prepared proposed verdict form
must be submitted to chambers by e-mail contemporaneously with the
proposed jury instructions. If the parties cannot agree on the need for or
form of the special verdict form, the parties may file separate proposed
jury interrogatories designated accordingly.
F. Motions. A list and description of any motions (including motions in limine)
pending or contemplated. It is not sufficient for a party simply to state that it
plans to file unspecified motions in limine. The Court will set deadlines for filing
and briefing motions in limine at the Final Pretrial Conference. Because of the
tight time frames involved, it is expected that counsel will have their motions in
limine researched, drafted and in substantially final form by the time of the
conference. All challenges to expert witnesses, including Daubert motions,
must be filed not later than two weeks prior to the Final Pretrial Conference.
G. Depositions. A list designating by page and line those relevant portions of
depositions which any party wishes read at trial, not including excerpts whose
sole purpose is impeachment. All objections to any such testimony shall be made
in writing and submitted with the Joint Pretrial Document. Failure to comply shall
constitute a waiver of any such objection.
H. Witnesses. A list of the names and addresses of all witnesses who will or may
testify at the trial. Witness lists shall be kept to a reasonable minimum.
Additional witnesses may be added only in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(e).
The parties shall attach to the Joint Pretrial Document a curriculum vita of each
expert witness, and a brief statement of the opinion(s) which counsel expects to
elicit from such expert. Any objections to the designation of a witness (whether
lay or expert) shall be submitted with the Joint Pretrial Document. Failure to
comply shall constitute a waiver of any such objection.
I. Damages. A list describing the amount and type of damages sought.
Whenever possible, the parties shall stipulate to the amount and type of damages
which a prevailing party shall be entitled to recover. If the parties are unable to
agree, then the plaintiff shall state with specificity the amount and category of
damages (e.g., doctor and hospital bills $____; lost wages $____; pain and
suffering $____; etc.). It is not sufficient simply to state that the plaintiff seeks
compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at trial. The listing of
stipulated damages shall not constitute an agreement as to the recoverability of
same unless so stated.
J. Exhibits. A list of all exhibits which are to be offered in evidence, submitted
on this Court's exhibit form or a substantially similar form. Additional exhibits
may be added only in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(e). Each party shall
furnish opposing counsel, for copying and inspection, all exhibits which are to be
offered in evidence, no later than 14 days before the Final Pretrial Conference.
(1) Objections. Objections to exhibits shall be noted in the Joint Pretrial
Document, setting forth the nature of the objection. All exhibits to which
there is no objection shall be deemed admitted.
(2) Marking Exhibits. Markers obtained from the Clerk shall be attached
to all exhibits, and such exhibits shall be delivered to the Clerk
immediately prior to the commencement of trial.
K. Attorneys. A list of all attorneys in any represented law frm, or an attached
copy of the firm’s letterhead.
5. Counsel are reminded that the action is to be ready for trial at the time of the Final
Pretrial Conference. Submission of the Joint Pretrial Document should mark the conclusion,
not the commencement, of the parties’ trial preparations. Once adopted by the Court as part of
the Pretrial Order, the Joint Pretrial Document shall constitute the final statement of the claims,
affirmative defenses and relief at issue; shall govern the conduct of the trial; and shall constitute
the basis for any relief afforded by the Court. The Pretrial Order may be amended at any time by
the Court or on motion of a party only in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(e).
6. Failure to comply with the provisions of this Order or to attend the Final Pretrial
Conference may result in the following sanctions pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(f): (a) dismissal
of the action for failure to prosecute, if such failure occurs on the part of the plaintiff; (b) entry of
default judgment if such failure occurs on the part of the defendant, or (c) any other action as
deemed appropriate by the Court.
DONE and ORDERED this 8th day of January, 2008.
s/ KRISTI K. DUBOSE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREPARING THE JOINT PRETRIAL
DOCUMENT, THE FOLLOWING FORMAT MUST BE USED
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
STYLE OF ACTION
(Do not use "et al." -- list all remaining Plaintiffs and Defendants)
JOINT PRETRIAL DOCUMENT
JURISDICTION AND PARTIES
There is no contest as to the jurisdiction of this Court or as to the correctness of the
named defendant(s) or the named plaintiff(s).
STATEMENT OF THE CASE
(See Paragraph 4.B. of Standing Order.)
TRIABLE CLAIMS AND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES
1. (Statement of first legal claim to be tried, e.g., Title VII, Jones
Act, negligence, breach of contract, etc.)
a. LEGAL ELEMENTS (See Paragraph 4.C.1. of
b. AGREED FACTS (as to this legal claim) (See
Paragraph 4.C.2. of Standing Order).
c. DISPUTED FACTS (as to this legal claim) (See
Paragraph 4.C.3. of Standing Order).
2. (Statement of second legal claim to be tried)
1. LEGAL ELEMENTS.
2. AGREED FACTS.
3. DISPUTED FACTS.
3. (Statement of first affirmative defense to be tried, e.g.,
contributory negligence, statute of limitations, etc.)
1. LEGAL ELEMENTS.
2. AGREED FACTS.
3. DISPUTED FACTS.
It is estimated that this action will take ______ days to try, exclusive of jury selection
time. The plaintiff expects to call ____ witnesses, and the defendant expects to call
TYPE OF TRIAL
The parties request a jury of __________.
The parties’ proposed voir dire questions (and objections) are attached.
(List and describe any pending or contemplated motions, as per Paragraph 4.F. of the
(List those portions of depositions to be used at trial. State any objections. See
Paragraph 4.G. of the Standing Order.)
(List the name and address of each witness expected to testify at trial, including separate
“will call” and “may call” lists for each party. All expert witnesses listed should be identified as
such, and the additional information required by Paragraph 4.H. of the Standing Order should be
provided. Objections to any witnesses, whether lay or expert, should also be set forth.)
(See Paragraph 4.I. of Standing Order.)
The parties agree that, if the plaintiff prevails as to liability, he/she is entitled to an award
of lost wages in the amount of _________ and medical bills in the amount of _______. Plaintiff
also seeks an award for pain and suffering in the amount of __________; however, defendant
disputes that plaintiff is entitled to this type and amount of damages even if plaintiff prevails as
(List exhibits numerically with a brief description of each exhibit. All exhibits shall be
marked to correspond with the exhibit list. See Paragraph 4.J. of the Standing Order. Objections
to any witnesses should also be set forth.)
(List names of attorneys in any represented law firm or attach copy of the firm's
letterhead. See Paragraph 4.K. of the Standing Order.)
Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorney for Defendant
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