Ericson et al v. Phoenix, City of et al
ORDER: IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs' motion in limine to preclude all witnesses and evidence disclosed for the first time in Defendants' Eighth Supplemental Disclosure Statement (served on Plaintiffs one business day before the close of discovery) (Doc. 86 ) is granted. [See attached Order for complete details.] Signed by Senior Judge James A Teilborg on 3/17/2016. (KAL) Modified on 3/18/2016 to WO(SJF).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
Yolanda Ericson, et al.,
Phoenix, City of, et al.,
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion in limine1 to preclude all witnesses and
evidence disclosed for the first time in Defendants’ Eighth Supplemental Disclosure
Statement (served on Plaintiffs one business day before the close of discovery) (Doc. 86)
is granted.2 This Order has no impact on witnesses (or evidence) who will be used
solely for legitimate impeachment purposes.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel shall meet and confer (this meet and
confer cannot be in writing) by March 24, 2016, to determine which witnesses or
Because the Court has already held a hearing on this issue, Plaintiffs’ request for
a second oral argument is denied.
By disclosing additional witnesses and evidence on the day before the close of
discovery, Defendants deprived Plaintiffs from any meaningful opportunity to take
discovery from these witnesses (regardless of whether they are experts) (and evidence) in
contravention of this Court’s Rule 16 order. Doc. 25 at 2 n.2. Additionally, Defendants’
argument that the supplement was to “rebut” Plaintiffs’ request for admissions is
unpersuasive because: 1) Defendants must disclose witnesses and evidence to support
their case without prompting from Plaintiffs; and 2) Defendants had been in possession of
Plaintiffs’ requests for admissions for approximately one month prior to the close of
evidence were disclosed for the first time in the Eighth Supplemental Disclosure
Statement. Assuming counsel agree, by close of business March 29, 2016, counsel shall
file a Joint notice listing all witnesses and evidence who/which are precluded as a result
of this Order.
If counsel cannot reach an agreement,3 by close of business March 29, 2016, they
shall file a JOINT memorandum of which witnesses or evidence are in dispute.4 If there
are any disputes, counsel shall appear (in person) for a discovery dispute on this issue on
March 31, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Dated this 17th day of March, 2016.
Defense counsel are cautioned that this is NOT an opportunity to effectively
seek reconsideration of this Order. In other words, defense counsel must in good faith
admit which witnesses and evidence were disclosed for the first time in the Eighth
Supplemental Disclosure Statement.
The Joint memoranda must be in the following format. It must contain three
columns. It CANNOT contain any arguments or any narratives. The first column must
contain an individual row for each witness (separately numbered), each document
(separately numbered) and each other piece of evidence, if any, (separately numbered),
that Plaintiffs seek to preclude as disclosed for the first time in the Eighth Supplemental
Disclosure Statement. The second column must be a one word acknowledgement by
Defendants of whether each row listing a witness or other evidence was disclosed for the
first time in the Eighth Supplemental Disclosure Statement (as this requirement implies,
the parties must list BOTH agreed to items/people and disputed items/people). The third
column must be a cite (and only a cite) by Defendants as to where this witness or
evidence was previously disclosed for each row in which Defendants did not admit in
column 2 that the witness/evidence was disclosed for the first time in the Eighth
Supplemental Disclosure Statement. The parties shall NOT attach any exhibits to this
Joint memorandum. If either party believes there is some document the Court is going to
have to consider to make a ruling on each item listed herein, that party shall bring a copy
of the document to the hearing.
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