Burress, et al v. Union Pacific, et al

Filing 462

ORDER granting in part and denying in part 417 Motion in Limine; finding as moot 419 Motion in Limine; finding as moot 420 Motion in Limine; finding as moot 421 Motion in Limine; denying 422 Motion in Limine; granting in part and denying in part 428 Motion in Limine; granting in part and denying in part 428 Motion to Exclude; granting 433 Motion in Limine; granting 440 Motion in Limine; denying 450 Motion in Limine. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 5/27/09. (bkp)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS NORTHERN DIVISION KENNETH WADE BURRESS and PRISCILLA BURRESS V. UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY, et al. MISSOURI & NORTHERN ARKANSAS RAILROAD COMPANY, INC. CONAGRA POULTRY COMPANY ORDER 1. ConAgra's Motion in Limine No. 1 (Doc. No. 417) has two parts: Request to bar reference to "Irrelevant Other Lawsuits/Jury Verdicts" is GRANTED, since testimony about other lawsuits is generally irrelevant. However, if ConAgra takes the position (and puts on evidence) that Arkansas juries do not issue large monetary awards, the Railroads may counter with relevant cases. Testimony about Duty and Law -- see paragraph 6, ruling on ConAgra's Motion in Limine regarding Michael Deatherage. 1:01-CV-00072--WRW DEFENDANTS THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT PLAINTIFFS 2. ConAgra's Motion in Limine to Exclude Charles Culver From Testifying as an Expert Witness. (Doc. No. 419) is DENIED as MOOT, since Mr. Culver was not listed as a potential witness on the Railroads' May 18, 2009 witness list.1 3. ConAgra's Motion in Limine to Exclude Vaughn Berry from Testifying as an Expert Witness (Doc. No. 420) is DENIED as MOOT, since Mr. Berry was not listed as a potential witness on the Railroads' May 18, 2009 witness list.2 1 2 Doc. No. 425. Id. 1 4. ConAgra's Motion in Limine to Exclude Allan J. Blackwell from Testifying as an Expert Witness (Doc. No. 421) is DENIED as MOOT, since Mr. Blackwell was not listed as a potential witness on the Railroads' May 18, 2009 witness list.3 5. ConAgra's Motion in Limine to Preclude Evidence of Punitive Damages (Doc. No. 422) is DENIED. 6. ConAgra's Motion to Exclude the Deposition Testimony of Michael Deatherage (Doc. No. 428) is GRANTED in PART and DENIED in PART. The Railroads will not be permitted to present Deatherage's testimony that makes conclusions of law, e.g., "that's against the law" or "They were -- actually had violated the -- the regulation -- its Part 230 dealing w/ engineer certification . . . ." 7. ConAgra's Motion in Limine to Exclude Testimony of Kenneth Burress and/or Priscilla Burress (Doc. No. 450) is DENIED. However, it seems to me that the Burress' testimony, generally, should be limited to events before the March, 2004, settlement. 8. ConAgra's Motion in Limine Regarding Attorneys' Fees, Attorneys' Contracts, Litigation Expense, and Similar Evidence (Doc. No. 452) is DENIED. 9. The Railroads' Motion in Limine to Exclude Evidence of Collateral Sources of Compensation (Doc. No. 440) is GRANTED. 10. The Railroads' Motion in Limine to Exclude Evidence of Settlement Offers and Negotiations (between the Railroads and ConAgra) (Doc. No. 433) is GRANTED. IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of May, 2009. /s/ Wm. R. Wilson, Jr._____________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3 Id. 2

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