Nieves v. Cooper Marine & Timberlands Corporation et al
ORDER denying without prejudice all pending motions. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 12/1/2017. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
KASSANDRA NIEVES, Individually and as
Personal Representative of the Estate of Juan Nieves
and his Surviving Heirs and Dependents
NO. 3:15CV00350 JLH
COOPER MARINE & TIMBERLANDS
CORPORATION, et al.
Earlier this year, numerous motions in limine and motions to exclude evidence were filed
in this case. In the interim, two developments have occurred. First, the plaintiff has settled her
claims with the defendants, so the motions in limine filed by the plaintiff and motions in limine filed
by defendants to exclude the plaintiff’s evidence are moot. Second, the defendants, who have crossclaims against one another, have waived a jury trial. Because the case will be tried to the Court
rather than to a jury, it does not appear necessary to rule on evidentiary issues before trial.
If a party believes that an evidentiary issue must be decided before trial even though the case
will be tried to the Court, it may renew arguments in a motion in limine or a Daubert motion. Please
note that the present scheduling order requires that Daubert motions be filed on or before
January 16, 2018, and motions in limine to be filed on or before February 26, 2018. Unless it is
necessary for an evidentiary issue to be decided before trial, the Court prefers that such issues be
presented in trial briefs or at trial so that the Court can hear all of the evidence and make any
necessary evidentiary rulings in conjunction with issuing findings of fact and conclusions of law.
All pending motions are denied without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of December, 2017.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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