Ward v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al

Filing 168

***PLEASE DISREGARD - PLEADING CONTAINED INCORRECT DATES AND WAS REFILED AS DOCUMENT 170 *** MOTION Substitute Expert by Cisco Systems, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C)(Babcock, Charles) Modified on 12/14/2009 to edit text (cap).

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Ward v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al Doc. 168 Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 168 Filed 12/10/09 Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION JOHN WARD, JR. v. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. C. A. NO. 08-4022 JURY TRIAL DEMANDED CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.'S MOTION TO SUBSTITUTE EXPERT WITNESS TO THE HONORABLE DISTRICT JUDGE: Defendant Cisco Systems, Inc. ("Defendant") respectfully moves to be permitted to substitute as an expert witness, Ron Weston, a former federal district clerk for the Western District of Michigan, in place of Ralph DeLoach, a former federal district clerk for the District of Kansas. In support thereof Defendant would show the court as follows: I. INTRODUCTION Cisco timely disclosed Mr. DeLoach as an expert on November 10, 2009 and forwarded a copy of his report to plaintiff' s counsel that day. Mr. DeLoach had agreed to testify on behalf of Cisco and had communicated extensively with defense counsel including conversations on November 10th leading up to the finalization of his report. Suddenly and without warning at 12:49 a.m. on November 11, 2009, just hours after his report was served on opposing counsel, Mr. DeLoach, who is retired, sent an email (attached as Exhibit A) acknowledging that he had agreed to testify but stating that he had "concluded that the press of business is just to (sic) great to allow me to do it." Id. He apologized if his decision caused any "undue hardship" and promised to help find a substitute expert. Id. The undersigned immediately, on November 11, 2009, contacted Mr. DeLoach who answered his phone but said that "I'm right in the middle of something, can I call you back?" A 1 5679886v.1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 168 Filed 12/10/09 Page 2 of 4 game of telephone tag then commenced which resulted in Mr. DeLoach and the undersigned speaking on the morning of November 23, 2009. At that time, Mr. DeLoach reiterated his decision not to testify but again said he would assist in finding a proper substitute. The undersigned did not release Mr. DeLoach from his consulting contract pending the location of a substitute expert. Although Mr. DeLoach did recommend some candidates, for one reason or another, they were not able to assist. In the meantime, without notice to Defense counsel, Plaintiff' s counsel subpoenaed Mr. DeLoach for his deposition on January 7, 2010, in Kansas. The subpoena is attached as Exhibit B. Mr. DeLoach then apparently contacted Plaintiff' s counsel, on December 3, 2009, and said that he would not testify and asked that the subpoena be withdrawn. The subpoena is apparently still outstanding. In the meantime Defendant diligently sought to find a substitute expert and ultimately retained, Ronald C. Weston, who is willing to serve. The undersigned first met with Mr. Weston on December 8, 2009, and he produced a report which was served on plaintiff' s counsel on December 10, 2009. Also on December 8, 2009, the undersigned informed opposing counsel that Defendant had retained a substitute expert, provided Mr. Weston's name and indicated that he was an ex-clerk from the Western District of Michigan, that his opinions would be substantially the same as Mr. DeLoach's and that he was available for his deposition on January 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas, the date Mr. DeLoach was subpoenaed in Kansas. See Exhibit C, email to opposing counsel. 2 5679886v.1 Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 168 Filed 12/10/09 Page 3 of 4 II. THE RULES ARE TO BE CONSTRUED SO AS TO ACHIEVE TO A "JUST"DETERMINATION OF EVERY CASE Rule 1 of the Federal Rules states that the Rules are to be construed to promote a "just" determination of every action. Defendant's counsel was frankly shocked when informed by Patty Peden, one of Plaintiff's lawyers, that Mr. Ward would object to the substitution of this expert because the designation was "not timely." Plaintiff can demonstrate no prejudice by the substituted designation, and if anyone is hurt it is Cisco by having to locate a substitute expert and now having to file this motion after the mysterious about face of its retained expert Mr. DeLoach. This Motion should be granted. WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, Cisco prays that this Motion be granted and that Mr. Weston be permitted to substitute as an expert in place of Mr. Deloach and for such further relief to which Defendant may be entitled. Respectfully submitted, JACKSON WALKER L.L.P. By: /s/ Charles L. Babcock Charles L. Babcock Federal Bar No.: 10982 Email: cbabcock@jw.com Crystal J. Parker Federal Bar No.: 621142 Email: cparker@jw.com 1401 McKinney Suite 1900 Houston, Texas 77010 (713) 752-4200 (713) 752-4221 Fax ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. 3 5679886v.1 Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 168 Filed 12/10/09 Page 4 of 4 CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE The parties have conferred in good faith on the specific issues in dispute in this Motion, and they are not able to resolve their disagreements without the intervention of the Court. /s/ Charles L. Babcock Charles L. Babcock Attorney in Charge for Cisco Systems, Inc. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE This is to certify that on this 10th day of December, 2009, a true and correct copy of the foregoing was served via electronic mail upon: Patricia L. Peden Law Offices of Patricia L. Peden 5901 Christie Avenue Suite 201 Emeryville, CA 94608 Nicholas H. Patton Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder, LLP 4605 Texas Boulevard P.O. Box 5398 Texarkana, Texas 75505-5398 Attorney for Plaintiff John Ward, Jr. Courtney Towle Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder, LLP 4605 Texas Boulevard P.O. Box 5398 Texarkana, Texas 75505-5398 Attorney for Plaintiff John Ward, Jr. Geoffrey P. Culbertson Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder, LLP 4605 Texas Boulevard P.O. Box 5398 Texarkana, Texas 75505-5398 Attorney for Plaintiff John Ward,Jr. James Holmes Law Office of James Holmes, P.C. 605 South Main, Suite 203 Henderson, Texas 75654 Attorney for Plaintiff John Ward,Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff John Ward, Jr. /s/ Charles L. Babcock Charles L. Babcock 4 5679886v.1

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