Butler v. Onyejie et al

Filing 79

SECOND SCHEDULING ORDER; ORDER DIRECTING Clerk's Office to Send Local Rule 281 to Plaintiff signed by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng on 2/17/2014. Telephonic Pretrial Conference set for 3/21/2014 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 6 (MJS) before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng; Jury Trial set for 4/29/2014 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 6 (MJS) before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng. (Attachments: # 1 ELP Forms, # 2 ELP Forms, # 3 ELP Forms, # 4 Local Rule 281)(Sant Agata, S)

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Attachment “A” to Preliminary Discovery and Scheduling Order EXPEDITED LITIGATION OPTIONS1 I. Availability of expedited procedures – Any case found after 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) screening by the Magistrate Judge to state a cognizable cause of action, where all parties 1) consent to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge for all purposes in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1), 2) agree to participate in a procedure for expedited litigation, and, 3) enter into an Expedited Litigation Procedures Agreement setting forth the terms of their said agreement, may be made subject to agreed expedited procedures. Nothing herein is intended to limit the Court from sua sponte imposing such expedited procedures as it deems appropriate in a given case. II. Timeframe for stipulation - The parties are encouraged to consider stipulating to expedited procedures immediately after screening by the Magistrate Judge. However, nothing forecloses the parties from moving the case to an expedited track at an earlier or later stage of the proceedings with Court approval (provided that the expedited procedures will in all events apply only prospectively). III. Method of stipulation – Unless the Court otherwise orders expedited procedures, all parties must agree in writing to mutually acceptable expedited procedures and file a completed and signed “Expedited Litigation Procedures Agreement” (hereinafter “ELP Agreement”) in the form attached as Attachment B hereto. The ELP Agreement will not be implemented unless and until accepted, approved and made the Order of the Court. The parties need not accept all of the procedures and limits outlined here. With Court approval, they may omit some of the procedures described herein and/or adopt additional terms and limitations as appropriate to their particular case. However, once executed, the Agreement will not be revocable except on order of the Court for good cause shown.                                                              1  Revised December 23, 2013  1    IV. Early trial date – If the Court approves the parties’ ELP Agreement, it will provide a firm trial date no more than one hundred eighty days from the date of filing of the fully executed ELP Agreement with the Court. No continuances of the trial date will be considered except in extraordinary circumstances. V. Discovery A. Initial exchanges – Within thirty days of the court’s approval of an ELP Agreement, the parties shall informally, and without further order of the Court, make available to one another the following information and documents which are not subject to a valid work product or attorney-client privilege: 1. The names and last known whereabouts of any person believed to be a percipient witness to the event giving rise to the claim in the operable complaint (the ”event”) along with a brief (not to exceed 100 word) description of what it is believed the witness perceived. 2. Medical records reflecting treatment related to the event. 3. Other “writings” (as defined in F.R.E. § 1001), if any, relating to the event, to include, but not be limited to, writings reflecting; a. disciplinary action initiated against any party to the litigation related to the event. b. administrative claims proceedings and appeals relating to the event. 4. Statements made or attributed to any party or witness relating to the event. 5. The identities of no more than two non-party percipient witnesses (included in section V.A.1, above) who, each party wishes to call as witnesses at trial. 6. A list of facts believed by each party not to be in dispute (e.g., date, location, parties, witnesses, etc., to the event). Each party shall have an ongoing mandatory obligation to update and exchange this information voluntarily as the case progresses. Each party reserves the right to seek an order of the Court relieving, for good cause shown, that party of the obligation to exchange specified information otherwise designated for exchange in this section. A party seeking leave to call more than two percipient witnesses to testify at trial shall provide the information called for in section V.A. 1, 4 and 5, above, as to each said proposed witness. 2    B. Discovery Limits 1. Percipient witness depositions - Each party may, at its own option and expense, depose an opposing party and each of the percipient witnesses identified in accordance with section V.A., above. Absent order of the Court for good cause shown, no other percipient witness depositions will be allowed. 2. Expert witness discovery - Fourteen days before the pretrial conference provided for in Section VII, below, each party shall make a written disclosure to the other of the identity and qualifications of each non-percipient witness expected to be called to give expert opinion testimony at trial and include a written summary of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify at trial. No expert’s testimony will be permitted to extend beyond the bounds of the summary. Absent order of the Court for good case shown, no expert depositions shall be allowed. The court will determine at the time of the pretrial conference provided for in Section VII, below, whether any party may call more than one expert witness to testify at trial. 3. No written discovery – Other than as provided herein or on order of the Court for good cause shown, there shall be no written discovery. 4. Discovery deadline – Other than the continuing voluntary exchange of information called for in Section V.A., above, all discovery provided for under the ELP Agreement or otherwise by order of the Court shall be concluded not later than thirty days prior to the date set for the pretrial conference called for in Section VII, below. /// /// /// /// 3    VI. Motions A. Non-dispositive motions – A discovery or other non-dispositive motion shall be in a written narrative form, typed in twelve point type or clearly hand-printed, on not more than three double spaced 8.5 by 11 inch pages. Legal authorities need not be specifically cited or summarized. A party opposing such a motion shall have no more than seven days following service of the motion to respond in a writing of the same style and length or less. No reply or other papers shall be filed. Unless the Court determines that other procedures are necessary, it shall rule on the motion by minute order and without oral argument. There shall be no reconsideration or review of rulings on non-dispositive motions. B. Dispositive motions – The case having been screened by the Magistrate Judge in accordance with   28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) and found suitable for expedited litigation, no dispositive motions may be filed except on order of the Court for good cause shown. Discovery, after a screening order has issued, of a potential Heck bar or failure to exhaust defense in the action, may constitute good cause. VII. Pretrial Conference The Court shall schedule a telephonic pretrial conference no less than three weeks or more than four weeks prior to the trial date. No later than ten days before the pretrial conference, each of the parties shall file with the Court a Pretrial Memorandum containing the following information: A. A brief narrative summary of the claims and defenses. B. A list of facts believed not in dispute. C. A list of all witnesses expected to be called to present evidence on direct by each party. D. A narrative summary of the direct testimony of each party and each non-party witness, lay and percipient, to be called by a party. E. Identification by inclusive page and line numbers of all deposition testimony a party wishes to introduce into evidence. F. Identification of anticipated trial evidentiary or procedural disputes G. Proposed jury instructions. /// 4    Prior to or orally during the pretrial conference the parties shall make all reasonably foreseeable motions in limine. The Court shall rule on them during the pretrial conference, in the pretrial order, or at the start of trial, as it deems appropriate. This provision shall not foreclose the bringing of additional unforeseeable motions in limine. The Court shall issue a Pretrial Order which, along with the procedures agreed to herein, shall govern procedures through trial. VIII. Trial –Optional Procedures for Expediting Trial The parties need not include any expedited trial procedures as part of their ELP Agreement. However, the following procedures are identified as means by which the parties can virtually ensure their dispute will be tried to verdict within two court days. The parties are encouraged to consider the benefit of agreeing to some or all of these procedures and seeking the Court’s approval and effectuation of them: A. Witnesses -1. Limiting the number of non-party percipient trial witnesses to two. 2. Presenting all non-party witness direct testimony to the jury by having the Court read the witnesses’ narrative statements provided under Section VII, above. (All witnesses shall be available for oral cross-examination and re-direct examination.) 3. Allowing party witnesses, at their option, to present direct testimony to the jury by having the Court read the party’s narrative statement provided for under Section VII, above. B. Depositions – Allowing any party to read directly from relevant and admissible portions from any deposition transcript pages and lines identified as called for in Section VII.E., above. C. Documentary evidence – Subject to timely and valid objections challenging the authenticity of writings (as defined in F.R.E. § 1001), admitting all relevant and otherwise admissible reports and records into evidence without the necessity of authentication by an originator or custodian of records. D. Jury – Agreeing that: if a jury is requested by any party, the Jury Commissioner shall provide a jury pool of eighteen jurors; the Court 5    shall voir dire the jury; each side, as determined by the Court, shall be entitled to two peremptory strikes; the first six jurors selected and not stricken for cause or peremptorily shall be the jury; if one or more of the selected six jurors is subsequently excused or the jury pool proves insufficient to seat six jurors, the case may be tried to verdict by as few as four jurors; and, the jury’s verdict shall be unanimous. E. Trial time limits – 1. Agreeing that absent order of the Court for good cause shown, each side, as determined by the Court, shall have no longer than the times shown below for conducting trial: 1. Supplemental voir dire – 15 minutes; 2. Opening statement – 30 minutes; 3. Presentation of evidence and cross- examination – three hours; and 4. Argument (to include closing argument) -- 30 minutes 2. If the Court determines the case shall be conducted as a two party case (regardless of the number of parties), it shall manage and limit proceedings as it, in its discretion, deems appropriate to ensure the case goes to the jury no later than 1:30 p.m. on the second day of trial. 3. If the case is tried to the Court without a jury, the Court may, but is not required to, rule from the bench at the close of evidence and without written memorandum of decision. IX. Optional Procedures re Post-Trial Motions and Appeals The parties need not agree to limit otherwise available means of seeking posttrial relief as part of their ELP Agreement. However, the following procedures are identified as means by which the parties can agree to avoid incurring the time, trauma and expense of most post-trial and appellate procedures. The parties are encouraged to consider the benefit of agreeing to some or all of these procedures and seeking the Court’s approval and effectuation of them: A. Post-trial motions – Agreeing that post-trial motions may be filed only to recover costs and attorney fees, to correct a judgment for clerical error, to enforce the judgment or to move for new trial. The only grounds for new trial are: judicial misconduct that materially affected the substantial rights of a party; misconduct of the 6    jury; or, corruption, fraud, or other undue means employed in the proceedings of the Court or the jury. B. Appeal – Agreeing that all grounds for appeal, except those specified as grounds for new trial in Section IX.A. above are waived, and an appeal may be filed on those grounds only if the party has first moved for and been denied new trial on those grounds. This option may prove more attractive to the defense if it is accompanied by an agreement to limit the damage award. 7   

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