Nuwintore v. United States of America et al

Filing 122

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 1/10/2017. Pleading Amendment Deadline 4/7/2017. Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures 1/23/2017; Non-Expert 12/1/2017; Expert 3/16/2018. Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: F iled by 3/30/2018; Hearing by 4/27/2018. Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 5/11/2018; Hearing by 7/9/2018. Settlement Conference set for 8/17/2018 at 09:30 AM in Bakersfield at 510 19th Street (JLT) before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Pretrial Conference set for 9/4/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 2 (AWI) before District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. Jury Trial set for 10/30/2018 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 2 (AWI) before District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 RICHARD NUWINTORE, 11 12 Plaintiff, v. 13 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., 14 Defendants. 15 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1: 13-CV-00967-AWI - JLT SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Pleading Amendment Deadline: 4/7/2016 Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures: 1/23/2017 Non-Expert: 12/1/2017 Expert: 3/16/2018 16 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 3/30/2018 Hearing: 4/27/2018 17 18 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 5/11/2018 Hearing: 7/9/2018 19 20 21 Settlement Conference: 8/17/2018 at 9:30 a.m. 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 22 23 Pre-Trial Conference: 9/4/2018 at 10:00 a.m. Courtroom 2 24 25 Trial: 26 27 28 1 10/30/2018 at 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 2 Jury and Court trial: 5-7 days 1 I. January 9, 2016. 2 3 Date of Scheduling Conference II. Appearances of Counsel 4 Ian Wallach appeared on behalf of Plaintiff. 5 Susan Coleman appeared on behalf of Defendant Management & Training Corporation. 6 Alyson Berg appeared on behalf of the Government. 7 III. Any requested pleading amendments are ordered to be filed, either through a stipulation or 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pleading Amendment Deadline motion to amend, no later than April 7, 2016. IV. Discovery Plan and Cut-Off Date The parties are ordered to exchange the initial disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) on or before January 23, 2017. The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before December 1, 2017, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before March 16, 2018. Plaintiff SHALL disclose all expert witnesses1, in writing, on or before December 15, 2017; 16 and Defendant SHALL disclose all expert witnesses, in writing, no later than January 19, 2018. Any 17 rebuttal experts for Plaintiff SHALL be disclosed no later than February 16, 2018. The written 18 designation of retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 19 26(a)(2), (A), (B), and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to 20 designate experts in compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other 21 evidence offered through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order. 22 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts 23 and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions 24 included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may 25 include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony. 26 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e) regarding a party's duty to timely supplement 27 1 28 In the event an expert will offer opinions related to an independent medical or mental health evaluation, the examination SHALL occur sufficiently in advance of the disclosure deadline so the expert’s report fully details the expert’s opinions in this regard. 2 1 disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced. 2 V. Pre-Trial Motion Schedule 3 All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 4 than March 30, 2018, and heard on or before April 27, 2018. Non-dispositive motions are heard at 5 9:00 a.m., before the Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, United States Magistrate Judge, at the United 6 States District Courthouse located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, California. No written discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval of the assigned 7 8 Magistrate Judge. A party with a discovery dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good 9 faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the 10 moving party promptly shall seek a telephonic hearing with all involved parties and the Magistrate 11 Judge. It shall be the obligation of the moving party to arrange and originate the conference call to the 12 court. To schedule this telephonic hearing, the parties are ordered to contact Courtroom Deputy Clerk, 13 Susan Hall at (661) 326-6620 or via email at Counsel must comply with 14 Local Rule 251 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice 15 and dropped from calendar. In scheduling such motions, the Magistrate Judge may grant applications for an order shortening 16 17 time pursuant to Local Rule 144(e). However, if counsel does not obtain an order shortening time, the 18 notice of motion must comply with Local Rule 251. Counsel may appear and argue non-dispositive motions via CourtCall, providing a written 19 20 request to so appear is made to the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Clerk no later than five court days 21 before the noticed hearing date. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than May 11, 2018, and heard no later 22 23 than July 9, 2018, in Courtroom 2 at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United States 24 District Court Judge. In scheduling such motions, counsel shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and 25 Local Rules 230 and 260. 26 VI. 27 28 Motions for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication At least 21 days before filing a motion for summary judgment or motion for summary adjudication, the parties are ORDERED to meet, in person or by telephone, to confer about the issues to 3 1 be raised in the motion. The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 2 3 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole or 4 in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the issues 5 for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the expense of 6 briefing a motion; and 6) to develop a joint statement of undisputed facts. The moving party SHALL initiate the meeting and SHALL provide a complete, proposed 7 8 statement of undisputed facts at least five days before the conference. The finalized joint statement of 9 undisputed facts SHALL include all facts that the parties agree, for purposes of the motion, may be 10 deemed true. In addition to the requirements of Local Rule 260, the moving party shall file the joint 11 statement of undisputed facts. In the notice of motion the moving party SHALL certify that the parties have met and conferred 12 13 as ordered above, or set forth a statement of good cause for the failure to meet and confer. Failure to 14 comply may result in the motion being stricken. 15 VII. Pre-Trial Conference Date 16 September 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2 before Judge Ishii. 17 The parties are ordered to file a Joint Pretrial Statement pursuant to Local Rule 281(a)(2). 18 The parties are further directed to submit a digital copy of their pretrial statement in Word format, 19 directly to Judge Ishii's chambers, by email at 20 Counsels' attention is directed to Rules 281 and 282 of the Local Rules of Practice for the 21 Eastern District of California, as to the obligations of counsel in preparing for the pre-trial conference. 22 The Court will insist upon strict compliance with those rules. In addition to the matters set forth in the 23 Local Rules the Joint Pretrial Statement shall include a Joint Statement of the case to be used by the 24 Court to explain the nature of the case to the jury during voir dire. 25 VIII. Trial Date 26 27 28 October 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2 before the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United States District Court Judge. A. This is both a jury and bench trial. The claims against the Government will be heard by 4 1 the Court, and the claims against defendant Management and Training Corporation tried by jury. 2 B. Counsels' Estimate of Trial Time: 5-7 days. 3 C. Counsels' attention is directed to Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of 4 California, Rule 285. 5 IX. 6 Settlement Conference A Settlement Conference is scheduled for August 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., located at 510 19th 7 Street, Bakersfield, California. Notwithstanding the requirements of Local Rule 270(b), the settlement 8 conference will be conducted by Magistrate Judge Thurston. The Court deems the deviation from the 9 Local Rule to be appropriate and in the interests of the parties and justice and sound case management 10 based upon the location of the parties. If any party prefers that the settlement conference be 11 conducted by a different judicial officer, that party is directed to notify the Court no later than 60 12 days in advance of the scheduled settlement conference to allow sufficient time for another judicial 13 officer to be assigned to handle the conference. 14 Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorneys who will try the case shall 15 appear at the Settlement Conference with the parties and the person or persons having full authority 16 to negotiate and settle the case on any terms2 at the conference. Consideration of settlement is a 17 serious matter that requires preparation prior to the settlement conference. Set forth below are the 18 procedures the Court will employ, absent good cause, in conducting the conference. 19 At least 21 days before the settlement conference, Plaintiff SHALL submit to Defendant via 20 fax or e-mail, a written itemization of damages and a meaningful3 settlement demand which includes a 21 brief explanation of why such a settlement is appropriate. Thereafter, no later than 14 days before the 22 settlement conference, Defendant SHALL respond, via fax or e-mail, with an acceptance of the offer or 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 Insurance carriers, business organizations, and governmental bodies or agencies whose settlement agreements are subject to approval by legislative bodies, executive committees, boards of directors or the like shall be represented by a person or persons who occupy high executive positions in the party organization and who will be directly involved in the process of approval of any settlement offers or agreements. To the extent possible the representative shall have the authority, if he or she deems it appropriate, to settle the action on terms consistent with the opposing party's most recent demand. 3 “Meaningful” means that the offer is reasonably calculated to settle the case on terms acceptable to the offering party. “Meaningful” does not include an offer which the offering party knows will not be acceptable to the other party. If, however, the offering party is only willing to offer a settlement which it knows the other party will not accept, this should trigger a recognition the case is not in a settlement posture and the parties should confer about continuing or vacating the settlement conference via stipulation. 5 1 with a meaningful counteroffer which includes a brief explanation of why such a settlement is 2 appropriate. If settlement is not achieved, each party SHALL attach copies of their settlement offers to their 3 4 Confidential Settlement Conference Statement, as described below. Copies of these documents shall 5 not be filed on the court docket. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT 6 At least five court days before the Settlement Conference, the parties shall submit, directly to 7 8 Judge Thurston's chambers by e-mail to, a Confidential Settlement 9 Conference Statement. The statement should not be filed with the Clerk of the Court nor served on 10 any other party, although the parties may file a Notice of Lodging of Settlement Conference 11 Statement. Each statement shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date and time of the 12 Settlement Conference indicated prominently thereon. 13 The Confidential Settlement Conference Statement shall include the following: 14 A. A brief statement of the facts of the case. 15 B. A brief statement of the claims and defenses, i.e., statutory or other grounds upon which 16 the claims are founded; a forthright evaluation of the parties' likelihood of prevailing on 17 the claims and defenses; and a description of the major issues in dispute. 18 C. A summary of the proceedings to date. 19 D. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial and trial. 20 E. The relief sought. 21 F. The party's position on settlement, including present demands and offers and a history of past settlement discussions, offers and demands. 22 23 X. Requests for Bifurcation, Appointment of Special Master, or other 24 Techniques to Shorten Trial 25 Not applicable at this time. 26 XI. Related Matters Pending 27 A. Edison v. United States, et al., Case No. 1:12-CV-02026 AWI-JLT 28 B. Domingo v. Management & Training Corp., et al., Case No. 1:15-cv-00284 AWI-JLT 6 1 C. Mercardo, et al. v. United States, et al., Case No. 1:13-CV-01535 AWI-JLT.XII. 2 Compliance with Federal Procedure 3 All counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 4 and the Local Rules of Practice of the Eastern District of California, and to keep abreast of any 5 amendments thereto. The Court must insist upon compliance with these Rules if it is to efficiently 6 handle its increasing case load, and sanctions will be imposed for failure to follow the Rules as 7 provided in both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern 8 District of California. 9 XIII. Effect of this Order 10 The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda most 11 suitable to dispose of this case. The trial date reserved is specifically reserved for this case. If the 12 parties determine at any time that the schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered 13 to notify the court immediately of that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by 14 subsequent status conference. 15 The dates set in this Order are considered to be firm and will not be modified absent a 16 showing of good cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations 17 extending the deadlines contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by 18 affidavits or declarations, and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause 19 for granting the relief requested. 20 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions. 21 22 23 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: January 10, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 25 26 27 28 7

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