Domingo v. Management & Training Corporation et al

Filing 14

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 6/8/2015. Consent/Decline Deadline 6/19/2015. Pleading Amendment Deadline 8/31/2015. Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures 6/15/2015; Non-Expert 1/19/2016; Expert 4/1/2016. Mid -Discovery Status Conference set for 10/5/2015 at 09:00 AM in Bakersfield at 510 19th Street (JLT) before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 4/8/2016; Hearing by 5/6/2016. Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 5/30/2016; Hearing 7/18/2016. Pretrial Conference set for 9/7/2016 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 2 (AWI) before District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. Jury Trial set for 11/8/2016 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 LUIS C. DOMINGO, Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 13 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORPORATION, 14 Defendants. 15 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1: 15-CV-00284-AWI - JLT SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Pleading Amendment Deadline: 8/31/2015 Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures: 6/15/2015 Non-Expert: 1/19/2016 Expert: 4/1/2016 Mid-Discovery Status Conference: 10/5/2015, 9:00 a.m. 16 17 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 4/8/2016 Hearing: 5/6/2016 18 19 20 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 5/30/2016 Hearing: 7/18/2016 21 22 Pre-Trial Conference: 9/7/2016 at 10:00 a.m. Courtroom 2 23 24 Trial: 25 26 27 28 I. Date of Scheduling Conference June 8, 2016. 1 11/8/2016 at 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 2 Jury: 5-7 days 1 II. Appearances of Counsel 2 No appearance on behalf of Plaintiff. 3 Kristina Gruenberg appeared on behalf of Defendants. 4 5 III. Information Concerning the Court’s Schedule Out of fairness, the Court believes it is necessary to forewarn litigants that the Fresno Division 6 of the Eastern District of California now has the heaviest District Court Judge caseload in the entire 7 nation. While the Court will use its best efforts to resolve this case and all other civil cases in a timely 8 manner, the parties are admonished that not all of the parties’ needs and expectations may be met as 9 expeditiously as desired. As multiple trials are now being set to begin upon the same date, parties may 10 find their case trailing with little notice before the trial begins. The law requires that the Court give any 11 criminal trial priority over civil trials or any other matter. The Court must proceed with a criminal trial 12 even if a civil trial was filed earlier and set for trial first. Continuances of any civil trial under these 13 circumstances will no longer be entertained, absent a specific and stated finding of good cause. All 14 parties should be informed that any civil trial set to begin during the time a criminal trial is proceeding 15 will trail the completion of the criminal trial. 16 The parties are reminded of the availability of a United States Magistrate Judge to conduct all 17 proceedings in this action. A United States Magistrate Judge is available to conduct trials, including 18 entry of final judgment, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 73, and Local 19 Rule 305. The same jury pool is used by both United States Magistrate Judges and United States 20 District Court Judges. Any appeal from a judgment entered by a United States Magistrate Judge is 21 taken directly to the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. However, the parties are 22 hereby informed that no substantive rulings or decisions will be affected by whether a party chooses to 23 consent. 24 Finally, the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, whenever possible, is utilizing 25 United States Article III District Court Judges from throughout the nation as Visiting Judges. Pursuant 26 to the Local Rules, Appendix A, reassignments will be random, and the parties will receive no advance 27 notice before their case is reassigned to an Article III District Court Judge from outside of the Eastern 28 District of California. 2 Therefore, the parties are directed to consider consenting to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction to 1 2 conduct all further proceedings, including trial. Within 10 days of the date of this order, counsel 3 SHALL file a consent/decline form (provided by the Court at the inception of this case) indicating 4 whether they will consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge. 5 IV. Pleading Amendment Deadline Any requested pleading amendments are ordered to be filed, either through a stipulation or 6 7 motion to amend, no later than August 31, 2015. 8 V. 9 10 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 June 15, 2015. 11 Counsel SHALL meet and confer to come to an agreement as to the extent to which 12 discovery propounded and responded to in the related matters will be used in this litigation. The 13 agreement SHALL be formalized in writing and no discovery may be propounded before this 14 occurs. 15 16 17 The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before January 19, 2016, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before April 1, 2016. The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses1, in writing, on or before February 5, 18 2016, and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before March 4, 2016. The written designation of 19 retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), 20 and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in 21 compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered 22 through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order. 23 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts 24 and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions 25 included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may 26 include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony. 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. 3 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e) regarding a party's duty to timely supplement 1 2 disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced. A mid-discovery status conference is scheduled for October 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. before the 3 4 Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, U.S. Magistrate Judge, located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, 5 California. A Joint Mid-Discovery Status Conference Report, carefully prepared and executed by all 6 counsel, shall be electronically filed in CM/ECF, one full week prior to the Conference, and shall be e- 7 mailed, in Word format, to The joint statement SHALL outline the 8 discovery that has been completed and that which needs to be completed as well as any impediments to 9 completing the discovery within the deadlines set forth in this order. Counsel may appear via 10 CourtCall, providing a written request to so appear is made to the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Clerk 11 no later than five court days before the noticed hearing date. 12 VI. Pre-Trial Motion Schedule 13 All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 14 than April 8, 2016, and heard on or before May 6, 2016. Non-dispositive motions are heard at 9:00 15 a.m., before the Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, United States Magistrate Judge, at the United States 16 District Courthouse located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, California. 17 No written discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval of the assigned 18 Magistrate Judge. A party with a discovery dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good 19 faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the 20 moving party promptly shall seek a telephonic hearing with all involved parties and the Magistrate 21 Judge. It shall be the obligation of the moving party to arrange and originate the conference call to the 22 court. To schedule this telephonic hearing, the parties are ordered to contact Courtroom Deputy Clerk, 23 Susan Hall at (661) 326-6620 or via email at Counsel must comply with 24 Local Rule 251 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice 25 and dropped from calendar. 26 In scheduling such motions, the Magistrate Judge may grant applications for an order shortening 27 time pursuant to Local Rule 144(e). However, if counsel does not obtain an order shortening time, the 28 notice of motion must comply with Local Rule 251. 4 Counsel may appear and argue non-dispositive motions via CourtCall, providing a written 1 2 request to so appear is made to the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Clerk no later than five court days 3 before the noticed hearing date. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than May 30, 2016, and heard no later 4 5 than July 18, 2016, in Courtroom 2 at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United States 6 District Court Judge. In scheduling such motions, counsel shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and 7 Local Rules 230 and 260. 8 VII. 9 Motions for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication At least 21 days before filing a motion for summary judgment/adjudication or a cross motion, 10 the parties are ORDERED to meet, in person or by telephone, to confer about the issues to be raised in 11 the motion. 12 The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 13 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole 14 or in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the 15 issues for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the 16 expense of briefing a summary judgment motion; 6) to arrive at a joint statement of undisputed facts. 17 The moving party shall initiate the meeting and SHALL provide a complete, proposed 18 statement of undisputed facts at least five days before the conference. The finalized joint statement of 19 undisputed facts SHALL include all facts that the parties agree, for purposes of the motion, may be 20 deemed true. In addition to the requirements of Local Rule 260, the moving party shall file the 21 joint statement of undisputed facts. 22 In the notice of motion the moving party shall certify that the parties have met and conferred as 23 ordered above, or set forth a statement of good cause for the failure to meet and confer. 24 VIII. Pre-Trial Conference Date 25 September 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2 before Judge Ishii. 26 The parties are ordered to file a Joint Pretrial Statement pursuant to Local Rule 281(a)(2). 27 The parties are further directed to submit a digital copy of their pretrial statement in Word format, 28 directly to Judge Ishii's chambers, by email at 5 Counsels' attention is directed to Rules 281 and 282 of the Local Rules of Practice for the 1 2 Eastern District of California, as to the obligations of counsel in preparing for the pre-trial conference. 3 The Court will insist upon strict compliance with those rules. In addition to the matters set forth in the 4 Local Rules the Joint Pretrial Statement shall include a Joint Statement of the case to be used by the 5 Court to explain the nature of the case to the jury during voir dire. 6 IX. November 8, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2 before the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United 7 8 Trial Date States District Court Judge. 9 A. This is a jury trial. 10 B. Counsels' Estimate of Trial Time: 5-7 days. 11 C. Counsels' attention is directed to Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of 12 California, Rule 285. 13 X. Settlement Conference The parties may jointly request a settlement conference if they believe the matter is in a posture 14 15 in which such discussions would likely be fruitful. 16 XI. Requests for Bifurcation, Appointment of Special Master, or other 17 Techniques to Shorten Trial 18 Not applicable at this time. 19 XII. There are no pending related matters. 20 21 Related Matters Pending XIII. Compliance with Federal Procedure All counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 22 23 and the Local Rules of Practice of the Eastern District of California, and to keep abreast of any 24 amendments thereto. The Court must insist upon compliance with these Rules if it is to efficiently 25 handle its increasing case load, and sanctions will be imposed for failure to follow the Rules as 26 provided in both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern 27 District of California. 28 /// 6 1 2 XIV. Effect of this Order The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda most 3 suitable to dispose of this case. The trial date reserved is specifically reserved for this case. If the 4 parties determine at any time that the schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered 5 to notify the court immediately of that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by 6 subsequent status conference. 7 The dates set in this Order are considered to be firm and will not be modified absent a 8 showing of good cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations 9 extending the deadlines contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by 10 affidavits or declarations, and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause 11 for granting the relief requested. 12 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions. 13 14 15 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 8, 2015 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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