Doe v. County of Kern et al

Filing 13

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 1/12/2017. Pleading Amendment Deadline 4/10/2017. Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures 1/18/2017; Non-Expert 9/12/2017; Expert 10/17/2017. Mid-Discovery Status Conference set for 5/16/2017 at 09:30 AM in Bakersfield at 510 19th Street (JLT) before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 10/24/2017; Hearing by 11/21/2017. Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 11/7/2017; Hearing by 12/8/2017. Settlement Conference set for 1/11/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 6 (MJS), Fresno, before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng. Pretrial Conference set for 1/19/2018 at 09:30 AM in Bakersfield at 510 19th Street (JLT) before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Jury Trial set for 2/26/2018 at 08:30 AM in Bakersfield at 510 19th Street (JLT) before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 JANE DOE, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 15 v. COUNTY OF KERN, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 1: 16-CV-01469 - JLT SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Pleading Amendment Deadline: 4/10/2017 Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures: 1/18/2017 Non-Expert: 9/12/2017 Expert: 10/17/2017 Mid-Discovery Status Conference: 5/16/2017 at 9:30 a.m. 16 17 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 10/24/2017 Hearing: 11/21/2017 18 19 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 11/7/2017 Hearing: 12/8/2017 20 21 22 Settlement Conference: 1/11/2018 at 10:00 a.m. Courtroom 6, Fresno 23 24 26 Pre-Trial Conference: 1/19/2018 at 9:30 a.m. 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 27 Trial: 25 28 1 2/26/2018 at 8:30 a.m. 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA Jury trial: 5-14 days 1 I. January 11, 2017. 2 3 Date of Scheduling Conference II. Appearances of Counsel 4 Neil Gehlawat appeared on behalf of Plaintiff. 5 Kathleen Rivera appeared on behalf of the County. 6 James Weakley appeared on behalf of George Anderson. 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 10, 2017. 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 18, 2017. The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before September 12, 2017, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before October 17, 2017. The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses1, in writing, on or before September 19, 16 2017, and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before October 3, 2017. The written designation of 17 retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), 18 and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in 19 compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered 20 through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order. 21 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts 22 and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions 23 included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may 24 include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony. 25 26 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e) regarding a party's duty to timely supplement disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced. 27 28 1 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 A mid-discovery status conference is scheduled for May 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. before the 1 2 Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, U.S. Magistrate Judge, located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, 3 California. Counsel SHALL file a joint mid-discovery status conference report one week before the 4 conference. Counsel also SHALL lodge the status report via e-mail to 5 The joint statement SHALL outline the discovery counsel have completed and that which needs to be 6 completed as well as any impediments to completing the discovery within the deadlines set forth in this 7 order. Counsel may appear via CourtCall. 8 VI. All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 9 10 Pre-Trial Motion Schedule than October 24, 2017 and heard on or before November 21, 2017. No motion to amend or stipulation to amend the case schedule will be entertained unless it 11 12 is filed at least one week before the first deadline the parties wish to extend. Likewise, no written 13 discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval of the assigned Magistrate Judge. A party 14 with a discovery dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good faith effort to resolve by 15 agreement the issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the moving party promptly 16 shall seek a telephonic hearing with all involved parties and the Magistrate Judge. It shall be the 17 obligation of the moving party to arrange and originate the conference call to the court. To schedule 18 this telephonic hearing, the parties are ordered to contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk, Susan Hall, at 19 (661) 326-6620 or via email at Counsel must comply with Local Rule 251 20 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice and dropped 21 from the Court’s calendar. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than November 7, 2017, and heard no 22 23 later than December 8, 2017, before the Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, United States Magistrate 24 Judge, at the United States District Courthouse in Bakersfield, California. In scheduling such motions, 25 counsel shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and Local Rules 230 and 260. 26 VII. Motions for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication 27 At least 21 days before filing a motion for summary judgment or motion for summary 28 adjudication, the parties are ORDERED to meet, in person or by telephone, to confer about the issues 3 1 to be raised in the motion. 2 The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 3 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole 4 or in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the 5 issues for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the 6 expense of 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 VIII. Pre-Trial Conference Date 16 January 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. 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 Thurston’s chambers, by email at Counsels' attention is directed to Rules 281 and 282 of the Local Rules of Practice for the 20 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 IX. Trial Date 26 February 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 27 A. This is a jury trial. 28 B. Counsels' Estimate of Trial Time: 5-14 days. 4 C. 1 Counsels' attention is directed to Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of 2 California, Rule 285. 3 X. 4 Settlement Conference A Settlement Conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. January 11, 2018 before the Honorable 5 Michael J. Seng, in Courtroom 6 of the Robert E. Coyle Federal Courthouse, 2500 Tulare Street, 6 Fresno, California. 7 Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorneys who will try the case shall 8 appear at the Settlement Conference with the parties and the person or persons having full authority 9 to negotiate and settle the case on any terms2 at the conference. Consideration of settlement is a 10 serious matter that requires preparation prior to the settlement conference. Set forth below are the 11 procedures the Court will employ, absent good cause, in conducting the conference. 12 At least 21 days before the settlement conference, Plaintiff SHALL submit to Defendant via 13 fax or e-mail, a written itemization of damages and a meaningful3 settlement demand which includes a 14 brief explanation of why such a settlement is appropriate. Thereafter, no later than fourteen days 15 before the settlement conference, Defendant SHALL respond, via fax or e-mail, with an acceptance of 16 the offer or with a meaningful counteroffer, which includes a brief explanation of why such a 17 settlement is appropriate. 18 If settlement is not achieved, each party SHALL attach copies of their settlement offers to their 19 Confidential Settlement Conference Statement, as described below. Copies of these documents shall 20 not be filed on the court docket. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT 21 22 At least five court days prior to the Settlement Conference, the parties shall submit, directly to 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 Judge Seng’s chambers by e-mail to, a Confidential Settlement 2 Conference Statement. The statement should not be filed with the Clerk of the Court nor served on 3 any other party, although the parties may file a Notice of Lodging of Settlement Conference 4 Statement. Each statement shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date and time of the 5 Settlement Conference indicated prominently thereon. 6 The Confidential Settlement Conference Statement shall include the following: 7 A. A brief statement of the facts of the case. 8 B. A brief statement of the claims and defenses, i.e., statutory or other grounds upon which the claims are founded; a forthright evaluation of the parties' likelihood of prevailing on 9 the claims and defenses; and a description of the major issues in dispute. 10 11 C. A summary of the proceedings to date. 12 D. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial and trial. 13 E. The relief sought. 14 F. The party's position on settlement, including present demands and offers and a history of past settlement discussions, offers and demands. 15 16 XI. Request 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 provided 26 in both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of 27 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: January 12, 2017 /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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