Lopez et al v. County of Kern et al

Filing 14

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 8/18/2017. Stipulated Protective Order Deadline 9/1/2017. Consent/Decline due within 10 days. Pleading Amendment Deadline 12/11/2017. Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures 9/1 /2017; Non-Expert 3/26/2018; Expert 5/25/2018. Mid-Discovery Status Conference set for 12/11/2017 at 08:30 AM in Bakersfield, 510 19th Street before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 6/8/2018; Hearing by 7/6/2018. Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 7/20/2018; Hearing by 9/17/2018. Settlement Conference set for 10/26/2018 at 01:30 PM in Bakersfield, 510 19th Street before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Pretrial Conference set for 11/14/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 2 (AWI) before District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. Jury Trial set for 1/8/2019 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 ANAMARIA GONZALEZ LOPEZ, et al. 11 12 13 14 15 Plaintiffs, v. COUNTY OF KERN, Defendants. Case No.: 1:17-cv-0864 AWI JLT ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Stipulated Protective Order Deadline: 9/1/2017 Pleading Amendment Deadline: 12/11/2017 Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures: 9/1/2017 Non-Expert: 3/26/2018 Expert: 5/25/2018 Mid-Discovery Status Conference: 12/11/2017 at 8:30 a.m. 16 17 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 6/8/2018 Hearing: 7/6/2018 18 19 20 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 7/20/2018 Hearing: 9/17/2018 21 22 Settlement Conference: 10/26/2018 at 1:30 p.m. 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 23 24 Pre-Trial Conference: 11/14/2018 at 10:00 a.m. Courtroom 2 25 26 Trial: 27 28 1 1/8/2019 at 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 2 Jury trial: 7-10 days 1 I. August 18, 2017. 2 3 Date of Scheduling Conference II. Appearances of Counsel 4 Kevin LaHue appeared on behalf of Plaintiffs. 5 Marshal Fontes appeared on behalf of Defendants. 6 7 III. Information Concerning the Court’s Schedule Out of fairness, the Court believes it is necessary to forewarn litigants that the Fresno Division 8 of the Eastern District of California now has the heaviest District Court Judge caseload in the entire 9 nation. While the Court will use its best efforts to resolve this case and all other civil cases in a timely 10 manner, the parties are admonished that not all of the parties’ needs and expectations may be met as 11 expeditiously as desired. As multiple trials are now being set to begin upon the same date, parties may 12 find their case trailing with little notice before the trial begins. The law requires that the Court give any 13 criminal trial priority over civil trials or any other matter. The Court must proceed with a criminal trial 14 even if a civil trial was filed earlier and set for trial first. Continuances of any civil trial under these 15 circumstances will no longer be entertained, absent a specific and stated finding of good cause. All 16 parties should be informed that any civil trial set to begin during the time a criminal trial is proceeding 17 will trail the completion of the criminal trial. 18 The parties are reminded of the availability of a United States Magistrate Judge to conduct all 19 proceedings in this action. A United States Magistrate Judge is available to conduct trials, including 20 entry of final judgment, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 73, and Local 21 Rule 305. The same jury pool is used by both United States Magistrate Judges and United States 22 District Court Judges. Any appeal from a judgment entered by a United States Magistrate Judge is 23 taken directly to the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. The parties are informed that 24 no substantive rulings or decisions will be affected by whether a party chooses to consent. 25 Finally, the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, whenever possible, is utilizing 26 United States Article III District Court Judges from throughout the nation as Visiting Judges. Pursuant 27 to the Local Rules, Appendix A, reassignments will be random, and the parties will receive no advance 28 notice before their case is reassigned to an Article III District Court Judge from outside of the Eastern 2 1 District of California. Therefore, the parties are directed to consider consenting to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction to 2 3 conduct all further proceedings, including trial. Within 10 days of the date of this order, counsel 4 SHALL file a consent/decline form (provided by the Court at the inception of this case) indicating 5 whether they will consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge. 6 IV. Pleading Amendment Deadline Any requested pleading amendments are ordered to be filed, either through a stipulation or 7 8 motion to amend, no later than December 11, 2017. 9 V. 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) 11 on or before September 1, 2018. The parties SHALL file any stipulation for a protective order by 12 September 1, 2018. 13 14 15 The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before March 26, 2018, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before May 25, 2018. The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses1, in writing, on or before April 6, 2018, 16 and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before May 4, 2018. The written designation of retained and 17 non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), and (C) and 18 shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in compliance with 19 this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered through such 20 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. 3 A mid-discovery status conference is scheduled for December 11, 2017 at 8:30 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 JLTorders@caed.uscourts.gov. 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 teleconference by dialing (888) 557-8511 and entering Access Code 8 1652736, provided the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Deputy Clerk receives a written notice of the 9 intent to appear telephonically no later than five court days before the noticed hearing date. 10 11 VI. Pre-Trial Motion Schedule All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 12 than June 8, 2018, and heard on or before July 6, 2018. Non-dispositive motions are heard at 9:00 13 a.m., before the Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, United States Magistrate Judge, at the United States 14 District Courthouse located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, California. 15 No written discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval of the assigned 16 Magistrate Judge. A party with a discovery dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good 17 faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the 18 moving party promptly shall seek a telephonic hearing with all involved parties and the Magistrate 19 Judge. It shall be the obligation of the moving party to arrange and originate the conference call to the 20 court. To schedule this telephonic hearing, the parties are ordered to contact Courtroom Deputy Clerk, 21 Susan Hall at (661) 326-6620 or via email at SHall@caed.uscourts.gov. Counsel must comply with 22 Local Rule 251 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice 23 and dropped from calendar. 24 In scheduling such motions, the Magistrate Judge may grant applications for an order shortening 25 time pursuant to Local Rule 144(e). However, if counsel does not obtain an order shortening time, the 26 notice of motion must comply with Local Rule 251. 27 28 Counsel may appear and argue non-dispositive motions via teleconference by dialing (888) 5578511 and entering Access Code 1652736, provided the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Deputy Clerk 4 1 receives a written notice of the intent to appear telephonically no later than five court days before the 2 noticed hearing date. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than July 20, 2018, and heard no later 3 4 than September 17, 2018, in Courtroom 2 at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United 5 States District Court Judge. In scheduling such motions, counsel shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 6 and Local Rules 230 and 260. 7 VII. 8 9 10 11 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 be raised in the motion. The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 12 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole or 13 in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the issues 14 for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the expense of 15 briefing a motion; and 6) to develop a joint statement of undisputed facts. 16 The moving party SHALL initiate the meeting and SHALL provide a complete, proposed 17 statement of undisputed facts at least five days before the conference. The finalized joint statement of 18 undisputed facts SHALL include all facts that the parties agree, for purposes of the motion, may be 19 deemed true. In addition to the requirements of Local Rule 260, the moving party shall file the joint 20 statement of undisputed facts. 21 In the notice of motion the moving party SHALL certify that the parties have met and conferred 22 as ordered above, or set forth a statement of good cause for the failure to meet and confer. Failure to 23 comply may result in the motion being stricken. 24 VIII. Pre-Trial Conference Date 25 November 14, 2018, 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 AWIOrders@caed.uscourts.gov. 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. January 8, 2019, 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: 7-10 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 14 A Settlement Conference is scheduled for October 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.located at 510 19th 15 Street, Bakersfield, California. Notwithstanding the provisions of Local Rule 270(b), the settlement 16 conference will be conducted by Magistrate Judge Thurston. The Court deems the deviation from the 17 Local Rule to be appropriate and in the interests of the parties and the interests of justice and sound case 18 management based upon the location of the parties. If any party prefers that the settlement conference 19 be conducted by a judicial officer not already assigned to this case, the joint request for the 20 settlement conference should indicate this preference. 21 Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorneys who will try the case shall 22 appear at the Settlement Conference with the parties and the person or persons having full authority 23 to negotiate and settle the case on any terms2 at the conference. Consideration of settlement is a 24 serious matter that requires preparation prior to the settlement conference. Set forth below are the 25 procedures the Court will employ, absent good cause, in conducting the conference. 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 authority, if he or she deems it appropriate, to settle the action on terms consistent with the opposing party's most recent demand. 6 1 At least 21 days before the settlement conference, Plaintiff SHALL submit to Defendant via 2 fax or e-mail, a written itemization of damages and a meaningful3 settlement demand which includes a 3 brief explanation of why such a settlement is appropriate. Thereafter, no later than 14 days before the 4 settlement conference, Defendant SHALL respond, via fax or e-mail, with an acceptance of the offer or 5 with a meaningful counteroffer, which includes a brief explanation of why such a settlement is 6 appropriate. 7 If settlement is not achieved, each party SHALL attach copies of their settlement offers to their 8 Confidential Settlement Conference Statement, as described below. Copies of these documents shall 9 not be filed on the court docket. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENT 10 11 At least five court days before the Settlement Conference, the parties shall submit, directly to 12 Judge Thurston's chambers by e-mail to JLTOrders@caed.uscourts.gov, a Confidential Settlement 13 Conference Statement. The statement should not be filed with the Clerk of the Court nor served on 14 any other party, although the parties may file a Notice of Lodging of Settlement Conference 15 Statement. Each statement shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date and time of the 16 Settlement Conference indicated prominently thereon. 17 The Confidential Settlement Conference Statement shall include the following: 18 A. A brief statement of the facts of the case. 19 B. A brief statement of the claims and defenses, i.e., statutory or other grounds upon which 20 the claims are founded; a forthright evaluation of the parties' likelihood of prevailing on 21 the claims and defenses; and a description of the major issues in dispute. 22 C. A summary of the proceedings to date. 23 D. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial and trial. 24 E. The relief sought. 25 F. The party's position on settlement, including present demands and offers and a history of 26 27 28 3 “Meaningful” means 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. 7 past settlement discussions, offers and demands. 1 2 XI. Requests for Bifurcation, Appointment of Special Master, or other 3 Techniques to Shorten Trial 4 Not applicable at this time. 5 6 7 8 9 XII. Related Matters Pending There are no pending related matters. XIII. Compliance with Federal Procedure All counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice of the Eastern District of California, and to keep abreast of any 10 amendments thereto. The Court must insist upon compliance with these Rules if it is to efficiently 11 handle its increasing case load, and sanctions will be imposed for failure to follow both the Federal 12 Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of California. 13 XIV. Effect of this Order 14 The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda most 15 suitable to dispose of this case. The trial date reserved is specifically reserved for this case. If the 16 parties determine at any time that the schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered 17 to notify the court immediately of that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by 18 subsequent status conference. 19 The dates set in this Order are considered to be firm and will not be modified absent a 20 showing of good cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations 21 extending the deadlines contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by 22 affidavits or declarations, and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause 23 for granting the relief requested. 24 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions. 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 18, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 8

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