Northfield Insurance Company v. Sandy's Place, LLC, et al.

Filing 14

ORDER re-setting the Initial Scheduling Conference for 10/31/2019 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 10 (EPG) before Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean. Order signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 10/4/2019. (Rooney, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 NORTHFIELD INSURANCE COMPANY, Case No. 1:19-CV-00897 LJO EPG Plaintiff(s), ORDER SETTING MANDATORY SCHEDULING CONFERENCE 12 13 v. DATE: October 31, 2019 14 TIME: 10:30 A.M. 15 SANDY’S PLACE, LLC, ET AL., 16 Defendant(s). 17 COURTROOM: 10 (6th Floor) ERICA P. GROSJEAN U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE 18 19 Pursuant to the recusal of United States Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto, and the 20 reassignment of this matter to United States Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean, the Scheduling 21 Conference previously set for October 31, 2019, at 9:30 AM will now be held on the same day at 22 10:30 AM before Judge Grosjean, in Courtroom 10 at the United States Courthouse, 2500 Tulare 23 Street, Fresno, CA 93721. 24 Appearance at Scheduling Conference 25 Attendance at the Scheduling Conference is mandatory for all parties. Parties may appear 26 by their counsel, if represented. If a party is not represented by counsel, they must appear 27 personally at the Scheduling Conference. Telephonic appearances are not available for pro se 28 1 1 parties, i.e., those not represented by counsel. Trial counsel should participate in this Scheduling 2 Conference whenever possible. If one or more parties are represented by counsel and wish to 3 appear telephonically, counsel shall email Michelle Means Rooney, Courtroom Deputy Clerk, at 4, sufficiently in advance of the conference so that a notation can be 5 placed on the court calendar. To appear telephonically, each party shall dial 1 (888) 251 − 2909 6 and enter access code 1024453. Additionally, counsel are directed to indicate on the face page of 7 their Joint Scheduling Report that the conference will be telephonic. 8 Joint Scheduling Report 9 A Joint Scheduling Report, carefully prepared and executed by all counsel, shall be 10 electronically filed in CM/ECF, one (1) full week prior to the Scheduling Conference and shall be 11 emailed in Word format to The Joint Scheduling Report shall 12 indicate the date, time, and courtroom of the Scheduling Conference. This information is to be 13 placed opposite the caption on the first page of the Report. 14 At least twenty (20) days prior to the Mandatory Scheduling Conference, trial counsel for 15 all parties shall conduct a conference at a mutually agreed upon time and place. This should 16 preferably be a personal conference between all counsel but a telephonic conference call 17 involving all counsel/pro se parties is permissible. The Joint Scheduling Report shall contain the 18 following items by corresponding numbered paragraphs: 19 20 1. Summary of the factual and legal contentions set forth in the pleadings of each party, including the relief sought by any party presently before the Court. 21 2. Summary of major disputed facts and contentions of law. 22 3. A proposed deadline for amendments to pleadings. Any proposed amendment to 23 the pleadings shall be referenced in the Scheduling Conference Report. If the matter cannot be 24 resolved at the Scheduling Conference, the moving party shall file a motion to amend in 25 accordance with the Local Rules of the Eastern District of California. 26 4. 27 motions, etc. 28 The status of all matters which are presently set before the Court, e.g., hearings of /// 2 1 5. A complete and detailed discovery plan addressing the following issues and 2 proposed dates: 3 a 4 5 A date for the exchange of initial disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) or a statement that disclosures have already been exchanged; b. A firm cut-off date for non-expert discovery. When setting this date, the 6 parties should consider that discovery cutoffs requires that motions to 7 compel be filed and heard sufficiently in advance of the deadline so that the 8 Court may grant effective relief within the allotted discovery time; 9 c. 10 A firm date for disclosure of expert witnesses, required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2), including a date for disclosure of rebuttal experts; 11 d. A firm cut-off date for all expert witness discovery; 12 e. Any proposed changes in the limits on discovery imposed by 13 14 Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b); 30(a)(2)(A), (B); 30(d); or 33(a); f. Whether the parties anticipate the need for a protective order relating to the 15 discovery of information relating to a trade secret or other confidential 16 research, development, or commercial information; 17 g. 18 19 Any issues or proposals relating to the timing, sequencing, phasing or scheduling of discovery; and h. 20 Whether the parties anticipate the need to take discovery outside the United States and, if so, a description of the proposed discovery. 21 Additional Disclosures Related to Electronic Discovery 22 1. Discovery Relating to Electronic, Digital and/or Magnetic Data. Prior to a 23 Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference, counsel should carefully investigate their respective 24 client’s information management system so that they are knowledgeable as to its 25 operation, including how information is stored and how it can be retrieved. Counsel shall 26 also conduct a reasonable review of their respective client’s computer files to ascertain the 27 contents thereof, including archival and legacy data (outdated formats or media), and 28 disclose in initial discovery (self-executing routine discovery) the computer-based 3 1 evidence which may be used to support claims or defenses. 2 2. The parties shall meet and confer regarding the following matters during 3 the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference, and address the status of Electronic Discovery and 4 any disagreements in their Statement, including: 5 a. 6 parties will take to segregate and preserve computer-based 7 information in order to avoid accusations of spoliation. 8 b. 9 agree as to the scope of e-mail discovery and attempt to agree upon 10 an e-mail search protocol. The parties should seek to agree on 11 search terms, custodians, and date ranges in advance of the 12 Conference so that any disputes can be addressed at the Conference. 13 c. 14 parties should confer regarding procedures for inadvertent 15 production of privileged electronic material, including any 16 obligations to notify the other party, and procedures for bringing 17 any disputes promptly to the Court. 18 d. 19 or not restoration of deleted information may be necessary, the 20 extent to which restoration of deleted information is needed, and 21 who will bear the costs of restoration; and the parties shall attempt 22 to agree whether or not back-up data may be necessary, the extent 23 to which backup data is needed and who will bear the cost of 24 obtaining back-up data. 25 26 6. Preservation: The parties shall attempt to agree on steps the Scope of E-mail Discovery: The parties shall attempt to Inadvertent Production of Privileged Information: The Data Restoration: The parties shall confer regarding whether Dates agreed to by all counsel for: a. Filing dispositive pre-trial motions (except motions in limine or other trial 27 motions). The dispositive motion filing deadline shall be at least twelve 28 (12) weeks prior to the proposed Pre-Trial Conference date, and the 4 1 hearing on dispositive motions shall be at least sixty (60) days before the 2 proposed Pre-trial Conference date. 3 b. A Pre-Trial Conference Date. 4 c. A Trial date. This date should be at least sixty (60) days after the proposed 5 6 Pre-Trial Conference date. 7. The parties are encouraged to discuss settlement, and must include a statement in 7 the Joint Scheduling Report as to the possibility of settlement. The parties shall indicate when 8 they desire a settlement conference, e.g., before further discovery, after discovery, after pre-trial 9 motions, etc. Among other things, counsel will be expected to discuss the possibility of settlement 10 at the Scheduling Conference. Note that, even if settlement negotiations are progressing, counsel 11 are expected to comply with the requirements of this Order unless otherwise excused by the 12 Court. If the entire case is settled, counsel shall promptly inform the Court. In the event of 13 settlement, counsel's presence at the conference, as well as the Joint Scheduling Report, will not 14 be required. 15 8. A statement as to whether the case is a jury or non-jury case. The parties shall 16 briefly outline their respective positions if there is a disagreement as to whether a jury trial has 17 been timely demanded, or as to whether a jury trial is available on some or all of the claims. 18 19 20 9. An estimate of the number of trial days is required. If the parties cannot agree, each party shall give his or her best estimate. 10. The parties' position regarding consent to proceed before a United States 21 magistrate judge. Note that the parties need not make a final decision on the issue of consent 22 until after the Scheduling Conference, but should state their current position in this Statement and 23 expect to make a final decision soon after the Scheduling Conference. 24 The parties may wish to consider that, when a civil trial is set before the district judges in 25 the Fresno Division, any criminal trial that conflicts with the civil trial will take priority, even if 26 the civil trial was set first. Continuances of civil trials under these circumstances may no longer 27 be entertained, absent good cause, but the civil trial may instead trail from day to day or week to 28 week until the completion of either the criminal case or the older civil case. 5 1 2 3 4 5 Parties are free to withhold consent or decline magistrate jurisdiction without adverse substantive consequences. 11. Whether either party requests bifurcation or phasing of trial or has any other suggestion for shortening or expediting discovery, pre-trial motions or trial. 12. Whether this matter is related to any matter pending in this court or any other 6 court, including bankruptcy court. 7 Scheduling Order 8 Following the Scheduling Conference, the Court will issue a Scheduling Order with the 9 benefit of the input of the parties. Once issued, the dates in the Scheduling Order shall be firm 10 and no extension shall be given without permission from the Court. 11 Lack of Participation in the Joint Scheduling Report 12 If any party fails to participate in the preparation of the Joint Scheduling Report, the non- 13 offending party shall detail the party’s effort to get the offending party to participate in the Joint 14 Scheduling Report. The non-offending party shall still file the report one (1) full week prior to 15 the Mandatory Scheduling Conference and shall list the non-offending party’s position on the 16 listed issues and proposed dates for a schedule. Absent good cause, the dates proposed by the 17 non-offending party will be presumed to be the dates offered by the parties. The offending party 18 may be subject to sanctions, including monetary sanctions to compensate the non-offending 19 party’s time and effort incurred in seeking compliance with this Scheduling Order. 20 Important Chambers' Information 21 The parties are directed to the Court’s website at under Judges; 22 Grosjean (EPG); Standard Information (in the area entitled “Case Management 23 Procedures”) for specific information regarding Chambers’ procedures. Information about law 24 and motion, scheduling conferences, telephonic appearances, and discovery disputes is provided 25 at this link. 26 Sanctions for Failure to Comply 27 Should counsel or a party appearing pro se fail to appear at the Mandatory Scheduling 28 Conference, or fail to comply with the directions as set forth above, an ex parte hearing may be 6 1 held and contempt sanctions, including monetary sanctions, dismissal, default, or other 2 appropriate judgment, may be imposed and/or ordered. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 DATED: October 4, 2019 /s/ ERICA P. GROSJEAN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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