Ruiz v. Allstate Northbrook Indemnity Company et al

Filing 5

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 6/3/2021. Pleading Amendment Deadline 9/7/2021. Discovery Deadlines: Non-Expert 12/7/2021; Expert 2/11/2022. Mid-Discovery Status Conference set for 9/13/2021 at 08:30 AM in Bake rsfield, 510 19th Street before Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 2/11/2022; Hearing by 3/11/2022. Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filed by 3/25/2022; Hearing by 4/22/2022. Pretrial Conference set for 8/29/2022 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 4. (Hall, S)

Download PDF
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 ALBA RUIZ, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ALLSTATE NORTHBROOK INDEMNITY ) ) COMPANY, et al., ) ) Defendants. ) ) Case No.: 1:21-cv-00310-NONE-JLT SCHEDULING ORDER1 (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Pleading Amendment Deadline: 9/7/2021 Discovery Deadlines: Initial Disclosures: 6/21/2021 Non-Expert: 12/7/2021 Expert: 2/11/2022 Mid-Discovery Status Conference: 9/13/2021 at 8:30 a.m. 17 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 2/11/2022 Hearing: 3/11/2022 18 19 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: Filing: 3/25/2022 Hearing: 4/22/2022 20 21 22 Pre-Trial Conference: 8/29/2022 at 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 4 23 24 25 26 I. Magistrate Judge Consent: Notice of Congested Docket and Court Policy of Trailing Due to the District Judges’ heavy caseload, the adopted policy of the Fresno Division of the 27 28 1 Because of this Court’s General Order 612 and because the Court finds the joint report adequately sets forth the information for the scheduling order, the scheduling conference is VACATED. 1 1 Eastern District is to trail all civil cases. The parties are hereby notified that for a trial date set before a 2 District Judge, the parties will trail indefinitely behind any higher priority criminal or older civil case 3 set on the same date until a courtroom becomes available. The trial date will not be reset. The Magistrate Judges’ availability is far more realistic and accommodating to parties than that 4 5 of the U.S. District Judges who carry the heaviest caseloads in the nation and who must prioritize 6 criminal and older civil cases over more recently filed civil cases. A United States Magistrate Judge 7 may conduct trials, including entry of final judgment, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), Federal Rule of 8 Civil Procedure 73, and Local Rule 305. Any appeal from a judgment entered by a United States 9 Magistrate Judge is taken directly to the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. The Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, whenever possible, is utilizing United 10 11 States Article III District Court Judges from throughout the nation as Visiting Judges. Pursuant to the 12 Local Rules, Appendix A, such reassignments will be random, and the parties will receive no advance 13 notice before their case is reassigned to an Article III District Court Judge from outside of the Eastern 14 District of California. Therefore, the parties are directed to consider consenting to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction to 15 16 conduct all further proceedings, including trial. Within 10 days of the date of this order, counsel 17 SHALL file a consent/decline form (provided by the Court at the inception of this case) indicating 18 whether they will consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge. 19 II. Pleading Amendment Deadline Any requested pleading amendments are ordered to be filed, either through a stipulation or 20 21 motion to amend, no later than September 7, 2021. 22 III. 23 24 25 26 27 28 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 21, 2021. The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before December 7, 2021 and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before February 11, 2022. The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses, in writing, on or before December 21, 2021, and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before January 11, 2022. The written designation of 2 1 retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), 2 and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in 3 compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered 4 through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order. The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts 5 6 and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions 7 included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may 8 include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony. The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e) regarding a party's duty to timely supplement 9 10 disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced. The Court sets a mid-discovery status conference on September 13, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. before 11 12 the Magistrate Judge Thurston, located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, California. Counsel SHALL file 13 a joint mid-discovery status conference report one week before the conference. Counsel also SHALL 14 lodge the status report via e-mail to The joint statement SHALL outline 15 the discovery counsel have completed and that which needs to be completed as well as any 16 impediments to completing the discovery within the deadlines set forth in this order. Counsel SHALL 17 discuss settlement and certify that they have done so. Counsel may appear via teleconference by 18 dialing (888) 557-8511 and entering Access Code 1652736, provided the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom 19 Deputy Clerk receives a written notice of the intent to appear telephonically no later than five court 20 days before the noticed hearing date. 21 IV. 22 Pre-Trial Motion Schedule All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 23 than February 11, 20222 and heard on or before March 11, 2022. Non-dispositive motions are heard 24 before the Honorable Jennifer L. Thurston, United States Magistrate Judge at the United States 25 Courthouse in Bakersfield, California. 26 No motion to amend or stipulation to amend the case schedule will be entertained unless it 27 28 2 Non-dispositive motions related to non-expert discovery SHALL be filed within a reasonable time of discovery of the dispute but not later than 30 days after the expiration of the non-expert discovery deadline. 3 1 is filed at least one week before the first deadline the parties wish to extend. Likewise, no written 2 discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval of the assigned Magistrate Judge. A party 3 with a discovery dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good faith effort to resolve by 4 agreement the issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the moving party promptly 5 shall seek a telephonic hearing with all involved parties and the Magistrate Judge. It shall be the 6 obligation of the moving party to arrange and originate the conference call to the court. To schedule 7 this telephonic hearing, the parties are ordered to contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk, Susan Hall, at 8 (661) 326-6620 or via email at Counsel must comply with Local Rule 251 9 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice and dropped 10 from the Court’s calendar. Counsel may appear and argue non-dispositive motions via teleconference by dialing (888) 557- 11 12 8511 and entering Access Code 1652736, provided the Magistrate Judge's Courtroom Deputy Clerk 13 receives a written notice of the intent to appear telephonically no later than five court days before the 14 noticed hearing date. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than March 25, 2022 and heard no later 15 16 than April 22, 2022, in Courtroom 4 at 8:30 a.m. In scheduling such motions, counsel shall comply 17 with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and Local Rules 230 and 260. 18 V. Motions for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication 19 At least 21 days before filing a motion for summary judgment or motion for summary 20 adjudication, the parties are ORDERED to meet, in person or by telephone, to confer about the issues 21 to be raised in the motion. 22 The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 23 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole 24 or in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the 25 issues for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the 26 expense of briefing a motion; and 6) to develop a joint statement of undisputed facts. 27 28 The moving party SHALL initiate the meeting and SHALL provide a complete, proposed statement of undisputed facts at least five days before the conference. The finalized joint statement of 4 1 undisputed facts SHALL include all facts that the parties agree, for purposes of the motion, may be 2 deemed true. In addition to the requirements of Local Rule 260, the moving party shall file the joint 3 statement of undisputed facts. In the notice of motion, the moving party SHALL certify that the parties have met and 4 5 conferred as ordered above, or set forth a statement of good cause for the failure to meet and confer. 6 Failure to comply may result in the motion being stricken. 7 VI. Pre-Trial Conference Date 8 August 29, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 4. 9 The parties are ordered to file a Joint Pretrial Statement pursuant to Local Rule 281(a)(2). 10 The parties are further directed to submit a digital copy of their pretrial statement in Word format by 11 email at Counsels' attention is directed to Rules 281 and 282 of the Local Rules of Practice for the 12 13 Eastern District of California, as to the obligations of counsel in preparing for the pre-trial conference. 14 The Court will insist upon strict compliance with those rules. In addition to the matters set forth in the 15 Local Rules the Joint Pretrial Statement shall include a Joint Statement of the case to be used by the 16 Court to explain the nature of the case to the jury during voir dire. 17 VII. Settlement Conference The parties intend to engage in private mediation. However, they parties may jointly request a 18 19 settlement conference if they believe one is likely to be fruitful. 20 VIII. Request for Bifurcation, Appointment of Special Master, or other Techniques to Shorten 21 Trial Not applicable. 22 23 IX. There are no pending related matters. 24 25 26 Related Matters Pending X. Compliance with Federal Procedure All counsel SHALL familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the 27 Local Rules of Practice of the Eastern District of California, and to keep abreast of any amendments 28 thereto. The Court must insist upon compliance with these Rules if it is to efficiently handle its 5 1 increasing case load and sanctions will be imposed for failure to follow both the Federal Rules of Civil 2 Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of California. 3 XI. 4 Effect of this Order The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda most 5 suitable to dispose of this case. The trial date reserved is specifically reserved for this case. If the 6 parties determine at any time that the schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered 7 to notify the court immediately of that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by 8 subsequent status conference. 9 The dates set in this order are firm and will not be modified absent a showing of good 10 cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations extending the deadlines 11 contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by affidavits or declarations, 12 and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause for granting the relief 13 requested. 14 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions. 15 16 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 3, 2021 _ /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?