Aliaga Aguero v. Esnoz, et al.

Filing 48

SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on 3/26/2024. Discovery Deadlines: Fact 3/24/2025; Expert 6/6/2025. Mid-Discovery Status Conference set for 2/4/2025 at 09:30 AM in Bakersfield (CDB) before Magistrate Judge Christoph er D. Baker. Non-Dispositive Motions filed by 6/23/2025. Dispositive Motions filed by 8/11/2025. Pretrial Conference set for 1/26/2026 at 01:30 PM in Courtroom 6 (KES) before District Judge Kirk E. Sherriff. Jury Trial set for 3/24/2026 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 6 (KES) before District Judge Kirk E. Sherriff. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 JOSE ANTONIO ALIAGA AGUERO, Plaintiff, 12 v. 13 14 PHILLIP T. ESNOZ, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 Case No. 1:22-cv-01237-KES-CDB SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) Discovery Deadlines: - Rule 26 Disclosures: March 29, 2024 - Amended Pleadings: July 27, 2024 - Expert Disclosures: April 7, 2025 - Rebuttal Disclosures: May 5, 2025 - Fact Discovery Cut-Off: March 24, 2025 - Expert Discovery Cut-Off: June 6, 2025 - Mid-Discovery Status Conference: February 4, 2025, at 9:30 a.m., in Bakersfield Federal Courthouse 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 Non-Dispositive Motion Deadlines: - Filing: June 23, 2025 - Hearing: July 25, 2025, at 10:30 a.m., Bakersfield Federal Courthouse 19 20 21 Dispositive Motion Deadlines: - Filing: August 11, 2025 - Hearing: September 22, 2025 1:30 p.m, in Robert E. Coyle Federal Courthouse, Fresno, Courtroom 6, 7th floor 22 23 24 25 Pre-Trial Conference: January 26, 2026, at 1:30 p.m., in Fresno Federal Courthouse 26 Trial: March 24, 2026, at 9:00 a.m., before District Judge Kirk E. Sherriff 27 28 /// 1 1 Plaintiff initiated this action on September 27, 2022, by filing a complaint against 2 Defendants Western Range Association (“Western Range”) and Phillip T. Esnoz, doing business 3 as Phillip Esnoz Farms, as well as trustee and beneficiary of the Esnoz, Joe S. & Sharron L. Trust, 4 and as the successor in interest of Joe S. Esnoz, doing business as Esnoz Farms and Joe S. Esnoz 5 (“Esnoz Defendants”). (Doc. 1). Plaintiff alleges that he was employed by Defendants as a 6 sheepherder and that Defendants violated, among other things, California’s employment laws, the 7 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”) 18 U.S.C § 1589 et seq., and 8 engaged in related unfair business practices and failed to meet sheepherder standards. The parties convened via Zoom videoconference for a scheduling conference before 9 10 Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on March 26, 2024. Amelia Haney appeared on behalf of 11 Plaintiff, Ryan Porte appeared on behalf of the Esnoz Defendants, and Alexandra Mills appeared 12 on behalf of Western Range 13 I. Magistrate Judge Consent: 14 Currently the parties do not jointly consent to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction. 15 Notice of Congested Docket and Court Policy of Trailing 16 Due to the District Judges’ heavy caseload, the adopted policy of the Fresno Division of the 17 Eastern District is to trail all civil cases. The parties are hereby notified that for a trial date set before a 18 District Judge, the parties will trail indefinitely behind any higher priority criminal or older civil case 19 set on the same date until a courtroom becomes available. The trial date will not be reset. 20 The Magistrate Judges’ availability is far more realistic and accommodating to parties than that 21 of the District Judges who carry the heaviest caseloads in the nation and who must prioritize criminal 22 and older civil cases over more recently filed civil cases. A Magistrate Judge may conduct trials, 23 including entry of final judgment, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 73, 24 and Local Rule 305. Any appeal from a judgment entered by a Magistrate Judge is taken directly to the 25 United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. 26 Therefore, the parties are directed to consider consenting to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction to 27 conduct all further proceedings, including trial, and to file a consent/decline form (provided by the 28 Court at the inception of this case) indicating whether they will consent to the jurisdiction of the 2 1 Magistrate Judge. 2 II. Pleading Amendment Any motions to amend the pleadings, including to substitute “Doe” defendants, must be filed by 3 4 July 27, 2024. Filing a motion and/or stipulation requesting leave to amend the pleadings does not 5 reflect on the propriety of the amendment or imply good cause to modify the existing schedule, if 6 necessary. All proposed amendments must (A) be supported by good cause pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 7 16(b) if the amendment requires any modification to the existing schedule, see Johnson v. Mammoth 8 Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992), and (B) establish, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), that 9 such an amendment is not (1) prejudicial to the opposing party, (2) the product of undue delay, (3) 10 proposed in bad faith, or (4) futile, see Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962). 11 III. 12 13 14 15 16 Discovery Plan and Cut-Off Date The parties shall exchange the initial disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) by no later than March 29, 2024. The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before March 24, 2025, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or before June 6, 2025. The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses1, in writing, on or before April 7, 2025, 17 and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before May 5, 2025. The written designation of retained and 18 non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), and (C) and shall 19 include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in compliance with this order 20 may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered through such experts that are 21 not disclosed pursuant to this order. 22 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts 23 and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions 24 included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may 25 include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony. 26 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 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. 3 A mid-discovery status conference is scheduled for February 4, 2025, at 9:30 a.m. before 4 Judge Baker. Counsel SHALL file a joint mid-discovery status conference report no later than one 5 week before the conference. Counsel also SHALL lodge the joint status report via e-mail to 6 The joint status report SHALL outline the discovery counsel have 7 completed and that which needs to be completed as well as any impediments to completing discovery 8 within the deadlines set forth in this order. Counsel SHALL discuss settlement and certify in the joint 9 status report (1) that they have met/conferred regarding settlement, and (2) proposed dates for 10 convening a settlement conference before a U.S. Magistrate Judge if the parties jointly believe a 11 settlement conference would be fruitful. 12 IV. Pre-Trial Motion Schedule 13 All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed no later 14 than June 23, 20252 and heard on or before July 25, 2025, at 10:30 a.m. Discovery motions shall be 15 set before Judge Baker. For these hearings and at the direction of the Courtroom Deputy Clerk, the 16 Court may direct counsel to appear remotely (via Zoom). For hearings noticed to occur in-person, the 17 Court may permit counsel to appear remotely (via Zoom) provided the Courtroom Deputy Clerk 18 receives a written notice of the request to appear remotely no later than five court days before the 19 noticed hearing date. 20 No motion to amend or stipulation to amend the case schedule will be entertained unless it is 21 filed at least one week before the first deadline the parties wish to extend. Likewise, no written 22 discovery motions shall be filed without the prior approval Judge Baker. A party with a discovery 23 dispute must first confer with the opposing party in a good faith effort to resolve by agreement the 24 issues in dispute. If that good faith effort is unsuccessful, the moving party promptly shall seek a 25 hearing with all involved parties and Judge Baker. To schedule this hearing, the parties are ordered to 26 27 28 2 Non-dispositive motions related to non-expert discovery SHALL be filed within a reasonable time of discovery of the dispute, but in no event later than 30 days after the expiration of the nonexpert discovery deadline. 4 1 contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk, Susan Hall, at (661) 326-6620 or via email at 2 At least three days before the conference, counsel SHALL file informal 3 letter briefs detailing their positions. The briefs may not exceed 7 pages, excluding exhibits. Counsel 4 must comply with Local Rule 251 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied 5 without prejudice and dropped from the Court’s calendar. All dispositive pre-trial motions shall be filed no later than August 11, 2025, and heard no later 6 7 than September 22, 2025, before Judge Sherriff at 1:30 p.m. In scheduling such motions, counsel shall 8 comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and Local Rules 230 and 260. 9 V. Motions for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication At least 21 days before filing a motion for summary judgment or motion for summary 10 11 adjudication, the parties are ORDERED to meet, in person or by telephone, to confer about the issues to 12 be raised in the motion. 13 The purpose of the meeting shall be to: 1) avoid filing motions for summary judgment where a 14 question of fact exists; 2) determine whether the respondent agrees that the motion has merit in whole 15 or in part; 3) discuss whether issues can be resolved without the necessity of briefing; 4) narrow the 16 issues for review by the court; 5) explore the possibility of settlement before the parties incur the 17 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 18 19 statement of undisputed facts at least five days before the conference. The finalized joint statement of 20 undisputed facts SHALL include all facts that the parties agree, for purposes of the motion, may be 21 deemed true. In addition to the requirements of Local Rule 260, the moving party shall file the joint 22 statement of undisputed facts. In the notice of motion, the moving party SHALL certify that the parties have met and 23 24 conferred as ordered above or set forth a statement of good cause for the failure to meet and confer. 25 Failure to comply may result in the motion being stricken. 26 VI. 27 28 Pre-Trial Conference Date January 26, 2026, at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Sherriff. The parties are ordered to file a Joint Pretrial Statement pursuant to Local Rule 281(a)(2). The parties are further directed to submit a digital 5 1 copy of their pretrial statement in Word format, to Judge Sherriff’s chambers. Counsels’ attention is directed to Rules 281 and 282 of the Local Rules of Practice for the 2 3 Eastern District of California, as to the obligations of counsel in preparing for the pre-trial conference. 4 The Court will insist upon strict compliance with those rules. In addition to the matters set forth in the 5 Local Rules the Joint Pretrial Statement shall include a Joint Statement of the case to be used by the 6 Court to explain the nature of the case to the jury during voir dire. 7 VII. Trial Date 8 March 24, 2026, at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 6 before the Honorable Kirk E. Sherriff. 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 VIII. Request for Bifurcation, Appointment of Special Master, or other 14 Techniques to Shorten Trial 15 Not applicable at this time. 16 IX. There are no pending related matters. 17 18 Related Matters Pending X. Compliance with Federal Procedure All counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 19 20 and the Local Rules of Practice of the Eastern District of California, and to keep abreast of any 21 amendments thereto. The Court must insist upon compliance with these Rules if it is to efficiently 22 handle its increasing case load and sanctions will be imposed for failure to follow both the Federal 23 Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of California. 24 XI. 25 Effect of this Order The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda most 26 suitable to dispose of this case. The trial date reserved is specifically reserved for this case. If the 27 parties determine at any time that the schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered 28 6 1 to notify the court immediately of that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by 2 subsequent status conference. 3 The dates set in this Order are considered to be firm and will not be modified absent a 4 showing of good cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations 5 extending the deadlines contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by 6 affidavits or declarations, and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause 7 for granting the relief requested. 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. 9 10 Dated: March 26, 2024 ___________________ _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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