Nipper v. Alder Holdings LLC

Filing 12

CLASS CERTIFICATION SCHEDULING ORDER, signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on 11/14/2023. Mid-Discovery Status Conference set for 6/7/2024 at 09:30 AM in Bakersfield (CDB) before Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker. Motion Deadlines: Filed by 10/15/2024; Opposition by 11/25/2024; Reply by 12/9/2024; Hearing 1/3/2025 at 10:30 AM. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 JOSEPH NIPPER, on behalf of himself, and all others similarly situated, CLASS CERTIFICATION SCHEDULING ORDER Plaintiff, 13 14 15 Case No.: 1:23-cv-01239-ADA-CDB v. ALDER HOLDINGS, LLC, Defendant. 16 17 Discovery Deadlines: Fact Discovery Cut-off: August 2, 2024 Mid-Discovery Status Conference: June 7, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Expert Disclosures: August 16, 2024 Rebuttal Disclosures: August 30, 2024 Expert Discovery Cut-off: September 30, 2024 Motion Deadlines: Filing: October 15, 2024 Opposition: November 25, 2024 Reply: December 9, 2024 Hearing: January 3, 2025, at 10:30 a.m. 18 19 20 21 22 Discovery is now open for all discovery pertaining to the class certification motion and to the 23 merits only to the extent it overlaps with the class issues. All non-expert discovery related to the 24 motion for class certification shall be completed no later than August 2, 2024, and all discovery 25 pertaining to experts shall be completed by September 30, 2024. Both sides may conduct discovery 26 as to the evidence relied upon in support of the motion and in opposition to the motion for class 27 certification. 28 1 1 The parties are directed to disclose, in writing, all expert witnesses to be used in connection 2 with class certified by August 16, 2024, and to disclose all rebuttal experts by August 30, 2024. The 3 written designation of retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B), and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to 5 designate experts in compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or 6 other evidence offered through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order. 7 The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to 8 experts and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and 9 opinions included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, 10 11 12 which may 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 disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced. 13 The parties are advised that compliance with discovery cutoff dates requires that motions to 14 compel be filed and heard sufficiently in advance of each of the respective cutoffs so that the Court 15 may grant effective relief within the allotted discovery time. A party’s failure to have a discovery 16 dispute heard sufficiently in advance of this discovery cutoff may result in denial of the motion as 17 untimely. 18 The Court sets a mid-discovery status conference on June 7, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. before 19 Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker. Counsel shall file a joint mid-discovery status conference 20 report no later than one week before the conference. Counsel also shall lodge the joint status report 21 via e-mail to The joint status report shall outline the discovery 22 counsel have completed and that which needs to be completed as well as any impediments to 23 completing the discovery within the deadlines set forth in this order. 24 Motion for class certification 25 The motion for class certification shall be filed no later than October 15, 2024. Opposition 26 to the motion shall be filed no later than November 25, 2024. Any reply shall be filed no later than 27 December 9, 2024. 28 Neither the motion nor the opposition shall exceed 25 pages, exclusive of evidence and 2 1 evidentiary objections, unless leave is granted by the Court prior to the filing. Any reply shall not 2 exceed 15 pages, exclusive of evidentiary objections. 3 4 5 6 Any objections to the evidence shall be filed at the same time as the opposition (for Defendant) and the reply (for Plaintiff).1 The hearing on the motion for class certification, to be heard by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker, is set for January 3, 2025, at 10:30 a.m. 7 Compliance with Federal Procedure 8 All counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 9 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 Effect of this Order 14 The foregoing order represents the best estimate of the court and counsel as to the agenda 15 most suitable to resolve class certification in this case. If the parties determine at any time that the 16 schedule outlined in this order cannot be met, counsel are ordered to notify the court immediately of 17 that fact so that adjustments may be made, either by stipulation or by subsequent status conference. 18 The dates set in this order are firm and will not be modified absent a showing of good 19 cause even if the request to modify is made by stipulation. Stipulations extending the deadlines 20 contained herein will not be considered unless they are accompanied by affidavits or 21 declarations, and where appropriate attached exhibits, which establish good cause for granting 22 the relief requested. 23 24 25 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of sanctions. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 14, 2023 ___________________ 26 _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 27 No motions to strike evidence will be entertained. If the Court sustains an objection to a piece of evidence, the evidence will not be considered. 1 28 3

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