Johnson v. Whitlow et al
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER signed by Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr on 8/19/09 ORDERING that Discovery ddl 10/1/2010; Designation of Expert Witnesses ddl 10/15/2010; Dispositive Motions Hearing ddl 2/11/2011. Final Pretrial Conference set for 4/15/2011 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 2 (FCD) before Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. Jury Trial set for 6/21/2011 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 2 (FCD) before Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. Case Referred to VDRP. (Duong, D)
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SCOTT N. JOHNSON, Plaintiff, v. RICHARD AARON WHITLOW, et. al., Defendants. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
NO. CIV. S-09-1361 FCD DAD STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER
After reviewing the parties' Joint Status Report filed August 18, 2009, the court makes
17 the following orders:
I. SERVICE OF PROCESS All named defendants have been served and no further service is permitted without leave
20 of court, good cause having been shown.
II. ADDITIONAL PARTIES/AMENDMENTS/PLEADINGS No further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is permitted without leave of
23 court, good cause having been shown. See Fed. R. Civ. P.16 (b); Johnson v. Mammoth 24 Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604 (9th Cir. 1992). 25 26 28 / / /
III. JURISDICTION/VENUE Jurisdiction is predicated upon 28 U.S.C. § 1331, and Venue on 28 U.S.C.§ 1391(b).
27 Jurisdiction and venue are not disputed.
All discovery shall be completed by October 1, 2010. In this context, "completed"
3 means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and 4 any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, 5 where discovery has been ordered, the order has been obeyed. All motions to compel discovery 6 must be noticed on the magistrate judge's calendar in accordance with the local rules of this 7 court. 8 9
V. DISCLOSURE OF EXPERT WITNESSES All counsel are to designate in writing, file with the court, and serve upon all other
10 parties the name, address, and area of expertise of each expert that they propose to tender at trial 11 not later than October 15, 2010. The designation shall be accompanied by a written report 12 prepared and signed by the witness. The report shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B). 13 By November 5, 2010, any party who previously disclosed expert witnesses may submit a 14 supplemental list of expert witnesses who will express an opinion on a subject covered by an 15 expert designated by an adverse party, if the party supplementing an expert witness designation 16 has not previously retained an expert to testify on that subject. The supplemental designation 17 shall be accompanied by a written report which shall also comply with the conditions as stated 1 8 above. 19
Failure of a party to comply with the disclosure schedule as set forth above in all
20 likelihood will preclude that party from calling the expert witness at the time of trial. An expert 21 witness not appearing on the designation will not be permitted to testify unless the party offering 22 the witness demonstrates: (a) that the necessity for the witness could not have been reasonably 23 anticipated at the time the list was proffered; (b) that the court and opposing counsel were 24 promptly notified upon discovery of the witness; and (c) that the witness was promptly made 25 available for deposition. 26
For purposes of this scheduling order, an "expert" is any person who my be used at trial
27 to present evidence under Rules 702, 703, and 705 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which 28 include both "percipient experts" (persons who, because of their expertise, have rendered expert
1 opinions in the normal course of their work duties or observations pertinent to the issues in the 2 case) and "retained experts" (persons specifically designated by a party to be a testifying expert 3 for the purposes of litigation). Each party shall identify whether a disclosed expert is percipient, 4 retained, or both. It will be assumed that a party designating a retained expert has acquired the 5 express permission of the witness to be so listed. Parties designating percipient experts must 6 state in the designation who is responsible for arranging the deposition of such persons. 7
All experts designated are to be fully prepared at the time of designation to render an
8 informed opinion, and give their bases for their opinion, so that they will be able to give full and 9 complete testimony at any deposition taken by the opposing party. Experts will not be permitted 10 to testify at the trial as to any information gathered or evaluated, or opinion formed, after 11 deposition taken subsequent to designation. All expert discovery shall be completed by 12 December 6, 2010. 13 14
VI. MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE All dispositive motions, except motions for continuances, temporary restraining orders or
15 other emergency applications, shall be heard no later than February 11, 2011. The parties may 16 obtain available hearing dates by calling Michele Krueger, Deputy Courtroom Clerk, (916) 93017 4163. 18 20 21 22 23
All purely legal issues are to be resolved by timely pretrial motions. Local Rule 78-230
19 governs the calendaring and procedures of civil motions with the following additions:
(a) (b) The opposition and reply must be filed by 4:00 p.m. on the day due; and When the last day for filing an opposition brief falls on a legal holiday, the opposition brief shall be filed on the last court day immediately preceding the legal holiday.
24 Failure to comply with Local Rule 78-230(c), as modified by this order, may be deemed consent 25 to the motion and the court may dispose of the motion summarily. Brydges v. Lewis, 18 F.3d 26 27 28
1 651, 652-53 (9th Cir. 1994). Further, failure to timely oppose a summary judgment motion1 may 2 result in the granting of that motion if the movant shifts the burden to the nonmovant to 3 demonstrate that a genuine issue of material fact remains for trial. Marshall v. Gates, 44 F.3d 4 722 (9th Cir. 1995). 5
The court places a page limit of twenty (20) pages on all initial moving papers, twenty
6 (20) pages on oppositions, and ten (10) pages for replies. All requests for page limit increases 7 must be made through the courtroom deputy clerk at least fourteen (14) days prior to the filing of 8 the motion. 9 11
For the court's convenience, citations to Supreme Court cases should include parallel
10 citations to the Supreme Court Reporter.
The parties are reminded that a motion in limine is a pretrial procedural device designed
12 to address the admissibility of evidence. The court will look with disfavor upon dispositional 13 motions (except those noted on page 3) presented at the Final Pretrial Conference or at trial in 14 the guise of motions in limine. 15
The parties are cautioned that failure to raise a dispositive legal issue that could
16 have been tendered to the court by proper pretrial motion prior to the dispositive motion 17 cut-off date may constitute waiver of such issue. 18 19
VII. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE The Final Pretrial Conference is set for April 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. At least one of the
20 attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties shall attend the Final Pretrial 21 Conference. If by reason of illness or other unavoidable circumstance a trial attorney is unable 22 to attend, the attorney who attends in place of the trial attorney shall have equal familiarity with 23 the case and equal authorization to make commitments on behalf of the client. 24
Counsel for all parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of the Final Pretrial
25 Conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of witnesses for 26 oral testimony. The parties shall confer and file, not later than seven (7) calendar days prior to 27
28 or who must oppose a motion for summary judgment to review Local Rule 56-260.
The court urges any party that contemplates bringing a motion for summary judgment
1 the Final Pretrial Conference, a joint pretrial statement. The provisions of Local Rules 16-281 2 shall apply with respect to the matters to be included in the joint pretrial statement. In addition 3 to those subjects listed in Local Rule 16-281(b), the parties are to provide the court with a plain, 4 concise statement that identifies every non-discovery motion tendered to the court and its 5 resolution. 6 8
Failure to comply with Local Rule 16-281, as modified by this order, may be grounds for
Concurrently with the filing of the Joint Final Pretrial Conference Statement,
9 counsel shall submit to chambers the word processing version of the statement, in its 10 entirety (including the witness and exhibit lists) to: email@example.com. 11 The parties shall, in a concise manner, jointly identify only undisputed core facts 12 separately that are relevant to each claim. Disputed core facts should then be identified in 13 the same manner. The parties are reminded not to identify every fact in dispute but only 14 those disputed facts that are essential to the formulation of each claim. Each disputed 15 fact and undisputed fact should be separately numbered or lettered. Where the parties 16 are unable to agree what are the core disputed facts, they should nevertheless list 17 core disputed facts in the above manner. 18 20 Each party shall identify and concisely list each disputed evidentiary issue which
Each party shall identify the points of law which concisely describe the legal issues of the
19 will be the subject of a party's motion in limine. 21 trial which will be discussed in the parties' respective trial briefs. Points of law should reflect 22 issues derived from the core undisputed and disputed facts. Parties shall not include argument 23 or authorities with any point of law. 24
The parties shall prepare a joint statement of the case in plain concise language which
25 will be read to the jury at the beginning of the trial. The purpose of the joint statement is to 26 inform the jury what the case is about. 27
The parties are reminded that pursuant to Local Rule 16-281 they are required to attach to
28 the Final Pretrial Conference Statement an exhibit listing witnesses and exhibits they propose to
1 offer at trial. After the name of each witness, each party shall provide a brief statement of the 2 nature of the testimony to be proffered. The parties may file a joint list or each party may file 3 separate lists. These list(s) shall not be contained in the body of the Final Pretrial Conference 4 Statement itself, but shall be attached as separate documents to be used as addenda to the Final 5 Pretrial Order. 6
Plaintiff's exhibits shall be listed numerically. Defendant's exhibits shall be listed
7 alphabetically. The parties shall use the standard exhibit stickers provided by the court: pink for 8 plaintiff and blue for defendant. In the event that the alphabet is exhausted, the exhibits shall be 9 marked "AA-ZZ". However, if the amount of defendant exhibits exceeds "ZZ" exhibits shall be 10 then listed as A-3, A-4, A-5 etc. All multi page exhibits shall be stapled or otherwise fastened 11 together and each page within the exhibit shall be numbered. The list of exhibits shall not 12 include excerpts of depositions, which may be used to impeach witnesses. In the event that 13 plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) offer the same exhibit during trial, that exhibit shall be 14 referred to by the designation the exhibit is first identified. The court cautions the parties 15 to pay attention to this detail so that all concerned, including the jury, will not be confused 16 by one exhibit being identified with both a number and a letter. 17
The Final Pretrial Order will contain a stringent standard for the offering at trial of
18 witnesses and exhibits not listed in the Final Pretrial Order, and the parties are cautioned that the 19 standard will be strictly applied. On the other hand, the listing of exhibits or witnesses that a 20 party does not intend to offer will be viewed as an abuse of the court's processes. 21 23 25
Counsel shall produce all trial exhibits to Michele Krueger, the Courtroom Clerk, no
22 later than 3:00 p.m. on the Friday before trial.
Discovery documents to be listed in the pretrial statement shall not include documents
24 which will be used only for impeachment and in rebuttal.
The parties also are reminded that pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil
26 Procedure it will be their duty at the Final Pretrial Conference to aid the court in: (a) the 27 formulation and simplification of issues and the elimination of frivolous claims or defenses; (b) 28 the settling of facts that should properly be admitted; and (c) the avoidance of unnecessary proof
1 and cumulative evidence. Counsel must cooperatively prepare the joint Final Pretrial 2 Conference Statement and participate in good faith at the Final Pretrial Conference with 3 these aims in mind.2 A failure to do so may result in the imposition of sanctions which may 4 include monetary sanctions, orders precluding proof, elimination of claims or defenses, or such 5 other sanctions as the court deems appropriate. 6 7 9 10
VIII. TRIAL SETTING The trial is set for June 21, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Trial will be by jury. The parties
8 estimate a trial length of approximately four (4) days.
IX. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE No settlement conference is currently scheduled. A settlement conference may be set at
11 the time of the Final Pretrial Conference or at an earlier time at the parties' request. In the event 12 that an earlier settlement conference date is requested, the parties shall file said request jointly, in 13 writing. If the case will be tried to a jury, all parties should be prepared to advise the court 14 whether they will stipulate to the trial judge acting as settlement judge and waive disqualification 15 by virtue thereof. 16
Counsel are instructed to have a principal with full settlement authority present at the
17 Settlement Conference or to be fully authorized to settle the matter on any terms. At least seven 18 (7) calendar days before the Settlement Conference, counsel for each party shall submit to the 19 chambers of the settlement judge a confidential Settlement Conference Statement. Such 20 statements are neither to be filed with the Clerk nor served on opposing counsel. Each party, 21 however, shall serve notice on all other parties that the statement has been submitted. If the 22 settlement judge is not the trial judge, the Settlement Conference Statement shall not be 23 disclosed to the trial judge. 24 / / / 25 / / / 26
27 undisputed facts entitle one of the parties to judgment as a matter of law," the court may 28 770 F.2d 866, 868-69 (9th Cir. 1985).
"If the pretrial conference discloses that no material facts are in dispute and that the
summarily dispose of the case or claims. Portsmouth Square v. Shareholders Protective Comm., 7
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VOLUNTARY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM
Pursuant to the agreement of the parties and Local Rule 16-271, this case is referred for
3 Voluntary Dispute Resolution.
XI. MODIFICATION OF STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER The parties are reminded that pursuant to Rule 16(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil
6 Procedure, the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Order shall not be modified except by leave of court 7 upon a showing of good cause. Agreement by the parties pursuant to stipulation alone does not 8 constitute good cause. Except in extraordinary circumstances, unavailability of witnesses or 9 counsel does not constitute good cause. 10 11 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
8 XII. OBJECTIONS TO STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER This Status Order will become final without further order of the court unless objections
12 are filed within ten (10) court days of service of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
14 DATED: August 19, 2009
_______________________________________ FRANK C. DAMRELL, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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