California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Sacramento Area Sewer District et al

Filing 19

STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER signed by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 8/30/11. Initial disclosures shall be completed BY 9/14/2011. All Discovery shall be completed BY 3/23/2012. Designation of Expert Witnesses is due BY 5/11/2012, and a supplem ental list is due BY 6/15/2012. All Dispositive Motions shall BE heard no later than 9/12/2012. The Final Pretrial Conference is SET for 11/14/2012 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 3 (KJM) before Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. A joint pretrial conference statement shall be filed BY 10/24/2012. The Jury Trial is SET for 12/10/2012 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 3 (KJM) before Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. (Kastilahn, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING PROTECTION ALLIANCE, NO. CIV. S-11-0575 KJM-EFB 11 Plaintiff, 12 v. STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER 13 SACRAMENTO AREA SEWER 14 DISTRICT; and COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO, 15 Defendants. 16 ____________________________________/ 17 An initial scheduling conference was held in this case on August 24, 2011. 18 Having reviewed the parties’ Joint Status Report filed on August 17, 2011, and discussed a 19 schedule for the case with counsel at the hearing, the court makes the following orders: 20 I. 21 SERVICE OF PROCESS All named defendants have been served and no further service is permitted 22 without leave of court, good cause having been shown. 23 II. 24 ADDITIONAL PARTIES/AMENDMENTS/PLEADINGS No further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is permitted without 25 leave of court, good cause having been shown. See FED. R. CIV. P. 16(b); Johnson v. Mammoth 26 Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604 (9th Cir. 1992). 27 ///// 28 ///// 1 III. 2 JURISDICTION/VENUE Jurisdiction is predicated upon 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 2201 and 33 U.S.C 3 § 1365(a)(1). Jurisdiction and venue are not disputed. 4 IV. 5 DISCOVERY Initial disclosures as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a) shall be 6 completed by September 14, 2011. All discovery shall be completed by March 23, 2012. In 7 this context, “completed” means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all 8 depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by 9 appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been obeyed. 10 All motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the magistrate judge’s calendar in 11 accordance with the local rules of this court. The parties’ requests to propound up to fifty (50) 12 interrogatories each are hereby GRANTED. 13 V. 14 DISCLOSURE OF EXPERT WITNESSES All counsel are to designate in writing, file with the court, and serve upon all 15 other parties the name, address, and area of expertise of each expert that they propose to tender 16 at trial not later than May 11, 2012. The designation shall be accompanied by a written report 17 prepared and signed by the witness. The report shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B). 18 By June 15, 2012, any party who previously disclosed expert witnesses may submit a 19 supplemental list of expert witnesses who will express an opinion on a subject covered by an 20 expert designated by an adverse party, if the party supplementing an expert witness designation 21 has not previously retained an expert to testify on that subject. The supplemental designation 22 shall be accompanied by a written report which shall also comply with the conditions as stated 23 above. 24 Failure of a party to comply with the disclosure schedule as set forth above in all 25 likelihood will preclude that party from calling the expert witness at the time of trial. An expert 26 witness not appearing on the designation will not be permitted to testify unless the party offering 27 the witness demonstrates: (a) that the necessity for the witness could not have been reasonably 28 anticipated at the time the list was proffered; (b) that the court and opposing counsel were 2 1 promptly notified upon discovery of the witness; and (c) that the witness was promptly made 2 available for deposition. 3 For purposes of this scheduling order, an “expert” is any person who may be used 4 at trial to present evidence under Rules 702, 703, and 705 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, and 5 includes both “percipient experts” (persons who, because of their expertise, have rendered expert 6 opinions in the normal course of their work duties or observations pertinent to the issues in the 7 case) and “retained experts” (persons specifically designated by a party to be a testifying expert 8 for the purposes of litigation). Each party shall identify whether a disclosed expert is percipient, 9 retained, or both. It will be assumed that a party designating a retained expert has acquired the 10 express permission of the witness to be so listed. Parties designating percipient experts must 11 state in the designation who is responsible for arranging the deposition of such persons. 12 All experts designated are to be fully prepared at the time of designation to render 13 an informed opinion, and give their bases for their opinion, so that they will be able to give full 14 and complete testimony at any deposition taken by the opposing party. Experts will not be 15 permitted to testify at the trial as to any information gathered or evaluated, or opinion formed, 16 after deposition taken subsequent to designation. All expert discovery also shall be completed 17 by July 20, 2012. 18 VI. 19 MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE All dispositive motions, except motions for continuances, temporary restraining 20 orders or other emergency applications, shall be heard no later than September 12, 2012. The 21 parties may obtain available hearing dates by calling Casey Schultz, the Courtroom Deputy, at 22 (916) 930-4193. 23 All purely legal issues are to be resolved by timely pretrial motions. Local Rule 24 230 governs the calendaring and procedures of civil motions with the following additions: 25 (a) The opposition and reply must be filed by 4:00 p.m. on the day due; and 26 (b) When the last day for filing an opposition brief falls on a legal holiday, the 27 opposition brief shall be filed on the last court day immediately preceding 28 the legal holiday. 3 1 Failure to comply with Local Rule 230(c), as modified by this order, may be deemed consent to 2 the motion and the court may dispose of the motion summarily. Brydges v. Lewis, 18 F.3d 651, 3 652-53 (9th Cir. 1994). The court places a page limit of twenty (20) pages on all moving papers, twenty 4 5 (20) pages on oppositions, and ten (10) pages for replies. All requests for page limit increases 6 must be made through the courtroom deputy clerk at least fourteen (14) days prior to the filing of 7 the motion. The court requires the parties to submit a joint statement of undisputed facts in 8 9 connection with any motion for summary judgment. If the nonmoving party refuses to confer 10 about or to join in the statement, the moving party may file a statement of undisputed facts and a 11 declaration explaining why the joint statement was not filed. The court retains the discretion to 12 impose sanctions on any party who fails to participate in the creation and filing of a joint 13 statement of undisputed facts. The parties are reminded that a motion in limine is a pretrial procedural device 14 15 designed to address the admissibility of evidence. The court will look with disfavor upon 16 dispositional motions presented at the Final Pretrial Conference or at trial in the guise of motions 17 in limine. 18 The parties are cautioned that failure to raise a dispositive legal issue that could 19 have been tendered to the court by proper pretrial motion prior to the dispositive motion cut-off 20 date may constitute waiver of such issue. 21 VII. 22 FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE The Final Pretrial Conference is set for November 14, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. The 23 attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties shall attend the Final Pretrial 24 Conference. If by reason of illness or other unavoidable circumstance a trial attorney is unable 25 to attend, the attorney who attends in place of the trial attorney(s) shall have equal familiarity 26 with the case and equal authorization to make commitments on behalf of the client. 27 ///// 28 ///// 4 1 Counsel for all parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of the Final 2 Pretrial Conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of 3 witnesses for oral testimony. The parties shall confer and file a joint pretrial conference 4 statement by October 24, 2012. The provisions of Local Rule 281 shall apply with respect to 5 the matters to be included in the joint pretrial statement. In addition to those subjects listed in 6 Local Rule 281(b), the parties are to provide the court with a plain, concise statement that 7 identifies every non-discovery motion tendered to the court and its resolution. 8 Failure to comply with Local Rule 281, as modified by this order, may be grounds 9 for sanctions. 10 Concurrently with the filing of the Joint Final Pretrial Conference Statement, 11 counsel shall submit to chambers the word processing version of the statement, in its entirety 12 (including the witness and exhibit lists) to: 13 The parties shall, in a concise manner, jointly identify only undisputed core facts 14 separately that are relevant to each claim. Disputed core facts should then be identified in the 15 same manner. The parties are reminded not to identify every fact in dispute but only those 16 disputed facts that are essential to the formulation of each claim. Each disputed fact and 17 undisputed fact should be separately numbered or lettered. Where the parties are unable to agree 18 what are the core disputed facts, they should nevertheless list core disputed facts in the above 19 manner. 20 Each party shall identify and concisely list each disputed evidentiary issue which 21 will be the subject of a party’s motion in limine. 22 Each party shall identify the points of law which concisely describe the legal 23 issues of the trial which will be discussed in the parties’ respective trial briefs. Points of law 24 should reflect issues derived from the core undisputed and disputed facts. Parties shall not 25 include argument or authorities with any point of law. 26 The parties shall prepare a joint statement of the case in plain concise language 27 which will be read to the jury at the beginning of the trial. The purpose of the joint statement is 28 to inform the jury what the case is about. 5 1 The parties are reminded that pursuant to Local Rule 281 they are required to 2 attach to the Final Pretrial Conference Statement an exhibit listing witnesses and exhibits they 3 propose to offer at trial. After the name of each witness, each party shall provide a brief 4 statement of the nature of the testimony to be proffered. The parties may file a joint list or each 5 party may file separate lists. These list(s) shall not be contained in the body of the Final Pretrial 6 Conference Statement itself, but shall be attached as separate documents to be used as addenda 7 to the Final Pretrial Order. 8 Plaintiff’s exhibits shall be listed numerically. Defendant’s exhibits shall be 9 listed alphabetically. The parties shall use the standard exhibit stickers provided by the court: 10 pink for plaintiff and blue for defendant. In the event that the alphabet is exhausted, the exhibits 11 shall be marked “AA-ZZ”. However, if the amount of defendant exhibits exceeds "ZZ" exhibits 12 shall be then listed as A-3, A-4, A-5 etc. All multi page exhibits shall be stapled or otherwise 13 fastened together and each page within the exhibit shall be numbered. The list of exhibits shall 14 not include excerpts of depositions, which may be used to impeach witnesses. In the event that 15 plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) offer the same exhibit during trial, that exhibit shall be referred to 16 by the designation the exhibit is first identified. The court cautions the parties to pay attention to 17 this detail so that all concerned, including the jury, will not be confused by one exhibit being 18 identified with both a number and a letter. The parties are encouraged to consult concerning 19 exhibits and, to the extent possible, provide joint exhibits, which shall be designated as JX and 20 listed numerically, e.g., JX-1, JX-2. 21 The Final Pretrial Order will contain a stringent standard for the offering at trial 22 of witnesses and exhibits not listed in the Final Pretrial Order, and the parties are cautioned that 23 the standard will be strictly applied. On the other hand, the listing of exhibits or witnesses that a 24 party does not intend to offer will be viewed as an abuse of the court’s processes. 25 Counsel shall produce all trial exhibits to Casey Schultz, the Courtroom Deputy, 26 no later than 3:00 p.m. on the Friday before trial. 27 Discovery documents to be listed in the pretrial statement shall not include 28 documents which will be used only for impeachment and in rebuttal. 6 The parties also are reminded that pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of 1 2 Civil Procedure it will be their duty at the Final Pretrial Conference to aid the court in: (a) the 3 formulation and simplification of issues and the elimination of frivolous claims or defenses; (b) 4 the settling of facts that should properly be admitted; and (c) the avoidance of unnecessary proof 5 and cumulative evidence. Counsel must cooperatively prepare the joint Final Pretrial 6 Conference Statement and participate in good faith at the Final Pretrial Conference with these 7 aims in mind.1 A failure to do so may result in the imposition of sanctions which may include 8 monetary sanctions, orders precluding proof, elimination of claims or defenses, or such other 9 sanctions as the court deems appropriate. 10 VIII. TRIAL SETTING The trial is set for December 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Trial will be by jury.2 The 11 12 parties estimate a trial length of approximately six (6) to ten (10) days. 13 IX. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE No settlement conference is currently scheduled. The parties indicated that they 14 15 are engaged in informal settlement negotiations. In accordance with counsels’ representations at 16 the status hearing, parties are to notify the court within thirty (30) days of the hearing – no later 17 than September 23, 2011 – whether these informal negotiations have been exhausted, in which 18 case the case then will be referred as requested to a magistrate judge for a court-convened 19 settlement conference. 20 X. MODIFICATION OF STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER The parties are reminded that pursuant to Rule 16(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil 21 22 Procedure, the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Order shall not be modified except by leave of court 23 upon a showing of good cause. Agreement by the parties pursuant to stipulation alone does not 24 1 25 26 27 28 “If the pretrial conference discloses that no material facts are in dispute and that the undisputed facts entitle one of the parties to judgment as a matter of law,” the court may summarily dispose of the case or claims. Portsmouth Square v. Shareholders Protective Comm., 770 F.2d 866, 868-69 (9th Cir. 1985). 2 If plaintiff prevails on liability, the question of remedies will be decided by the undersigned. As discussed at the status conference, the court denies plaintiff’s request to bifurcate discovery, and the trial at this time. 7 1 constitute good cause. Except in extraordinary circumstances, unavailability of witnesses or 2 counsel does not constitute good cause. 3 XI. 4 OBJECTIONS TO STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER This Status Order will become final without further order of the court unless 5 objections are filed within fourteen (14) calendar days of service of this Order. 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 DATED: August 30, 2011. 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8

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