Gonzalez v. Department (Bureau) of Real Estate et al

Filing 88

STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows on 8/5/17, ORDERING that the parties may conduct discovery until 6/7/2018. Motions to compel discovery are to be noticed to be heard by 6/1/2018. The parties shall disc lose experts by 4/3/2018 and 4/15/2018. All pretrial motions, except motions to compel discovery, shall be completed on or before 7/9/2018. Pretrial Conference is SET for 11/26/2018 at 01:30 PM in Courtroom 9 (GGH) before Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows. Jury Trial is SET for 1/22/2019 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 9 (GGH) before Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows. (Kastilahn, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 DANIEL E. GONZALEZ 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 No. 2:15-cv-2448 GEB GGH Plaintiff, v. DEPARTMENT (BUREAU) OF REAL ESTATE, et al., STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER Defendants. The parties have filed a joint statement regarding scheduling. Accordingly, the court makes the following findings and orders: SERVICE OF PROCESS All defendants have been served and no further service is permitted except with leave of court, good cause having been shown. JOINDER OF PARTIES/AMENDMENTS No further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is permitted except with leave of court, good cause having been shown. JURISDICTION/VENUE Jurisdiction is undisputed and is hereby found to be proper, as is venue. MOTION HEARING SCHEDULES Counsel are cautioned to refer to the local rules regarding the requirements for noticing 1 1 such motions on the court’s regularly scheduled law and motion calendar. The parties should 2 keep in mind that the purpose of law and motion is to narrow and refine the legal issues raised by 3 the case, and to dispose of by pretrial motion those issues that are susceptible to resolution 4 without trial. To accomplish that purpose, the parties need to identify and fully research the 5 issues presented by the case, and then examine those issues in light of the evidence gleaned 6 through discovery. If it appears to counsel after examining the legal issues and facts that an issue 7 can be resolved by pretrial motion, counsel are to file the appropriate motion by the law and 8 motion cutoff set forth supra. 9 ALL PURELY LEGAL ISSUES ARE TO BE RESOLVED BY TIMELY PRETRIAL 10 MOTION. Counsel are reminded that motions in limine are procedural devices designed to 11 address the admissibility of evidence. COUNSEL ARE CAUTIONED THAT THE COURT 12 WILL LOOK WITH DISFAVOR UPON SUBSTANTIVE MOTIONS PRESENTED IN THE 13 GUISE OF MOTIONS IN LIMINE AT THE TIME OF TRIAL. 14 DISCOVERY 15 All discovery is left open, save and except that it shall be so conducted as to be completed 16 by June 7, 2018. The word “completed” means that all discovery shall have been conducted so 17 that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been 18 resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has 19 been complied with. Motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the undersigned’s calendar 20 in accordance with the local rules of this court and so that such motions will be heard not later 21 than June 1, 2018. 22 This paragraph does not preclude motions for continuances, temporary restraining orders 23 or other emergency applications, and is subject to any special scheduling set forth in the 24 “MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS” paragraph below. 25 EXPERT DISCLOSURE 26 All counsel (and/or pro se parties) are to designate in writing and file with the court, and 27 serve upon all other parties, the names of all experts that they propose to tender at trial not later 28 than April 5, 2018. Simultaneous designation of any supplemental/rebuttal experts is due no later 2 1 than April 15, 2018. An expert witness not appearing on said lists will not be permitted to testify 2 unless the party offering the witness demonstrates: (a) that the necessity of the witness could not 3 have been reasonably anticipated at the time the lists were exchanged; (b) the court and opposing 4 counsel were promptly notified upon discovery of the witness; and (c) that the witness was 5 promptly proffered for deposition. Failure to provide the information required along with the 6 expert designation may lead to preclusion of the expert’s testimony or other appropriate 7 sanctions. 8 9 For the purposes of this scheduling order, experts are defined as “percipient” and designated experts. Both types of experts shall be listed. Percipient experts are persons who, 10 because of their expertise, have rendered expert opinions in the normal course of their work 11 duties or observations pertinent to the issues in the case. Another term for their opinions are 12 “historical opinions.” Percipient experts are experts who, unless also designated as retained 13 experts, are limited to testifying to their historical opinions and the reasons for them. That is, 14 they may be asked to testify to their opinions given in the past and the whys and wherefores 15 concerning the development of that opinion. However, they may not be asked to render a current 16 opinion for the purposes of the litigation. 17 Retained experts, who may be percipient experts as well, are specifically designated by a 18 party to be a testifying expert for the purposes of the litigation. The retained Rule 26 expert may 19 express opinions formed for the purposes of the litigation.1 A party designating a retained expert 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 Retained experts may, or may not, be paid for their services. The critical distinction between percipient and retained experts is that the retained expert will have gathered information during the course of the litigation for the purpose of rendering an opinion on a disputed fact in the litigation. Percipient experts are limited to the information available at the time their historical opinions were given. For example, a physician whose only contact with the litigation the was the treatment of a party prior to the commencement of litigation, or even after commencement, and whose only purpose was to treat the party, is a percipient expert. This doctor may have issued an opinion in the medical records, but he is not retained for the purpose of the litigation. However, that same doctor, if asked by a party to render an opinion for the purpose of litigation, over and above any historically rendered opinions, is a retained expert. See Goodman v. Staples The Office Superstore LLC, 644 F.3d 817 (9th Cir. 2011) (holding percipient treating physician who transforms into expert witness must comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2), and clarifying when such transformation takes place). 3 1 will be assumed to have acquired the express permission of the witness to be so listed.2 2 The parties shall comply with the information disclosure provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 3 (a)(2) (B) for any expert, who is in whole or in part designated as a retained expert. This 4 information is due at the time of designation. Failure to supply the required information may 5 result in the striking of the retained expert. No reports are necessary for purely percipient experts. 6 Retained experts are to be fully prepared to render an informed opinion at the time of designation 7 so that they may fully participate in any deposition taken by the opposing party. Retained experts 8 will not be permitted to testify at trial as to any information gathered or evaluated, or opinion 9 formed, which should have been reasonably available at the time of designation. The court will 10 closely scrutinize for discovery abuse deposition opinions which differ markedly in nature and/or 11 in bases from those expressed in the mandatory information disclosure. 12 FINAL PRETRIAL STATEMENTS AND CONFERENCE 13 The Final Pretrial Conference is set in courtroom 10 of the Honorable Garland E. Burrell 14 on November 25, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Counsel are cautioned that counsel appearing for Pretrial will 15 in fact try the matter. 16 All parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of the Pretrial Conference, with no 17 matters remaining to be accomplished except production of witnesses for oral testimony. Counsel 18 are referred to Local Rules 281 and 282 relating to the contents of and time for filing Pretrial 19 Statements. A FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH LOCAL RULES 281 AND 282 WILL BE 20 GROUNDS FOR SANCTIONS. 21 Notwithstanding the provisions of Local Rule 281, which contemplates the filing of 22 separate Pretrial Statements by plaintiffs and defendants, the parties are to prepare a JOINT 23 STATEMENT with respect to the undisputed facts and disputed factual issues of the case. See 24 Local Rule 281(b)(3), (4), and (6). The undisputed facts and disputed factual issues are to be set 25 forth in two separate sections. The parties should identify those facts which are relevant to each 26 separate cause of action. In this regard, the parties are to number each individual fact or factual 27 28 2 The court is not interested in a designation of non-testifying Rule 26 experts, i.e., non-testifying consultants. 4 1 issue. Where the parties are unable to agree as to what factual issues are properly before the court 2 for trial, they should nevertheless list in the section on “DISPUTED FACTUAL ISSUES” all 3 issues asserted by any of the parties and explain by parenthetical the controversy concerning each 4 issue. The parties should keep in mind that, in general, each fact should relate or correspond to an 5 element of the relevant cause of action. The parties should also keep in mind that the purpose of 6 listing the disputed factual issues is to apprise the court and all parties about the precise issues 7 that will be litigated at trial. The court is not interested in a listing of all evidentiary facts 8 underlying the issues that are in dispute.3 The joint statement of undisputed facts and disputed 9 factual issues is to be filed with the court concurrently with the filing of plaintiff’s Pretrial 10 Statement. If the case is tried to a jury, the undisputed facts will be read to the jury. 11 Pursuant to Local Rule 281(b)(10) and (11), the parties are required to provide in their 12 Pretrial Statements a list of witnesses and exhibits that they propose to proffer at trial, no matter 13 for what purpose. These lists shall not be contained in the Pretrial Statement itself, but shall be 14 attached as separate documents to be used as addenda to the Final Pretrial Order. Plaintiff’s 15 exhibits shall be listed numerically; defendant’s exhibits shall be listed alphabetically. The 16 Pretrial Order will contain a stringent standard for the proffering of witnesses and exhibits at trial 17 not listed in the Pretrial Order. Counsel are cautioned that the standard will be strictly applied. 18 On the other hand, the listing of exhibits or witnesses which counsel do not intend to call or use 19 will be viewed as an abuse of the court’s processes. 20 21 Counsel are also reminded that, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16, it will be their duty at the Pretrial Conference to aid the court in (a) formulation and simplification of issues and the 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 For example, and simplistically, if the claim to be adjudicated involved a traffic accident, the disputed factual issues might be: whether defendant negligently drove his vehicle through the intersection by reason of failing to observe traffic signals; whether such negligence caused the accident involving plaintiff, whether plaintiff’s actions (being distracted) contributed to the accident; whether plaintiff suffered injury and damages as a result of the accident [perhaps breaking out specific injuries and damages]. It would be inappropriate and unhelpful to list myriad evidentiary facts in dispute– whether the light had turned yellow at the time defendant’s vehicle approached the intersection, whether defendants’ skid marks were 30 feet long, whether plaintiff was distracted by use of a cell phone, and so forth. However, with respect to the listing of undisputed facts, the court will accept agreements as to evidentiary facts. 5 1 elimination of frivolous claims or defenses; (b) settling of facts which should be properly 2 admitted; and (c) the avoidance of unnecessary proof and cumulative evidence. Counsel must 3 prepare their Pretrial Statements, and participate in good faith at the Pretrial Conference, with 4 these aims in mind. A FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN THE IMPOSITION OF 5 SANCTIONS which may include monetary sanctions, orders precluding proof, eliminations of 6 claims or defenses, or such other sanctions as the court deems appropriate. 7 TRIAL SETTING 8 9 Trial is set for January 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom No. 10 before the Honorable Garland E. Burrell. Trial will be by jury. The court expects the trial will take approximately 7 to 10 10 days. 11 SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 12 13 A Settlement Conference will be set at the time of the Pretrial Conference. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 14 15 There appear to be no other matters presently pending before the court that will aid the just and expeditious disposition of this matter. 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b), THIS COURT SUMMARIZES THE SCHEDULING 18 ORDER AS FOLLOWS: 19 1. The parties may conduct discovery until June 7, 2018. Motions to compel 20 discovery are to be noticed to be heard by June 1, 2018, as more specifically described in this 21 order. 22 2. 23 15, 2018. 24 3. 25 28 All pretrial motions, except motions to compel discovery, shall be completed as described herein on or before July 9, 2018.4 26 27 The parties shall disclose experts, as described herein, by April 3, 2018 and April 4. 4 Pretrial Conference (as described in Local Rule 282) is set in this case for All motions, including motions for summary judgment, are to be noticed for hearing before the undersigned in Court 9 at 10:00 a.m. 6 1 November 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Pretrial statements shall be filed in accord with Local Rules 281 2 and 282. 5. 3 4 5 6 This matter is set for jury trial on January 22, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 5, 2017 /s/ Gregory G. Hollows UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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