Mason v. City of Sacramento et al

Filing 16

STATUS (Pre-trial Scheduling) ORDER signed by District Judge John A. Mendez on 6/21/16 ORDERING that all dispositive motions shall be filed by 6/27/2017. Hearing on such motions shall be on 7/25/2017 at 1:30 p.m. All discovery shall be completed by 5/19/2017. Designation of Expert Witnesses due by 3/17/2017 and disclosure of any rebuttal experts due by 3/31/2017. The Final Pretrial Conference is set for 9/1/2017 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 6 (JAM) before District Judge John A. Mendez. Jury Trial is set for 10/16/2017 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 6 (JAM) before District Judge John A. Mendez. (Kastilahn, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 JEWELL MASON, 11 12 13 14 15 2:16-cv-744 JAM EFB Plaintiff, v. STATUS (Pre-trial Scheduling) ORDER CITY OF SACRAMENTO, et al., Defendants. / 16 17 18 19 After review of the Joint Status Report, the court makes the following order: SERVICE OF PROCESS All parties defendant to this lawsuit have been served and no further service will be 20 permitted except with leave of court, good cause having been shown. 21 22 JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL PARTIES/AMENDMENTS No further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is permitted except with leave 23 of court, good cause having been shown. 24 25 26 1 JURISDICTION AND VENUE 1 2 Jurisdiction and venue are not contested. FICTITIOUSLY-NAMED DEFENDANTS 3 4 5 This action, including any counterclaims, cross-claims, and third party complaints is hereby DISMISSED as to all DOE or other fictitiously-named defendants. MOTION HEARINGS SCHEDULES 6 7 All dispositive motions shall be filed by June 27, 2017. Hearing on such motions shall 8 be on July 25, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. 9 The parties are reminded of the notice requirements as outlined in Local Rule 230(b). 10 The time deadline for dispositive motions does not apply to motions for continuances, 11 temporary restraining orders or other emergency applications. 12 All purely legal issues are to be resolved by timely pre-trial motions. The parties are 13 reminded that motions in limine are procedural devices designed to address the admissibility 14 of evidence and are cautioned that the court will look with disfavor upon substantive motions 15 presented at the final pre-trial conference or at trial in the guise of motions in limine. The parties 16 are further cautioned that if any legal issue which should have been tendered to the court by 17 proper pre-trial motion requires resolution by the court after the established law and motion 18 cut-off date, substantial sanctions may be assessed for the failure to file the appropriate pre-trial 19 motion. 20 Unless prior permission has been granted, memoranda of law in support of and in 21 opposition to motions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56 and 65 and any post−judgment 22 or post−trial motions are limited to twenty−five (25) pages, and reply memoranda are limited 23 24 to ten (10) pages. Memoranda of law in support of and in opposition to all other motions are limited to fifteen (15) pages, and reply memoranda are limited to five (5) pages. The parties are also cautioned against filing multiple briefs to circumvent this rule. 25 26 2 1 A violation of this Order will result in monetary sanctions being imposed against counsel in the 2 amount of $50.00 per page and the Court will not consider any arguments made past the page 3 limit. 4 5 6 Documentary evidence submitted in support of or in opposition to a motion must be separately bound or placed in a binder, and exhibits must be separated with labeled tabs that extend beyond the edge of the page. An Index of exhibits must also be included. 7 At least 28 days before the dispositive motions filing deadline, the parties must meet and 8 confer to determine whether they intend to file cross motions for summary judgment. If the 9 parties do intend to file cross motions, the plaintiff must file the opening brief for summary 10 judgment at least 14 days before the dispositive motions filing deadline. The plaintiff’s 11 concurrently-filed notice of motion shall indicate the parties’ intention to file cross motions and 12 shall notice a hearing date at least 42 days from the date of filing. The briefing schedule will 13 be as follows. Only four briefs shall be filed: 14 15 (1) Plaintiff’s opening brief (25 pages maximum), along with any other documents 16 required or permitted under Local Rule 260, shall be filed at least 14 days before the 17 dispositive motions filing deadline; 18 (2) Defendant’s opposition and cross motion for summary judgment (35 pages 19 maximum) shall be filed at least 28 days before the hearing; 20 (3) Plaintiff’s reply and opposition (20 pages maximum) shall be filed at least 14 days 21 before the hearing; 22 (4) Defendant’s reply (10 pages maximum) shall be filed at least 7 days before the 23 hearing. 24 25 26 3 1 These are the only four briefs that may be filed, even if the parties move for summary judgment 2 on more than one complaint (e.g., motions on a complaint and a counterclaim). The parties 3 must obtain permission from the Court to exceed the stated page limitations. The parties are 4 reminded that they may not file a reply to a Response of the Statement of Undisputed Facts. 5 Parties are advised to carefully read Local Rule 260, which permits an opposing party to file 6 only (1) a Statement of Disputed Facts and (2) a Response to the Statement of Undisputed 7 Facts (with the moving party’s Statement of Undisputed Facts reproduced and then admitted 8 or denied, with citations). 9 filing cross motions for summary judgment, but nonetheless file cross motions, the Court will If the parties do not comply with this procedure and schedule for 10 deny both motions without prejudice and may impose sanctions. 11 12 13 DISCOVERY All discovery shall be completed by May 19, 2017. In this context, "completed" means 14 that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any 15 disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, 16 where discovery has been ordered, the order has been complied with. 17 18 DISCLOSURE OF EXPERT WITNESSES The parties shall make expert witness disclosures under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) by 19 March 17, 2017. Supplemental disclosure and disclosure of any rebuttal experts under 20 Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(c) shall be made by March 31, 2017. 21 Failure of a party to comply with the disclosure schedule as set forth above in all likelihood 22 will preclude that party from calling the expert witness at the time of trial absent a showing that 23 the necessity for the witness could not have been reasonably anticipated at the time the 24 disclosures were ordered and that the failure to make timely disclosure did not prejudice any 25 26 4 1 2 other party. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(c). All experts designated are to be fully prepared at the time of designation to render an 3 informed opinion, and give their reasons therefore, so that they will be able to give full and 4 complete testimony at any deposition taken by the opposing parties. Experts will not be 5 permitted to testify at the trial as to any information gathered or evaluated, or opinion formed, 6 after deposition taken subsequent to designation. 7 JOINT MID-LITIGATION STATEMENTS 8 Not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the close of discovery, the parties shall file with 9 the court a brief joint statement summarizing all law and motion practice heard by the court as 10 of the date of the filing of the statement, whether the court has disposed of the motion at the 11 time the statement is filed and served, and the likelihood that any further motions will be noticed 12 prior to the close of law and motion. The filing of this statement shall not relieve the parties 13 or counsel of their obligation to timely notice all appropriate motions as set forth above. 14 15 FINAL PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE The final pre-trial conference is set for September 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In each 16 instance an attorney who will try the case for a given party shall attend the final pretrial 17 conference on behalf of that party; provided, however, that if by reason of illness or other 18 unavoidable circumstance the trial attorney is unable to attend, the attorney who attends in place 19 of the trial attorney shall have equal familiarity with the case and equal authorization to make 20 commitments on behalf of the client. All pro se parties must attend the pre-trial conference. 21 Counsel for all parties and all pro se parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time 22 of the pre-trial conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of 23 witnesses for oral testimony. The parties shall file with the court, no later than seven days prior 24 to the final pre-trial conference, a joint pre-trial statement. 25 26 5 1 Also at the time of filing the Joint Pretrial Statement, counsel 2 are requested to e-mail the Joint Pretrial Statement and any attachments in 3 Word format to Judge Mendez's assistant, Jane Klingelhoets 4 at: 5 Where the parties are unable to agree as to what legal or factual issues are properly before 6 the court for trial, they should nevertheless list all issues asserted by any of the parties and 7 indicate by appropriate footnotes the disputes concerning such issues. The provisions of Local 8 Rule 281 shall, however, apply with respect to the matters to be included in the joint pre-trial 9 statement. Failure to comply with Local Rule 281, as modified herein, may be grounds for 10 sanctions. 11 The parties are reminded that pursuant to Local Rule 281(b)(10) and (11) they are 12 required to list in the final pre-trial statement all witnesses and exhibits they propose to offer 13 at trial, no matter for what purpose. These lists shall not be contained in the body of the final 14 pre-trial statement itself, but shall be attached as separate documents so that the court may 15 attach them as an addendum to the final pre-trial order. The final pre-trial order will contain 16 a stringent standard for the offering at trial of witnesses and exhibits not listed in the final pre-trial 17 order, and the parties are cautioned that the standard will be strictly applied. On the other hand, 18 the listing of exhibits or witnesses that a party does not intend to offer will be viewed as an abuse 19 of the court's processes. 20 The parties are also reminded that pursuant to Rule 16, Fed. R. Civ. P., it will be their 21 duty at the final pre-trial conference to aid the court in: (a) formulation and simplification of issues 22 and the elimination of frivolous claims or defenses; (b) settling of facts which should properly 23 be admitted; and (c) the avoidance of unnecessary proof and cumulative evidence. Counsel 24 must cooperatively prepare the joint pre-trial statement and participate in good faith at the final 25 26 6 1 pre-trial conference with these aims in mind. A failure to do so may result in the imposition 2 of sanctions which may include monetary sanctions, orders precluding proof, elimination of 3 claims or defenses, or such other sanctions as the court deems appropriate. TRIAL SETTING 4 5 6 Jury trial in this matter is set for October 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The parties estimate a trial length of approximately 7 to 10 days. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 7 8 9 No Settlement Conference is currently scheduled. If the parties wish to have a settlement conference, one will be scheduled at the final pretrial conference or at an earlier time 10 upon request of the parties. 11 12 OBJECTIONS TO STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER This Status Order will become final without further Order of Court unless objection is 13 lodged within seven (7) days of the date of the filing of this Order. 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Dated: June 21, 2016 16 17 /s/ John A. Mendez JOHN A. MENDEZ United States District Court Judge 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 7

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