Quilici v. California Highway Patrol Office of Protective Intelligence et al

Filing 21

AMENDED STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER signed by District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr on 8/28/17: Designation of Expert Witnesses due by 11/24/2017. Discovery due by 1/12/2018. Dispositive Motions filed by 3/14/2018. Final Pretri al Conference set for 5/31/2018 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom 7 (MCE) before District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.. Jury Trial set for 7/9/2018 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 7 (MCE) before District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.. Settlement Conference set for 3/14/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 27 (DB) before Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes. (Kaminski, H)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JAMES S. QUILICI, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 No. 2:16-cv-01523 MCE AC PS v. AMENDED STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICE OF PROTECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, et al., 16 Defendants. 17 18 Plaintiff is proceeding in this case pro se. The case was accordingly referred to the 19 undersigned for pretrial proceedings by E.D. Cal. R. (“Local Rule”) 302(c)(21). The court 20 reviewed the defendants’ status report.1 A hearing was held on August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in 21 which defendants appeared but plaintiff failed to appear. Plaintiff is cautioned that failure to 22 appear at future court hearings may result in sanctions, including and up to dismissal of this case. 23 The court enters the following scheduling order.2 24 1 25 26 27 28 Defendants filed an untimely status report, which, in the interest of judicial economy, the court considered. ECF No. 18. Plaintiff did not file a report. The parties are both cautioned that adherence to court deadlines, orders, the Rules of Civil Procedure and this court’s Local Rules is a requirement and failure to comply with any of the above may result in sanctions, up to and including dismissal of this case. 2 This scheduling order has been amended to reflect a new trial date, pre-trial conference date, and due date for the joint pre-trial statement. No other dates have been changed. 1 1 I. SCHEDULE 2 A. SERVICE OF PROCESS 3 Remaining defendants Joseph L. Davis and Richard Anglesey waived service and have 4 filed an answer. There are no other active defendants in this case. 5 B. JOINDER OF PARTIES/AMENDMENTS 6 No further joinder of parties is permitted except with leave of court and upon a showing of 7 good cause. 8 C. AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS 9 No further amendment to pleadings is permitted except with leave of court and upon a 10 showing of good cause. 11 D. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 12 Jurisdiction is predicated upon 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331. Jurisdiction and venue are undisputed 13 and are hereby found to be proper. 14 E. ANTICIPATED MOTIONS AND THEIR SCHEDULING 15 All law and motion, except as to discovery, shall be completed by April 11, 2018. The 16 word “completed” in this context means that all law and motion matters must be heard by the 17 above date, and accordingly, must be filed not later than 28 days prior to that date. See Local 18 Rule 230(b). Counsel and pro se parties (collectively, “counsel”), are cautioned to refer to the 19 Local Rules regarding the requirements for noticing such motions on the court’s regularly 20 scheduled law and motion calendar. Available hearing dates may be obtained by calling Valerie 21 Callen, the Courtroom Deputy, at (916) 930-4199. 22 23 Local Rule 230 governs the calendaring and procedures of civil motions with the following additions: 24 1. The opposition and reply must be filed by 4:30 p.m. on the day due; and 25 2. When the last day for filing an opposition or reply brief falls on a legal holiday, 26 the opposition or reply brief shall be filed on the last court day immediately preceding the legal 27 holiday. Failure to comply with Local Rule 230(c), as modified by this order, may be deemed 28 consent to the motion and the court may dispose of the motion summarily. Brydges v. Lewis, 18 2 1 2 F.3d 651, 652-53 (9th Cir. 1994) (per curiam). All purely legal issues are to be resolved by timely pretrial motion. The parties should 3 keep in mind that the purpose of law and motion is to narrow and refine the legal issues raised by 4 the case, and to dispose of by pretrial motion those issues that are susceptible to resolution 5 without trial. To accomplish that purpose, the parties need to identify and fully research the 6 issues presented by the case, and then examine those issues in light of the evidence gleaned 7 through discovery. If it appears to counsel after examining the legal issues and facts that an issue 8 can be resolved by pretrial motion, counsel are to file the appropriate motion by the law and 9 motion cutoff set forth above. The parties are cautioned that failure to raise a dispositive legal 10 issue that could have been tendered to the court by proper pretrial motion prior to the dispositive 11 motion cut-off date may constitute waiver of such issue. 12 Counsel are reminded that motions in limine are procedural devices designed to address 13 the admissibility of evidence. Counsel are cautioned that the court will look with disfavor upon 14 substantive motions presented in the guise of motions in limine at the time of trial. 15 F. DISCOVERY SCHEDULE 16 Discovery may commence at any time. This schedule specifies deadlines for when 17 18 19 20 21 22 various types of discovery must be completed. 1. Initial Disclosures All initial disclosures under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a) shall be made not later than 30 days from the date of this order. 2. Discovery - General All discovery, including expert discovery discussed below, shall be completed by January 23 12, 2018. The word “completed” means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all 24 depositions (including expert depositions) have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery 25 shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, 26 the order has been complied with. Motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the 27 undersigned’s calendar in accordance with the Local Rules. Accordingly, they must be heard not 28 later than December 27, 2018 (leaving two weeks for the court’s decision and the parties’ 3 1 compliance). See Local Rule 251(a). The parties are well advised not to wait until this deadline 2 before bringing discovery motions, as they may forfeit the discovery if the motion is too massive 3 or complex to be decided and complied with during the two-week period. 4 3. Expert Disclosures 5 All parties are to disclose in writing, file with the court, and serve upon all other parties, a 6 list containing the name, address and area of expertise of each expert witness they propose to 7 tender at trial, not later than November 24, 2017. Each expert disclosure shall be accompanied by 8 a written report that was prepared and signed by the witness, and that complies with Fed. R. Civ. 9 P. (“Rule”) 26(a)(2)(B), if required by that Rule. If a written report is not required by that Rule, 10 the disclosure shall provide the information set forth at Rule 26(a)(2)(C). 11 Not later than December 8, 2017, all parties are to disclose in writing, file with the court, 12 and serve upon all other parties, a list containing the name, address and area of expertise of each 13 rebuttal expert witness the party proposes to tender at trial. 14  15 16 designated experts.  17 18 19 Any party may so disclose rebuttal experts, whether or not that party has already Rebuttal expert witnesses may only express opinions on subjects covered by an expert disclosed by an adverse party.  A party’s rebuttal expert may not express an opinion on a subject if that party has previously disclosed an expert to testify on that subject. 20 The rebuttal expert disclosures shall be accompanied by a written report that was prepared and 21 signed by the witness, and that complies with Rule 26(a)(2)(B), if required by that Rule. If a 22 written report is not required by that Rule, the disclosure shall provide the information set forth at 23 Rule 26(a)(2)(C). 24 An expert witness or rebuttal expert witness not appearing on said lists will not be 25 permitted to testify unless the party offering the witness demonstrates: (a) that the necessity of the 26 witness could not have been reasonably anticipated at the time the lists were exchanged; (b) the 27 court and opposing counsel were promptly notified upon discovery of the witness; and (c) that the 28 witness was promptly proffered for deposition. Failure to provide the information required along 4 1 with the expert disclosure may lead to preclusion of the expert’s testimony or other appropriate 2 sanctions. 3 For the purposes of this scheduling order, experts are defined as “percipient” and 4 “Rule 26” experts. Both types of experts shall be listed. Percipient experts are persons who, 5 because of their expertise, have rendered expert opinions in the normal course of their work 6 duties or observations pertinent to the issues in the case. Another term for their opinions are 7 “historical opinions.” Percipient experts are experts who, unless also designated as Rule 26 8 experts, are limited to testifying to their historical opinions and the reasons for them. That is, 9 they may be asked to testify about their opinions given in the past and the whys and wherefores 10 concerning the development of those opinions. However, they may not be asked to render a 11 current opinion for the purposes of the litigation. Disclosure of percipient experts must contain 12 the information called for by Rule 26(a)(2)(C). 13 Rule 26 experts, who may be percipient experts as well, shall be specifically designated 14 by a party to be a testifying expert for the purposes of the litigation. The Rule 26 expert may 15 express opinions formed for the purposes of the litigation. A party designating a Rule 26 expert 16 will be assumed to have acquired the express permission of the witness to be so listed. 17 Disclosure of Rule 26 experts must be accompanied by the written report called for by 18 Rule 26(a)(2)(B). 19 The parties shall comply with the information disclosure provisions of Rule 26(a)(2)(B) 20 for any expert, who is in whole or in part designated as a Rule 26 expert, and of Rule 26(a)(2)(C) 21 for any percipient expert witness. This information is due at the time of disclosure. Failure to 22 timely supply the required information may result in the expert being stricken. 23 All Rule 26 experts are to be fully prepared to render an informed opinion at the time of 24 disclosure, so that they may fully participate in any deposition taken by the opposing party. 25 Rule 26 experts will not be permitted to testify at trial as to any information gathered or 26 evaluated, or opinion formed, which should have been made available at the time of disclosure, 27 but was not. The court will closely scrutinize for discovery abuse deposition opinions which 28 //// 5 1 differ markedly in nature and/or in bases from those expressed in the mandatory information 2 disclosure. 3 G. FUTURE PROCEEDINGS 4 1. Joint Mid-Litigation Statements 5 Not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the close of discovery, the parties shall file with 6 the court a brief joint statement summarizing all law and motion practice heard by the court as of 7 the date of the filing of the statement, whether the court has disposed of the motion at the time the 8 statement is filed and served, and the likelihood that any further motions will be noticed prior to 9 the close of law and motion.3 The filing of this statement shall not relieve the parties or counsel 10 of their obligation to timely notice all appropriate motions as set forth herein. 11 2. Final Pretrial Conference 12 The final pretrial conference is set before District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. on May 13 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom No. 7, 14th Floor. In each instance an attorney who will try 14 the case for a given party shall attend the final pretrial conference on behalf of that party; 15 provided, however, that if by reason of illness or other unavoidable circumstance the trial attorney 16 is unable to attend, the attorney who attends in place of the trial attorney shall have equal 17 familiarity with the case and equal authorization to make commitments on behalf of the client. 18 All pro se parties must attend the pre-trial conference. 19 Counsel for all parties, and all pro se parties, are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of 20 the Final Pretrial Conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of 21 witnesses for oral testimony. The parties shall file a joint pretrial conference statement not later 22 than May 3, 2017. 23 At the time of filing the Joint Pretrial Statement, counsel shall e-mail the Joint 24 Pretrial Statement and any attachments in Word format to Judge England’s judicial 25 assistant Adele Espana-Purpurat at aespana-purpur@caed.uscourts.gov 26 27 28 Where the parties are unable to agree as to what legal or factual issues are properly before 3 If the parties cannot agree to a joint statement, they shall file separate statements not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the close of discovery, with the information set forth in the text. 6 1 the court for trial, they should nevertheless list all issues asserted by any of the parties and 2 indicate by appropriate footnotes the disputes concerning such issues. The provisions of Local 3 Rule 281 shall, however, apply with respect to the matters to be included in the joint pre-trial 4 statement. Failure to comply with Local Rule 281, as modified herein, may be grounds for 5 sanctions. 6 The parties are reminded that pursuant to Local Rule 281(b)(10) and (11) they are 7 required to list in the final pre-trial statement all witnesses and exhibits they propose to offer at 8 trial, no matter for what purpose. These lists shall not be contained in the body of the final pre- 9 trial statement itself, but shall be attached as separate documents so that the court may attach 10 them as an addendum to the final pre-trial order. The final pre-trial order will contain a stringent 11 standard for the offering at trial of witnesses and exhibits not listed in the final pre-trial order, and 12 the parties are cautioned that the standard will be strictly applied. On the other hand, the listing 13 of exhibits or witnesses that a party does not intend to offer will be viewed as an abuse of the 14 court's processes. 15 The parties are also reminded that pursuant to Rule 16, Fed. R. Civ. P., it will be their duty 16 at the final pre-trial conference to aid the court in: (a) formulation and simplification of issues and 17 the elimination of frivolous claims or defenses; (b) settling of facts which should properly be 18 admitted; and (c) the avoidance of unnecessary proof and cumulative evidence. Counsel must 19 cooperatively prepare the joint pre-trial statement and participate in good faith at the final pre- 20 trial conference with these aims in mind. A failure to do so may result in the imposition of 21 sanctions which may include monetary sanctions, orders precluding proof, elimination of claims 22 or defenses, or such other sanctions as the court deems appropriate. 23 3. Trial Setting 24 A jury trial is set in this matter before District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. on July 9, 25 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Courtroom 7, 14th Floor. 26 H. SPECIAL PROCEDURES 27 None. 28 //// 7 1 I. ESTIMATED TRIAL TIME 2 Based on the parties’ representations, the court estimates a three (3) day jury trial. 3 J. MODIFICATION OF PROCEDURES 4 None. 5 K. RELATED CASES 6 None. 7 L. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 8 At the parties’ request, a Settlement Conference is set for March 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in 9 courtroom no. 27 on floor 8 before Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes. The parties are directed to 10 submit Confidential Settlement Conference Statements to Judge Barnes’s chambers on or before 11 March 7, 2018. Additionally, each party shall file a Notice of Submission of Confidential 12 Settlement Conference Statement. (see L.R. 270(d)). All parties are required to have principals 13 present at the settlement conference. Such statements are neither to be filed with the Clerk nor 14 served on opposing counsel; however, each party shall file a one page document entitled Notice 15 of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement. Each party is reminded of the 16 requirement that it be represented in person at the settlement conference by a person able to 17 dispose of the case or fully authorized to settle the matter at the conference on any terms. See 18 Local Rule 270. 19 M. WAIVER OF DISQUALIFICATION 20 None disclosed. 21 N. MISCELLANEOUS 22 None. 23 II. SUMMARY OF SCHEDULING ORDER 24 1. Initial disclosures completed: 25 2. Expert disclosure schedule: 30 days from the date of this order 26 o Disclosure of experts: November 24, 2017 27 o Disclosure of rebuttal experts: December 8, 2017 28 8 1 3. General discovery schedule (including experts): 2 o Last discovery motions heard: December 27, 2017 3 o Discovery completed: January 12, 2018 4 5 4. All law and motion, except as to discovery, shall be completed as described herein as follows: 6 o Last law & motion filed: March 14, 2018 7 o Last law & motion heard: April 11, 2018 8 9 5. Pretrial Conference Schedule: o Mid-Litigation Statement: December 29, 2017 10 o Joint Pretrial Statement: May 3, 2018 11 o Final Pretrial Conference: May 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 12 6. A three (3) day jury trial is scheduled to begin on: 13 July 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. 14 7. Failure to comply with the terms of this order may result in the imposition of monetary 15 and all other sanctions within the power of the court, including dismissal or an order of 16 judgment. 17 8. Changes to this schedule may only be made by making application to the undersigned 18 magistrate judge, and for good cause shown. 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 DATED: August 28, 2017 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 9

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