Avalanche Funding, LLC v. Arif et al

Filing 88

PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER signed by District Judge Troy L. Nunley on 3/16/18: Discovery due by 7/31/2018. Designation of Expert Witnesses due by 9/28/2018. Dispositive Motions shall be heard no later than 1/24/2019. (Kaminski, H)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 AVALANCHE FUNDING, LLC, 11 12 13 No. 2:16-cv-02555-TLN-KJN Plaintiff, v. PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER SYED M. ARIF, et al., 14 Defendants. 15 16 17 18 After reviewing the parties’ Joint Status Report, the Court makes the following Pretrial Scheduling Order. 19 I. SERVICE OF PROCESS 20 All named Defendants have been served and no further service 21 is permitted without leave of court, good cause having been 22 shown. 23 II. 24 No joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings is 25 ADDITIONAL PARTIES/AMENDMENTS/PLEADINGS permitted without leave of court, good cause having been shown. 26 III. 27 Jurisdiction is predicated upon 28 U.S.C . § 1332. 28 JURISDICTION/VENUE Jurisdiction and venue are not contested. 1 1 IV. 2 All discovery, with the exception of expert discovery, shall DISCOVERY 3 be completed by July 31, 2018. 4 means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all 5 depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to 6 discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if 7 necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has 8 been obeyed. 9 the magistrate judge’s calendar in accordance with the local 10 All motions to compel discovery must be noticed on rules of this Court. 11 12 In this context, “completed” Any request to deviate from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be made to the assigned Magistrate Judge. 13 V. DISCLOSURE OF EXPERT WITNESSES 14 All counsel are to designate in writing, file with the 15 Court, and serve upon all other parties the name, address, and 16 area of expertise of each expert that they propose to tender at 17 trial not later than September 28, 2018.1 18 be accompanied by a written report prepared and signed by the 19 witness. 20 26(a)(2)(B). The designation shall The report shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 21 Within twenty (20) days after the designation of expert 22 witnesses, any party may designate a supplemental list of expert 23 witnesses who will express an opinion on a subject covered by an 24 expert designated by an adverse party. 25 /// 26 /// 27 1 28 The discovery of experts will include whether any motions based on Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993) and/or Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 119 S. Ct. 1167 (1999) are anticipated. 2 1 The right to designate a supplemental expert for rebuttal 2 purposes only shall apply to a party who has not previously 3 disclosed an expert witness on the date set for expert witness 4 disclosure by this Pretrial Scheduling Order. 5 Failure of a party to comply with the disclosure schedule as 6 set forth above in all likelihood will preclude that party from 7 calling the expert witness at the time of trial. 8 witness not appearing on the designation will not be permitted to 9 testify unless the party offering the witness demonstrates: (a) An expert 10 that the necessity for the witness could not have been reasonably 11 anticipated at the time the list was proffered; (b) that the 12 Court and opposing counsel were promptly notified upon discovery 13 of the witness; and (c) that the witness was promptly made 14 available for deposition. 15 For purposes of this Pretrial Scheduling Order, an “expert” 16 is any person who may be used at trial to present evidence under 17 Rules 702, 703, and 705 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which 18 include both “percipient experts” (persons who, because of their 19 expertise, have rendered expert opinions in the normal course of 20 their work duties or observations pertinent to the issues in the 21 case) and “retained experts” (persons specifically designated by 22 a party to be a testifying expert for the purposes of 23 litigation). 24 Each party shall identify whether a disclosed expert is 25 percipient, retained, or both. It will be assumed that a party 26 designating a retained expert has acquired the express permission 27 of the witness to be so listed. 28 /// 3 1 Parties designating percipient experts must state in the 2 designation who is responsible for arranging the deposition of 3 such persons. 4 All experts designated are to be fully prepared at the time 5 of designation to render an informed opinion, and give their 6 bases for their opinion, so that they will be able to give full 7 and complete testimony at any deposition taken by the opposing 8 party. 9 to any information gathered or evaluated, or opinion formed, 10 Experts will not be permitted to testify at the trial as after deposition taken subsequent to designation. 11 Counsel are instructed to complete all discovery of expert 12 witnesses in a timely manner in order to comply with the Court’s 13 deadline for filing dispositive motions. 14 VI. SUPPLEMENTAL DISCOVERY 15 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(e), the 16 parties shall exchange any supplemental disclosures and responses 17 (including expert supplemental materials) no later than thirty 18 (30) days prior to the dispositive motion hearing date. 19 supplemental disclosures and responses necessary after that date 20 will require leave of Court good cause having been shown. Any 21 VII. MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE 22 All dispositive motions, except motions for continuances, 23 temporary restraining orders or other emergency applications, 24 shall be heard no later than January 24, 2019. 25 All purely legal issues are to be resolved by timely 26 pretrial motions. Local Rule 230 governs the calendaring and 27 procedures of civil motions with the following additions: 28 /// 4 1 (a) The opposition and reply must be filed by 4:00 p.m. on 2 the day due; and 3 (b) When the last day for filing an opposition brief falls 4 on a legal holiday, the opposition brief shall be filed 5 on the last court day immediately preceding the legal 6 holiday. 7 Failure to comply with Local Rule 230(c), as modified by 8 this order, may be deemed consent to the motion and the court may 9 dispose of the motion summarily. Further, failure to timely 10 oppose a summary judgment motion2 may result in the granting of 11 that motion if the movant shifts the burden to the nonmovant to 12 demonstrate that a genuine issue of material fact remains for 13 trial. 14 The Court places a page limit for points and authorities 15 (exclusive of exhibits and other supporting documentation) of 16 twenty (20) pages on all initial moving papers, twenty (20) pages 17 on oppositions, and ten (10) pages for replies. 18 page limit increases must be made in writing to the Court setting 19 forth any and all reasons for any increase in page limit at least 20 fourteen (14) days prior to the filing of the motion. All requests for 21 For the Court’s convenience, citations to Supreme Court 22 cases should include parallel citations to the Supreme Court 23 Reporter. 24 The parties are reminded that a motion in limine is a 25 pretrial procedural device designed to address the admissibility 26 of evidence. 27 2 28 The Court will look with disfavor upon The Court urges any party that contemplates bringing a motion for summary judgment or who must oppose a motion for summary judgment to review Local Rule 260. 5 1 dispositional motions presented in the guise of motions in 2 limine. 3 The parties are cautioned that failure to raise a 4 dispositive legal issue that could have been tendered to the 5 court by proper pretrial motion prior to the dispositive motion 6 cut-off date may constitute waiver of such issue. 7 VIII. TRIAL SETTING 8 The parties are ordered to file a Joint Notice of Trial 9 Readiness not later than thirty (30) days after receiving this 10 Court’s ruling(s) on the last filed dispositive motion(s). 11 the parties do not intend to file dispositive motions, the 12 parties are ordered to file a Joint Notice of Trial Readiness not 13 later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the close of 14 discovery and the notice must include statements of intent to 15 forgo the filing of dispositive motions. 16 If The parties are to set forth in their Notice of Trial 17 Readiness, the appropriateness of special procedures, their 18 estimated trial length, any request for a jury, their 19 availability for trial, and if the parties are willing to attend 20 a settlement conference. 21 Statement shall also estimate how many court days each party will 22 require to present its case, including opening statements and 23 closing arguments. 24 necessary for jury selection, time necessary to finalize jury 25 instructions and instruct the jury. 26 The parties’ Notice of Trial Readiness The parties’ estimate shall include time After review of the parties’ Joint Notice of Trial 27 Readiness, the Court will issue an order that sets forth dates 28 for a Final Pretrial Conference and Trial. 6 1 IX. 2 The parties may request a settlement conference prior to the SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 3 Final Pretrial Conference if they feel it would lead to the 4 possible resolution of the case. 5 conference date is requested, the parties shall file said request 6 jointly, in writing. 7 waive disqualification, pursuant to Local Rule 270(b), before a 8 settlement judgment can be assigned to the case. 9 parties’ affirmatively requesting that the assigned Judge or 10 Magistrate Judge participate in the settlement conference AND 11 waiver, pursuant to Local Rule 270(b), a settlement judge will be 12 randomly assigned to the case. 13 In the event a settlement The request must state whether the parties Absent the In the event a settlement conference is set by the Court, 14 counsel are instructed to have a principal with full settlement 15 authority present at the Settlement Conference or to be fully 16 authorized to settle the matter on any terms. 17 calendar days before the settlement conference, counsel for each 18 party shall submit to the chambers of the settlement judge a 19 confidential Settlement Conference Statement. 20 are neither to be filed with the Clerk nor served on opposing 21 counsel. 22 parties that the statement has been submitted. 23 judge is not the trial judge, the Settlement Conference Statement 24 shall not be disclosed to the trial judge. At least seven (7) Such statements Each party, however, shall serve notice on all other If the settlement 25 X. COURTESY COPIES 26 No party shall submit paper courtesy copies of pleadings or 27 exhibits to the Court unless expressly ordered to do so. 28 /// 7 1 XI. 2 Pursuant to Local Rule 271, parties may stipulate at any VOLUNTARY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM 3 stage in the proceedings to refer the action, in whole or in 4 part, to the Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program. 5 XII. MODIFICATION OF PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER 6 The parties are reminded that pursuant to Rule 16(b) of the 7 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Pretrial Scheduling Order 8 shall not be modified except by leave of court upon a showing of 9 good cause. Agreement by the parties pursuant to stipulation 10 alone to modify the Pretrial Scheduling Order does not constitute 11 good cause. 12 unavailability of witnesses or counsel will not constitute good 13 cause. Except in extraordinary circumstances, 14 XIII. OBJECTIONS TO PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER 15 This Pretrial Scheduling Order will become final without 16 further order of the Court unless objections are filed within 17 fourteen (14) days of service of this Order. 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: March 16, 2018 20 Troy L. Nunley United States District Judge 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8

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