Netflix, Inc. v. Blockbuster, Inc.

Filing 19

CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULING ORDER: ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge To Be Assigned for Discovery purposes, ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte for Mediation/Settlement. Tutorial for the Court set for 1/17/2007 at 1:30 PM. Claims Construction Hearing set for 1/31/2007 01:30 PM. Discovery due by 4/27/2007. Jury Trial set for 9/17/2007 07:30 AM in Courtroom 9, 19th Floor, San Francisco. Motions due by 6/14/2007. Pretrial Conference set for 8/20/2007 02:00 PM in Courtroom 9, 19th Floor, San Francisco. Signed by Judge William Alsup on 6/30/2006. (whasec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/30/2006)

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Netflix, Inc. v. Blockbuster, Inc. Doc. 19 Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NETFLIX, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, v. BLOCKBUSTER, INC., a Delaware corporation, and DOES 150, Defendants. AND RELATED COUNTER ACTION. / / No. C 06-02361 WHA CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER, REFERENCE TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR SETTLEMENT/ MEDIATION, AND FURTHER REFERENCE TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR DISCOVERY SUPERVISION FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4. 3. 2. After a case management conference, the Court enters the following order pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("FRCP") and Civil Local Rule 16-10: 1. All initial disclosures under FRCP 26 must be completed by JULY 28, 2006, on pain of preclusion. Leave to add any new parties or pleading amendments must be sought by JULY 28, 2006. Blockbuster may have until SEPTEMBER 18, 2006, to file its preliminary invalidity contentions and to produce supporting documents under Local Patent Rules 3-3 and 3-4. The claim-construction hearing will be held on JANUARY 31, 2007, at 1:30 P.M. Counsel shall meet and confer and propose a briefing schedule leading up to the Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 2 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5. hearing. This must be filed by JULY 28, 2006, and entitled "PROPOSED ORDER RE SCHEDULE FOR CLAIM CONSTRUCTION" and send it by email to For the claim-construction hearing, the parties must isolate no more than EIGHT PHRASES in all claims at issue and limit the hearing to those phrases. All other phrases in dispute will be determined at trial absent further order. In the Court's experience, most patent cases turn on the meaning of only a few phrases. Once defined, the case will usually resolve by motion or settlement. If it does not, then the Court will construe any remaining phrases at issue during summary judgment or, at a minimum, before the jury is instructed. Counsel must conduct the presentations at the claim-construction hearing. Expert testimony will normally not be needed but all sides may have an expert present to address points outside the intrinsic record should they arise. A tutorial for the Court (to be conducted by counsel only, not experts) shall be set on JANUARY 17, 2007, at 1:30 P.M. 6. 7. The non-expert discovery cut-off date shall be APRIL 27, 2007. The deadline for producing opinions of counsel under Patent Local Rule 3-8 shall be 28 CALENDAR DAYS before the non-expert discovery cut-off, irrespective of the timeline in said rule. 8. The last date for designation of expert testimony and disclosure of full expert reports under FRCP 26(a)(2) as to any issue on which a party has the burden of proof ("opening reports") shall be APRIL 27, 2007. WITHIN FOURTEEN CALENDAR DAYS thereafter, all other parties may disclose responsive expert testimony with full expert reports responsive to opening reports ("opposition reports"). Within SEVEN CALENDAR DAYS thereafter, United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 the opening parties may disclose any reply reports limited solely to rebutting specific material in opposition reports. Reply reports must be limited to true rebuttal and should be very brief. They should not add new material that should have been placed in the opening report. The cutoff for all expert discovery shall be FOURTEEN CALENDAR DAYS after the deadline for reply reports. In aid of 2 Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 3 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 preparing an opposition or reply report, a responding party may depose the adverse expert sufficiently before the deadline for the opposition or reply report so as to use the testimony in preparing the response. Experts must make themselves readily available for such depositions. Alternatively, the responding party can elect to depose the expert later in the expert-discovery period. An expert, however, may be deposed only once unless the expert is used for different opening and/or opposition reports, in which case the expert may be deposed independently on the subject matter of each report. At least 28 CALENDAR DAYS before the due date for opening reports, each party shall serve a list of issues on which it will offer any expert testimony in its case-in-chief (including from non-retained experts). This is so that all parties will be timely able to obtain counter-experts on the listed issues and to facilitate the timely completeness of all expert reports. Failure to so disclose may result in preclusion. 9. As to damages studies, the cut-off date for past damages will be as of the expert report (or such earlier date as the expert may select). In addition, the experts may try to project future damages (i.e., after the cut-off date) if the substantive standards for future damages can be met. With timely leave of Court or by written stipulation, the experts may update their reports (with supplemental reports) to a date closer to the time of trial. 10. At trial, the direct testimony of experts will be limited to the matters disclosed in their reports. Omitted material may not ordinarily be added on direct examination. This means the reports must be complete and sufficiently detailed. Illustrative animations, diagrams, charts and models may be used on direct examination only if they were part of the expert's report, with the exception of simple drawings and tabulations that plainly illustrate what is already in the report, which can be drawn by the witness at trial or otherwise shown to the jury. If cross-examination fairly opens the door, however, an expert may go beyond the written report on cross-examination and/or redirect examination. By written stipulation, of course, all sides may relax these requirements. 3 United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 4 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11. To head off a recurring problem, experts lacking percipient knowledge should avoid vouching for the credibility of witnesses, i.e., whose version of the facts in dispute is correct. This means that they may not, for example, testify that based upon a review of fact depositions and other material supplied by counsel, a police officer did (or did not) violate standards. Rather, the expert should be asked for his or her opinion based -- explicitly -- upon an assumed fact scenario. This will make clear that the witness is not attempting to make credibility and fact findings and thereby to invade the province of the jury. Of course, a qualified expert can testify to relevant customs, usages, practices, recognized standards of conduct, and other specialized matters beyond the ken of a lay jury. This subject is addressed further in the trial guidelines referenced in paragraph 18 below. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 12. The last date to file dispositive motions shall be JUNE 14, 2007. No dispositive motions shall be heard more than 35 days after this deadline, i.e., if any party waits until the last day to file, then the parties must adhere to the 35-day track in order to avoid pressure on the trial date. 13. The FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE shall be at 2:00 P.M. on AUGUST 20, 2007. For the form of submissions for the final pretrial conference and trial, please see paragraph 18 below. 14. A JURY TRIAL shall begin on SEPTEMBER 17, 2007, at 7:30 A.M., in Courtroom 9, 19th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94102. The trial schedule and time limits shall be set at the final pretrial conference. Although almost all trials proceed on the date scheduled, it may be necessary on occasion for a case to trail, meaning the trial may commence a few days or even a few weeks after the date stated above, due to calendar congestion and the need to give priority to criminal trials. Counsel and the parties should plan accordingly, including advising witnesses. 15. 16. Counsel may not stipulate around the foregoing dates without Court approval. While the Court encourages the parties to engage in settlement discussions, please do not ask for any extensions on the ground of settlement discussions or on the ground that 4 Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 17. the parties experienced delays in scheduling settlement conferences, mediation or ENE. The parties should proceed to prepare their cases for trial. No continuance (even if stipulated) shall be granted on the ground of incomplete preparation without competent and detailed declarations setting forth good cause. To avoid any misunderstanding with respect to the final pretrial conference and trial, the Court wishes to emphasize that all filings and appearances must be made -- on pain of dismissal, default or other sanction -- unless and until a dismissal fully resolving the case is received. It will not be enough to inform the clerk that a settlement in principle has been reached or to lodge a partially executed settlement agreement or to lodge a fully executed agreement (or dismissal) that resolves less than the entire case. Where, however, a fully-executed settlement agreement clearly and fully disposing of the entire case is lodged reasonably in advance of the pretrial conference or trial and only a ministerial act remains, the Court will arrange a telephone conference to work out an alternate procedure pending a formal dismissal. 18. If you have not already done so, please read and follow the "Supplemental Order to Order Setting Initial Case Management Conference in Civil Cases Before Judge William Alsup" and other orders issued by the Clerk's office when this action was commenced. Among other things, the supplemental order explains when submissions are to go to the Clerk's Office (the general rule) versus when submissions may go directly to chambers (rarely). With respect to the final pretrial conference and trial, please read and follow the "Guidelines For Trial and Final Pretrial Conference in Civil Jury Cases Before The Honorable William Alsup." All orders and guidelines referenced in the paragraph are available on the district court's website at If you do not have access to the Internet, you may contact Deputy Clerk Dawn K. Toland at (415) 522-2020 to learn how to pick up a hard copy. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5 Case 3:06-cv-02361-WHA Document 19 Filed 06/30/2006 Page 6 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 19. This matter is hereby REFERRED to MAGISTRATE JUDGE ELIZABETH D. LAPORTE for SETTLEMENT/MEDIATION, the Court believing that such a conference would be more effective in settling the present case than any other avenue. 20. This case is REFERRED to a MAGISTRATE JUDGE to be assigned for resolution of all discovery motions. The deadline for bringing all discovery motions or extension motions based on discovery violations will be 45 CALENDAR DAYS prior to the fact discovery cutoff (for fact discovery) and TEN CALENDAR DAYS prior to the expert discovery cutoff (for expert discovery). The purpose of these lead times is to allow briefing, resolution and follow-up, to the extent practical, before the discovery cutoffs. Each side may take UP TO TWENTY fact depositions, four of which may be as long as FOURTEEN HOURS United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California each. The Court's discovery guidelines shall be followed and 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 21. enforced by the magistrate judge. All pretrial disclosures under FRCP 26(a)(3) and objections required by FRCP 26(a)(3) must be made on the schedule established by said rule. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 30, 2006. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 6

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