Doe et al v. City and County of San Francisco et al

Filing 180

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SANCTIONS SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED. Signed by Judge Thelton Henderson on 4/4/12. (tehlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/4/2012)

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1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 5 JANE DOE and ANNE RASKIN, 6 7 8 Plaintiffs, v. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, et al., NO. C10-04700 TEH ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SANCTIONS SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED 9 Defendants. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 On March 29, 2012, this Court issued an order setting the trial schedule, in the course 12 of which the Court made clear not only the Court’s intent to maximize the efficiency of this 13 trial through the use of time limits, but also the expectation that significant progress would be 14 made on the first day of trial, and that, accordingly, counsel should be prepared to proceed 15 with their first witnesses on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. 16 In spite of the Court’s best efforts, counsel remains unable to assist the Court in 17 pursuing the goal of efficiency. Though the trial was scheduled to proceed from 9:00 a.m. 18 until 5:00 p.m., counsel announced, at 4:20 p.m., after an unscheduled recess, that the 19 Plaintiffs were unable to proceed further (having examined two of an anticipated 24 20 witnesses) because the deposition of the next witness had been the victim of an assistant’s 21 oversight, left behind in a box in counsel’s office. 22 In the wake of a plethora of oversights, errors, inefficiencies, corrected filings, and 23 miscommunications by counsel for both sides in this case, after the Court has extended the 24 hours normally scheduled for trial to more than double the amount of time available for this 25 case and made plain the need to streamline these proceedings so that both parties will have 26 sufficient time to present their case, counsel’s failure to fill the time allotted today is utterly 27 28 1 unacceptable. In light of this, the Court hereby ORDERS counsel for the Plaintiffs to SHOW 2 CAUSE WHY SANCTIONS SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED. 3 Any written response to this order shall be filed on or before Monday, April 9, 2012. 4 A hearing on this matter will be scheduled, upon a date and time to be determined. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 Dated: 4/4/12 9 THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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