Jacques et al v. Hyatt Corporation et al

Filing 69

ORDER SETTING PRETRIAL DEADLINES AND TRIAL PROCEDURES. Signed by Judge Nathanael M. Cousins on 10/3/2013. (nclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/3/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 11 12 PAUL A. JACQUES and JEAN L. 13 Plaintiffs, 14 15 Case No. 11-cv-05364 NC JACQUES, ORDER SETTING PRETRIAL DEADLINES AND TRIAL PROCEDURES v. HYATT CORPORATION, a Delaware 16 Corporation, dba MAUI HYATT RESORT, dba HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT & 17 SPA; MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC., a Texas Corporation, dba BLEDSOE BRACE 18 SYSTEMS; and DOES 1 to 125, Inclusive, 19 Defendants. 20 21 The parties attended a pretrial conference on October 2, 2013. This order 22 memorializes the Court’s rulings at the conference: 23 1. JURY TRIAL. Hyatt’s request for a jury trial is granted. 24 2. JURY SELECTION. 25 (A) Jury selection will begin on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. 26 (B) There will be 8 jurors selected; no alternates. 27 (C) The parties do not intend to use a jury questionnaire. If the parties intend to ask 28 the Court to conduct any part of the voir dire, the proposed questions must be jointly Case No. 11-cv-05364 NC ORDER RE: PRETRIAL DEADLINES AND TRIAL PROCEDURES 1 submitted to the Court in writing by October 14, 2013. 2 (D) Each side (plaintiffs and defendant) will be entitled to three peremptory 3 challenges. 4 3. JURY INSTRUCTIONS. 5 (A) The parties currently do not have any disputes about jury instructions. The 6 Court will revisit the proposed jury instructions after ruling on the legal issues to be briefed 7 by the parties as set forth in this order. 8 (B) The Court will give Ninth Circuit Model Instruction 1.15 (“Questions to 9 Witnesses by Jurors”). 10 4. SUMMARY OF CASE STATEMENT. By October 9, 2013, the parties must 11 submit an agreed-upon summary of the case, not to exceed one page. 12 5. VERDICT FORM. By October 9, 2013, the parties must meet and confer 13 regarding a verdict form and submit a proposed verdict form to the Court. 14 6. MOTIONS IN LIMINE/TRIAL BRIEFS. 15 (A) Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion in limine to exclude evidence of past alcohol use 16 of plaintiff Paul Jacques unrelated to either fall is granted. 17 (B) By October 9, 2013, Hyatt must file a trial brief, not to exceed seven pages, 18 addressing the issue of what law applies to plaintiffs’ claims in this case in general, and 19 specifically what law applies to the claims arising out of Paul Jacques’s second fall at his 20 home in California. Plaintiffs must file an opposition, not to exceed seven pages, or a 21 statement of non-opposition by October 16, 2013. 22 (C) By October 9, 2013, plaintiffs must file a trial brief, not to exceed seven pages, 23 addressing the issues of (1) what is the applicable building code; and (2) whether a 24 violation of that building code constitutes negligence per se. Plaintiffs must file as an 25 attachment to their brief the relevant excerpts of the applicable building code. Hyatt must 26 file an opposition, not to exceed seven pages, or a statement of non-opposition by October 27 16, 2013. 28 (D) No reply briefs may be filed without leave of Court. Case No. 11-cv-05364 NC ORDER RE: PRETRIAL DEADLINES AND TRIAL PROCEDURES 2 1 (E) The Court will hear argument on the trial briefs on October 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. 2 7. TRIAL WITNESSES. 3 (A) Plaintiffs’ request to remove Iling Chen, MD from their list of witnesses is 4 granted. No party will be permitted without leave of court to call in their case-in-chief any 5 witness who is not disclosed in the joint pretrial statement. 6 (B) The parties do not intend to bring any Daubert challenges. 7 (C) By October 9, 2013, the parties must disclose to each other the order in which 8 they intend to call witnesses, as well as any specific timing requests, and must meet and 9 confer in an effort to agree on the schedule of presentation of witnesses. (D) The parties agree that certain witnesses’ testimony will be presented by 10 11 deposition testimony under Fed. R. Civ. P. 32(a)(4)(B). By October 9, 2013, the parties 12 must meet and confer about the specific excerpts of deposition testimony that will be used 13 at trial as listed in the Joint Exhibit List, and must jointly submit a list of any additional 14 designations to the Court. 15 8. TRIAL EXHIBITS. 16 (A) By October 9, 2013, the parties must meet and confer regarding any objections 17 to the admissibility of the documents included in their Joint Exhibit List and must either 18 resubmit the Joint Exhibit List with two additional columns indicating any objections and 19 the responses to the objections, or resubmit the Joint Exhibit List indicating that the parties 20 stipulate to the admissibility of all of the exhibits on that list. (B) Parties must submit three copies of any documents to be offered as exhibits at 21 22 trial to Court chambers by October 14, 2013. 23 9. TRIAL SCHEDULE. 24 (A) Trial days will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with two 15-minute breaks at 25 approximately 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and a 45-minute lunch break at 12:15 p.m. The 26 trial should last no longer than one week. (B) Opening statements and presentation of the evidence will begin on October 22, 27 28 2013. Case No. 11-cv-05364 NC ORDER RE: PRETRIAL DEADLINES AND TRIAL PROCEDURES 3 1 (C Each sid (plaintiffs and defen C) de fs ndant) will b allotted a total of ni hours fo their be ine or cluding ope ening and cl losing statem ments, pres sentation of evidence, and crossf 2 case, inc ation. The clerk will maintain a re c m ecord of tim used by each side. me 3 examina 4 (D By Octo D) ober 9, 2013 the partie must mee and confe about wh 3, es et er hether they w wish p f t ide) sed the ce 5 to use up to fifteen minutes of argument time (per si to be us during t evidenc time st he t on ng. 6 and mus inform th Court of their decisio in writin 7 (E No conti E) inuance of trial will be granted ex t e xcept by Co order in response t a ourt n to s b use. osts e against a par or couns for rty sel 8 motion supported by good cau Jury co may be assessed a o w r p mely of nt. 9 failure to proceed with trial or failure to provide tim notice o settlemen 10 0 IT IS SO OR T RDERED. 11 1 Date: Octobe 3, 2013 er ____ __________ __________ _____ Nath hanael M. C Cousins Unit States M ted Magistrate J Judge 12 2 13 3 14 4 15 5 16 6 17 7 18 8 19 9 20 0 21 1 22 2 23 3 24 4 25 5 26 6 27 7 28 8 Case No. 11-cv-0536 NC 64 ORDER RE: PRETR R RIAL DEAD DLINES AND TR RIAL PROC CEDURES 4

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