Ramirez v. Trans Union, LLC

Filing 164

PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 2/12/2015. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/12/2015)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 SERGIO L. RAMIREZ, Case No. 12-cv-00632-JSC Plaintiff, 8 v. PRETRIAL ORDER 9 10 TRANS UNION, LLC, Defendant. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Following the Further Case Management Conference held on February 12, 2015, IT IS 12 13 HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 14 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 15 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: June 27, 2015 16 Expert Discovery Cutoff: August 11, 2015 17 Deadline for Hearing Dispositive Motions: September 17, 2015 A further case management conference is scheduled for July 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. The 18 19 parties may make arrangements to appear by telephone. The Court will be primarily interested in 20 discussing whether to refer the action for a magistrate judge settlement conference. 21 II. A. 22 23 26 27 28 Jury trial will begin on November 16, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 24 25 TRIAL DATE III. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed 6-8 court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on November 5, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor. Lead trial counsel for each party shall attend. A. At least seven days prior to date of the Final Pretrial Conference the parties shall do 1 2 the following: 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties shall 3 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 4 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 5 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 6 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 7 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 8 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 9 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 12 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 13 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 14 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 15 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 16 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 17 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 18 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 19 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 20 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 21 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 22 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 23 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 24 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 25 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 26 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 27 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 28 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 2 3. 1 2 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. 3 4 File a separate memorandum of law in support of each party’s disputed File a joint set of proposed voir dire questions supplemented as necessary by separate requests. 5 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 6 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 7 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 8 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 9 10 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this statement should not exceed one page. B. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 12 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 13 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 14 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 15 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 16 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 17 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 18 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 19 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 20 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 21 Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON 22 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 23 shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to JSCpo@cand.uscourts.gov. The Court requests that 24 all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 25 IV. 26 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 27 make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 28 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 3 1 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 2 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 3 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 4 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 5 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 6 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 7 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. 8 SCHEDULING Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 10 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 9 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 12 13 THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: 14 Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are 15 given numbers (1 through 18). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. 16 Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. The Court will then ask questions of 17 those in the box and in the front of the bar. Counsel may then conduct a limited voir dire. 18 Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The Court 19 will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked of the 20 additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each side 21 may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. 22 The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the 23 lowest numbers become the final jury. For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and the 24 defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. If more (or 25 fewer) than eight jurors are to be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more 26 than a total of six peremptories are allowed. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ 27 names will be read again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter 28 this procedure in its discretion and after consultation with the parties. 4 WITNESSES 1 2 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 3 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than 4 for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 5 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 6 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 7 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. EXHIBITS 8 9 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 the precise exhibit. 12 B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 13 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 14 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 15 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 16 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 17 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 18 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 19 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 20 Exhibit.” 21 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5 1 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 2 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a 3 photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 4 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 5 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated 6 with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels 7 should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders 8 should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days before 9 the Pretrial Conference. 10 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each United States District Court Northern District of California 11 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 12 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 13 E. In addition to the official record exhibits, three sets of bench binders containing 14 copies of the exhibits must be provided to the Court seven (7) days before the Pretrial Conference, 15 one should be marked as “Chambers Copies”, and the other two as “Clerk’s Copies.” Each exhibit 16 must be separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number. (An exhibit tag is 17 unnecessary for the bench set.) Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 18 the binders. 19 20 21 F. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. G. Exhibit notebooks for the jury will not be permitted without prior permission from 22 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 23 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 24 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 25 CHARGING CONFERENCE 26 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 27 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 28 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 6 1 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 2 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 3 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 4 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 5 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 6 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 7 8 9 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 12, 2015 ______________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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