Binder v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation

Filing 23

PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 1/24/2013. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/24/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 Northern District of California United States District Court 11 12 CHERYL BINDER, 13 Plaintiff, 14 Case No.: 12-cv-04807 JSC PRETRIAL ORDER v. 15 16 17 NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION, Defendant. 18 19 Following the parties’ submission of a Joint Case Management Conference Statement 20 21 on January 14, 2013, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 22 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 23 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: September 23, 2013 24 Deadline for Hearing Dispositive Motions: November 21, 2013 25 Plaintiff’s Expert Witness Disclosures: December 20, 2013 26 Plaintiff’s Experts’ Depositions: January 10, 2014 27 Defendant’s Expert Witness Disclosures: January 31, 2014 28 Defendant’s Experts’ Depositions: February 20, 2014 1 Expert Discovery Cutoff: March 3, 2014 2 Parties shall appear for a further Case Management Conference on September 5, 2013, 3 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San 4 Francisco, California. Counsel may contact Court Call at 1-888-882-6878 to make 5 arrangements to appear by telephone. The Court further orders that private mediation shall occur within 120 days of the date 6 7 of this Order. If the parties cannot agree on a private mediator within 30 days of the date of 8 this order, the parties shall notify the Court of such disagreement and the Court will refer the 9 parties to a volunteer mediator program. 10 II. A. Northern District of California United States District Court 11 12 15 16 17 18 19 Jury trial will begin on April 21, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 13 14 TRIAL DATE III. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed seven court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on April 3, 2014, at 2:30 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 the following: 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties 20 shall meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final 21 Pretrial Order that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses 22 which remain to be decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a 23 joint exhibit list in numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates 24 numbers, a blank column for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when 25 it may be received into evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) 26 each party’s separate witness list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by 27 deposition), including, for all such witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a 28 short statement of the substance of his/her testimony and, separately, what, if any, non- 2 1 cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each witness, state an hour/minute time 2 estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) should be submitted as 3 appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state which issues, if any, 4 are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 5 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 6 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 7 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, 8 each version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in 9 the overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, Northern District of California “Disputed Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with 11 United States District Court 10 the blanks filled in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall 12 bear the same number. Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a 13 party does not have a counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any 14 version should be given, then that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page 15 inserted in lieu of an alternate version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general 16 instructions, or concluding instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested 17 instructions in the current edition of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than 18 citing the numbers, the parties shall not include preliminary, general, or concluding 19 instructions in the packet. 20 21 22 23 3. File a separate memorandum of law in support of each party’s disputed instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. File a joint set of proposed voir dire questions supplemented as necessary by separate requests. 24 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 25 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 26 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 27 28 3 8. 1 File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 2 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 3 statement should not exceed one page. B. 4 Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) 5 calendar days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening 6 brief. At least ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve 7 the opposition. There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party 8 should collate the motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired 9 sets at least seven (7) calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented Northern District of California in a separate memorandum and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in 11 United States District Court 10 Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The 12 parties are encouraged to stipulate where possible, for example, as to the exclusion of 13 witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should address a single, separate topic, and 14 contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 15 Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by 16 NOON the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and 17 verdict form shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to The 18 Court requests that all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 19 IV. 20 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 21 make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 22 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 23 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 24 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by 25 all counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an 26 easel. The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the 27 courthouse. For electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment 28 or have a technician handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for 4 1 safety. The parties may work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all 2 courtroom-layout issues. SCHEDULING 3 4 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the 5 preference of the jury and the parties, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 6 a.m., or earlier as needed, for any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury 7 will be called at 8:30 a.m. 8 9 THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: Northern District of California Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are 11 United States District Court 10 given numbers (1 through 18). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public 12 benches. Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. The Court will then ask 13 questions of those in the box and in the front of the bar. Counsel may then conduct a limited 14 voir dire. Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential 15 jurors. The Court will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, 16 questions will be asked of the additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be 17 considered. After a short recess, each side may exercise its allotment of peremptory 18 challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. The eight (or such other size as will 19 constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the lowest numbers become the final 20 jury. For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and the defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 21 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. If more (or fewer) than eight jurors are to 22 be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more than a total of six 23 peremptories are allowed. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ names will be read 24 again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter this procedure in 25 its discretion and after consultation with the parties. 26 WITNESSES 27 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 28 5 1 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other 2 than for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other 3 counsel shall provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to 4 be used with the same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first 5 notice shall be exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in 6 writing. EXHIBITS 7 8 9 10 Northern District of California United States District Court 11 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person toconsider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over the precise exhibit. B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as 12 were used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case 13 (e.g., Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A 14 single exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the 15 defendant should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of 16 the same document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different 17 exhibits with different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all 18 exhibits shall be marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s 19 Exhibit” or “Defendant’s Exhibit.” 20 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 21 22 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 23 24 TRIAL EXHIBIT 100 25 26 Case No. ________________ 27 Date Entered _____________ 28 By______________________ 6 Deputy Clerk 1 2 3 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 4 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner 5 or, if a photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces 6 blank. The parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official 7 record set to be used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three- 8 hole-punched, separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3- 9 ring binders. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Northern District of California Each set of exhibit binders should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the 11 United States District Court 10 deputy clerk seven (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. 12 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of 13 each trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations 14 thereon. If there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s 15 attention. 16 E. In addition to the official record exhibits, a single, joint set of bench binders 17 containing a copy of the exhibits must be provided to the Court seven (7) days before the 18 Pretrial Conference, and should be marked as “Chambers Copies.” Each exhibit must be 19 separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number. (An exhibit tag is unnecessary 20 for the bench set.) Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the 21 binders. 22 23 24 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 25 from the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other 26 method as is allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore 27 in the enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 28 7 CHARGING CONFERENCE 1 2 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a 3 comprehensive set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the 4 close of the evidence, the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a 5 reasonable period for review, one or more charging conferences will be held at which each 6 party may object to any passage, ask for modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction 7 request must be renewed specifically at the conference or it will be deemed waived, whether 8 or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, a party still wishes to request an omitted 9 instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must affirmatively re-request it at the Northern District of California charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity to correct any error. 11 United States District Court 10 Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 15 Dated: January 24, 2013 _________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8

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