US Capital Partners, LLC v. AHMSA International, Inc.

Filing 31

PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 4/18/2013. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/19/2013)

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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 U.S. CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC, Plaintiff, 13 Case No.: 12-cv-6520 JSC PRETRIAL ORDER v. 14 15 16 AHMSA INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendant. 17 18 Following the Case Management Conference held on April 18, 2013, IT IS HEREBY 19 20 ORDERED THAT: 21 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 22 Deadline for parties to participate in ENE: September 16, 2013 23 Designation of experts: September 16, 2013 24 Discovery Cut-Off: January 15, 2014 25 Deadline for Hearing Dispositive Motions: March 27, 2014 26 Parties shall appear for a further Case Management Conference on October 17, 2013, 27 28 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San 1 Francisco, California. Counsel may contact Court Call at 1-888-882-6878 to make 2 arrangements to appear by telephone. 3 II. A. 4 5 8 9 10 Northern District of California United States District Court 11 12 Jury trial will begin on July 7, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 6 7 TRIAL DATE III. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed five court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on May 29, 2014, 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 the following: 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties 13 shall meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final 14 Pretrial Order that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses 15 which remain to be decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a 16 joint exhibit list in numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates 17 numbers, a blank column for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when 18 it may be received into evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) 19 each party’s separate witness list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by 20 deposition), including, for all such witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a 21 short statement of the substance of his/her testimony and, separately, what, if any, non- 22 cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each witness, state an hour/minute time 23 estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) should be submitted as 24 appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state which issues, if any, 25 are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 26 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 27 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 28 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, 2 the overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, 3 “Disputed Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with 4 the blanks filled in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall 5 bear the same number. Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a 6 party does not have a counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any 7 version should be given, then that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page 8 inserted in lieu of an alternate version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general 9 instructions, or concluding instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested 10 instructions in the current edition of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than 11 Northern District of California each version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in 2 United States District Court 1 citing the numbers, the parties shall not include preliminary, general, or concluding 12 instructions in the packet. 3. 13 14 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. 15 16 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. 17 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 18 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 19 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 20 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 21 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 22 statement should not exceed one page. 23 B. Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) 24 calendar days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening 25 brief. At least ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve 26 the opposition. There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party 27 should collate the motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired 28 sets at least seven (7) calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented 3 1 in a separate memorandum and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in 2 Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The 3 parties are encouraged to stipulate where possible, for example, as to the exclusion of 4 witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should address a single, separate topic, and 5 contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 6 Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by 7 NOON the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and 8 verdict form shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to The 9 Court requests that all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 10 Northern District of California United States District Court 11 IV. PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 12 make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 13 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 14 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 15 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by 16 all counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an 17 easel. The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the 18 courthouse. For electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment 19 or have a technician handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for 20 safety. The parties may work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all 21 courtroom-layout issues. SCHEDULING 22 23 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the 24 preference of the jury and the parties, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 25 a.m., or earlier as needed, for any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury 26 will be called at 8:30 a.m. 27 28 THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: 4 1 Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are 2 given numbers (1 through 18). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public 3 benches. Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. The Court will then ask 4 questions of those in the box and in the front of the bar. Counsel may then conduct a limited 5 voir dire. Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential 6 jurors. The Court will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, 7 questions will be asked of the additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be 8 considered. After a short recess, each side may exercise its allotment of peremptory 9 challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. The eight (or such other size as will Northern District of California constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the lowest numbers become the final 11 United States District Court 10 jury. For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and the defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 12 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. If more (or fewer) than eight jurors are to 13 be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more than a total of six 14 peremptories are allowed. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ names will be read 15 again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter this procedure in 16 its discretion and after consultation with the parties. 17 WITNESSES 18 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 19 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other 20 than for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other 21 counsel shall provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to 22 be used with the same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first 23 notice shall be exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in 24 writing. EXHIBITS 25 26 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person 27 toconsider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and 28 confusion over the precise exhibit. 5 1 B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as 2 were used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case 3 (e.g., Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A 4 single exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the 5 defendant should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of 6 the same document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different 7 exhibits with different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all 8 exhibits shall be marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s 9 Exhibit” or “Defendant’s Exhibit.” 10 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: Northern District of California United States District Court 11 12 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 13 14 TRIAL EXHIBIT 100 15 16 Case No. ________________ 17 Date Entered _____________ 18 By______________________ 19 Deputy Clerk 20 21 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 22 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner 23 or, if a photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces 24 blank. The parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official 25 record set to be used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three- 26 hole-punched, separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3- 27 ring binders. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. 28 6 1 Each set of exhibit binders should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the 2 deputy clerk seven (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. 3 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of 4 each trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations 5 thereon. If there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s 6 attention. 7 E. In addition to the official record exhibits, a single, joint set of bench binders 8 containing a copy of the exhibits must be provided to the Court seven (7) days before the 9 Pretrial Conference, and should be marked as “Chambers Copies.” Each exhibit must be Northern District of California separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number. (An exhibit tag is unnecessary 11 United States District Court 10 for the bench set.) Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the 12 binders. 13 14 15 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 16 from the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other 17 method as is allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore 18 in the enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 19 20 CHARGING CONFERENCE As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a 21 comprehensive set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the 22 close of the evidence, the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a 23 reasonable period for review, one or more charging conferences will be held at which each 24 party may object to any passage, ask for modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction 25 request must be renewed specifically at the conference or it will be deemed waived, whether 26 or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, a party still wishes to request an omitted 27 instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must affirmatively re-request it at the 28 7 1 charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity to correct any error. 2 Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 6 Dated: April 18, 2013 _________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 7 8 9 10 Northern District of California United States District Court 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8

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