United States of America v. 1.41 Acres of Land et al

Filing 65

ORDER FOLLOWING FEBRUARY 25 DISCOVERY HEARING AND ORDER RE MOTION TO CONTINUE DEADLINES. re 54 Discovery Letter, 52 Discovery Letter, 60 Emergency Motion to Continue. Discovery Motion due by 3/11/2015 at noon. Response due by 3/19/ 2015 at noon. Reply due by 3/26/2015 at noon. Discovery Motion Hearing set for 4/7/2015 08:00 AM in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, San Francisco before Hon. William Alsup. MSJ Opposition due by 4/10/2015 at noon. MSJ Reply due by 4/16/2015 at noon. MSJ Motion Hearing set for 4/30/2015 at 08:00 AM.. Signed by Judge Alsup on February 25, 2015. (whalc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/25/2015)

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1 2 3 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 Plaintiff, No. C 14-01781 WHA v. 1.41 ACRES OF LAND, more or less, situated in the City of Alameda, Alameda County, State of California, and THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, acting by and through its Department of Parks and Recreation, and the EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT, ORDER FOLLOWING FEBRUARY 25 DISCOVERY HEARING AND ORDER RE MOTION TO CONTINUE DEADLINES Defendants. 14 / 15 16 On February 25, the parties appeared for a discovery hearing following an in-person meet- 17 and-confer. The remaining issues are: (1) whether to sustain or overrule the United States’ 18 assertion of the deliberative process privilege over documents regarding future plans for the 19 parcel, dated 2014 and 2015; and (2) whether the United States should be required to produce a 20 Rule 30(b)(6) witness on certain topics (Dkt. No. 52-1, Exh. A). The declaration of taking was 21 filed in April 2014, and an amended declaration of taking was filed in December 2014. 22 Since privilege is in play, this order will allow both sides the opportunity to brief the issue 23 on a sworn record, especially for appellate review. It would be appreciated if counsel could 24 please take the time to fully research all decisions on point; namely, whether the deliberative 25 process privilege has ever been invoked and upheld to block discovery in an eminent-domain 26 action (or overruled). The schedule shall be as follows: 27 28 1. The United States has until MARCH 11 AT NOON, to file a formal motion for a protective order. Appended to that motion must be a sworn declaration identifying in tabular format each and every document for which privilege or relevance is asserted. That table must 1 include all information normally included on a privilege log (e.g., date, to and from lines, subject 2 line, whether it was an email, letter, memorandum, etc.). Please number the table so that specific 3 entries can be referenced and discussed in the brief. The brief should address why each document 4 (or categories of documents) should not be turned over and on what grounds (e.g., relevance, 5 deliberative process privilege, attorney-client privilege, etc.). Please bring all such documents to 6 the discovery hearing for potential in camera review. 7 2. Defendants have until MARCH 19 NOON, to file a joint opposition brief 8 (not to exceed 25 pages total). The brief should specifically spell out why good cause has been 9 shown to turn over each specific document and the specific discovery request the document is 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 responsive to. 3. The United States has until MARCH 26 AT NOON, to file a reply brief. A hearing will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 7 AT 8:00 A.M. 4. To the following extent, defendant East Bay Regional Park District’s Rule 56(d) 14 motion is GRANTED (Dkt. No. 60). The deadline for defendants to file opposition briefs is hereby 15 continued from March 3 to APRIL 10 AT NOON. Defendants shall please file one joint opposition 16 brief (not to exceed 45 pages total). The United States’ reply in support of its motion for partial 17 summary judgment (not to exceed twenty pages total) is due by APRIL 16 AT NOON. 18 The March 26 hearing on the United States’ motion for partial summary judgment is continued to 19 APRIL 30 AT 8:00 A.M. 20 5. All existing deadlines remain in place. 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 24 Dated: February 25, 2015. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 25 26 27 28 2

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