Westport Insurance Corporation v. California Casualty Management Co.

Filing 58

CIVIL PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Judge William H. Orrick on 12/21/2016. (jmdS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/21/2016)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 WESTPORT INSURANCE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, 8 11 CIVIL PRETRIAL ORDER v. 9 10 Case No. 16-cv-01246-WHO CALIFORNIA CASUALTY MANAGEMENT CO., United States District Court Northern District of California Defendant. 12 A bench trial has been set in this matter for July 17, 2017, beginning at 8:00 A.M. A Pretrial 13 14 Conference has been set for June 19, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. 15 The following scheduling deadlines and hearing dates have been set: 16 Fact discovery cutoff: Expert disclosure: Expert rebuttal: Expert discovery cutoff: Dispositive Motions heard by: 17 18 January 14, 2017 January 14, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 17, 2017 March 29, 2017 19 20 1. Not less than 28 days prior to the Pretrial Conference, counsel shall exchange (but not file 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pretrial Conference and Statement or lodge) the papers described in Civil L.R. 16-10(b)(7), (8), (9) and (10), and any motions in limine. At least 21 days before the Pretrial Conference, lead trial counsel shall meet and confer with respect to:  Preparation and content of the joint pretrial conference statement;  Resolution of any differences between the parties regarding the preparation and content of the joint pretrial conference statement and the preparation and exchange of pretrial materials to be served and filed pursuant to this Order. To the extent such differences are not resolved, the parties will present the issues in the pretrial conference statement so that the judge may rule on the matter during the Pretrial Conference; and 1 2 3  4 5 6 7 At least 14 days prior to the Pretrial Conference, the parties shall file a joint pretrial conference statement containing the following information: a. 8 9 United States District Court Northern District of California 12 13 defenses which remain to be decided. (ii) Relief Prayed. A detailed statement of all the relief claimed, particularly itemizing all elements of damages claimed as well as witnesses, documents, or other evidentiary material to be presented concerning the amount of those damages. b. 14 15 16 reasonably disputable, as well as which facts parties will stipulate for incorporation into the trial record without the necessity of supporting testimony or exhibits. (ii) Disputed Factual Issues. A plain and concise statement of all disputed factual issues which remain to be decided. 19 20 (iii) Agreed Statement. A statement assessing whether all or part of the action may be presented upon an agreed statement of facts. 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 The Factual Basis of the Action (i) Undisputed Facts. A plain and concise statement of all relevant facts not 17 18 The Action (i) Substance of the Action. A brief description of the substance of claims and 10 11 Settlement. (iv) Stipulations. A statement of stipulations requested or proposed for pretrial or trial purposes. c. Disputed Legal Issues (i) Points of Law. Without extended legal argument, a concise statement of each disputed point of law concerning liability or relief, citing supporting statutes and decisions setting forth briefly the nature of each party's contentions concerning each disputed point of law, including procedural and evidentiary issues. 28 2 (ii) Proposed Conclusions of Law. If the case is to be tried without a jury, unless 1 2 3 otherwise ordered, parties should briefly indicate objections to proposed conclusions of law. d. Trial Preparation (i) Witnesses to be Called. A list of all witnesses likely to be called at trial, other 4 5 than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, together with a brief statement following each name 6 describing the substance of the testimony to be given. (ii) Exhibits, Schedules and Summaries. A list of all documents and other items to 7 8 be offered as exhibits at the trial, other than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, with a brief 9 statement following each describing its substance or purpose and the identity of the sponsoring witness. Unless otherwise ordered, parties will indicate their objections to the receipt in evidence 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 of exhibits and materials lodged and that counsel have conferred respecting such objections. (iii) Estimate of Trial Time. An estimate of the number of court days needed for 12 13 the presentation of each party’s case, indicating possible reductions in time through proposed 14 stipulations, agreed statements of facts, or expedited means of presenting testimony and exhibits. 15 (iv) Use of Discovery Responses. Counsel shall cite possible presentation at trial 16 of evidence, other than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, through use of excerpts from 17 depositions, from interrogatory answers, or from responses to requests for admission. Counsel 18 shall indicate any objections to use of these materials and that counsel has conferred respecting 19 such objections. (v) Further Discovery or Motions. A statement of all remaining discovery or 20 21 22 23 24 25 motions, including motions in limine. e. Trial Alternatives and Options (i) Settlement Discussion. A statement summarizing the status of settlement negotiations and indicating whether further negotiations are likely to be productive. (ii) Consent to Trial Before a Magistrate Judge. A statement whether reference of 26 all or part of the action to a master or magistrate judge is feasible, including whether the parties 27 consent to a court or jury trial before a magistrate judge, with appeal directly to the Ninth Circuit. 28 (iii) Amendments, Dismissals. A statement of requested or proposed amendments 3 1 to pleadings or dismissals of parties' claims or defenses. (iv) Bifurcation, Separate Trial of Issues. A statement of whether bifurcation or a 2 3 separate trial of specific issues is feasible and desired. 4 2. Witnesses a. 5 Jury Trials. The Pretrial Conference Statement shall include the witness list 6 required in part by 1(d)(1) above. In addition, in the case of expert witnesses, the summary shall 7 clearly state the expert’s theories and conclusions and the basis therefore and shall be 8 accompanied by a curriculum vitae; if the expert has prepared a report in preparation for the 9 testimony, a copy thereof shall be furnished to opposing counsel. Witnesses not included on the 10 list may be excluded from testifying. b. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Non-Jury Trials. In non-jury cases, any party may serve and lodge with the Court a 12 written narrative statement of the proposed direct testimony of each witness under that party’s 13 control in lieu of a summary. Each statement shall be marked as an exhibit and shall be in a form 14 suitable to be received into evidence. 15 3. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law In non-jury cases, each party shall file at least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial 16 17 Conference proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law on all material issues. The Court 18 requests that the parties hyperlink each proposed Finding of Fact to any supporting evidence. 19 Proposed Findings shall be brief, written in plain English, and free of pejorative language, 20 conclusions and argument. Parties shall deliver to Chambers copies of Proposed Findings of Fact 21 and Conclusions of Law on a CD/DVD in Word format, with a label including the name of the 22 case, the case number and a description of the submission. 23 4. 24 Exhibits a. Provide Copies of Exhibits to Other Parties. Each party shall provide every other 25 party with one set of all proposed exhibits, charts, schedules, summaries, diagrams, and other 26 similar documentary materials to be used in its case in chief at trial, together with a complete list 27 of all such proposed exhibits. Voluminous exhibits shall be reduced by elimination of irrelevant 28 portions or through the use of summaries. Each item shall be pre-marked with a trial exhibit 4 1 sticker (“Trial Exhibit No.__”), not deposition exhibit label, and defendant’s exhibit numbers shall 2 be sequenced to begin after plaintiff’s exhibit numbers. If there are numerous exhibits, they 3 should be provided in three-ring binders with marked tab separators. All exhibits which have not 4 been provided as required are subject to exclusion. 5 b. Stipulations re Admissibility. At least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial 6 Conference, the parties shall make a good faith effort to stipulate to exhibits’ admissibility. If 7 stipulation is not possible, the parties shall make every effort to stipulate to authenticity and 8 foundation absent a legitimate (not tactical) objection. 9 c. Objections to Exhibits. In addition to the exhibit list, counsel shall confer with respect to any other objections to exhibits in advance of the Pretrial Conference. Each party shall 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 file a statement briefly identifying each item objected to, the grounds for the objection, and the 12 position of the offering party at least fourteen days prior to the date set for the Pretrial Conference. 13 d. Provide Copies of Exhibits to Court. One set of exhibits shall be provided to the 14 Court in Chambers on the Friday prior to the trial date, in binders, marked, tabbed, and indexed in 15 accordance with Local Rule 16-10(b)(7). Exhibits shall be identified as follows: 16 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 17 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 18 TRIAL EXHIBIT 100 19 20 CASE NO. _____________________ 21 22 DATE ENTERED_________________ 23 BY __________________________ 24 DEPUTY CLERK 25 26 Blocks of numbers shall be assigned to fit the needs of the case (e.g., Plaintiff has 1-100, 27 Defendant has 101-200). The parties shall not mark duplicate exhibits (e.g., plaintiff and 28 5 1 defendant shall not mark the same exhibit; only one copy of the exhibit shall be marked). e. 2 Disposition of Exhibits after Trial. Upon the conclusion of the trial, each party 3 shall retain its exhibits through the appellate process. It is each party’s responsibility to make 4 arrangements with the Clerk of Court to file the record on appeal. 5 5. Motions In Limine Any party wishing to have motions in limine heard prior to the commencement of trial 6 7 must file them at least fourteen days prior to the date set for the Pretrial Conference. All motions 8 in limine shall be contained in one document, limited to 25 pages pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-2(b), 9 with each motion listed as a subheading. Opposition to the motions in limine shall be contained in one document, limited to 25 pages, with corresponding subheadings, and shall be filed at least 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 seven days prior to the Pretrial Conference. No reply papers will be considered. The motions will 12 be heard at the Pretrial Conference or at such other time as the Court may direct. Nothing in this 13 provision prevents a party from noticing its motions in limine regularly for hearing on or prior to 14 the final date for hearing dispositive motions. No leave to file under seal will be granted with 15 respect to motions in limine. 16 6. Other Pretrial Matters a. 17 Status Conferences. Any party desiring to confer with the Court may, upon notice 18 to all other parties, arrange a conference through the Courtroom Deputy, Jean Davis, at 415-522- 19 2077 or whocrd@cand.uscourts.gov. b. 20 21 Settlement Conferences. Parties wishing to arrange a settlement conference before another judge or magistrate judge may do so by contacting the Courtroom Deputy. c. 22 Daily Transcripts. Should a daily transcript and/or realtime reporting be desired, 23 the parties shall make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Court Reporter Supervisor, at 415-522- 24 2079 or Debra_Campbell@cand.uscourts.gov, at least 14 calendar days prior to the trial date. 25 7. Trial Matters a. 26 The normal trial schedule will be from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or slightly longer to 27 finish a witness) with two fifteen minute breaks. Trial is usually held from Monday through 28 Friday. 6 b. 1 2 Conference. c. 3 4 Ordinarily, the Court will set fixed time limits for each side at the Final Pretrial Expert witnesses are limited to the scope of their expert reports on direct examination. F.R.C.P. 26(a)(2) and 37(c). d. 5 Parties must meet and confer to exchange any visuals, graphics or exhibits to be 6 used in opening statements. Unless otherwise agreed, the exchange must occur no later than 7 Wednesday before the trial. Any objections not resolved must be filed in writing by Thursday 8 before trial. The parties shall be available by telephone Friday before trial to discuss the issue 9 raised with the Court. e. 10 The parties shall disclose the witnesses whom they will call at trial on any given United States District Court Northern District of California 11 day by at least 2:00 p.m. the court day before their testimony is expected. Failure to have a 12 witness ready to proceed at trial will usually constitute resting. 13 8. Miscellaneous 14 a. The Court takes a photograph of each witness prior to the witness’s testimony. 15 b. Please DO NOT call Chambers. If you need to contact the Courtroom Deputy, 16 please call (415) 522-2077 and leave a message if the deputy is not available, or email 17 whocrd@cand.uscourts.gov. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 Dated: December 21, 2016 ________________________ William H. Orrick United States District Judge 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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