Christine Diamond et al v. Corizon Health, Inc. et al

Filing 14

PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1. Joint Case Management Statement due by 5/11/2017. Further Case Management Conference set for 5/18/2017 at 01:30 PM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco. Pretrial Conference set for 2/15/2018 at 02:00 PM in Court room F, 15th Floor, San Francisco before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Selection set for 3/5/2018 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Trial set for 3/5/2018 to 3/16/2018 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 10/14/2016. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/14/2016)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 CHRISTINE DIAMOND, et al., Case No. 16-cv-03534-JSC Plaintiffs, 8 v. PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1 9 10 CORIZON HEALTH, INC., et al., Re: Dkt. No. 12 Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Following the Case Management Conference held on October 13, 2016, IT IS ORDERED 12 13 THAT: 14 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 15 Deadline to Amend Pleadings: January 27, 2017 16 Further Case Management Conference May 18, 2017 17 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: June 30, 2017 18 Expert Witness Disclosures: August 3, 2017 19 Rebuttal Expert Witness Disclosures: August 24, 2017 20 Expert Discovery Cutoff: September 14, 2017 21 Deadline for Hearing Dispositive Motions: November 16, 2017 22 The case is referred to Magistrate Judge Westmore for a settlement conference to occur no 23 earlier than February 2017 and no later than April 2017, at the convenience of Judge Westmore. 24 II. 25 26 27 28 TRIAL DATE A. Jury trial will begin on March 5, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed 10 court days. 1 2 3 4 5 6 III. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on February 15, 2018, 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 shall 7 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 8 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 9 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 12 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 13 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 14 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 15 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 16 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 17 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 18 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 19 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 20 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 21 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 22 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 23 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 24 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 25 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 26 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 27 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 28 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 2 1 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 2 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 3 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 4 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 3. 5 6 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. 7 8 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. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 10 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 9 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 12 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 13 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 14 statement should not exceed one page. 15 B. Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 16 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 17 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 18 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 19 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 20 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 21 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 22 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 23 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 24 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. 25 C. Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON 26 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 27 shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to The Court requests that 28 all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 3 1 2 IV. PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 3 make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 4 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 5 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 7 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 8 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 9 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 10 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 6 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. 12 SCHEDULING 13 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 14 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 15 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 16 17 THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: 18 Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are 19 given numbers (1 through 18). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. 20 Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. The Court will then ask questions of 21 those in the box and in the front of the bar. Counsel may then conduct a limited voir dire. 22 Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The Court 23 will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked of the 24 additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each side 25 may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. 26 The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the 27 lowest numbers become the final jury. For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and the 28 defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. If more (or 4 1 fewer) than eight jurors are to be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more 2 than a total of six peremptories are allowed. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ 3 names will be read again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter 4 this procedure in its discretion and after consultation with the parties. WITNESSES 5 6 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 7 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than 8 for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 9 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. EXHIBITS 12 13 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 14 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 15 the precise exhibit. 16 B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 17 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 18 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 19 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 20 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 21 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 22 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 23 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 24 Exhibit.” 25 26 27 28 5 1 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 10 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a 11 United States District Court Northern District of California photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 12 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 13 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated 14 with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels 15 should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders 16 should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days before 17 the Pretrial Conference. 18 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 19 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 20 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 21 E. In addition to the official record exhibits, three sets of bench binders containing 22 copies of the exhibits must be provided to the Court seven (7) days before the Pretrial Conference, 23 one should be marked as “Chambers Copies”, and the other two as “Clerk’s Copies.” Each exhibit 24 must be separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number. (An exhibit tag is 25 unnecessary for the bench set.) Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 26 the binders. 27 F. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make 28 6 1 2 sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. G. Exhibit notebooks for the jury will not be permitted without prior permission from 3 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 4 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 5 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. CHARGING CONFERENCE 6 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 8 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 9 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 10 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 7 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 12 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 13 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 14 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 15 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 16 17 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 14, 2016 ______________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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