Ashley Armstrong v. Concentrix Corporation

Filing 42

CIVIL PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Judge William H. Orrick on 12/19/2016. (jmdS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/19/2016)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 ASHLEY ARMSTRONG, Case No. 16-cv-05363-WHO Plaintiff, 8 v. CIVIL PRETRIAL ORDER 9 10 CONCENTRIX CORPORATION, Defendant. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 A jury trial has been set in this matter for April 2, 2018, beginning at 8:30 A.M. with an 13 14 15 attorney conference and jury selection to follow thereafter. A Pretrial Conference has been set for March 5, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. 16 The following scheduling deadlines and hearing dates have been set: 17 CLASS CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE: List of issues to be exchanged: July 25, 2017 Motion to be filed: September 27, 2017 Opposition to be filed: October 18, 2017 Reply to be filed: November 1, 2017 Hearing: November 15, 2017 18 19 20 PRETRIAL SCHEDULE: Fact discovery cutoff: Expert disclosure: Expert rebuttal: Expert reply: Dispositive Motions heard by: 21 22 23 24 25 1. 26 September 1, 2017 September 16, 2017 October 2, 2017 October 24, 2017 January 10, 2018 Pretrial Conference and Statement Not less than 28 days prior to the Pretrial Conference, counsel shall exchange (but not file 27 or lodge) the papers described in Civil L.R. 16-10(b)(7), (8), (9) and (10), and any motions in 28 limine. 1 2 At least 21 days before the Pretrial Conference, lead trial counsel shall meet and confer with respect to: 3  Preparation and content of the joint pretrial conference statement; 4  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  Settlement. 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 At least 14 days prior to the Pretrial Conference, the parties shall file a joint pretrial conference statement containing the following information: a. 13 14 (i) Substance of the Action. A brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be decided. 15 16 17 18 (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. 19 20 21 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. 24 25 (iii) Agreed Statement. A statement assessing whether all or part of the action may be presented upon an agreed statement of facts. 26 27 The Factual Basis of the Action (i) Undisputed Facts. A plain and concise statement of all relevant facts not 22 23 The Action (iv) Stipulations. A statement of stipulations requested or proposed for pretrial or trial purposes. 28 2 1 c. Disputed Legal Issues (i) Points of Law. Without extended legal argument, a concise statement of each 2 3 disputed point of law concerning liability or relief, citing supporting statutes and decisions setting 4 forth briefly the nature of each party's contentions concerning each disputed point of law, 5 including procedural and evidentiary issues. (ii) Proposed Conclusions of Law. If the case is to be tried without a jury, unless 6 7 8 9 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 than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, together with a brief statement following each name 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 describing the substance of the testimony to be given. 12 (ii) Exhibits, Schedules and Summaries. A list of all documents and other items to 13 be offered as exhibits at the trial, other than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, with a brief 14 statement following each describing its substance or purpose and the identity of the sponsoring 15 witness. Unless otherwise ordered, parties will indicate their objections to the receipt in evidence 16 of exhibits and materials lodged and that counsel have conferred respecting such objections. 17 (iii) Estimate of Trial Time. An estimate of the number of court days needed for 18 the presentation of each party’s case, indicating possible reductions in time through proposed 19 stipulations, agreed statements of facts, or expedited means of presenting testimony and exhibits. 20 (iv) Use of Discovery Responses. Counsel shall cite possible presentation at trial 21 of evidence, other than solely for impeachment or rebuttal, through use of excerpts from 22 depositions, from interrogatory answers, or from responses to requests for admission. Counsel 23 shall indicate any objections to use of these materials and that counsel has conferred respecting 24 such objections. 25 26 (v) Further Discovery or Motions. A statement of all remaining discovery or motions, including motions in limine. 27 28 3 e. 1 (i) Settlement Discussion. A statement summarizing the status of settlement 2 3 Trial Alternatives and Options negotiations and indicating whether further negotiations are likely to be productive. (ii) Consent to Trial Before a Magistrate Judge. A statement whether reference of 4 5 all or part of the action to a master or magistrate judge is feasible, including whether the parties 6 consent to a court or jury trial before a magistrate judge, with appeal directly to the Ninth Circuit. 7 (iii) Amendments, Dismissals. A statement of requested or proposed amendments 8 to pleadings or dismissals of parties' claims or defenses. (iv) Bifurcation, Separate Trial of Issues. A statement of whether bifurcation or a 9 separate trial of specific issues is feasible and desired. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 2. Witnesses a. 12 Jury Trials. The Pretrial Conference Statement shall include the witness list 13 required in part by 1(d)(1) above. In addition, in the case of expert witnesses, the summary shall 14 clearly state the expert’s theories and conclusions and the basis therefore and shall be 15 accompanied by a curriculum vitae; if the expert has prepared a report in preparation for the 16 testimony, a copy thereof shall be furnished to opposing counsel. Witnesses not included on the 17 list may be excluded from testifying. b. 18 Non-Jury Trials. In non-jury cases, any party may serve and lodge with the Court a 19 written narrative statement of the proposed direct testimony of each witness under that party’s 20 control in lieu of a summary. Each statement shall be marked as an exhibit and shall be in a form 21 suitable to be received into evidence. 22 3. 23 Jury Instructions a. Joint Set of Instructions. The parties shall jointly prepare a set of jury instructions, 24 and shall file the proposed instructions at least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial Conference. The 25 submission shall contain both agreed upon instructions (which shall be so noted), and contested 26 instructions, all in the order in which they should be read to the jury. Where contested instructions 27 are included, they should be annotated both with the proponent’s authority for seeking the 28 instruction and the opponent’s reason for opposition. Counsel shall deliver to Chambers a copy of 4 1 the joint submission, on a CD/DVD in Word format. The label shall include the case number and 2 a description of the documents. b. 3 Substance and Format of Instructions. The instructions shall cover all substantive 4 issues and other points not covered by the Ninth Circuit Manual of Model Jury Instructions. Each 5 requested instruction shall be typed in full on a separate page and citations to the authorities upon 6 which the instruction is based shall be included. Instructions shall be brief, clear, written in plain 7 English, and free of argument. Pattern or form instructions shall be revised to address the 8 particular facts and issues of this case. c. 9 Preliminary Statement and Instructions. If the parties wish to have a preliminary statement read to the jury, and/or preliminary instructions given to the jury, they shall jointly 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 prepare and file the text of the proposed preliminary statement and/or preliminary instructions at 12 least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial Conference. d. 13 Voir Dire and Verdict Forms. Each party shall file proposed questions for jury voir 14 dire and a proposed Form of Verdict at least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial Conference. 15 4. 16 Exhibits a. Provide Copies of Exhibits to Other Parties. Each party shall provide every other 17 party with one set of all proposed exhibits, charts, schedules, summaries, diagrams, and other 18 similar documentary materials to be used in its case in chief at trial, together with a complete list 19 of all such proposed exhibits. Voluminous exhibits shall be reduced by elimination of irrelevant 20 portions or through the use of summaries. Each item shall be pre-marked with a trial exhibit 21 sticker (“Trial Exhibit No.__”), not deposition exhibit label, and defendant’s exhibit numbers shall 22 be sequenced to begin after plaintiff’s exhibit numbers. If there are numerous exhibits, they 23 should be provided in three-ring binders with marked tab separators. All exhibits which have not 24 been provided as required are subject to exclusion. 25 b. Stipulations re Admissibility. At least fourteen days prior to the Pretrial 26 Conference, the parties shall make a good faith effort to stipulate to exhibits’ admissibility. If 27 stipulation is not possible, the parties shall make every effort to stipulate to authenticity and 28 foundation absent a legitimate (not tactical) objection. 5 c. 1 Objections to Exhibits. In addition to the exhibit list, counsel shall confer with 2 respect to any other objections to exhibits in advance of the Pretrial Conference. Each party shall 3 file a statement briefly identifying each item objected to, the grounds for the objection, and the 4 position of the offering party at least fourteen days prior to the date set for the Pretrial Conference. d. 5 Provide Copies of Exhibits to Court. One set of exhibits shall be provided to the 6 Court in Chambers on the Friday prior to the trial date, in binders, marked, tabbed, and indexed in 7 accordance with Local Rule 16-10(b)(7). Exhibits shall be identified as follows: 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 TRIAL EXHIBIT 100 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 CASE NO. _____________________ 12 13 DATE ENTERED_________________ 14 15 BY __________________________ 16 DEPUTY CLERK 17 18 Blocks of numbers shall be assigned to fit the needs of the case (e.g., Plaintiff has 1-100, 19 Defendant has 101-200). The parties shall not mark duplicate exhibits (e.g., plaintiff and 20 defendant shall not mark the same exhibit; only one copy of the exhibit shall be marked). 21 e. Disposition of Exhibits after Trial. Upon the conclusion of the trial, each party 22 shall retain its exhibits through the appellate process. It is each party’s responsibility to make 23 arrangements with the Clerk of Court to file the record on appeal. 24 5. 25 Motions In Limine Any party wishing to have motions in limine heard prior to the commencement of trial 26 must file them at least fourteen days prior to the date set for the Pretrial Conference. All motions 27 in limine shall be contained in one document, limited to 25 pages pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-2(b), 28 6 1 with each motion listed as a subheading. Opposition to the motions in limine shall be contained in 2 one document, limited to 25 pages, with corresponding subheadings, and shall be filed at least 3 seven days prior to the Pretrial Conference. No reply papers will be considered. The motions will 4 be heard at the Pretrial Conference or at such other time as the Court may direct. Nothing in this 5 provision prevents a party from noticing its motions in limine regularly for hearing on or prior to 6 the final date for hearing dispositive motions. No leave to file under seal will be granted with 7 respect to motions in limine. 8 6. Other Pretrial Matters a. 9 Status Conferences. Any party desiring to confer with the Court may, upon notice to all other parties, arrange a conference through the Courtroom Deputy, Jean Davis, at 415-522- 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 2077 or b. 12 13 Settlement Conferences. Parties wishing to arrange a settlement conference before another judge or magistrate judge may do so by contacting the Courtroom Deputy. c. 14 Daily Transcripts. Should a daily transcript and/or realtime reporting be desired, 15 the parties shall make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Court Reporter Supervisor, at 415-522- 16 2079 or, at least 14 calendar days prior to the trial date. 17 7. Trial Matters a. 18 The normal trial schedule will be from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or slightly longer to 19 finish a witness) with two fifteen minute breaks. Trial is usually held from Monday through 20 Friday. 21 22 23 24 25 b. Ordinarily, the Court will set fixed time limits for each side at the Final Pretrial Conference. c. 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. Parties must meet and confer to exchange any visuals, graphics or exhibits to be 26 used in opening statements. Unless otherwise agreed, the exchange must occur no later than 27 Wednesday before the trial. Any objections not resolved must be filed in writing by Thursday 28 before trial. The parties shall be available by telephone Friday before trial to discuss the issue 7 1 raised with the Court. e. 2 The parties shall disclose the witnesses whom they will call at trial on any given 3 day by at least 2:00 p.m. the court day before their testimony is expected. Failure to have a 4 witness ready to proceed at trial will usually constitute resting. 5 8. Miscellaneous 6 a. The Court takes a photograph of each witness prior to the witness’s testimony. 7 b. Please DO NOT call Chambers. If you need to contact the Courtroom Deputy, 8 please call (415) 522-2077 and leave a message if the deputy is not available, or email 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 Dated: December 19, 2016 ________________________ William H. Orrick United States District Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 8

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