Operating Engineers Health And Welfare Trust Fund for Northern California et al v. Saba Holding Company, LLC

Filing 23

PRETRIAL ORDER. Pretrial Conference set for 4/18/2019 at 02:00 PM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Bench Trial set for 5/6/2019 to 5/8/2019 at 08:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 1/12/2018. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/12/2018)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 8 OPERATING ENGINEERS HEALTH AND WELFARE TRUST FUND FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, et al., Plaintiffs, 9 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 SABA HOLDING COMPANY, LLC, Defendant. 12 Following the Case Management Conference held on January 11, 2018, IT IS ORDERED 13 14 15 PRETRIAL ORDER NO.1 Re: Dkt. No. 20 v. 10 Case No. 17-cv-02894-JSC THAT: I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 16 Fact Discovery Deadline: September 7, 2018 17 Deadline for Expert Reports: September 7, 2018 18 Deadline for Rebuttal Export Reports: September 21, 2018 19 Expert Discovery Deadline: October 11, 2018 20 Deadline for Filing Dispositive Motions: November 30, 2018 21 Hearing Date for Dispositive Motions: January 10, 2019 22 The Court shall refer the parties to mediation to occur within the next 90 days. A further case 23 management conference is scheduled for May 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM. The parties are ordered to 24 file a joint case management statement by May 17, 2018. 25 26 27 28 II. TRIAL DATE A. A bench trial shall begin on May 6, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California. B. The Court expects the length of the trial to not exceed three days. 1 III. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on April 18, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom F, 2 3 15th Floor, Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. Lead trial counsel shall 4 attend the Conference. 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 IV. TRIAL PROCEDURES A. Counsel shall not prepare a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement. Instead, twenty (20) calendar days in advance of the Final Pretrial Conference, please do the following: 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties shall meet and confer telephonically or in person to prepare and file a jointly signed, Proposed Final Pretrial Order that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a list of all factual issues that remain to be tried and organized by counts; (e) a joint exhibit list in numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 14 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be 15 received into evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and 16 17 18 19 (f) each party’s separate witness list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition) providing, for all such witnesses other than an individual plaintiff and an individual defendant, a short statement of the substance of his/her testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative 20 testimony the witness will offer. If non-cumulative testimony is not spelled 21 out, the Court will presume the witness is cumulative. For each witness, state 22 an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (e) and 23 (f) should be appendices to the proposed order. The objective is to convert the 24 proposed order to a final order with the benefit of any discussion at the Final 25 Pretrial Conference. 26 2. File each side’s proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law; 27 3. File each side’s Trial Brief; 28 2 4. Serve Motions in Limine. At least twenty (20) calendar days before the 1 2 conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. There will be no 3 reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 4 motion and the opposition together, back to back, and then file the paired sets at 5 least twenty (20) calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memo and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s 6 Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Please limit Motions in Limine to 7 circumstances that really need a ruling in advance and each party may file no 8 more than five motions in limine. Each motion should address a single, 9 separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. 10 Leave of Court will be required for more or longer motions. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California B. Not less than ten (10) days before the Pretrial Conference, counsel and/or the 12 parties shall file and serve any objections to exhibits. 13 14 C. Exhibits and witnesses not included in the proposed Joint Pretrial Order pursuant to Paragraph IV.A.1. above may not be used in a party’s case-in-chief and may not be used during 15 cross examination of the other side’s case- in-chief (other than for impeachment). Defense 16 witnesses are considered case-in-chief witnesses, not “rebuttal” witnesses. Objections to exhibits 17 not raised pursuant to Paragraph IV.A.2 are waived. 18 D. Two (2) Chambers’ copies of all of the aforementioned documents shall be hand- 19 delivered to Chambers at the time of filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order and Proposed 20 Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments, in 21 MSWord format, to JSCPO@cand.uscourts.gov. Hard copies must be provided as well. All hard- 22 copy submissions should be three-hole punched. 23 E. 24 needed, argued. PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS 25 26 27 At the Final Pretrial Conference, the above submissions shall be considered and, as F. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall make arrangements with Debra Campbell, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at (415) 28 3 1 522-2079, or Debra_Campbell@cand.uscourts.gov, at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to 2 the trial date. 3 G. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 4 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 5 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 6 7 8 9 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. SCHEDULING 10 11 H. Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (or slightly longer to finish a United States District Court Northern District of California witness) with one fifteen-minute break and one forty-five (45) minute lunch break, Monday 12 through Friday, excluding holidays. 13 OPENING STATEMENTS 14 15 16 17 I. opening statement (usually no more than 45 minutes per side). Counsel should meet and confer to exchange any visuals, graphics or exhibits to be used in the opening statements, allowing for time to work out objections and any reasonable revisions. 18 19 If openings are permitted, each side will have a predetermined time limit for its WITNESSES J. At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 20 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than for 21 impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 22 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 23 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 24 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notice should be provided in writing. 25 K. The parties shall have all upcoming witnesses on the same day available in the 26 courthouse and ready to testify. Failure to have the next witness ready or to be prepared to 27 proceed with the evidence will usually be deemed to constitute resting. If counsel plans to read in 28 4 1 a transcript of a deposition, counsel must have a deposition prepared and vetted early on to read 2 into the record. 3 L. On the first day of trial, counsel shall bring the original and clean copies of any 4 deposition(s) intended to be used during the course of the trial. Any corrections must be readily 5 available. If counsel need to use the deposition during a witness examination, they shall provide 6 7 8 9 10 the Court with a copy with any corrections at the outset of the examination. M. In lieu of direct testimony, the Court will consider receiving “prepared direct” testimony in the form of declarations. When the witness is presented, the proponent must verbally summarize the direct. Live cross-examination and redirect shall then occur. The parties may also agree to submit the entire testimony of a witness via written testimony. EXHIBITS 11 United States District Court Northern District of California N. Prior to the final pretrial conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 12 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 13 the precise exhibit. 14 15 16 17 O. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single exhibit should be marked only once, just as it should have been marked only once in discovery 18 pursuant to this Court’s discovery guidelines). If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the 19 defendant should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the 20 same document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 21 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 22 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 23 Exhibit.” If an exhibit number differs from that used in a deposition transcript, then the latter 24 transcript must be conformed to the new trial number, if and when the deposition testimony is 25 used (so as to avoid confusion over exhibit numbers). There should be no competing versions of 26 the same exhibit number; any discrepancies must be brought to the Court’s attention promptly. 27 28 5 1 P. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 TRIAL EXHIBIT 100 6 7 Case No. ________________ 8 9 Date Entered _____________ 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 By______________________ Deputy Clerk 12 13 14 Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a photograph, on the back. 15 16 Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be used with the witnesses and 17 on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated with a label divider 18 identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels should indicate the 19 20 21 22 numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders should be marked as “Original”. Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk ten (10) days before the Pretrial Conference. Q. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 23 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 24 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 25 X. In addition to the official record exhibits, three (3), joint sets of bench binders 26 containing a copy of the exhibits must be provided to the Court ten (10) days before the Pretrial 27 Conference, and should be marked as “Chambers Copies”. Each exhibit must be separated with a 28 6 1 label divider identifying the exhibit number. (An exhibit tag is unnecessary for the bench set.) 2 Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits in the binders. 3 Y. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make 4 sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. Counsel may, but are not required to, jointly 5 provide a revised list of all exhibits actually in evidence (and no others) stating the exhibit number 6 7 and a brief, non-argumentative description (e.g., letter from A. B. Case to D. E. Frank, dated August 17, 1999). TIME LIMITS 8 9 10 11 Z. In certain cases, the Court will set fixed time limits at the final pretrial conference. All of your examination time (whether direct, cross, re-direct or re-cross) for all witnesses and side bar conference time must fit within your time limit and you may allocate it as you wish. Opening United States District Court Northern District of California and closing time limits shall be considered separately. 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 Dated: January 12, 2018 15 16 17 JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States Magistrate Judge 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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