v. William Meaher

Filing 15

ORDER by Judge Laurel Beeler granting #1 Motion to Quash. If the plaintiffs want to propound written discovery that is not geared toward privileged information, they may do so within seven days. Mr. Meagher then has seven days to object, and the parties have seven days after that to file a joint letter brief that complies with the courts standard practices for discovery disputes (set forth in the attached standing order). (Attachments: #1 Standing Order)(lblc3S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/7/2017)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 1 2 STANDING ORDER FOR UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE LAUREL BEELER (Effective March 15, 2017) 3 4 5 Parties must comply with the procedures in the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, 6 the local rules, the general orders, this standing order, and the Northern District’s general standing 7 order for civil cases titled “Contents of Joint Case Management Statement.” These rules and a 8 summary of electronic filing requirements (including the procedures for emailing proposed orders 9 to chambers) are available at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov (click “Rules” or “ECF-PACER”). A failure to comply with any of the rules may be a ground for monetary sanctions, dismissal, entry of 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 judgment, or other appropriate sanctions. 12 I. CALENDAR DATES AND SCHEDULING 13 Motions are heard each Thursday: civil motions at 9:30 a.m. and criminal motions at 10:30 14 a.m. Case-management conferences are every Thursday: criminal cases at 10:30 a.m. and civil 15 cases at 11:00 a.m. Parties must notice motions under the local rules and need not reserve a 16 hearing date in advance if the date is available on the court’s calendar (click “Calendars” at 17 http://www.cand.uscourts.gov). Depending on its schedule, the court may reset or vacate hearings. 18 Please call courtroom deputy Roger Moua at (415) 522-3140 with scheduling questions. 19 II. CHAMBERS COPIES 20 Under Civil Local Rule 5-1(b), parties must lodge a paper “Chambers” copy of any filing 21 unless another format makes more sense (such as for spreadsheets, pictures, or exhibits that might 22 be better lodged electronically). Paper copies must be printed on both sides and three-hole 23 punched, and they must be the electronically filed copies with the PACER/ECF-generated header 24 (with the case number, docket number, date, and ECF page number). Parties do not need to submit 25 copies of certificates of service, certificates of interested entities or persons, consents or 26 declinations to the court’s jurisdiction, stipulations that do not require a court order (see Civil 27 Local Rule 6-1), and notices of appearance or substitution of counsel. Please read Civil Local Rule 28 79-5 carefully regarding the requirements for filing documents under seal and providing copies. STANDING ORDER 1 2 III. CIVIL DISCOVERY 1. Evidence Preservation. After a party has notice of this order, it must take the steps needed 3 to preserve information relevant to the issues in this action, including suspending any document 4 destruction programs (including destruction programs for electronically-maintained material). 5 2. Production of Documents In Original Form. When searching for material under Federal 6 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) or after a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(a) request, parties 7 (a) must search all locations – electronic and otherwise – where responsive materials might 8 plausibly exist, and (b) to the maximum extent feasible, produce or make available for copying 9 and/or inspection the materials in their original form, sequence, and organization (including, for 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 example, file folders). 3. Privilege Logs. If a party withholds material as privileged, See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5) and 12 45(d)(2)(A), it must produce a privilege log that is sufficiently detailed for the opposing party to 13 assess whether the assertion of privilege is justified. The log must be produced as quickly as 14 possible but no later than fourteen days after its disclosures or discovery responses are due unless 15 the parties stipulate to, or the court sets, another date. Unless the parties agree to a different 16 logging method, privilege logs must contain the following: (a) the title and description of the 17 document, the number of pages, and the Bates-number range; (b) the subject matter or general 18 nature of the document (without disclosing its contents); (c) the identity and position of its author; 19 (d) the date it was communicated (or prepared, if that is the more relevant date); (e) the identity 20 and position of all addressees and recipients of the communication; (f) the document’s present 21 location; (g) the specific basis for the assertion that the document is privileged or protection 22 (including a brief summary of any supporting facts); and (h) the steps taken to ensure the 23 confidentiality of the communication, including an affirmation that no unauthorized persons 24 received the communication. 25 4. Expedited Procedures for Discovery Disputes. The parties may not file formal discovery 26 motions. Instead, and as required by the federal rules and local rules, the parties must meet and 27 confer to try to resolve their disagreements. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1); Civil L. R. 37-1. Counsel 28 may confer initially by email, letter, or telephone to try to narrow their disputes. After trying those STANDING ORDER 2 means, lead trial counsel then must meet and confer in person to try to resolve the dispute. (If 2 counsel are located outside of the Bay Area and cannot confer in person, lead counsel may meet 3 and confer by telephone.) Either party may demand such a meeting with ten days’ notice. If the 4 parties cannot agree on the location, the location for meetings will alternate. The plaintiff’s 5 counsel will select the first location, defense counsel will select the second location, and so forth. 6 If the parties do not resolve their disagreements through this procedure, lead counsel must file a 7 joint letter brief no later than five days after lead counsels’ in-person meet-and-confer. The letter 8 brief must be filed under the Civil Events category of “Motions and Related Filings > Motions – 9 General > Discovery Letter Brief.” It may be no more than five pages (12-point font or greater, 10 margins of no less than one inch) without leave of the court. Lead counsel for both parties must 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 sign the letter and attest that they met and conferred in person. Each issue must be set forth in a 12 separate section that includes 1) a statement of the unresolved issue, 2) a summary of each parties’ 13 position (with citations to supporting facts and legal authority), and 3) each party’s final proposed 14 compromise. (This process allows a side-by-side, stand-alone analysis of each disputed issue.) If 15 the disagreement concerns specific discovery that a party has propounded, such as interrogatories, 16 requests for production of documents, or answers or objections to such discovery, the parties must 17 reproduce the question/request and the response in full either in the letter or, if the page limits in 18 the letter are not sufficient, in a single joint exhibit. The court then will review the letter brief and 19 determine whether formal briefing or future proceedings are necessary. In emergencies during 20 discovery events such as depositions, the parties may contact the court through the court’s 21 courtroom deputy pursuant to Civil Local Rule 37-1(b) but first must send a short joint email 22 describing the nature of the dispute to lbpo@cand.uscourts.gov. 23 IV. CONSENT CASES 24 1. In cases that are assigned to Judge Beeler for all purposes, the parties must file their written 25 consent or declination of consent to the assignment of a United States Magistrate Judge for all 26 purposes as soon as possible. If a party files a dispositive motion (such as a motion to dismiss or a 27 motion for remand), the moving party must file the consent or declination simultaneously with the 28 motion, and the party opposing the motion must file the consent or declination simultaneously STANDING ORDER 3 1 with the opposition. 2 2. The first joint case-management conference statement in a case must contain all of the 3 information in the Northern District’s standing order titled “Contents of Joint Case Management 4 Statement.” Subsequent statements for further case-management conferences must not repeat 5 information contained in an earlier statement and instead should report only progress or changes 6 since the last case-management conference and any new recommendations for case management. 7 V. SUMMARY-JUDGMENT MOTIONS 8 The parties may not file separate statements of undisputed facts. See Civil L. R. 56-2. Joint 9 statements of undisputed facts are not required but are helpful. Any joint statement must include – for each undisputed fact – citations to admissible evidence. A joint statement generally must be 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 filed with the opening brief, and the briefs should cite to that statement. A reasonable process for 12 drafting a joint statement is as follows: 1) two weeks before the filing date, the moving party 13 proposes its undisputed facts, and 2) one week later, the responding party replies and the parties 14 meet and confer about any disagreements. For oppositions, a responding party may propose 15 additional undisputed facts to the moving party within seven days after the motion is filed and ask 16 for a response within two business days. 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 ______________________________________ LAUREL BEELER United States Magistrate Judge 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 STANDING ORDER 4

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