Hernandez v. MRVS Enterprises Inc. et al

Filing 32

PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 9/16/2022. Pretrial Conference set for 12/21/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Selection set for 1/8/2024 at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Trial set for 1/8/2024 to 1/8/2024 at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/16/2022)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 GERARDO HERNANDEZ, 7 Case No. 21-cv-06441-JSC Plaintiff, 8 v. PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1 9 MRVS ENTERPRISES INC., et al., 10 Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Following the Initial Case Management Conference held on September 16, 2022, IT IS 12 13 ORDERED THAT: 14 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 15 Deadline to Move to Amend Pleadings: October 27, 2022 16 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: May 12, 2023 17 Expert Witness Disclosures: May 26, 2023 18 Rebuttal Expert Witness Disclosures: June 16, 2023 19 Expert Discovery Cutoff: July 14, 2023 20 Deadline for Filing Dispositive Motions: August 10, 2023 21 A further Case Management Conference is scheduled for February 23, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. 22 via Zoom video. An updated Joint Case Management Conference Statement is due February 16, 23 2023. Plaintiff’s administrative motion for relief from the deadline to file a motion for default 24 25 judgment is GRANTED. (Dkt. No. 28.) 26 II. 27 28 DISCOVERY DEADLINES All depositions must be noticed at least 30 days before the close of fact discovery. Any discovery-related letter briefs or motions are due one week after the close of fact discovery. 1 See N.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 37-3. 2 III. A. 3 4 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Jury trial will begin on January 8, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 5 6 TRIAL DATE IV. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed 3 court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on December 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th 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 12 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 13 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 14 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 15 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 16 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 17 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 18 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 19 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 20 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 21 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 22 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 23 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 24 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 25 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 26 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 27 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 28 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 2 1 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 2 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 3 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 4 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 5 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 6 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 7 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 8 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 9 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 3. 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. 12 13 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. 14 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 15 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 16 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 17 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 18 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 19 statement should not exceed one page. 20 B. Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 21 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 22 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 23 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 24 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 25 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 26 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 27 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 28 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 3 1 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 2 3 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 4 shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to JSCpo@cand.uscourts.gov. The Court requests that 5 all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 6 V. 7 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 8 make arrangements with Rick Duvall, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 9 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 10 United States District Court Northern District of California Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 11 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 12 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 13 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 14 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 15 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 16 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. 17 SCHEDULING 18 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 19 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 20 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 21 22 THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: 23 Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are 24 given numbers (1 through 20). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. 25 Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. The Court will then have each juror 26 orally answer a set of written questions (attached to this Order as Exhibit A) and will itself ask 27 questions of those in the box and in the front of the bar. Counsel may then conduct a limited voir 28 dire. Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The 4 1 Court will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked 2 of the additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each 3 side may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential 4 jurors. The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process 5 with the lowest numbers become the final jury. For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and 6 the defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. If more 7 (or fewer) than eight jurors are to be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. So too if 8 more than a total of six peremptories are allowed. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ 9 names will be read again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter 10 this procedure in its discretion and after consultation with the parties. WITNESSES United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 13 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than 14 for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 15 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 16 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 17 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. EXHIBITS 18 19 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 20 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 21 the precise exhibit. 22 B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 23 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 24 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 25 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 26 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 27 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 28 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 5 1 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 2 Exhibit.” 3 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 12 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a 13 photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 14 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 15 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated 16 with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels 17 should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders 18 should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days before 19 the Pretrial Conference. 20 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 21 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 22 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 23 E. The parties shall provide the Court with one official set of the record exhibits seven 24 (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. Each exhibit must be separated with a label divider 25 identifying the exhibit number. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 26 the binders. At trial, the parties shall provide individual witness exhibit binders which contain all 27 the exhibits the parties expect to use with the witness. The parties shall provide two copies of each 28 6 1 2 3 4 witness binder: one for the witness and one for the Court. F. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. G. Exhibit notebooks for the jury will not be permitted without prior permission from 5 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 6 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 7 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. CHARGING CONFERENCE United States District Court Northern District of California 8 9 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 10 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 11 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 12 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 13 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 14 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 15 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 16 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 17 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 18 19 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 16, 2022 ______________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States District Judge 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7 EXHIBIT A 1 BACKGROUND 2 3 4 5 6 HAVE EACH OF THE 20 PROSPECTIVE JURORS ANSWER ALOUD THE GENERAL BACKGROUND QUESTIONS ON THE SHEET THAT HAS BEEN HANDED OUT. 1. Please state your name: 2. Please state the city in which you live: 7 8 9 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 a. How long have you lived there? b. Where else have you lived in the past 5 years? 3. What is your current occupation? 11 a. How long have you been so employed? 12 b. What are your previous occupations, if any? 13 c. Have you or any member of your family been employed by a law firm? 14 4. Please give us the following information about your family: 15 16 17 a. Are you married? 1. If so, what is your spouse’s current occupation and by whom is your spouse employed? 18 b. Do you have any children? 19 20 21 If so: 1. How many? 2. What ages? 3. What are their occupations, if any? 22 5. Are there any other adults living in your household? 23 24 a. If so, how are they related to you, and what is their age and occupation? 25 26 27 28 8

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