Pintor et al v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Filing 61

PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1: CASE SCHEDULE. Signed by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 11/17/2022. Pretrial Conference set for 11/9/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Select ion set for 11/27/2023 at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Trial set for 11/27/2023 to 12/1/2023 (5-days) at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/17/2022)

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Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 SABAS PINTOR, et al., 7 Case No. 22-cv-02878-JSC Plaintiffs, 8 v. PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1: CASE SCHEDULE 9 LIBERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION, 10 Defendant. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Following the Initial Case Management Conference held on November 17, 2022, IT IS 12 13 ORDERED THAT: 14 I. CASE MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE 15 Deadline for Defendant to Answer: December 3, 2022 16 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: May 19, 2023 17 Expert Witness Disclosures: May 26, 2023 18 Rebuttal Expert Witness Disclosures: June 3, 2023 19 Expert Discovery Cutoff: July 7, 2023 20 Deadline for Hearing Dispositive Motions: August 11, 2023 21 The parties are referred to the Court’s ADR Program for an ENE/mediation to occur 22 within the next 90 days or as soon thereafter as is convenient to the mediator. 23 A further Case Management Conference is scheduled for March 30, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. via 24 Zoom video. An updated Joint Case Management Conference Statement is due March 23, 2023. 25 II. 26 DISCOVERY DEADLINES All depositions must be noticed at least 30 days before the close of fact discovery. Any 27 discovery-related letter briefs or motions are due one week after the close of fact discovery. The 28 same rules apply to expert discovery. See N.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 37-3. Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 2 of 7 1 III. A. 2 3 6 7 8 9 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 Jury trial will begin on November 27, 2023, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 4 5 TRIAL DATE IV. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed 5 court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on November 9, 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 11 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 12 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 13 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 14 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 15 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 16 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 17 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 18 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 19 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 20 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 21 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 22 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 23 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 24 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 25 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 26 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 27 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 28 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 2 Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 3 of 7 1 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 2 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 3 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 4 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 5 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 6 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 7 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 8 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 3. 9 10 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 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. 13 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 14 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 15 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 16 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 17 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 18 statement should not exceed one page. 19 B. Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 20 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 21 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 22 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 23 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 24 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 25 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 26 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 27 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 28 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. 3 Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 4 of 7 C. 1 2 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 3 shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to JSCpo@cand.uscourts.gov. The Court requests that 4 all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 5 V. 6 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 7 make arrangements with Rick Duvall, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 8 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 9 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 10 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 11 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 12 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 13 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 14 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 15 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. 16 SCHEDULING 17 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 18 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 19 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 20 THE JURY 21 The Jury Office asks prospective jurors to complete an online jury questionnaire in 22 advance of their summons date. The standard questionnaire available on the Northern District’s 23 website at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/attorneys/Internet-version_Standard- 24 CAND-Trial_SurveyMonkey_3-2022.pdf. The parties are allowed to add 10 case specific 25 questions to the questionnaire. The parties shall meet and confer, and to the extent possible, file a 26 joint list of proposed questions to add to the questionnaire. To the extent that the parties cannot 27 agree, they may submit separate proposed questions from which the Court will choose 10. The 28 parties joint or separate submissions are due 21 days before trial. The Court will provide the 4 Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 5 of 7 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 parties with the survey responses the Friday before trial. 2 In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: Eighteen to 3 twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are given numbers 4 (1 through 20). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. Hardship 5 excuses will usually be considered at this point. Counsel may conduct a limited voir dire. 6 Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The Court 7 will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked of the 8 additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each side 9 may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. 10 The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the 11 lowest numbers become the final jury. If more (or fewer) than eight jurors are to be seated, then 12 the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more than a total of six peremptories are allowed. 13 Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ names will be read again and they will be seated 14 in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter this procedure in its discretion and after 15 consultation with the parties. WITNESSES 16 17 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 18 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than 19 for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 20 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 21 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 22 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. EXHIBITS 23 24 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 25 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 26 the precise exhibit. 27 28 B. 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., 5 Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 6 of 7 1 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 2 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 3 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 4 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 5 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 6 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 7 Exhibit.” 8 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 17 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a 18 photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 19 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 20 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated 21 with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels 22 should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders 23 should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days before 24 the Pretrial Conference. 25 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 26 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 27 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 28 6 Case 3:22-cv-02878-JSC Document 61 Filed 11/17/22 Page 7 of 7 1 The parties shall provide the Court with one official set of the record exhibits seven 2 (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. Each exhibit must be separated with a label divider 3 identifying the exhibit number. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 4 the binders. At trial, the parties shall provide individual witness exhibit binders which contain all 5 the exhibits the parties expect to use with the witness. The parties shall provide two copies of each 6 witness binder: one for the witness and one for the Court. 7 8 9 United States District Court Northern District of California E. 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 10 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 11 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 12 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. CHARGING CONFERENCE 13 14 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 15 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 16 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 17 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 18 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 19 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 20 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 21 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 22 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 23 24 25 26 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 17, 2022 ______________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States District Judge 27 28 7

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