Perry v. Target Corporation

Filing 24

PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1: CASE SCHEDULE. Signed by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 3/28/2024. Pretrial Conference set for 3/27/2025 at 2:00 p.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley.Jury Selectio n set for 4/14/2025 at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Trial set for 4/14/2025 to 4/18/2025 at 8:30 a.m. (5-days) in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/28/2024)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 RUTH PERRY, 7 Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 TARGET CORPORATION, 10 PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 1: CASE SCHEDULE Defendant. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Case No. 23-cv-06408-JSC Following the Initial Case Management Conference held on March 28, 2024, IT IS 12 13 ORDERED: 14 I. CASE MANAGEMENT DEADLINES 15 Move to Amend Pleadings: August 1, 2024 16 Fact Discovery Cut-Off: January 3, 2025 17 Expert Witness Disclosures: January 14, 2025 18 Rebuttal Expert Witness Disclosures: January 24, 2025 19 Expert Discovery Cutoff: March 3, 2025 20 Filing Dispositive Motions: December 1, 2024 21 Opposing Dispositive Motions: December 31, 2024 22 Dispositive Motion Replies: January 14, 2025 23 Hearing on Dispositive Motions: January 30, 2025 24 The parties are referred to the Court’s ADR Program for a mediation to occur by July 31, 25 2024. A further Case Management Conference is scheduled for August 29, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. via 26 Zoom video. An updated Joint Case Management Conference Statement is due August 22, 2024. 27 II. 28 DISCOVERY DEADLINES All depositions must be noticed at least 30 days before the close of fact discovery. Any 1 discovery-related letter briefs or motions are due one week after the close of fact discovery. The 2 same rules apply to expert discovery. See N.D. Cal. Civ. L.R. 37-3. 3 III. A. 4 5 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 Jury trial will begin on April 14, 2025, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 6 7 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 March 27, 2025, 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 13 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 14 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 15 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 16 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 17 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 18 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 19 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 20 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 21 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 22 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 23 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 24 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. 25 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 26 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 27 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 28 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 2 1 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 2 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 3 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 4 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 5 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 6 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 7 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 8 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 9 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 10 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 3. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. 13 14 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. 15 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 16 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 17 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 18 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 19 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 20 statement should not exceed one page. 21 B. Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 22 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 23 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 24 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 25 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 26 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 27 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 28 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 3 1 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 2 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 3 4 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 5 shall also be submitted via e-mail as Word attachments to The 6 Court requests that all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 7 V. 8 9 10 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall make arrangements with Kristen Melen, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 12 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 13 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 14 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 15 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 16 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 17 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. 18 SCHEDULING 19 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 20 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 21 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 22 THE JURY 23 The Jury Office asks prospective jurors to complete an online jury questionnaire in 24 advance of their summons date. The standard questionnaire available on the Northern District’s 25 website at 26 CAND-Trial_SurveyMonkey_3-2022.pdf. The parties are allowed to add 10 case specific 27 questions to the questionnaire. The parties shall meet and confer, and to the extent possible, file a 28 joint list of proposed questions to add to the questionnaire. To the extent that the parties cannot 4 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 agree, they may submit separate proposed questions from which the Court will choose 10. The 2 parties joint or separate submissions are due 21 days before trial. The Court will provide the 3 parties with the survey responses the Friday before trial. 4 In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is selected as follows: Eighteen to 5 twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row in front of the bar, and are given numbers 6 (1 through 20). The remaining potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. Hardship 7 excuses will usually be considered at this point. Counsel may conduct a limited voir dire. 8 Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The Court 9 will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked of the 10 additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each side 11 may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential jurors. 12 The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) surviving the challenge process with the 13 lowest numbers become the final jury. If more (or fewer) than eight jurors are to be seated, then 14 the starting number will be adjusted. So too if more than a total of six peremptories are allowed. 15 Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ names will be read again and they will be seated 16 in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter this procedure in its discretion and after 17 consultation with the parties. WITNESSES 18 19 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 21 for 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 notices shall be provided in writing. EXHIBITS 25 26 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 27 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 28 the precise exhibit. 5 1 Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 2 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 3 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 4 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 5 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 6 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 7 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 8 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 9 Exhibit.” 10 C. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California B. 12 Exhibits tags: Exhibits must be labeled in the lower right-hand corner with the exhibit number in a prominent, bold typeface. D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 13 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 14 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 15 E. The parties shall provide the Court with one official set of the record exhibits seven 16 (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. Each exhibit must be separated with a label divider 17 identifying the exhibit number. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 18 the binders. At trial, the parties shall provide individual witness exhibit binders which contain all 19 the exhibits the parties expect to use with the witness. The parties shall provide two copies of each 20 witness binder: one for the witness and one for the Court. 21 22 23 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 24 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 25 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 26 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 27 28 CHARGING CONFERENCE As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 6 1 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 2 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 3 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 4 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 5 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 6 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 7 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 8 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 28, 2024 ______________________________________ ______________________________________ JACQUELINE CQUE CQ ELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States District Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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