Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. NBC General Contractors Corporation et al

Filing 28

NOTICE OF REFERENCE FOR ALL DISCOVERY MATTERS AND ORDER RE DISCOVERY PROCEDURES. Signed by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 5/07/2010. (dmrlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/7/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE CO., Plaintiff, v. NBC GENERAL CONTRACTORS CORP., et al., Defendants. ___________________________________/ No. C-09-05363-SBA (DMR) NOTICE OF REFERENCE FOR ALL DISCOVERY MATTERS AND ORDER RE DISCOVERY PROCEDURES 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL OF RECORD: The above matter has been referred to Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu for all discovery matters. This Court issued an Order re Plaintiff's Motion for an Order Shortening Time for Hearing on Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Production of Documents ("Motion to Compel"), and set the parties' briefing schedule and hearing date of May 27, 2010 on Plaintiff's Motion to Compel. See Docket No. 27. Accordingly, Plaintiff need not re-notice its Motion to Compel, which is deemed submitted. For all further briefing on the Motion to Compel, the parties shall comply with paragraphs 3, 6, 8, and 9 of this order, as well as all applicable Local Rules. For all future discovery disputes, the parties shall comply with all the following procedures. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1. Parties shall comply with the procedures in this order, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Northern District of California's Local Rules, General Orders, and General Standing Orders. Local rules, general orders, general standing orders, and a summary of the general orders' electronic filing requirements (including the procedures for emailing proposed orders to chambers) are available at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov (click "Rules" link on left side). The parties' failure to comply with any of the rules or orders may be a ground for sanctions. LAW AND MOTION PROCEDURES 2. Discovery motions are heard on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. Parties should notice motions pursuant to the local rules. Parties need not reserve a hearing date in advance, but should confirm the Court's availability on the on-line calendar at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov (click "Calendars" link on left side, click link to Judge Ryu's calendar, click link to "Scheduling Information and Unavailability"). Noticed hearing dates may be reset as the Court's calendar requires. For scheduling questions, please call Judge Ryu's courtroom deputy, Ivy Garcia, at (510) 637-3639. 3. All filings of documents relating to motions referred to Magistrate Judge Ryu shall United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 list the civil case number and the district court judge's initials followed by the designation "(DMR)." 4. Discovery motions may be addressed to the Court in three ways: (1) a motion may be noticed on not less than thirty five (35) days' notice pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-2; (2) any party may seek an order shortening time under Civil L.R. 6-3 if the circumstances justify that relief; and (3) in emergencies during discovery events (such as depositions), any party may, after exhausting good faith attempts to resolve disputed issues, seek judicial intervention pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-1(b) by contacting the Court through the courtroom deputy. If the Court is unavailable, the discovery event shall proceed with objections noted for the record. 5. In the event a discovery dispute arises, counsel for the party seeking discovery shall in good faith confer with counsel for the party failing to make the discovery in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action. The meet and confer session(s) must be in person or by telephone. Meet and confer sessions may not be conducted by e-mail or fax. A declaration briefly setting forth 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 the meet and confer efforts, and the final positions of each party, shall be included in the moving papers. Parties are strongly discouraged from including "meet and confer" letters as exhibits to discovery motions. The Court will not consider discovery motions unless the moving party has complied with Fed.R.Civ.P. 37, Civil L.R. 37-1(a), and this order. 6. 7. Each party must be represented in person at discovery hearings. Motions for sanctions shall be filed by separate motion in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 37 and Civil L.R. 37-3. CHAMBERS COPIES AND PROPOSED ORDERS 8. Under Civil L.R. 5-1(b), parties must lodge an extra paper copy of any filing and United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California mark it as a copy for "Chambers." Chambers copies shall be submitted to the Oakland Clerk's Office in an envelope clearly marked with the case number,"Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu," and "Chambers Copy." In a case subject to electronic filing, chambers copies must be submitted by the close of the next court day following the day the papers are filed electronically. Any proposed stipulation or proposed order in a case subject to electronic filing shall be submitted by email to dmrpo@cand.uscourts.gov as a word processing format attachment on the same day that the document is e-filed. This address is to be used only for proposed orders unless otherwise directed by the Court. 9. Parties may not file documents or portions of documents under seal without first 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 obtaining a written Court order. Parties seeking to file documents or portions of documents under seal must fully comply with Civil L.R. 79-5. PRIVILEGE LOGS 10. If a party withholds information that is responsive to a discovery request by claiming that it is privileged or otherwise protected from discovery, that party shall promptly prepare and provide a privilege log that is sufficiently detailed and informative to justify the privilege. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(b)(5). The privilege log shall set forth the privilege relied upon and specify separately for each document or for each category of similarly situated documents: 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 a. b. c. d. e. The title and description of the document; The subject matter addressed in the document; The identity and position of its author(s); The identity and position of all addressees and recipients; The date the document was prepared and, if different, the date(s) on which it was sent to or shared with persons other than its author(s); and f. The specific basis for the claim that the document is privileged or protected. ISTRIC ES D TC AT T Failure to furnish this information promptly may be deemed a waiver of the privilege or protection. RT U O S IT IS SO ORDERED. UNIT ED United States District Court For the Northern District of California 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 D IS T IC T O R 4 A 13 DONNA M. RYU E C UnRtNd States Magistrate Judge ie F H LI FO 12 Dated: May 7, 2010 o Judge D nna M. Ryu R NIA 11 ERE O ORD IT IS S D NO RT

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