Vazquez v. United States of America et al

Filing 76

SECOND AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER regulating discovery and other pre-trial proceedings. Mandatory Settlement Conference set for 11/8/2017 09:00 AM before Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Final Pretrial Conference set for 9/17/2018 02:30 PM in Courtroom 13B before Judge John A. Houston. Proposed Pretrial Order due by 9/7/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo on 10/03/2017. (jpp)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ANAKAREN LOPEZ, Case No.: 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) Plaintiff, 12 13 14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., 15 SECOND AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER REGULATING DISCOVERY AND OTHER PRE-TRIAL PROCEEDINGS v. Defendants. 16 17 The parties’ joint motions to amend the First Amended Scheduling Order is 18 GRANTED. (Doc. Nos. 73-75.) However, the Court will not entertain any such motions 19 in the future. No further continuances will be granted. 20 21 22 All dates in the Court’s July 13, 2017 First Amended Scheduling Order (Doc. No. 71) are VACATED and reset as set forth in this Order. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. On or before January 25, 2018, all parties shall exchange with all other 23 parties a list of all expert witnesses expected to be called at trial to present evidence under 24 Federal Rules of Evidence 702, 703, or 705. The list shall include the name, address, and 25 phone number of the expert and a brief statement identifying the subject areas as to which 26 the expert is expected to testify. The list shall also include the normal rates the expert 27 charges for deposition and trial testimony. On or before February 8, 2018, any party may 28 supplement its designation in response to any other party’s designation so long as the party 1 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) 1 supplementing its expert designation has not previously retained an expert to testify on that 2 subject. The parties must identify any person who may be used at trial to present 3 evidence pursuant to Federal Rules of Evidence 702, 703 and 705, respectively. This 4 requirement is not limited to retained experts. 5 2. Each expert witness designated by a party shall prepare a written report to be 6 provided to all other parties no later than March 8, 2018, containing the information 7 required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(B). This disclosure requirement 8 applies to all persons retained or specifically employed to provide expert testimony 9 or whose duties as an employee of the party regularly involve the giving of expert 10 11 testimony. 3. On or before March 22, 2018, any party, through any expert designated, shall 12 in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(D)(ii), supplement any of its 13 expert reports regarding evidence intended solely to contradict or rebut evidence on the 14 same subject matter identified in an expert report submitted by another party. 15 Except as provided in paragraph 5, below, any party that fails to make these 16 disclosures shall not, absent substantial justification, be permitted to use evidence or 17 testimony not disclosed at any hearing or at the time of trial. In addition, the Court 18 may impose sanctions as permitted by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(c). 19 5. If a party has made a disclosure under Rule 26(a), and “learns that in some 20 material respect the disclosure or response is incomplete or incorrect, and if the additional 21 or corrective information has not otherwise been made known to the other parties during 22 the discovery process or in writing,” the party must supplement or correct its disclosure or 23 response in a “timely manner,” pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(e)(1). 24 6. All discovery pertaining to facts shall be completed on or before December 25 29, 2017. All discovery pertaining to expert witnesses shall be completed on or before 26 April 19, 2018. 27 “Completed” means that all discovery under Rules 30-36 of the Federal Rules of 28 Civil Procedure must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cut-off date, 2 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) 1 so that it may be completed by the cut-off date, taking into account the times for services, 2 notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and any motions 3 and the resolution of any discovery disputes. All disputes concerning discovery shall be 4 brought to the attention of the Magistrate Judge no later than thirty (30) days following the 5 date upon which the event giving rise to the discovery dispute occurred. Counsel shall 6 meet and confer pursuant to the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 and 7 Local Rule 26.1(a). A failure to comply in this regard will result in a waiver of a 8 party’s discovery issue. Absent an order of the Court, no stipulation continuing or 9 altering this requirement will be recognized by the Court. 10 7. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on November 8, 11 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the chambers of Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Counsel shall 12 submit settlement statements directly to chambers no later than October 30, 2017. Each 13 party’s settlement statement shall set forth the party’s statement of the case, identify 14 controlling legal issues, concisely set out issues of liability and damages, and shall set forth 15 the party’s settlement position, including the last offer or demand made by that party, and 16 a separate statement of the offer or demand the party is prepared to make at the settlement 17 conference. Settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court, 18 but may be served on opposing counsel at the party’s discretion. 19 conference briefs shall comply with the undersigned’s Chambers Rules. The parties 20 shall meet and confer in good faith prior to the Mandatory Settlement Conference, and 21 verify that they have done so in their respective Mandatory Settlement Conference 22 statements, outlining the substance of their discussions and negotiations. Settlement 23 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 and Local Civil Rule 16.3, all named 24 Plaintiffs, named Defendants, claims adjusters for insured defendants, and if a named 25 Plaintiff or Defendant is a corporation, partnership, or other entity, a representative of that 26 27 28 3 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) 1 entity, with full and unlimited authority1 to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement, 2 as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present and must 3 be prepared to discuss in good faith, the facts of the case, the law that governs the legal 4 issues in the case, and to resolve the case at the Settlement Conference. Sanctions may 5 issue against a party and/or attorney who does not proceed as noted above. Retained 6 outside corporate counsel shall not appear on behalf of a corporation as the party who has 7 the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement. For good cause, and on ex parte 8 application at least one week before the scheduled settlement conference, Magistrate Judge 9 Gallo may excuse a party or representative from personal attendance provided such party 10 or parties will be available by telephone during the conference. Failure to attend the 11 conference or participate in good faith or obtain proper excuse will be considered grounds 12 for sanctions. Counsel seeking to reschedule a Settlement Conference must first confer 13 with opposing counsel. The Court will consider formal, written ex parte requests to 14 continue a Settlement Conference when extraordinary circumstances exist that make a 15 continuance appropriate. In and of itself, having to travel a long distance to appear at the 16 Settlement Conference is not an extraordinary circumstance. 17 Counsel for a government entity may be excused from this requirement so long as 18 the government attorney who attends the Settlement Conference (1) has primary 19 responsibility for handling the case; and (2) may negotiate settlement offers which the 20 attorney is willing to recommend to the government official who has ultimate settlement 21 authority. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 “Full authority to settle” means that the individuals at the settlement conference must be authorized to fully explore settlement options and to agree at that time to any settlement terms acceptable to the parties. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648 (7th Cir. 1989). The person needs to have “unfettered discretion and authority” to change the settlement position of a party. Pitman v. Brinker Int’l, Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003). The purpose of requiring a person with unlimited settlement authority to attend the conference includes that the person’s view of the case may be altered during the face to face conference. Id. at 486. A limited or a sum certain of authority is not adequate. Nick v. Morgan’s Foods, Inc., 270 F.3d 590 (8th Cir. 2001). 1 4 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) 1 8. All other pretrial motions must be filed by May 17, 2018. Counsel for the 2 moving party must obtain a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who will 3 hear the motion. The period of time between the date you request a motion date and the 4 hearing date may vary from one district judge to another. Please plan accordingly. Failure 5 to make a timely request for a motion date may result in the motion not being heard. 6 Motions in limine are to be filed as directed in the Local Rules, or as otherwise set by the 7 district judge. 8 9. Despite the requirements of Local Rule 16.1(f)(2), neither party is required to 9 file a Memorandum of Contentions of Fact and Law at any time. The parties shall instead 10 focus their efforts on drafting and submitting a proposed pretrial order by the time and date 11 specified by Local Rule 16.1(f)(6)(b). 12 10. Counsel shall comply with the pre-trial disclosure requirements of Federal 13 Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3) by August 20, 2018. Failure to comply with these 14 disclosure requirements could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under 15 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37. 16 11. Counsel shall meet and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) by 17 August 27, 2018. At this meeting, counsel shall discuss and attempt to enter into 18 stipulations and agreements resulting in simplification of the triable issues. Counsel shall 19 exchange copies and/or display all exhibits other than those to be used for impeachment. 20 The exhibits shall be prepared in accordance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(4)(c). Counsel shall 21 note any objections they have to any other parties’ Pretrial Disclosures under Federal Rule 22 of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3). Counsel shall cooperate in the preparation of the proposed 23 pretrial conference order. 24 12. Counsel for plaintiff will be responsible for preparing the pretrial order and 25 arranging the meetings of counsel pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16.1(f). By September 3, 26 2018, plaintiff’s counsel must provide opposing counsel with the proposed pretrial order 27 for review and approval. Opposing counsel must communicate promptly with plaintiff’s 28 attorney concerning any objections to form or content of the pretrial order, and both parties 5 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG) 1 2 shall attempt promptly to resolve their differences, if any, concerning the order. 13. The Proposed Final Pretrial Conference Order, including objections to any 3 other parties’ Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3) Pretrial Disclosures shall be 4 prepared, served and lodged with the assigned district judge by September 7, 2018, and 5 shall be in the form prescribed in and comply with Local Rule 16.1(f)(6). 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 14. The final Pretrial Conference is scheduled on the calendar of the Honorable John A. Houston on September 17, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. 15. The parties must review the chambers’ rules for the assigned district judge and magistrate judge. 16. A post trial settlement conference before a magistrate judge may be held within 30 days of verdict in the case. 17. The dates and times set forth herein will not be modified again except for extraordinary good cause shown. 18. Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion 15 shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without leave of a district court judge. 16 No reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages without leave of a district court judge. 17 Briefs and memoranda exceeding ten (10) pages in length shall have a table of contents 18 and a table of authorities cited. 19 20 21 22 19. Plaintiff’s counsel shall serve a copy of this order on all parties that enter this case hereafter. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 3, 2017 23 24 25 26 27 28 6 15-CV-180-JAH(WVG)

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