eMove, Inc. et al v. Hire a Helper LLC et al

Filing 61

ORDER: (1) Granting In Part and Denying In Part Ex Parte Motion to Extend Fact Discovery; and (2) Amending The Scheduling Order [Doc. Nos. 43 , 59 ]. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt on 11/16/2017. (jjg)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 eMove, Inc., et al., Case No.: 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB Plaintiffs, 11 12 v. 13 ORDER: (1) GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART EX PARTE MOTION TO EXTEND FACT DISCOVERY; AND (2) AMENDING THE SCHEDULING ORDER Hire a Helper LLC, et al., Defendants. 14 15 [ECF Nos. 43, 59] 16 17 Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Motion to Extend Fact Discovery (ECF No. 59) is GRANTED 18 IN PART AND DENIED IN PART. The operative scheduling order (ECF No. 43) IS 19 AMENDED and IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 20 21 1. Cases, which is accessible via the Court’s website at www.casd.uscourts.gov. 22 23 Counsel1 shall refer to the Judge Bencivengo’s Chambers Rules for Civil 2. The deadline for any motion to join other parties, to amend the pleadings, or to file additional pleadings was and remains September 5, 2017. 24 3. Plaintiff(s) (or the party(ies) having the burden of proof on any claim) shall 25 serve on all parties a list of experts whom that party expects to call at trial on or before 26 February 9, 2018. Defendant(s) (or the party(ies) defending any claim, counterclaim, 27 28 1 As used herein, references to “counsel” include any party representing himself or herself. 1 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 crossclaim, or third party claim) shall serve on all parties a list of experts whom that party 2 expects to call at trial on or before February 9, 2018. On or before March 2, 2018, any 3 party may supplement its designation in response to any other party’s designation, so long 4 as that party has not previously retained an expert to testify on that subject. Expert 5 designations shall include the name, address, and telephone number of each expert, and a 6 reasonable summary of the testimony the expert is expected to provide. The list shall also 7 include the normal rates the expert charges for deposition and trial testimony. 8 The parties must identify any person who may be used at trial to present evidence 9 pursuant to Rules 702, 703 or 705 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. This requirement is 10 not limited to retained experts. 11 Please be advised that failure to comply with this section or any other discovery 12 order of the Court may result in the sanctions provided for in Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, 13 including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in 14 evidence. 15 4. All expert disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) shall be served on 16 all parties on or before February 9, 2018. Any contradictory or rebuttal information shall 17 be disclosed on or before March 2, 2018. In addition, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e)(1) imposes a 18 duty on the parties to supplement the expert disclosures made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 19 26(a)(2)(B) by the time that pretrial disclosures are due under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) 20 (discussed below). This disclosure requirement applies to all persons retained or specially 21 employed to provide expert testimony, or whose duties as an employee of the party 22 regularly involve the giving of expert testimony. 23 Please be advised that failure to comply with this section or any other discovery 24 order of the Court may result in the sanctions provided for in Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, 25 including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in 26 evidence. 27 28 5. All discovery, including expert discovery, shall be completed by all parties by March 16, 2018. “Completed” means that all discovery under Rules 30-36 of the Federal 2 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 Rules of Civil Procedure, and discovery subpoenas under Rule 45, must be initiated a 2 sufficient period of time in advance of the cut-off date, so that it may be completed by 3 the cut-off date, taking into account the times for service, notice and response as set forth 4 in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Counsel shall promptly and in good faith meet 5 and confer with regard to all discovery disputes in compliance with Local Rule 6 26.1(a). The Court expects counsel to make every effort to resolve all disputes without 7 court intervention through the meet and confer process. If the parties reach an impasse on 8 any discovery issue, counsel shall file an appropriate motion within the time limit and 9 procedures outlined in the undersigned magistrate judge’s chambers rules. A failure to 10 comply in this regard will result in a waiver of a party’s discovery issue. Absent an 11 order of the court, no stipulation continuing or altering this requirement will be 12 recognized by the court. 13 Discovery motions must be filed in the time and manner directed by Magistrate 14 Judge Burkhardt (see Judge Burkhardt’s Civil Chambers Rules on Discovery Disputes 15 available on the Court’s website). All discovery motions must be filed within 30 days of 16 the service of an objection, answer, or response which becomes the subject of dispute, or 17 the passage of a discovery due date without response or production, and only after counsel 18 (and any unrepresented parties) have met and conferred to resolve the dispute and 19 complied with Section IV.B. of Judge Burkhardt’s Civil Chambers Rules. 20 6. All pre-trial motions, other than Daubert motions, motions to amend or join 21 parties, or motions in limine, shall be filed on or before April 6, 2018. All Daubert motions 22 shall be filed on or before April 6, 2018. Counsel for the moving party shall set the motion 23 date on the date that is 35 days from the date the motion is filed. Parties intending to file 24 a motion shall not contact Judge Bencivengo’s chambers for a hearing date. The parties 25 should review Judge Bencivengo’s chambers rules for civil cases for the additional 26 requirements for noticed motions before Judge Bencivengo. 27 Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1.f.3.c, if an opposing party fails to file opposition 28 papers in the time and manner required by Local Rule 7.1.e.2, that failure may 3 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 constitute a consent to the granting of a motion or other request for ruling by the 2 Court. Accordingly, all parties are ordered to abide by the terms of Local Rule 7.1.e.2 or 3 otherwise face the prospect of any pretrial motion being granted as an unopposed motion 4 pursuant to Local Rule 7.1.f.3.c. 5 7. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on May 17, 2018 at 6 1:45 PM in the Chambers of Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt, Edward J. Schwartz 7 U.S. Courthouse, 221 West Broadway, Suite 5140, San Diego, California 92101. Counsel 8 shall lodge confidential settlement briefs directly to chambers by May 7, 2018. All parties 9 are ordered to read and to fully comply with the Chamber Rules of the assigned magistrate 10 judge. 11 The confidential settlement statements should be lodged by e-mail to 12 efile_Burkhardt@casd.uscourts.gov. Each party’s settlement statement shall concisely set 13 forth the following: (1) the party’s statement of the case; (2) the controlling legal issues; 14 (3) issues of liability and damages; (4) the party’s settlement position, including the last 15 offer or demand made by that party; (5) a separate statement of the offer or demand the 16 party is prepared to make at the settlement conference; and (6) a list of all attorney and 17 non-attorney conference attendees for that side, including the name(s) and 18 title(s)/position(s) of the party/party representative(s) who will attend and have settlement 19 authority at the conference. If exhibits are attached and the total submission amounts to 20 more than 20 pages, a hard copy must also be delivered directly to Magistrate Judge 21 Burkhardt’s chambers. Settlement conference statements shall not be filed with the 22 Clerk of the Court. 23 confidentially with opposing counsel within the parties’ discretion. Settlement conference statements may be exchanged 24 Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16.3, all party representatives and claims adjusters for 25 insured defendants with full and unlimited authority2 to negotiate and enter into a binding 26 27 28 2 “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 4 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 settlement, as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present 2 and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the mandatory 3 settlement conference. In the case of an entity, an authorized representative of the entity 4 who is not retained outside counsel must be present and must have discretionary authority 5 to commit the entity to pay an amount up to the amount of the Plaintiff’s prayer (excluding 6 punitive damages prayers). The purpose of this requirement is to have representatives 7 present who can settle the case during the course of the conference without consulting a 8 superior. 9 Failure to attend the conference or obtain proper excuse will be considered grounds 10 for sanctions. 11 8. The parties must comply with the pretrial disclosure requirements of Fed. R. 12 Civ. P. 26(a)(3) no later than June 29, 2018. Please be advised that failure to comply 13 with this section or any other discovery order of the Court may result in the sanctions 14 provided for in Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, including a prohibition on the introduction of 15 experts or other designated matters in evidence. 16 9. In jury trial cases before the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, neither party 17 is required to file Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law pursuant to Civil Local Rule 18 16.1.f.2. 19 10. Counsel shall confer and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1.f.4.a on 20 or before July 6, 2018. The parties shall meet and confer and prepare a proposed pretrial 21 order containing the following: 22 23 1. A joint neutral statement to be read to the jury, not in excess of one page, of the nature of the case and the claims and defenses. 2. A list of the causes of action to be tried, referenced to the Complaint 24 25 26 27 28 “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, 595-97 (8th Cir. 2001). 5 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 [and Counterclaim if applicable]. For each cause of action, the order shall succinctly list the elements of the claim, damages and any defenses. A cause of action in the Complaint [and/or Counterclaim] which is not listed shall be dismissed with prejudice. 3(a). A list of each witness counsel actually expect to call at trial with a brief statement, not exceeding four sentences, of the substance of the witnesses’ testimony. 3(b). A list of each expert witness counsel actually expect to call at trial with a brief statement, not exceeding four sentences, of the substance of the witnesses’ testimony. 3(c). A list of additional witnesses, including experts, counsel do not expect to call at this time but reserve the right to call at trial along with a brief statement, not exceeding four sentences, of the substance of the witnesses’ testimony. 4(a). A list of all exhibits that counsel actually expect to offer at trial with a one-sentence description of the exhibit. All exhibits are to be identified numerically, plaintiff starting with “1” and defendant beginning with an agreed upon numerical designation. 4(b). A list of all other exhibits that counsel do not expect to offer at this time but reserve the right to offer if necessary at trial with a one-sentence description of the exhibit. 5. A statement of all facts to which the parties stipulate. This statement shall be on a separate page and will be read to and provided to the jury. 6. A list of all deposition transcripts by page and line, or videotape depositions by section, that will be offered at trial. 7. Counsel will note any objections they have to any other parties’ Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) Pretrial Disclosures. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 The Court encourages the parties to consult with the assigned magistrate judge to work out any problems in preparation of the proposed pretrial order. The court will entertain any questions concerning the conduct of the trial at the pretrial conference. 11. 23 24 25 26 27 28 Counsel for the Plaintiff(s) must provide opposing counsel with the proposed pretrial order for review and approval and take any other action required by Local Rule 16.1.f.6.a on or before July 13, 2018. Opposing counsel must communicate promptly with plaintiff’s attorney concerning any objections to form or content of the pretrial order, and both parties shall attempt promptly to resolve their differences, if any, concerning the order. /// 6 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB 1 2 3 4 12. The proposed pretrial order shall be lodged with the district judge’s chambers on or before July 20, 2018, and shall be in the form prescribed in Local Rule 16.1.f.6. 13. The final Pretrial Conference is scheduled on the calendar of the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo for July 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM. 5 14. 6 8:45 AM. 7 15. 8 9 10 The trial in this matter shall commence on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Plaintiffs’ counsel shall serve a copy of this order on all parties that enter this case hereafter. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 16, 2017 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7 17-cv-00535-CAB-JLB

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