Highlander Holdings, Inc. v. Fellner et al

Filing 100

ORDER: (1) Granting in part 95 Joint Motion to Continue Case Schedule; and (2) Entering Amended Scheduling Order. Proposed Pretrial Order due by 9/20/2021. Final Pretrial Conference set for 10/4/2021 09:30 AM in Courtroom 3B before Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard. Jury Trial set for 11/1/2021 09:30 AM in Courtroom 3B before Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard. Signed by Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard on 4/28/2021. (jpp)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 Case No.: 3:18-cv-1506-AHG-LL HIGHLANDER HOLDINGS, INC., Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 ORDER: ANDREW FELLNER, et al., 15 (1) GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART JOINT MOTION TO CONTINUE CASE SCHEDULE; and Defendants. 16 17 (2) ENTERING AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [ECF No. 95] This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ Joint Motion to Continue the Deposition of Andrew Fellner, the Trial Date, and all Applicable Dates Associated Therewith. ECF No. 95. In the joint motion, the parties request that the Court extend the discovery cut-off date and all remaining dates in the case schedule by approximately 90 days, because Plaintiff’s counsel became unexpectedly unavailable to take Defendant Fellner’s deposition on April 19, 2021, the day before the close of discovery. See id. The parties further stipulated to resetting Defendant Fellner’s deposition sometime between May 27 and June 30, 2021. Id. at 5. 1 3:18-cv-1506-AHG-LL 1 Under Fed. R. Civ. P 16(b)(4), “[a] schedule may be modified only for good cause 2 and with the judge’s consent.” “Good cause” is a non-rigorous standard that has been 3 construed broadly across procedural and statutory contexts. Ahanchian v. Xenon Pictures, 4 Inc., 624 F.3d 1253, 1259 (9th Cir. 2010). The good cause standard focuses on the diligence 5 of the party seeking to amend the scheduling order and the reasons for seeking 6 modification. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). 7 The Court held a Telephonic Status Conference to discuss the motion on 8 April 27, 2021. ECF No. 99. As discussed during the conference, the Court will grant the 9 motion in part to allow time for Defendant Fellner’s deposition to be taken. However, the 10 parties have failed to establish good cause for extending all dates in the case schedule by 11 90 days merely because Defendant Fellner’s deposition has to be rescheduled. Further, 12 during the call, the Court required counsel to agree to a date certain for Defendant Fellner’s 13 deposition rather than a five-week range. 14 15 Accordingly, the motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Based on discussions with counsel during the conference, it is ORDERED as follows: 16 1. 17 May 27, 2021. 18 2. Defendant Andrew Fellner is ordered to appear for his deposition on Defendant Fellner must respond to Plaintiff’s outstanding discovery requests 19 (as discussed during the conference) by May 13, 2021. With the exception of Defendant 20 Fellner’s deposition and these outstanding requests, discovery closed on April 20, 2021. 21 See ECF No. 90. No additional discovery shall be permitted. 22 3. All dispositive pretrial motions must be filed by July 30, 2021. Counsel for 23 the moving party must obtain a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who 24 will hear the motion. Failure to make a timely request for a motion date may result in the 25 motion not being heard. 26 27 28 4. Neither party is required to file Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16.1.f.2. 5. Counsel shall comply with the pre-trial disclosure requirements of Fed. R. 2 3:18-cv-1506-AHG-LL 1 Civ. P. 26(a)(3) by August 31, 2021. Failure to comply with these disclosure requirements 2 could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under Fed. R. Civ. P. 37. 3 6. Counsel shall meet and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) by 4 September 7, 2021. At this meeting, counsel shall discuss and attempt to enter into 5 stipulations and agreements resulting in simplification of the triable issues. Counsel shall 6 exchange copies and/or display all exhibits other than those to be used for impeachment. 7 The exhibits shall be prepared in accordance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(4)(c). Counsel shall 8 note any objections they have to any other parties’ Pretrial Disclosures under Fed. R. Civ. 9 P. 26(a)(3). Counsel shall cooperate in the preparation of the proposed pretrial conference 10 order. 11 7. Counsel for plaintiff will be responsible for preparing the pretrial order and 12 arranging the meetings of counsel pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16.1(f). By 13 September 13, 2021, plaintiff’s counsel must provide opposing counsel with the proposed 14 pretrial order for review and approval. Opposing counsel must communicate promptly 15 with plaintiff’s attorney concerning any objections to form or content of the pretrial order, 16 and both parties shall attempt promptly to resolve their differences, if any, concerning the 17 order. 18 8. The Proposed Final Pretrial Conference Order, including objections to any 19 other parties’ Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) Pretrial Disclosures shall be prepared, served and 20 lodged with the assigned district judge by September 20, 2021, and shall be in the form 21 prescribed in and comply with Local Rule 16.1(f)(6). 22 9. All motions in limine are due no later than September 10, 2021. 23 10. All responses to the motions in limine are due no later than 24 September 24, 2021. The Court will hear the motions in limine during the Pretrial 25 Conference. 26 27 28 11. The final Pretrial Conference is scheduled on the calendar of the Honorable Allison H. Goddard on October 4, 2021 at 9:30 AM. 12. The parties shall submit the following no later than October 8, 2021: (1) joint 3 3:18-cv-1506-AHG-LL 1 proposed jury instructions; (2) proposed verdict form; (3) voir dire questions; and 2 (4) statement of the case. 3 4 13. The parties shall exchange final exhibit and witness lists no later than October 20, 2021. 5 14. Trial briefs are due from each side by October 26, 2021. 6 15. The jury trial 1 in this matter shall commence on Monday, November 1, 2021 7 at 9:30 AM. 8 16. The parties must review the chambers rules for both assigned judges. 9 17. A post-trial settlement conference before a magistrate judge may be held 10 within 30 days of verdict in the case. 11 18. Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion 12 shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without leave of the presiding judge. No 13 reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages without leave of the presiding judge. Briefs 14 and memoranda exceeding ten (10) pages in length shall have a table of contents and a 15 table of authorities cited. 16 17 19. shown. 18 19 The dates and times set forth herein will not be modified except for good cause The Mandatory Settlement Conference set for May 5, 2021 before Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez remains on calendar. See ECF No. 91. 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 22 23 Dated: April 28, 2021 24 25 26 27 28 1 Both Plaintiff and Defendant Fellner timely demanded a trial by jury. ECF Nos. 1, 24. 4 3:18-cv-1506-AHG-LL

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