Netquote Inc. v. Byrd

Filing 218

ORDER: Trial Preparation Conference set for 9/18/2008 at 10:00 AM before Judge David M. Ebel. 9 day Jury Trial set for 10/6/2008 09:00 AM before Judge David M. Ebel. Signed by Judge David M. Ebel on 3/26/08. (jmp, )

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Netquote Inc. v. Byrd Doc. 218 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 07-cv-00630-DME-MEH NETQUOTE, INC., a Colorado corporation, Plaintiff, v. BRANDON BYRD, an internet user making use of the IP Addresses and, and MOSTCHOICE.COM, INC., a Georgia corporation, Defendants. ORDER SETTING TRIAL DATES AND DEADLINES This matter is before the Court upon a review of the file. To ensure that all pre-trial phases of the case are complete before the commencement of the jury trial, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: This Order may not be modified by agreement of the parties. Upon timely application, however, either or both parties may seek modification as may be necessary to meet a bona fide emergency, to avoid irreparable injury or harm, or as may otherwise be necessary to do substantial justice. A. TRIAL AND TRIAL PREPARATION SETTINGS This matter has been scheduled for a nine-day jury trial on the docket of Judge David M. Ebel, to occur in the Byron G. Rogers U.S. District Courthouse, Courtroom C201, 2d Floor, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado, to commence on October 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. The Final Trial Preparation Conference is set for a one hour hearing on September 18, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. The parties are expected to be fully prepared for trial at that time. Lead counsel who will try the case shall attend. B. MOTIONS DEADLINES The motions deadline has passed. The following motions are pending: a. Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, filed on December 14, 2007. Plaintiff's Response was filed on January 3, 2008, and Defendants' Reply was filed on January 18, 2008. b. Defendants' Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony, filed on December 14, 2007. Plaintiff's Response was filed on January 3, 2008, Defendants' Reply was filed on January 18, 2008, Defendants' Supplemental Submission of Defendants' Expert Report was submitted for filing on January 23, 2008 and approved for filing on February 4, 2008, and Plaintiff's Surreply concerning the Defendants' Expert Report was filed on February 22, 2008. c. Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on Defendant's Counterclaim, filed on December 18, 2007. Defendant's Response was filed on January 7, 2008, and Plaintiff's Reply was filed on January 18, 2008. C. TRIAL PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS By 3:00 p.m. on September 16, 2008, the parties shall submit via email to the following documents: (1) a witness list, containing names, addresses, and estimated length of time for testimony; (2) an exhibit list, with stipulations for authenticity except on those exhibits noted; (3) a list of stipulated jury instructions plus any other disputed jury instruction tendered by either side; (4) (5) proposed voir dire questions to be asked by the court; and a certification that the parties have met in an effort to settle the litigation. 1. Conflicts in Scheduling. Continuances of the trial will be granted only in truly exceptional circumstances. 2. Jury Instructions. Counsel should confer as to the required jury instructions prior to submission to avoid duplication. Jury instructions can be submitted as stipulated instructions or separately as proposed instructions. All proposed instructions shall be submitted double-spaced via email to All instructions submitted should contain language which is gender neutral or gender correct. Instructions should contain the caption "Instruction No. ____," and the instruction itself, with no other titles, numbers, or authority. 3 3. Witness List. At the Final Trial Preparation Conference, the parties shall submit an original and three copies of the final Witness List (form available at to the court and one copy to the other party, unless previously provided. Please be sure that first and last names are spelled correctly (using capital letters only for proper names) and that any changes in names have been noted, as one copy will be available to the court reporter to avoid the necessity of asking for the spelling of the witness' name. 4. Exhibit List. At conference, the parties shall also submit an original plus three copies of the final Exhibit List (form available at to the Court and one copy to the other party, unless previously provided. If exhibits are to be presented by CD, they shall be labeled thereon. If they are to be presented in hard copy, labels should be affixed prior to trial. Exhibit Labels shall be used by both parties, and may be obtained from the Clerk's Office in Room A105 of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse. The Plaintiff's exhibits should be marked with the yellow labels, using numbers. (The Defendants' exhibits shall be marked with the blue labels, using A1 through 99, B1 through 99, etc.) The civil action number shall also be placed on each of the exhibit stickers. All paper exhibits shall be bound, such as in three-ring notebooks or folders, and the notebook or folder labeled with the following information: (i) caption, (ii) scheduled date and time, (iii) party's name and designation and (iv) "original" or "copy," and delivered to the courtroom deputy clerk at the Final Trial Preparation Conference. Demonstrative exhibits, documents used to refresh memory, and written 4 Stipulations of Fact shall also be marked as exhibits. 5. Voir Dire Questions. The Court will conduct voir dire which will be composed of its own questions and those submitted by counsel. Proposed voir dire questions must be presented and exchanged by 3:00 p.m. on September 16, 2008. 6. Terminology. At the Final Trial Preparation Conference, parties shall also submit an original and three copies of a glossary of any unusual or technical terminology. The glossary should also include names of persons who will be mentioned during the course of trial but are not parties to the litigation. Capitalize proper names only. 7. Video and Special Equipment. If you intend to use electronic equipment, advise the courtroom deputy clerk no later than two weeks before trial. 8. Trial Briefs. Please advise the Court at the Final Trial Preparation Conference if you wish to file trial briefs, which may not be filed unless authorized by the Court. Briefs requested shall be filed on a date set by the Court. Unless otherwise specified, trial briefs shall be limited to 5 pages. 9. Issues to be addressed at the Final Trial Preparation Conference. The parties shall be prepared to address the following issues: 1) jury selection, including the need for a special jury panel and whether the parties desire the use of a jury questionnaire; 2) sequestration of witnesses; 5 3) presentation of exhibits to the jury; 4) timing of presentation of witnesses and evidence; 5) anticipated evidentiary issues (need for scheduling of hearings outside the presence of the jury); 6) any stipulations as to fact or law; and 7) any other issue affecting the duration or course of the trial. DATED: March 26th , 2008. BY THE COURT: s/ David M. Ebel David M. Ebel United States Circuit Judge 6

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