Allstate Insurance Company v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Company
COURTROOM MINUTES/MINUTE ORDER for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe: Scheduling Conference held on 8/12/2009. Discovery due by 2/12/2010. Dispositive Motions due by 4/28/2010. Telephonic Status Conference set for 8/27/20 09 09:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe. Proposed Pretrial Order due by 5/28/2010. Final Pretrial Conference set for 6/2/2010 08:30 AM in Courtroom A 502 before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe; Granting 17 Plaintiff's Unopposed MOTION to Amend Complaint; SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT accepted and deemed filed 8/12/2009. (Court Reporter FTR - Ellen E. Miller) (mjwcd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe
Civil Action No. 09-cv-00967-REB-MJW Date: August 12, 2009 Parties ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff(s), v. THE OHIO CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant(s). COURTROOM MINUTES / MINUTE ORDER HEARING: RULE 16(b) SCHEDULING CONFERENCE Court in session: 1:53 p.m. Court calls case. Appearance of counsel. Hilary D. Wells FTR - Courtroom A-502 Courtroom Deputy, Ellen E. Miller Counsel Cathleen H. Heintz
It is ORDERED:
Plaintiff [identified in the motion as National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford] Allstate Insurance Company's UNOPPOSED MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT [Docket No. 17, Filed August 11, 2009] is GRANTED. Plaintiff's SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT [17-2] is accepted and deemed filed as of today, August 12, 2009. The Clerk of the Court is directed to amend the caption to reflect the defendant as THE WEST AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY.
Ms. Wells anticipates filing a Motion to Withdraw as Attorney as a new firm will represent the new defendant. The following will confirm the actions taken and dates set at the scheduling conference held this date: Joinder of Parties/Amendment to Pleadings: SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 Non-Expert Discovery Cut-off: FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Expert Discovery Cut-off: APRIL 28, 2010 Dispositive Motions Deadline: APRIL 28, 2010 Each side shall be limited to five (5) expert witnesses, without further leave of Court. Parties shall designate Experts on or before DECEMBER 14, 2009.
Parties shall designate Rebuttal Experts on or before JANUARY 14, 2010. Interrogatories, Requests for Production, and Requests for Admissions shall be served on or before JANUARY 09, 2010. Each side shall be limited to twenty-five (25) Interrogatories, twenty-five (25) Requests for Production, and twenty-five (25) Requests for Admissions, without leave of Court. Each side shall be limited to ten (10) depositions. Each deposition shall be limited to one (1) day of a maximum of seven (7) hours, absent leave of Court. All fact depositions shall be completed no later than FEBRUARY 12, 2010 All expert witnesses depositions shall be completed no later than APRIL 28, 2010 No SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE is set at this time. A TELEPHONIC STATUS CONFERENCE is set AUGUST 27, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Topics of discussion will include: (1) the status of discovery (2) a need to set settlement conference (3) any need to modify Scheduling Order with appearance of new defense counsel. Courtroom technology requires that all participating parties are to be on the call before the Court is contacted; therefore, parties are directed to consult with each other, in advance of the hearing, to make arrangements for creating a conference call. Plaintiff shall initiate the conference call. Once the conference call is established, the Court shall be added as the final connection by dialing (303) 844-2403 at the scheduled time. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE set for JUNE 02, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom A-502, Fifth floor, Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver,
The proposed final pretrial order shall be filed, and then sent as a Word or WordPerfect attachment to Watanabe_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov, on or before MAY 28, 2010. In the subject line of the e-mail, counsel shall list the case number, short caption, and "proposed final pretrial order." (See www.cod.uscourts.gov for more information.) Valid photo identification is required to enter the courthouse. In accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P.
16(d), the conference shall be attended by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by any unrepresented parties.
TRIAL: The Court was unable to make contact with Judge Blackburn's chambers staff to set Trial Preparation Conference and Trial dates. Therefore, the parties are directed to create a conference call BEFORE 12:00 NOON AUGUST 13, 2009 with Judge Blackburn's chambers staff (303) 355-2350 to set trial dates. Parties are directed to www.cod.uscourts.gov and shall fully comply with the procedures of the judicial officer assigned to try this case on the merits. Parties shall also ensure they are able to receive e-mails from the Court. Absent exceptional circumstances, no request for rescheduling any appearance in this court will be entertained unless a written request is made FIVE (5) business days in advance of the date Page 2 of 11
of appearance. [X] Scheduling Order is signed and entered with interlineations AUGUST 12, 2009 Total in-court time: 00:19
Hearing concluded. Court in recess: 2:12 p.m.
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When submitting Confidential Settlement Statements to Magistrate Judge Watanabe via e-mail as a PDF attachment, the parties are required to enter in the Subject line: 1. 2. 3. 4. Case Number Date of the Settlement Conference Short caption "Plaintiff Confidential Settlement Statement" OR "Defendant Confidential Settlement Statement"
EXAMPLE: 00-cv-00123-LTB-MJW Settlement Conf. JUNE 12, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Wells Fargo v. Smith Plaintiff CSS
When submitting Proposed Final Pretrial Order to Magistrate Judge Watanabe via e-mail , the parties are required to enter in the Subject line: 1. 2. 3. Case Number Date of the Final Pretrial Conference Short caption
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES BEFORE MAGISTRATE JUDGE WATANABE
Counsel and pro se litigants shall have parties present who shall have full authority to negotiate all terms and demands presented by the case, and full authority to enter into a settlement agreement, including an adjustor if an insurance company is involved. "Full authority" means that the person who attends the settlement conference has the complete and unfettered capacity and authority to meet or pay all terms or amounts which are demanded or sought by the other side of the case without consulting with some other person, committee or agency. If any person has limits upon the extent or amount within which he or she is authorized to settle on behalf of a party, that person does not have "full authority." No party shall be permitted to attend the settlement conference by phone unless that party has obtained leave of Court following the filing of an appropriate motion, no later than five (5) business days prior to the settlement conference date. In order that productive settlement discussions can be held, the parties shall prepare and submit two settlement documents: one to be mailed to the other party or parties, and the other to be mailed only to the Magistrate Judge. The documents which are presented to opposing parties shall contain an overview of the case from the presenter's point of view, shall summarize the evidence which supports that side's claims, and shall present a demand or offer. These documents should be intended to persuade the clients and counsel or pro se litigant on the other side. The document to be mailed to the Magistrate Judge shall contain copies of the above materials, but additionally shall contain any confidential comments which counsel or the pro se litigant wishes to make, any comments with regard to perceived weaknesses in the case and any comments which would be helpful to the magistrate in assisting the parties to negotiate a settlement. ECF participants shall e-mail their Confidential Settlement Statements to chambers with a subject line CONTAINING: Case Number, short caption, date of conference, and "Confidential Settlement Statement" to: Watanabe_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov, no later than five (5) business days prior to the settlement conference date or by any due date given by the Court. The Confidential Settlement Statement should be in PDF format and sent as an attachment to the e-mail. Statements containing more than 15 pages should also be submitted to chambers on paper (hard copy), with the envelope addressed to "Magistrate Judge Watanabe Chambers, Personal and Confidential". Confidential Settlement Statements prepared by parties not represented by counsel, or without access to ECF, shall be submitted on paper to the Clerk's Office.
Anyone seeking entry into a United States Courthouse is required to show a valid current photo identification. See D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.2. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in denial of entry to the courthouse.
PLEASE NOTE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED BY JUDGE BLACKBURN BY
REVIEWING JUDGE BLACKBURN'S PROCEDURES ON THE COURT WEBSITE.
! Information is available at www.cod.uscourts.gov Forms Standardized Order Forms: Appendix G INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER Counsel and any pro se party are directed to meet in advance of the pretrial conference and jointly to develop the contents of the proposed final pretrial order, which shall be presented for the court's approval no later than five days before the final pretrial conference. Also, attention is directed to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d), which provides, in pertinent part, that "[t]he conference shall be attended by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by any unrepresented parties." Listed on the following pages is a format for matters to be included in the final pretrial order. For convenience of the court, counsel, and any pro se party, the sequence and terminology in this format should be used in the preparation of the final pretrial order. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects. Final pretrial orders shall be DOUBLE-SPACED in accordance with D.C.COLO.LCivR 10.1E., even though the instructions in the following format for the proposed scheduling order are single-spaced.
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Appendix G (Continued) IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No.
FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER
1. DATE AND APPEARANCES
2. JURISDICTION [Include a statement of the basis for subject matter jurisdiction with appropriate statutory citations. If jurisdiction is denied, give the specific reason for the denial.] 3. CLAIMS AND DEFENSES [Summarize the claims and defenses of all parties, including the respective versions of the facts and legal theories. Do not copy the pleadings. Identify the specific relief sought. Eliminate claims and defenses which are unnecessary, unsupported, or no longer asserted.]
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4. STIPULATIONS [Set forth all stipulations concerning facts, evidence, and the applicability of statutes, regulations, rules, ordinances, etc.]
5. PENDING MOTIONS [List any pending motion to be decided before trial, giving the filing date and the filing date of any briefs in support or opposition. Include any motions on which the court expressly has postponed ruling until trial on the merits. If there are no pending motions, please state, "None."] 6. WITNESSES a. List the nonexpert witnesses to be called by each party. List separately:
witnesses who will be present at trial (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(A));
witnesses who may be present at trial if the need arises (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(A)); and witnesses where testimony is expected to be presented by means of a deposition and, if not taken stenographically, a transcript of the pertinent portions of the deposition testimony. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(B).
List the expert witnesses to be called by each party. List separately: witnesses who will be present at trial (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(A)); (2) (3) witnesses who may be present at trial (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(A)); and witnesses where testimony is expected to be presented by means of a deposition
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and, if not taken stenographically, a transcript of the pertinent portions of the deposition testimony. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3)(B).
[With each witness' name, set forth (1) the witness' address and telephone number if not previously disclosed, (2) a short statement as to the nature and purpose of the witness' testimony, and (3) whether he or she is expected to testify in person or by deposition.]
7. EXHIBITS [a. List the exhibits to be offered by each party and identify those to be stipulated into evidence. This list should be specific enough so that other parties and the court can understand, merely by referring to the list, each separate exhibit which will be offered. General references such as "all deposition exhibits"or"all documents produced during discovery"are unacceptable.] (1) (2) (3) Plaintiff(s): Defendant(s): Other parties:
[The following paragraph shall be included in the final pretrial order.] b. Copies of listed exhibits must be provided to opposing counsel and any pro se party no later than five days after the final pretrial conference. The objections contemplated by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) shall be filed with the clerk and served by hand delivery or facsimile no later than 11 days after the exhibits are provided.
8. DISCOVERY [Use the following language:] Discovery has been completed. [Unless otherwise ordered, upon a showing of good cause in an appropriate motion, there will be no discovery after entry of the final pretrial order.]
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9. SPECIAL ISSUES
[List any unusual issues of law which the court may wish to consider before trial. If none, please state, "None."]
10. SETTLEMENT [Include a certification by the undersigned counsel for the parties and any pro se party that:] a. Counsel for the parties and any pro se party met (in person) (by telephone) on ________________, 200__, to discuss in good faith the settlement of the case. b. The participants in the settlement conference, included counsel, party representatives, and any pro se party. c. The parties were promptly informed of all offers of settlement.
d. Counsel for the parties and any pro se party (do) (do not) intend to hold future settlement conferences. e. It appears from the discussion by all counsel and any pro se party that there is [select one] : (a good possibility of settlement.) (some possibility of settlement.) (little possibility of settlement.) (no possibility of settlement.) f. The date of the next settlement conference before the magistrate judge or other alternative dispute resolution method. g. Counsel for the parties and any pro se party considered ADR in accordance with D.C.COLO.LCivR.16.6.
11. OFFER OF JUDGMENT [The following paragraph shall be included in the final pretrial order:]
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Counsel and any pro se party acknowledge familiarity with the provision of rule 68 (Offer of Judgment) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Counsel have discussed it with the clients against whom claims are made in this case.
12. EFFECT OF FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER [The following paragraph shall be included in the final pretrial order:] Hereafter, this Final Pretrial Order will control the subsequent course of this action and the trial, and may not be amended except by consent of the parties and approval by the court or by order of the court to prevent manifest injustice. The pleadings will be deemed merged herein. This Final Pretrial Order supersedes the Scheduling Order. In the event of ambiguity in any provision of this Final Pretrial Order, reference may be made to the record of the pretrial conference to the extent reported by stenographic notes and to the pleadings.
13. TRIAL AND ESTIMATED TRIAL TIME; FURTHER TRIAL PREPARATION PROCEEDINGS [State: 1. 2. 3. 4. whether trial is to the court or a jury or both, estimated trial time, situs of trial, and any other orders pertinent to the trial proceedings.]
[Counsel and the parties should note that the procedures for setting and conducting trial and for further conferences before trial vary according to the district judge assigned to the case. The judges all have written procedures which can be obtained from the clerk's office.] DATED this _____ day of _____________ 200__. BY THE COURT:
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________________________________ United States Magistrate Judge APPROVED:
(Name) (Address) (Telephone Number) Attorney for Plaintiff (or Plaintiff, Pro Se)
(Name) (Address) (Telephone Number) Attorney for Defendant (or Defendant, Pro Se)
[Please affix counsels' and any pro se party's signatures before submission of the final pretrial order to the court.]
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