Weller et al v. HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc. et al

Filing 25

TRIAL PREPARATION CONFERENCE ORDER: Proposed Pretrial Order due by 9/20/2013. Final Pretrial Conference and Trial Preparation Conference set for 9/27/2013 03:00 PM in Courtroom A1001 before Judge Robert E. Blackburn. Ten (10) day Jury Trial set for 10/21/2013 08:30 AM in Courtroom A1001 before Judge Robert E. Blackburn. Entered by Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 3/21/13. (rebsec, )(Entered: 3/22/13)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Judge Robert E. Blackburn Civil Action No. 13-cv-00185-REB-MJW JACK WELLER, GLADYS WOODEN, and MATT WOODEN, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. HSBC MORTGAGES SERVICES, INC., ASSURANT, INC., AMERICAN SECURITY INSURANCE COMPANY, and JOHN DOES 1-10, Defendants. TRIAL PREPARATION CONFERENCE ORDER Blackburn, J. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(e), D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.3, and D.C.COLO.LCivR 43.1, the court enters this Trial Preparation Conference Order. IT IS ORDERED as follows: 1. That in order to resolve pretrial issues implicating Fed.R.Evid. 702, the following procedural protocol shall be used: a. That expert reports shall conform in substance to the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B) and shall contain and include the following: 1. a complete statement of each expert opinion to be expressed and the bases and reasons therefor; 2. the facts, data, and other information considered by the witness in forming each expert opinion; 3. any exhibits to be used as a summary of or support for each expert opinion; 4. the qualifications of the witness, including a list of all publications authored by the witness within the preceding ten years, stated in a curriculum vitae (“c.v.”); 5. the compensation to be paid the expert for the study and testimony; and 6. a listing of any other cases in which the witness has testified as an expert at trial or by deposition within the preceding four years; b. That all motions raising issues under Fed.R.Evid. 702 as codified and construed shall be filed by May 26, 2013, and marshaled thereafter as prescribed by D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1C.; c. That for each putative expert witness with respect to whom the movant objects for any reason, the movant shall provide the following: 1. whether the movant contends that the testimony of the expert is unnecessary or irrelevant; and if so, why; 2. whether the movant objects to the qualifications of the witness; and if so, why (stated in detail); and 3. whether the movant objects to any opinion to be offered by the expert; and if so: a. which opinion; and b. the specific basis and authority for any objection stated and presented in terms of Fed.R.Evid. 401 and/or 702(a), (b), (c), or (d), i.e., whether 2 the objection impugns the relevancy of the opinion, whether the objection impugns the sufficiency of the facts and data used in support of the opinion, whether the objection impugns the principles and methods on which the expert relied in support of the opinion, or whether the objection impugns how the expert has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case relevant to the opinion; and d. That for each putative expert witness whose necessity, qualifications, or opinions are opposed by the movant, the party offering the expert shall provide in response to the motion the following: 1. a c.v. for the expert; 2. a statement of each opinion to be offered by the expert that is opposed by the movant; and 3. the relevance and bases for each allegedly objectionable statement to be offered by the expert, including a. the facts or data on which the expert relied in support of the opinion made the focus and subject of objection; b. the principles and methods on which the expert relied in support of the opinion made the focus and subject of objection; and c. how the expert has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case relevant to the opinion made the focus and subject of objection; 2. That trial by jury shall commence October 21, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., in courtroom A1001, located on the 10th Floor North, of the Alfred A. Arraj, United States Courthouse Annex, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294, at which trial all parties shall appear in person without further notice, order, or subpoena; 3 3. That the court reserves ten (10) days for trial: • Monday, October 21, 2013, through Thursday, October 24, 2013; • Monday, October 28, 2013, through Thursday, October 31, 2013; and • Monday, November 4, 2013, through Tuesday, November 5, 2013; 4. That counsel and any pro se party shall appear in courtroom A1001 on the first day of trial at 8:00 a.m., to review and discuss with the courtroom deputy clerk and the court, if necessary, any final details, arrangements, or requirements concerning the trial; 5. That a combined Trial Preparation Conference and Final Pretrial Conference (conference) shall commence on September 27, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., in courtroom A1001; 6. That the proposed Pretrial Order, submitted pursuant to District Court ECF Procedures V.5.1, shall be presented for the approval of the court no later than seven (7) days before the final pretrial conference, i.e. by September 20, 2013; 7. That lead counsel and any pro se party shall attend the Conference; 8. That for use and consideration during the conference, the parties shall prepare and submit a proposed final pretrial order in the time, manner, and form prescribed by D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.3 and the “Instructions Final Pretrial Order” to Local Rules of Practice - Forms http://www.cod.uscourts.gov/CourtOperations/RulesProcedures/Forms.aspx; except that the proposed final pretrial order under section “7. EXHIBITS”shall not require the parties to list the exhibits to be offered by each party as otherwise required under subsection “a” (See instead, paragraph 8, infra.), and shall provide under subsection “b” that copies of exhibits must be provided to opposing counsel or any pro se party no later than 45 days before trial and that objections to the exhibits must be served by personal 4 delivery, electronic mail, or facsimile no later than 30 days before trial; 9. That at the outset of the Conference, the parties shall submit one Parties’ Joint Exhibit List on the form required by the court (an original for the court with copies for the courtroom deputy clerk, the court reporter, and all other parties) and in addition to the information required to be submitted under section “6. WITNESSES” of the final pretrial order, each party shall submit on the Witness List form required by the court (an original for the court with copies for the courtroom deputy clerk and all other parties) a “will call” witness list enumerating the name and address (city or county and state only) of each witness that will be called and a “may call” witness list enumerating the name and address (city or county and state only) of each witness that may be called; provided, furthermore, that the “will call” witness list constitutes a representation on which the court and every other party may rely that the “will call” witnesses listed will be present and available to testify during trial; 10. That before commencement of jury selection, the parties shall submit to the courtroom deputy clerk the exhibits identified in their joint exhibit list (a set of original exhibits for use by the witnesses and copies for the court and all other parties); 11. That at the Conference the parties shall be prepared to review and discuss, inter alia, the following: a. stipulated and proposed jury instructions and verdict forms; b. voir dire questions; c. the jury selection process and the use of juror questionnaires; d. identification of all persons permitted to be seated at each party’s table; e. the pronunciation of problematic party’s and witness’ names; f. the names or monikers that may be used when referring to a party or a 5 witness; g. identification of “will call” and “may call” witnesses; h. use of deposition testimony: 1. designation of specific testimony by page and line; and 2. identification of the person selected to read deposition answers; i. use of video depositions: 1. resolution of objections; 2. pretrial redaction, if necessary; and 3. arrangements for necessary equipment to broadcast the deposition; j. issues concerning witnesses and exhibits; k. the allocation of trial time between the parties; l. the admission of stipulated exhibits or exhibits about which there are no objections; m. timing of publication, if any, of trial exhibits to the jury; n. anticipated evidentiary issues; o. the necessity for cautionary or limiting instructions; p. requests or requirement for trial briefs; q. exemptions from the order of sequestration of witnesses; r. security precautions, requirements, or issues; s. training on the use of courtroom technology; and t. transporting and bringing equipment, models, props, or other property 6 into the courthouse and courtroom for use during trial;1 12. That each side shall be permitted voir dire examination not to exceed 15 minutes following voir dire examination by the court, but shall not reiterate questions previously propounded by the court or another party; 13. That pending further court order, the jurors shall not be sequestered before deliberations; 14. That trial witnesses subject to sequestration under Fed.R.Evid. 615 shall be sequestered by order entered sua sponte immediately before opening statements; 15. That opening statements shall be limited to thirty (30) minutes per party; 16. That the court will not engage in the examination of any witness, except to eschew plain error; 17. That pursuant to REB Civ. Practice Standard III.B.4.b., each party shall have available at trial a set of exhibits for the court, the courtroom deputy clerk, opposing counsel (one set per party), and any pro se party; 18. That objections made in the presence or hearing of the jury, i.e., so-called “speaking” objections, shall be stated as succinctly as practicable and supported by recitation of apposite authority when possible; however, neither counsel nor a pro se party shall speechify an objection in the presence or hearing of the jury [See Fed.R.Evid. 103(d)]; 19. That unless interrupted by the court, in marshaling motions or objections 1 The court has audio, video, audio-visual, evidentiary presentation, and other special equipment that may be used by the parties. A listing of available equipment can be found on the District Court’s website at http://www.cod.uscourts.gov/Judges/Judges.aspx under “Courtroom Technology Manual for Attorneys.” Arrangements for training on courtroom technology must be made with the courtroom deputy clerk, Nel Steffens, at 303-335-2090 at least 14 days before trial. Notify the courtroom deputy clerk no later than fourteen (14) days before the date and time you need such equipment or need your own equipment to be brought through security for use in the courtroom 7 during trial, the following sequential protocol shall be observed: objection, response, reply, ruling; 20. That to eliminate or minimize bench or sidebar conferences, each party shall be responsible to inform the courtroom deputy clerk by the conclusion of a trial day about any issue which should be considered before commencing trial on the next scheduled day of trial and at the outset of a trial day about any issue which should be considered at the conclusion of that trial day; 21. That to facilitate preparation, marshaling, and consideration of proposed jury instructions and verdict forms, the parties shall identify and enumerate each individual jury instruction in the heading or title as specified in REB Civ. Practice Standard V.C.4.; provided, furthermore, the parties shall similarly identify and enumerate all proposed verdict forms and special interrogatories; 22. That closing argument shall be limited to forty-five (45) minutes total for each party; and 23. That for additional information about courtroom protocol, courtroom technology and training, trial preparation, transport of items into the courthouse and courtroom, or submission of trial exhibits, the courtroom deputy clerk, Nel Steffens, at 303-335-2090 should be contacted. Dated March 21, 2013, at Denver, Colorado. BY THE COURT: 8

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