Saxton et al v. Lucas et al
COURTROOM MINUTES/MINUTE ORDER for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe: Show Cause Hearing held on 8/24/2015. 41 Motion to Stay as to City of Pueblo Defendants is GRANTED. Discovery is stayed as to the City of Pueblo Defendants ONLY. Lucas Defendants' individual answers due by 9/24/2015. Consent Form due by 9/4/2015. Scheduling Conference as to Defendants Donthe Lucas, Sara Lucas, Dawn Shay Lucas, and Vivian Lucas ONLY set for 10/27/2015 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A 502 before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe. Proposed Scheduling Order due by 10/20/2015. Scheduling Conference set for 8/24/2015 is vacated. FTR: C. Pearson - Courtroom A-502. (cpear)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe
Civil Action No.
FTR - Courtroom A-502
Courtroom Deputy, Cathy Pearson
August 24, 2015
LAURA SAXTON and
DOUG SCHELLING, as the surviving parent of
Kelsie Schelling, decedent,
Lonn M. Heymann
DAWN SHAY LUCAS,
NEAL ROBINSON, in his individual capacity,
KEN ESPINOZA, in his individual capacity,
ANDREW MCLACHLAN, in his individual capacity,
CITY OF PUEBLO, COLORADO,
Gordon L. Vaughan (by phone)
Ann B. Smith (by phone)
COURTROOM MINUTES / MINUTE ORDER
TELEPHONIC SHOW CAUSE HEARING / RULE 16(b) SCHEDULING
Court in Session:
Court calls case. Appearances of counsel. Plaintiffs are present. Lucas Defendants are not
Discussion held regarding service on the Lucas Defendants and Mr. Heymann’s contact, if any,
with the Lucas Defendants.
Defendants Vivian Lucas and Dawn Shay Lucas arrive and advise the Court that
Donthe Lucas and Sara Lucas are parking the car and will be here.
The Court will take a brief recess.
Court in recess.
Court in session.
Defendants Donthe Lucas and Sara Lucas are now present.
The Court questions the Lucas Defendants whether they will be obtaining counsel, and all
answer no. Lucas Defendants provide their individual addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses to the Court and are advised to notify the Court and all counsel in this case in
writing if they change addresses or telephone numbers within five (5) days of any such change.
The parties have not yet filed their Pilot Program Consent Form. Deadline to file Pilot Program
Consent Form is September 4, 2015. Mr. Heymann will be responsible for filing the Pilot
Program Consent form electronically.
The Court advises the Lucas Defendants that they, as well as all parties in this case, are
required to follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and the
Local Rules of Practice. Two copies of the Local Rules of Practice are provided to the
The Court raises the Order to Show Cause [Docket No. 12] for discussion.
It is ORDERED:
The ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE [Docket No. 12, filed April 6, 2015]
is DISCHARGED. All Defendants have now been served.
It is ORDERED:
City Defendants’ Motion to Stay Discovery [Docket No. 41, filed August
21, 2015] is GRANTED. Discovery is STAYED as to Defendants
Robinson, Espinoza, McLachlan, and City of Pueblo ONLY, pending
resolution of their Motion to Dismiss.
It is ORDERED:
RULE 16(b) SCHEDULING CONFERENCE is set for October 27, 2015,
at 10:00 a.m. as to Defendants Donthe Lucas, Sara Lucas, Vivian
Lucas, and Dawn Shay Lucas ONLY. The proposed Scheduling
Order is due on or before October 20, 2015. Mr. Heymann shall be
responsible for filing the proposed Scheduling Order with the Clerk of the
Court, as well as sending the proposed Scheduling Order to the Court’s
e-mail address Watanabe_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. (See
It is ORDERED:
The Rule 16(b) Scheduling Conference set for this date is VACATED.
The Lucas Defendants are advised to cooperate with Mr. Heymann in the preparation of the
proposed Scheduling Order.
Discussion held regarding Dawn Shay Lucas’ address. Dawn Shay Lucas states she would like
to receive mail at the same address as the other Lucas Defendants.
The Court notes that the Lucas Defendants have not yet filed an answer to the Complaint.
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It is ORDERED:
Donthe Lucas, Sara Lucas, Vivian Lucas, and Dawn Shay Lucas shall file
individual answers to the Complaint on or before September 24, 2015.
Discussion held regarding City Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint (Docket
Entry No. 38, filed August 14, 2015) and City Defendants’ Motion for Sanctions Pursuant to Rule
11 and 28 U.S.C. § 1927 (Docket Entry No. 39, filed August 14, 2015). Ms. Smith is directed to
send copies of the motions to the Lucas Defendants within three (3) days of today’s date.
Discussion held regarding Vivian Lucas’ health and the request that she be allowed to
participate by telephone in future court hearings. Vivian Lucas is directed to file a written motion
regarding the request to appear by telephone at future court hearings.
Total in-court time: 00:37
Court in recess:
To order a transcript of this proceedings, contact Stevens-Koenig Reporting (303) 988-8478
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF
When the court has set a scheduling conference pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and
D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.1 and 16.2 , a scheduling order shall be prepared in accordance with these
instructions. The rule 26(f) meeting shall be held at least 21 days before the proposed scheduling
order is due to be tendered. The disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) shall be
exchanged at or within 14 days after the rule 26(f) meeting. Do not file any disclosure statements
with the court.
Five days before the scheduling conference (see Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 for all computations of
time), counsel are to tender a proposed scheduling order which shall include the signatures of
counsel and pro se parties and shall provide for approval by the court as specified on the
form. Counsel and pro se parties should try, in good faith, to agree upon matters covered in the
scheduling order. Any area of disagreement should be set forth with a brief statement concerning
the basis for the disagreement. The parties should expect that the court will make modifications
in the proposed scheduling order and will want to discuss all issues affecting management of the
D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2 authorizes magistrates judges to exercise jurisdiction of civil
matters upon the consent of the parties. If all parties have consented to the exercise of
jurisdiction by a magistrate judge pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2, the “Notice of
of a United States Magistrate Judge to Exercise Jurisdiction and Consent to the Exercise of
Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge” form and a proposed order of reference are to
be filed promptly with the Clerk of the Court and the consent indicated in section 6. of the
proposed scheduling order. Note that D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2D. provides, in part: "Written
consent to proceed before a magistrate judge must be filed no later than ten days after the
discovery cut-off date. In cases not requiring discovery, the parties shall have 40 days from the
filing of the last responsive pleading to file their unanimous consent." Refer to
D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2F. if all parties have not been served or in the event additional parties are
added after the scheduling conference.
Listed on the following pages is the format for the proposed scheduling order. The
bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects.
Scheduling 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.
PARTIES AND COUNSEL ARE DIRECTED TO THE COURT’S WEBSITE,
http://www.cod.uscourts.gov/Dindex.htm, FOR ITS LOCAL RULES AND THE
GENERAL PROCEDURES OF EACH JUDICIAL OFFICER.
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! Information is available at www.cod.uscourts.gov
Standardized Order Forms:
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No.
1. DATE OF CONFERENCE
AND APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL AND PRO SE PARTIES
[Provide the date of the conference and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of
counsel for each party and each pro se party. Identify by name the party represented by each
2. STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION
[Provide a concise statement of the basis for subject matter jurisdiction with appropriate
statutory citations. If jurisdiction is denied, give the specific reason for the denial.]
3. STATEMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEFENSES
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[Provide concise statements of all claims or defenses. Each party, in light of formal or
informal discovery undertaken thus far, should take special care to eliminate frivolous claims or
defenses. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(c)(1), 11. Do not summarize the pleadings. Statements such as
“defendant denies the material allegations of the complaint" are not acceptable.]
4. UNDISPUTED FACTS
The following facts are undisputed:
[When the parties have their rule 26(f) meeting, they should make a good-faith
attempt to determine which facts are not in dispute.]
5. COMPUTATION OF DAMAGES
[Include a computation of all categories of damages sought and the basis and theory for
calculating damages. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(C). This should include the claims of all
parties. It should also include a description of the economic damages, non-economic damages,
and physical impairment claimed, if any.]
6. REPORT OF PRECONFERENCE DISCOVERY AND
MEETING UNDER FED. R. CIV. P. 26(f)
Date of rule 26(f) meeting.
Names of each participant and party he/she represented.
Proposed changes, if any, in timing or requirement of disclosures under Fed. R.
Civ. P. 26(a)(1).
Statement as to when rule 26(a)(1) disclosures were made or will be made.
[If a party's disclosures were not made within the time provided in Fed. R. Civ. P.
26(a)(1), the party must provide here an explanation showing good cause for the omission.]
Statement concerning any agreements to conduct informal discovery, including
joint interviews with potential witnesses, exchanges of documents, and joint meetings with
clients to discuss settlement. If there is agreement to conduct joint interviews with potential
witnesses, list the names of such witnesses and a date and time for the interview which has been
`agreed to by the witness, all counsel, and all pro se parties.
Statement as to whether the parties anticipate that their claims or defenses will
involve extensive electronically stored information, or that a substantial amount of disclosure or
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discovery will involve information or records maintained in electronic form. In those cases, the
parties must indicate what steps they have taken or will take to (i) preserve electronically stored
information; (ii) facilitate discovery of electronically stored information;(iii) limit associated
discovery costs and delay; and (iv) avoid discovery disputes relating to electronic discovery.
Describe any agreements the parties have reached for asserting claims of privilege or of
protection as trial- preparation materials after production of computer-generated records.
[When the parties have their Rule 26(f) meeting, they must discuss any issues relating to
the disclosure and discovery of electronically stored information, including the form of
production, and also discuss issues relating to the preservation of electronically stored
information, communications, and other data. At the Rule 26(f) conference, the parties should
make a good faith effort to agree on a mutually acceptable format for production of electronic or
computer-based information. In advance of the Rule 26(f) meeting, counsel should carefully
investigate their client’s information management system so that they are knowledgeable as to
its operation, including how information is stored and how it can be retrieved.]
[Pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2, all full-time magistrate judges in the District of
Colorado are specially designated under 28 U.S.C. §636(c)(1) to conduct any or all proceedings
in any jury or nonjury civil matter and to order the entry of judgment. Upon consent of the
parties and an order of reference from the district judge, the magistrate judge assigned the case
under 28 U.S.C. § 636(a) and (b) will hold the scheduling conference and retain settlement
jurisdiction, whereas pretrial case management, jurisdiction of dispositive motions, and trial
will be assigned to the magistrate judge drawn at random under D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2.]
[Indicate below the parties’ consent choice.]
All parties [have or have not] consented to the exercise of jurisdiction of a magistrate
8. CASE PLAN AND SCHEDULE
Deadline for Joinder of Parties and Amendment of Pleadings:
[Set time period within which to join other parties and to amend all pleadings. This
portion of the scheduling order relates to timing only. It does not eliminate the necessity to file
an appropriate motion and to otherwise comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 15. Unless otherwise
ordered in a particular case, for good cause, these dates should be no later than 45 days after
the date of the scheduling conference, so as to minimize the possibility that late amendments and
joinder of parties will precipitate requests for extensions of discovery cutoff, final pretrial
conference, and dispositive motion dates. Counsel and pro se parties should plan discovery so
that discovery designed to identify additional parties or claims is completed before these
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Dispositive Motion Deadline:
[Set time periods in which discovery is to be completed and dispositive motions are to be
Expert Witness Disclosure
State anticipated fields of expert testimony, if any.
State any limitations proposed on the use or number of expert witnesses.
The parties shall designate all experts and provide opposing counsel and
any pro se party with all information specified in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) on or before
The parties shall designate all rebuttal experts and provide opposing
counsel and any pro se party with all information specified in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) on or
before _______________, 200__.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B), no
exception to the requirements of the rule will be allowed by stipulation of the parties unless the
stipulation is approved by the court.]
Name of Deponent
Date of Deposition
Time of Deposition
Expected Length of Deposition
[List the names of persons to be deposed and a schedule of any depositions to be taken,
including (i) a good faith estimate of the time needed for the deposition and (ii) time(s) and
date(s)for the deposition which have been agreed to by the deponent and persons signing the
scheduling order. The parties must comply with the notice and scheduling requirements set forth
in D.C.COLO.LCivR 30.1.]
[Set a schedule for the submission of and response to written interrogatories, if any are
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Schedule for Request for Production of Documents
[Set a schedule for the submission of and response to requests for documents, if any are
Any limits which any party wishes to propose on the number of
Any limits which any party wishes to propose on the length of depositions.
Modifications which any party proposes on the presumptive numbers of
depositions or interrogatories contained in the federal rules.
Limitations which any party proposes on number of requests for
production of documents and/or requests for admissions.
[At the rule 26(f) meeting, the parties should make a good-faith attempt to agree to limit
the number of depositions, interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for production.
In the majority of cases, the parties should anticipate that the court will adopt the numerical
limitations on depositions and interrogatories established in Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(a)(2)(A), 33.]
Other Planning or Discovery Orders
[Set forth any other proposed orders concerning scheduling or discovery. For example,
the parties may wish to establish specific deadlines for submitting protective orders or for filing
motions to compel.]
[The parties must certify here that, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f), they have discussed the
possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case by alternate dispute resolution.
They must also report the result of any such meeting, and any similar future meeting, to the
magistrate judge within ten days of the meeting.]
10. OTHER SCHEDULING ISSUES
A statement of those discovery or scheduling issues, if any, on which counsel,
after a good-faith effort, were unable to reach an agreement.
Anticipated length of trial and whether trial is to the court or jury.
11. DATES FOR FURTHER CONFERENCES
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[The magistrate judge will complete this section at the scheduling conference if he or she
has not already set deadlines by an order filed before the conference.]
A settlement conference will be held on________________________ at ______
It is hereby ordered that all settlement conferences that take place before the magistrate
judge shall be confidential.
Pro se parties and attorneys only need be present.
Pro se parties, attorneys, and client representatives with authority to settle must
be present. (NOTE: This requirement is not fulfilled by the presence of counsel.
If an insurance company is involved, an adjustor authorized to enter into
settlement must also be present.)
Each party shall submit a Confidential Settlement Statement to the magistrate
judge on or before _______________ outlining the facts and issues, as well as the
strengths and weaknesses of their case.
Status conferences will be held in this case at the following dates and times:
A final pretrial conference will be held in this case on
at_____ o'clock __.m. A Final Pretrial Order shall be prepared by the parties and
submitted to the court no later than five days before the final pretrial conference.
12. OTHER MATTERS
[The following paragraphs shall be included in the scheduling order:]
In addition to filing an appropriate notice with the clerk's office, counsel must file a copy
of any notice of withdrawal, notice of substitution of counsel, or notice of change of counsel's
address or telephone number with the clerk of the magistrate judge assigned to this case.
Counsel will be expected to be familiar and to comply with the Pretrial and Trial
Procedures established by the judicial officer presiding over the trial of this case.
In addition to filing an appropriate notice with the clerk's office, a pro se party must file a
copy of a notice of change of his or her address or telephone number with the clerk of the
magistrate judge assigned to this case.
With respect to discovery disputes, parties must comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1A.
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The parties filing motions for extension of time or continuances must comply with
D.C.COLO.LCivR 6.1D. by submitting proof that a copy of the motion has been served upon the
moving attorney's client, all attorneys of record, and all pro se parties.
13. AMENDMENTS TO SCHEDULING ORDER
[Include a statement that the scheduling order may be altered or amended only upon a
showing of good cause.]
DATED this ______ day of _____________ 200__.
BY THE COURT:
United States Magistrate Judge
Attorney for Plaintiff (or Plaintiff, Pro Se)
Attorney for Defendant (or Defendant, Pro Se)
[Please affix counsels’ and any pro se party’s signatures before submission of the
scheduling order to the court.]
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