Alvar v. City of Fountain, Colorado et al
ORDER granting solely to the extent set forth herein 106 Motion for Leave. Discovery due by 8/8/2018. Motions due by 9/7/2018. So Ordered by Judge Raymond P. Moore on 04/13/2018. (rmlc2)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Raymond P. Moore
Case No. 16-cv-00548-RM-KLM
ELIZABETH ALVAR, personal representative of the estate of Patrick O’Grady,
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff Elizabeth Alvar’s (“plaintiff”) Unopposed Motion for
Leave to Designate Substitute Expert and Motion to Reopen Discovery (“the motion”) (ECF
In light of the reason provided for the relief requested in the motion, the motion (ECF
No. 106) is GRANTED solely to the extent set forth herein.
First, the Court will allow plaintiff to designate a substitute expert and for defendant
Jonathan Kay (“defendant”) to endorse an expert, if any, in rebuttal. That being said, the parties
should be very careful. The Court has already ruled upon the admissibility of plaintiff’s prior expert,
Mr. Saviano, and explained what testimony from him would have been allowed and what testimony
would not have been allowed at trial. (See ECF No. 102 at 9-11.) The Court has also explained what
testimony from Mr. Key, a rebuttal expert for defendant, will be allowed and what testimony will
not be allowed at trial. (See id. at 3-5.) The parties should not take the opportunity to designate
new expert witnesses as an invitation to exceed the bounds of the testimony that the Court
found will be admissible at trial. Put another way, neither plaintiff nor defendant should try to take
advantage of the current situation by attempting to place themselves in a better position that they
would have been had Mr. Saviano testified or Mr. Key testified in rebuttal. Any attempt to do so will
result in the expert, rebuttal or otherwise, not being allowed to testify at trial.
Second, because the Court will allow plaintiff to designate a substitute expert and defendant
to endorse a rebuttal expert, if any, the Court will also re-open discovery solely with respect to any
substitute expert plaintiff may designate and any rebuttal expert defendant may designate. No other
discovery will be allowed.
As a result, the Court sets the following deadlines:
Plaintiff shall have until June 8, 2018 to designate a substitute expert witness;
Defendant shall have until July 9, 2018 to designate a rebuttal expert witness;
The parties shall have until August 8, 2018 to conduct depositions of any substitute
or rebuttal expert designated pursuant to this Order;
The parties shall have until September 7, 2018 to file any motions to exclude any
substitute or rebuttal expert designated pursuant to this Order;
To the extent motions to exclude are filed, the opposing party shall have until
September 14, 2018 to respond, and the party who filed any motion to exclude shall
have until September 21, 2018 to file a reply.
With respect to the motions to exclude, if any, that may be filed pursuant to this Order, the
Court will allow the motion itself to be no more than ten (10) pages, the response to be no more than
ten (10) pages, and the reply to be no more than five (5) pages. This is because the Court has already
visited testimony and rebuttal testimony pertaining to Mr. Saviano, and, as explained supra, the
Court will not allow the parties to abuse the process allowed pursuant to this Order in order to
advance their positions any further than that allowed in the Court’s January 29, 2018 Opinion and
Order. As such, the Court anticipates less areas of dispute, if any, between the parties with respect
to the expert(s) allowed pursuant to this Order.
DATED this 13th day of April, 2018.
BY THE COURT:
RAYMOND P. MOORE
United States District Judge
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