Achterberg v. Albaugh, LLC et al
ORDER granting 78 motion to bifurcate. Signed on 11/28/17 by Chief District Judge Greg Kays. (Strodtman, Tracy)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ST. JOSEPH DIVISION
ALBAUGH, LLC, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO BIFURCATE TRIAL
Now before the Court is Defendants Employer Solutions Staffing Group II, LLC and
Labtech Specialty Staffing Company’s Joint Motion to Bifurcate (Doc. 78),1 Defendant Albaugh
LLC’s (“Albaugh”) Joinder in Support (Doc. 80), and Plaintiff’s Response (Doc. 98).
After carefully considering the matter, the Court finds that the best method of ensuring
that Plaintiff can present all of her evidence relevant to punitive damages without substantially
risking unfair prejudice to Defendants or wasting time during trial is to bifurcate the trial
pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42(b).
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS the trial be bifurcated into a liability/compensatory
damages phase and a punitive damages phase. Evidence shall not be admissible during the first
phase that: (1) is relevant solely to Plaintiff’s punitive damages claim; or (2) is relevant to
punitive damages and, to a lesser extent, some fact or issue going to liability/compensatory
damages, but whose probative value on the fact or issue going to liability/compensatory damages
is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, misleading the jury or
other reasons given in Federal Rule of Evidence 403.
Since filing this motion, Plaintiff filed a notice of settlement with Defendants Employer Solutions Staffing Group
II, LLC and Labtech Specialty Staffing Company (Doc. 103).
Further, the Court ORDERS the parties to submit to the Court suggestions on voir dire
questions related to bifurcating the trial, no later than December 1, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: November 28, 2017
/s/ Greg Kays
GREG KAYS, CHIEF JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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