Gering v. Deutsche
SECOND AMENDED ORDER SETTING FINAL SCHEDULE FOR PROGRESSION OF CASE granting in part 100 Motion to Continue. Deposition deadline 8/17/15; Final Pretrial Conference set for 10/2/2015 at 10:00 AM by Telephone before Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. Jury Trial set for 10/26/2015 at 08:30 AM in Lincoln County Courthouse, 301 N. Jeffers St., North Platte, NE before Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (ADB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
SECOND AMENDED ORDER
SETTING FINAL SCHEDULE
FOR PROGRESSION OF CASE
This matter comes before the court on the defendant’s Motion to Modify the
Amended Order Setting Final Schedule for Progression of Case (Filing No. 100). The
defendant seeks an extension of remaining deadlines, including trial, by six months to
allow him an opportunity to obtain the plaintiff’s tax documents from the Internal
Revenue Service. The defendant suggests the plaintiff’s delay and other conduct led
him to question the accuracy and comprehensive nature of disclosures. The plaintiff
contends she produced the relevant documents and opposes a delay of trial.
The court will grant a continuance but not to the extent sought by the defendant.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b)(4) requires the moving party show good cause
justifying any modifications to a scheduling order. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b); Bradford
v. DANA Corp., 249 F.3d 807, 809-10 (8th Cir. 2001); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b)(1);
Thorn v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Fla., Inc., 192 F.R.D. 308, 309 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
(“In demonstrating good cause, the moving party must establish that the ‘scheduling
deadlines cannot be met despite a party’s diligent efforts.’”) (paraphrasing Fed. R. Civ.
P. 16 advisory committee notes (1983 amendment)).
Here, the defendant fails to provide good cause for the lengthy extension of time.
The court is sympathetic to the defendant’s logistical challenges in now obtaining formal
copies of tax documents, however the circumstances fail to support the length of the
The parties scheduled most of the relevant depositions and
exchanged the bulk of evidence prior to the end of the discovery period. While the tax
document discovery issues support a brief extension of deadlines, a six-month delay of
trial is unnecessary. Other than the necessity of the tax documents for impeachment,
the manner in which the defendant describes his need for the documents, he may rely
on documents already produced or with information supplemented by the plaintiff.
Scheduling trials in North Platte may itself contribute to some of the allowable delay.
Nevertheless, counsel are encouraged to resolve any remaining discovery and
scheduling disputes prior to court involvement. Upon consideration,
IT IS ORDERED:
The defendant’s Motion to Modify the Amended Order Setting Final
Schedule for Progression of Case (Filing No. 100) is granted in part as set forth herein.
All depositions, whether or not they are
intended to be used at trial, shall be completed by August 17, 2015.
Written Discovery Deadline. All interrogatories, requests for
admission and requests for production or inspection, whether or not they are
intended to be used at trial, shall be served sufficiently early to allow rule time
response before the deposition deadline. Counsel may stipulate to extensions of
time to respond to discovery requests in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 29, but
such extensions shall not extend any of the dates in this order; any request to
extend the deadlines of this order shall be sought by motion.
Pretrial Disclosures.2 On or before September 18, 2015, pursuant to
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3), each party shall serve opposing counsel and file a redacted
version as applicable with a list of all trial exhibits it expects to offer, other than solely
for impeachment purposes, by providing a numbered listing and permitting examination
of such exhibits, designating on the list those exhibits it may offer only if the need
Motions in Limine. Any motions in limine shall be filed on or before
September 25, 2015.
The Final Pretrial Conference with the undersigned magistrate judge is
set for October 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. by telephone. Counsel for the plaintiff shall
In accordance with the E-Government Act, counsel shall, on witness lists, exhibits, and other
disclosures and/or documents filed with the court, redact social security numbers, home addresses,
phone numbers, and other personally identifying information of witnesses, but shall serve an unredacted
version on opposing parties. See NECivR 5.3.
initiate the conference. Lead counsel for represented parties shall participate in the final
pretrial conference. Counsel shall complete prior to the pretrial conference, all items as
directed in NECivR 16.2.3 By the time of the pretrial conference, full preparation for trial
shall have been made so that trial may begin immediately thereafter.
conference will include a discussion of settlement, and counsel shall be prepared
through investigation, discovery and communication with clients and insurers, if any, to
discuss fully the subject of settlement, including realistic expectations about liability,
obstacles to agreement, offers made, and offers which can be made at the conference.
Counsel shall be prepared to make additional offers or proposals for settlement in
behalf of their clients at the pretrial conference, and counsel shall be prepared to make
or opine on recommendations for further negotiations and conferences.
Not later than two weeks prior to trial, plaintiff or plaintiff’s counsel
shall serve on defendant or defendant’s counsel a written, updated settlement
proposal. Defendant or defendant’s counsel shall respond in writing to such
proposal not later than one week before trial.
In the event the parties mediate their dispute, notice of the
mediation shall be given to the staff of the magistrate judge’s office. The filing of
a mediation reference order will terminate pending motions, without prejudice to
refiling. If the mediation is not successful, the moving party may reinstate such a
motion by filing a written notice to that effect, and the other parties may respond
in accordance with the local rules, regarding the date of the notice as reinstating
the response/reply time that remained as of the date the mediation reference
order was filed.
Notice of settlement shall be given to the trial judge’s office as soon
as practicable but in any event in time to avoid summoning a jury. If a case
settles and notice of settlement is not given in sufficient time to avoid summoning
a jury, assessment of jury costs may -- and normally will -- be made against a
party and/or counsel for one or more of the parties.
For purposes of this
All personal information should be redacted from the public version of the order and/or attachments
filed with the clerk. See NECivR 5.3.
paragraph, a jury is considered summoned for a trial at noon the business day
prior to the designated date of trial.
Trial is set to commence, at the court’s call, during the week of October
26, 2015, in North Platte, Nebraska, before the Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon and a
jury. Unless otherwise ordered, jury selection shall be at the commencement of trial.
Motions to alter dates. All requests for changes of deadlines or settings
established herein shall be directed to the magistrate judge by appropriate motion,
including all requests for changes of trial dates. Such motions shall not be considered
in the absence of a showing by counsel of due diligence in the timely development of
this case for trial and the recent development of circumstances, unanticipated prior to
the filing of the motion, which require that additional time be allowed.
Dated this 28th day of May, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Thomas D. Thalken
United States Magistrate Judge
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