McNeil v. Union Pacific Railroad Company
AMENDED ORDER SETTING FINAL SCHEDULE FOR PROGRESSION OF CASE granting 25 Motion to Extend. Final Pretrial Conference set for 1/29/2018 at 11:00 AM in Chambers before Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson. Jury Trial set to commence during the week of 2/20/2018 in Courtroom 2, Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse, 111 South 18th Plaza, Omaha, NE before Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson. (ADB, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
TASHA M. MCNEIL,
SETTING FINAL SCHEDULE
FOR PROGRESSION OF CASE
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY,
This matter is before the Court on the parties’ Joint Motion for Extension of Deadlines
(Filing No. 25). The parties agree additional time is needed to complete discovery, which
requires a continuance of the Final Pretrial Conference and Trial. The Court has reviewed the
parties’ proposed deadlines and finds the requested extensions should be granted. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that the Joint Motion for Extension of Deadlines (Filing No. 25) is
granted as follows:
Motions for Summary Judgment. Motions for summary judgment shall be filed
not later than November 6, 2017. See NECivR 56.1 and NECivR 7.1.
a. Deposition Deadline. All depositions, whether or not they are intended to be
used at trial, shall be completed by October 1, 2017.
b. 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 completed by September 7, 2017. 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.
c. Discovery Motions. Discovery motions shall be filed not later than August 7,
2017, as to matters which are then ripe for decision; discovery matters arising
after that date may be the subject of motions until the deposition deadline.
Counsel are reminded of the provisions of NECivR 7.1(i). Motions to compel
shall not be filed without first contacting the chambers of the undersigned
magistrate judge to set a conference to discuss the parties’ dispute.
Pretrial Disclosures. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3), each party shall serve
opposing counsel and file a redacted version as applicable with the following information
regarding the evidence it may present at trial other than solely for impeachment purposes as soon
as practicable but not later than the date specified:
a. Nonexpert Witnesses - On or before January 10, 2018: The name, address
and telephone number1 of each witness, separately identifying those whom the
party expects to present and those whom the party may call if the need arises.
b. Deposition Testimony and Discovery - The designation of discovery
testimony and discovery responses intended to be utilized at trial is not
required at this time.
c. Trial Exhibits - On or before January 10, 2018: A list of all exhibits it
expects to offer by providing a numbered listing and permitting examination
of such exhibits, designating on the list those exhibits it may offer only if the
d. Waiver of Objections. Any and all objections to the use of the witnesses,
deposition testimony, discovery responses, or exhibits disclosed pursuant to
the above subparagraphs, including any objection pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.
32(a) that a deponent is available to testify at the trial, shall be made a part of
the pretrial order. Failure to list objections (except those under Fed. R. Evid.
402 and 403) is a waiver of such objections, unless excused by the Court for
good cause shown.
Motions in Limine.
a. Motions in limine challenging the admissibility of expert testimony at trial
under Fed. R. Evid. 702, see Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S.
137 (1999), and Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579
(1993), shall be filed by November 6, 2017, and accompanied by a request for
a hearing if necessary. Failure to timely move for a hearing may constitute
waiver of the request for a hearing.
b. Any other motions in limine shall be filed on or before January 30, 2018.
The Final Pretrial Conference with the undersigned magistrate judge is set for
January 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in my chambers, 111 South 18th Plaza, Suite 2210, Roman L.
Hruska United States Courthouse, Omaha, Nebraska. The final pretrial conference shall be
attended by lead counsel for represented parties. Prior to the pretrial conference, counsel 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,
telephone numbers, and other personally identifying information of witnesses, but shall serve an
unredacted version on opposing parties. See NECivR 5.3.
complete all items as directed in NECivR 16.2.2 By the time of the pretrial conference, full
preparation for trial shall have been made so that trial may begin immediately thereafter. The
pretrial 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
Mediation and Settlement:
a. If the parties intend to mediate their dispute, notice of the mediation shall be
given to the staff of the assigned 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.
b. 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.
c. 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 paragraph, a jury is considered summoned for a trial at noon
the business day prior to the designated date of trial.
A jury trial is set to commence, at the Court’s call, during the week of February
20, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska, before the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief United States
District Judge. 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 assigned 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
All personal information should be redacted from the public version of the order and/or
attachments filed with the Clerk. See NECivR 5.3.
and the recent development of circumstances, unanticipated prior to the filing of the motion,
which require that additional time be allowed.
Dated this 6th day of July, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Michael D. Nelson
United States Magistrate Judge
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