Adobe Systems Incorporated v. A & S Electronics, Inc. et al

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-02288

ORDER FOR PRETRIAL PREPARATION. Trial date and schedule set. Case Referred to a Magistrate Judge for a Settlement Conference. Signed by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong on 01/12/2016.

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 OAKLAND DIVISION 6 ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, 7 Case No. 15-cv-02288-SBA Plaintiff, 8 v. ORDER FOR PRETRIAL 9 PREPARATION A & S ELECTRONICS, INC., et al., 10 Defendants. 11 Northern District of California 12 United States District Court Pursuant to Rule 16(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("FRCP"), IT IS 13 HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS: 14 A. DEADLINE FOR JOINDER OF PARTIES/AMENDING THE 15 PLEADINGS 16 The deadline for the joinder of other parties and to amend the pleadings is 17 January 12, 2016. 18 B. DISCOVERY CUT-OFF 19 All discovery, except for expert discovery, shall be completed and all depositions taken on or before June 23, 2016. The parties are responsible for scheduling 20 discovery so that motions to resolve discovery disputes can be heard before the above 21 discovery cut-off. 22 C. EXPERT DESIGNATION AND DISCOVERY 23 Plaintiff shall designate any experts by June 23, 2016; defendant by 24 June 23, 2016; rebuttal disclosure by July 7, 2016. Any expert not so named may be disallowed as a witness. No expert will be permitted to testify to any opinion, or basis or 25 support for an opinion, that has not been disclosed in response to an appropriate question or 26 interrogatory from the opposing party. Expert discovery shall be completed by August 4, 2016. 27 28 D. MOTION CUT-OFF 1 2 All dispositive motions shall be heard on or before September 14, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. The parties must meet and confer prior to filing any motion. The 3 movant shall certify to the Court in its moving papers that it has complied with this 4 requirement. Should the parties fail to meet and confer, the Court may decline to entertain the motion. 5 THE COURT DOES NOT RESERVE MOTION HEARING 6 DATES. The parties are advised to check Judge Armstrong's calendar at 7 www.cand.uscourts.gov/sba, under Scheduling Information to determine the next available hearing date, particularly in the case of a dispositive motion. The parties are advised not to 8 wait until 35 days prior to the law and motion cut-off date to file and serve their motion. As 9 the Court's law and motion calendar tends to fill quickly, there is no guarantee that a hearing date within the law and motion cut-off date will be available. You MUST submit a hard 10 copy of all motion papers filed in E-FILED cases in order to be placed on calendar. 11 Page Limits: All noticed motions (other than motions for summary judgment) and any opposition thereto, shall not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length, Northern District of California 12 United States District Court exclusive of the table of contents, table of authorities, exhibits and declarations, if required. 13 Reply briefs may not exceed ten (10) pages in length. Motions for summary judgment are 14 subject to the page limits set forth in Civil Local Rule 7. 15 Meet and Confer Requirement: All parties are required to meet and confer in good faith before filing any motion or any non-stipulated request with this court, 16 and to certify that they have complied with this requirement. 17 Failure to Oppose: The failure of the opposing party to file a 18 memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to any motion shall constitute a consent 19 to the granting of the motion. 20 Summary Judgment: Parties are limited to filing one motion for summary judgment. Any party wishing to exceed this limit must request leave of Court. Separate 21 statements of undisputed facts will not be considered. Joint statements of undisputed facts 22 are not required, but are helpful if agreed upon. 23 Hearing on Motions: Note that pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-1(b), the 24 Court may, in its discretion, adjudicate motions without oral argument. 25 E. MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES 26 All parties are ordered to participate in a mandatory settlement 27 conference during the following time period: 09/19/2016 - 10/21/2016 28 2 F. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE 1 2 All Counsel who will try the case shall appear for a pretrial conference on November 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. All Counsel shall be fully prepared to discuss all 3 aspects of the trial. Failure to file the requisite pretrial documents in advance of the pretrial 4 conference may result in vacation of the pretrial conference and/or the imposition of sanctions. ALL PARTIES WITH SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY ARE REQUIRED TO 5 ATTEND THE PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. 6 G. PRETRIAL PREPARATION DUE: October 26, 2016 7 Prior to the date pretrial preparation is due, Counsel shall meet and 8 confer in good faith in advance of complying with the following pretrial requirements in 9 order to clarify and narrow the issues for trial, arrive at stipulations of facts, simplify and shorten the presentation of proof at trial, and explore possible settlement. In addition, 10 Counsel shall meet and confer regarding anticipated motions in limine, objections to evidence, jury instructions, and any other matter which may require resolution by the Court. 11 The following items 1 through 8 below shall be filed and served by the above-referenced date. Northern District of California 12 United States District Court 13 1. Joint Pretrial Statement 14 Counsel are required to file a pretrial conference statement 15 containing the following information: 16 (a) The Action 17 (i) Substance of the Action. A brief description of the 18 substance of claims and defenses which remain to be decided 19 (ii) Relief Prayed. A detailed statement of all the relief 20 claimed, particularly itemizing all elements of damages claimed as well as witnesses, documents or other evidentiary material to be presented concerning the amount of those 21 damages. 22 (b) The Factual Basis of the Action 23 24 (i) Undisputed Facts. A plain and concise statement of all relevant facts not reasonably disputable, as well as which facts parties will stipulate for 25 incorporation into the trial record without the necessity of supporting testimony or exhibits. 26 (ii) Disputed Factual Issues. A plain and concise 27 statement of all disputed factual issues which remain to be decided. 28 (iii) Agreed Statement. A statement assessing whether 3 all or part of the action may be presented upon an agreed statement of facts. 1 2 (iv) Stipulations. A statement of stipulations requested or proposed for pretrial or trial purposes. 3 4 (c) Disputed Legal Issues 5 (i) Points of Law. Without extended legal argument, a concise statement of each disputed point of law concerning liability or relief, citing 6 supporting statutes and decisions. Unless otherwise ordered, parties should cite to briefs 7 served and lodged setting forth briefly the nature of each party's contentions concerning each disputed point of law, including procedural and evidentiary issues. 8 9 (ii) Proposed Conclusions of law. If the case is to be tried without jury, unless otherwise ordered, parties should briefly indicate objections to 10 proposed conclusions of law lodged with this Court. 11 2. Trial Briefs Northern District of California 12 United States District Court Each party shall serve and file a trial brief which shall briefly 13 state their contentions, the relevant facts to be proven at trial, and the law on the issues 14 material to the decision. 15 3. Findings of Fact 16 In non-jury cases, each party shall serve and lodge with the 17 Court proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law on all material issues. Findings shall be brief, clear, written in plain English and free of pejorative language, and argument. 18 19 4. Witnesses 20 Each party shall serve and file with the Court a list of all persons who may be called as witnesses. The list shall include a summary of the substance of each 21 witness' proposed testimony. 22 5. Designation of Discovery Excerpts 23 24 Each party expecting to use discovery excerpts as part of its case in chief shall serve and lodge with the Court a statement identifying (1) by witness and page 25 and line, all deposition testimony and (2) by lodged excerpt, all interrogatory answers and request for admissions to be used as part of its direct case. Each interrogatory answer 26 intended to be offered as an exhibit shall be copied separately and marked as an exhibit. The 27 original of any deposition to be used at trial must be produced at the time of trial, as well as a copy for the Court. Counsel shall indicate any objections to the use of these materials and 28 advise the Court that counsel has conferred respecting such objections. 4 6. Jury Instructions 1 2 The parties shall file a joint set of proposed jury instructions as to those instructions on which the parties have reached agreement. As to any disputed 3 instructions, each party shall separately submit its "proposed" instruction(s) supported by a 4 memorandum setting forth the authority for its use. Responses or objections to any "proposed" jury instruction shall be filed no later than the date of the pretrial conference. 5 All instructions shall be written in plain English which is comprehensible to jurors, concise and free of argument, and shall be organized in a logical fashion so as to aid jury 6 comprehension, and are also to be provided on a CD in a word format. The Court's practice 7 is to utilize, whenever possible, instructions found in the Ninth Circuit Manual of Model Jury Instructions. 8 9 7. Jury Voir Dire and Verdict Forms 10 Each party shall submit proposed questions for jury voir dire and a proposed form of verdict. 11 8. Exhibits Northern District of California 12 United States District Court 13 Each party shall provide every other party one set of all exhibits, 14 charts, schedules, summaries and diagrams and other similar documentary materials to be used at the trial together with a complete list of all such exhibits. The Court requires one 15 original version of exhibits (as described above) for the Clerk and two copies (one for the Bench and one for the witness stand). All such versions of the exhibits, including the 16 originals, should be indexed into a binder for easy and quick reference by all parties. The 17 first page of each binder should have a copy of the exhibit list (see attached) appropriately completed with each exhibit description and its designated number. Plaintiffs shall refer to 18 their exhibits numerically and Defendants shall label theirs alphabetically. Exhibit labels are 19 also attached for your convenience. Exhibits should be brought to Court on the first day of trial. 20 9. Motions in Limine and Objections to Evidence 21 22 Each party anticipating making motion(s) in limine and/or objection(s) to any testimony or exhibits expected to be offered shall file and serve a 23 statement briefly identifying each item objected to and the grounds for the objection. The 24 parties must meet and confer prior to filing any motion in limine and objection to evidence. The movant shall certify to the Court in its moving papers that it has complied with this 25 requirement. 26 NOTE: All motions in limine submitted by each party shall be 27 set forth in a single memorandum, not to exceed ten (10) pages in length. Responses to the motions in limine shall be set forth in a single memorandum, not to exceed ten (10) pages in 28 length. Reply briefs shall not exceed six (6) pages. No motions in limine will be considered 5 unless the parties certify that they met and conferred prior to the filing of such motion. Any 1 request to exceed the page limit must be submitted prior to the deadline for these briefs and 2 must be supported by a showing of good cause, along with a certification that the applicant has met and conferred with the opposing party. 3 4 (a) Motions/Objections due: November 2, 2016 5 (b) Opposition due: November 9, 2016 6 (c) Reply due: November 16, 2016 7 H. TRIAL DATE 8 9 Trial before the Jury will begin on December 5, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., for an estimated 3-5 trial days, or as soon thereafter as the Court may designate. The parties are 10 advised that they must be prepared to go to trial on a trailing basis. The trial will take place at 1300 Clay Street, 2nd Floor, Courtroom 210, Oakland, California, 94612 (located inside 11 the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse). The Court's trial hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with two fifteen-minute breaks, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On the first Northern District of California 12 United States District Court day of trial all parties are required to have someone in Court with full Settlement 13 Authority. 14 I. TRANSCRIPTS 15 If transcripts will be requested during or immediately after the trial, 16 arrangements must be made with the Court Reporter Coordinator (Telephone No. 510-637- 17 3534) at least one week prior to the commencement of trial commences. 18 J. STATUS AND DISCOVERY CONFERENCES 19 Any party desiring to confer with the Court may, upon notice to all 20 other parties, arrange a conference through the courtroom deputy (Telephone No. 415-522- 4158). Conferences may be conducted telephonically, upon request (preferably in writing). 21 22 K. SANCTIONS 23 Failure to comply with this order may result in the imposition of 24 sanctions pursuant to FRCP 16(f). 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 Dated: 01/12/2016 ____________________________________ 27 SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG 28 United States District Judge 6