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

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

ORDER Re Discovery Procedures by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte.

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, 7 Case No. 4:15-cv-02288 SBA Plaintiff, 8 ORDER RE DISCOVERY v. PROCEDURES 9 A & S ELECTRONICS, INC. et al., 10 Defendants. 11 12 TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL OF RECORD: Northern District of California United States District Court 13 The above matter has been referred to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. All hearing 14 dates are subject to the availability of Judge Laporte's calendar. You may review Judge Laporte's 15 calendar and scheduling information on the District Court's website, 16 http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/. 17 DISCOVERY DISPUTES 18 1. Discovery disputes shall be addressed as follows: 19 A. Discovery disputes referred from a district court judge 20 Discovery disputes in cases referred by a district court judge to this Magistrate Judge must 21 follow either Procedure No. 1 or Procedure No. 2, set forth below, depending on the status of the 22 dispute at the time of the referral by the district court. 23 Procedure No. 1: 24 Unless the district court judge has ordered another procedure, in which case that procedure 25 should be followed upon referral, motions filed before the district court and subsequently referred 26 to this magistrate judge shall maintain the original district court briefing schedule. Upon referral, 27 the parties shall promptly contact Judge Laporte's Courtroom Deputy to re-schedule a hearing on 28 the motion to a date on Judge Laporte's civil law and motion calendar. Discovery motions are 1 generally heard on Judge Laporte's civil law and motion calendar on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 2 a.m., Courtroom E, 15th Floor, United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San 3 Francisco, California, 94102, in accordance with Judge Laporte's available dates and times for 4 setting motions. Any party may seek an order to shorten or enlarge time under Civil L.R. 6-3 if 5 the circumstances justify that relief. The Court will not consider discovery motions unless the 6 moving party has complied with the meet and confer requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 and Civil 7 L.R. 37-1(a). 8 Motions to compel fact discovery must be filed within the time limits contained in Civil 9 Local Rule 37-3. Motions to compel expert discovery must be filed within the time limits 10 contained in Civil Local Rule 37-3. 11 Procedure No. 2: 12 Discovery disputes which arise after the case has been referred to this Magistrate Judge, or Northern District of California United States District Court 13 before a formal motion has been filed before the district court, shall follow the procedure below: 14 The counsel for each party shall meet and confer in person, or, if counsel are located 15 outside the Bay Area, by telephone, to attempt to resolve their dispute informally. A mere 16 exchange of letters, e-mails, telephone calls or facsimile transmissions does not satisfy the meet 17 and confer requirement. 18 If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute informally after a good faith effort, 19 including meet and confer efforts conducted by lead counsel, they shall prepare a joint 20 statement of not more than five pages (12-point or greater font) stating the nature and status of the 21 dispute and attesting to their good faith meet and confer efforts. Issue-by-issue, the joint letter 22 shall describe each unresolved issue, summarize each party's position with appropriate legal 23 authority, and provide each party's final proposed compromise before addressing the next issue. 24 The joint letter should also address the proportionality factors set for in Federal Rule of Civil 25 Procedure 26(b)(1). Where necessary, the parties may submit supporting declarations and 26 documentation. Parties are expected to plan for and cooperate in preparing the joint letter so that 27 each side has adequate time to address the arguments. When appropriate, the parties may file a 28 separate letter for each genuinely independent dispute. 2 1 The parties are strongly encouraged to submit a joint statement, but in the rare instances 2 when a joint statement is not possible, each side may submit a statement of not more than two 3 pages (12-point font or greater). The joint statement or individual statements shall be e-filed 4 (unless the case is exempt from e-filing requirements) and chambers copies submitted as required 5 herein. Whether joint or individual, the statement must be filed under the Civil Events category of 6 "Motions and Related Filings > Motions – General > Discovery Letter Brief." 7 Upon review of the parties' submission[s], the Court will advise the parties of how the 8 Court intends to proceed. The Court may issue a ruling or schedule a telephone conference or in 9 person conference with the parties, and at such conference may issue rulings, order more formal 10 briefing, or set further hearing dates. The Court may also order the parties to come to the 11 courthouse to meet and confer in good faith. Alternatively, the Court may determine without a 12 telephone conference that further briefing is required. Northern District of California United States District Court 13 B. Discovery disputes in cases which are assigned to Judge Laporte for all purposes through consent of the parties 14 15 The parties shall follow Procedure No. 2 above for all discovery disputes in cases assigned to 16 Judge Laporte for all purposes, as set forth in Judge Laporte's Standing Order. 17 2. In emergencies during discovery events, the Court is available pursuant to Civil L.R. 37- 18 1(b). 19 3. Motions for sanctions shall be filed by separate motion in accordance with the Federal 20 Rule of Civil procedure 37 and Civil L.R. 37-4. The parties shall comply with their meet and 21 confer obligations pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-1(a). Parties who refuse to meet and confer will be 22 subject to sanctions pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-4. 23 4. All filings of documents relating to motions referred to Magistrate Judge Laporte shall 24 list the civil case number and the District Court Judge's initials followed by the designation 25 "(EDL)". At the time of filing of original papers with the clerk's office, the parties are required to 26 submit two conformed copies of each document, one of which shall be designated "EDL 27 Chambers Copy." If documents are filed electronically, courtesy copies shall be provided in 28 accordance with Civil Local rule 5-1(e)(7). The paper chambers copy must be marked "Chambers 3 1 Copy" and must be lodged with the Clerk's Office, in an envelope clearly marked with the judge's 2 name, case number, and "Chambers Copy." Parties must not file a paper copy of any document 3 with the Clerk's Office that has already been filed electronically. 4 5. Rule 26(e)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires all parties to 5 supplement or correct their initial disclosures, expert disclosures, pretrial disclosures, and 6 responses to discovery requests under the circumstances itemized in that Rule, and when ordered 7 by the Court. The Court expects that the parties will supplement and/or correct their disclosures 8 promptly when required under that Rule, without the need for a request from opposing counsel. 9 In addition to the general requirements of Rule 26(e)(1), the parties will supplement and/or 10 correct all previously made disclosures and discovery responses 28 days before the fact 11 discovery cutoff date. 12 6. Privilege logs. If a party withholds information that is responsive to a discovery Northern District of California United States District Court 13 request, and is otherwise discoverable under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, by claiming 14 that it is privileged, or protected from discovery under the attorney work product doctrine or any 15 other protective doctrine (including, but not limited to, privacy rights), that party shall prepare a 16 "privilege log" (Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5)) setting forth the privilege relied upon and specifying 17 separately for each document or for each category of similarly situated documents: 18 a. The name and job title or capacity of the author; 19 b. The name and job title or capacity of each recipient; 20 c. The date the document was prepared and, if different, the date(s) on 21 which it was sent to or shared with persons other than its author(s); 22 d. The title and description of the document; 23 e. The subject matter addressed in the document; 24 f. The purpose(s) for which it was prepared or communicated; and 25 g. The specific basis for the claim that it is privileged. 26 The privilege log will be produced as quickly as possible, but no later than 14 days after the 27 discovery responses are due, unless the parties stipulate or the Court orders otherwise in a 28 particular case. 4 1 7. In responding to requests for documents and materials under Rule 34 of the Federal 2 Rules of Civil Procedure, all parties shall affirmatively state in a written response served on all 3 other parties the full extent to which they will produce materials and shall, promptly after the 4 production, confirm in writing that they have produced all such materials so described that are 5 locatable after a diligent search of all locations at which such materials might plausibly exist. 6 8. All documents shall be filed at the Clerk's Office in compliance with the Civil Local 7 Rules. Documents not filed in compliance with those rules will not be considered by the Court. 8 9. Discovery motions may be submitted without argument upon stipulation of the parties 9 and order of the Court no later than two (2) court days before the hearing. 10 10. The Court strives to set matters and render decisions in a timely manner. The Court 11 encourages parties to advise the Court by letter to chambers of any matter that appears to have 12 been unduly delayed. Northern District of California United States District Court 13 The failure of counsel or a party to abide by this Order may result in sanctions 14 pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(f). A party or counsel has a continuing duty 15 to supplement the initial disclosure when required under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 26(e)(1). 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 Dated: February 10, 2016 ______________________________________ 20 ELIZABETH D. LAPORTE 21 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5