Bonnie Cardoza v. Wal-Mart Associates Inc

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-01634

ORDER FOR PRETRIAL PREPARATION. Signed by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong on 8/20/2015.

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 OAKLAND DIVISION 6 BONNIE CARDOZA, 7 Case No. 15-cv-01634-SBA Plaintiff, 8 v. ORDER FOR PRETRIAL 9 PREPARATION WAL-MART ASSOCIATES INC, 10 Defendant. 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 October 1, 2015. 18 B. DISCOVERY CUT-OFF 19 All discovery, except for expert discovery, shall be completed and all depositions taken on or before November 11, 2016. The parties are responsible for 20 scheduling discovery so that motions to resolve discovery disputes can be heard before the 21 above discovery cut-off. 22 C. EXPERT DESIGNATION AND DISCOVERY 23 Parties shall designate any experts by November 11, 2016; rebuttal 24 disclosure by December 16, 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 support for an 25 opinion, that has not been disclosed in response to an appropriate question or interrogatory 26 from the opposing party. Expert discovery shall be completed by January 30, 2017. 27 D. MOTION CUT-OFF 28 All dispositive motions shall be heard on or before April 5, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. The parties must meet and confer prior to filing any motion. The movant shall 1 certify to the Court in its moving papers that it has complied with this requirement. Should 2 the parties fail to meet and confer, the Court may decline to entertain the motion. 3 THE COURT DOES NOT RESERVE MOTION HEARING 4 DATES. The parties are advised to check Judge Armstrong's calendar at, under Scheduling Information to determine the next available 5 hearing date, particularly in the case of a dispositive motion. The parties are advised not to wait until 35 days prior to the law and motion cut-off date to file and serve their motion. As 6 the Court's law and motion calendar tends to fill quickly, there is no guarantee that a hearing 7 date within the law and motion cut-off date will be available. You MUST submit a hard copy of all motion papers filed in E-FILED cases in order to be placed on calendar. 8 9 Page Limits: All noticed motions (other than motions for summary judgment) and any opposition thereto, shall not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length, 10 exclusive of the table of contents, table of authorities, exhibits and declarations, if required. Reply briefs may not exceed ten (10) pages in length. Motions for summary judgment are 11 subject to the page limits set forth in Civil Local Rule 7. Northern District of California 12 United States District Court Meet and Confer Requirement: All parties are required to meet and 13 confer in good faith before filing any motion or any non-stipulated request with this court, 14 and to certify that they have complied with this requirement. 15 Failure to Oppose: The failure of the opposing party to file a memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to any motion shall constitute a consent 16 to the granting of the motion. 17 Summary Judgment: Parties are limited to filing one motion for summary 18 judgment. Any party wishing to exceed this limit must request leave of Court. Separate 19 statements of undisputed facts will not be considered. Joint statements of undisputed facts are not required, but are helpful if agreed upon. 20 Hearing on Motions: Note that pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-1(b), the 21 Court may, in its discretion, adjudicate motions without oral argument. 22 E. MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES 23 24 All parties are ordered to participate in a mandatory settlement conference during the following time period: April 10, 2017 - May 5, 2017. 25 F. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE 26 27 All Counsel who will try the case shall appear for a pretrial conference on June 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The pretrial conference will take place at 1300 Clay Street, 28 2nd Floor, Courtroom 210, Oakland, California, 94612 (located inside the U.S. Bankruptcy 2 Courthouse). All Counsel shall be fully prepared to discuss all aspects of the trial. Failure 1 to file the requisite pretrial documents in advance of the pretrial conference may result in 2 vacation of the pretrial conference and/or the imposition of sanctions. ALL PARTIES WITH SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE PRETRIAL 3 CONFERENCE. 4 G. PRETRIAL PREPARATION DUE: May 10, 2017 5 Prior to the date pretrial preparation is due, Counsel shall meet and 6 confer in good faith in advance of complying with the following pretrial requirements in 7 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, 8 Counsel shall meet and confer regarding anticipated motions in limine, objections to 9 evidence, jury instructions, and any other matter which may require resolution by the Court. The following items 1 through 8 below shall be filed and served by the above-referenced 10 date. 11 1. Joint Pretrial Statement Northern District of California 12 United States District Court Counsel are required to file a pretrial conference statement 13 containing the following information: 14 (a) The Action 15 (i) Substance of the Action. A brief description of the 16 substance of claims and defenses which remain to be decided 17 (ii) Relief Prayed. A detailed statement of all the relief 18 claimed, particularly itemizing all elements of damages claimed as well as witnesses, 19 documents or other evidentiary material to be presented concerning the amount of those damages. 20 (b) The Factual Basis of the Action 21 22 (i) Undisputed Facts. A plain and concise statement of all relevant facts not reasonably disputable, as well as which facts parties will stipulate for 23 incorporation into the trial record without the necessity of supporting testimony or exhibits. 24 (ii) Disputed Factual Issues. A plain and concise 25 statement of all disputed factual issues which remain to be decided. 26 (iii) Agreed Statement. A statement assessing whether 27 all or part of the action may be presented upon an agreed statement of facts. 28 (iv) Stipulations. A statement of stipulations requested or 3 proposed for pretrial or trial purposes. 1 2 (c) Disputed Legal Issues 3 (i) Points of Law. Without extended legal argument, a 4 concise statement of each disputed point of law concerning liability or relief, citing supporting statutes and decisions. Unless otherwise ordered, parties should cite to briefs 5 served and lodged setting forth briefly the nature of each party's contentions concerning each disputed point of law, including procedural and evidentiary issues. 6 7 (ii) Proposed Conclusions of law. If the case is to be tried without jury, unless otherwise ordered, parties should briefly indicate objections to 8 proposed conclusions of law lodged with this Court. 9 2. Trial Briefs 10 Each party shall serve and file a trial brief which shall briefly 11 state their contentions, the relevant facts to be proven at trial, and the law on the issues material to the decision. Northern District of California 12 United States District Court 13 3. Findings of Fact 14 In non-jury cases, each party shall serve and lodge with the 15 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. 16 17 4. Witnesses 18 Each party shall serve and file with the Court a list of all persons 19 who may be called as witnesses. The list shall include a summary of the substance of each witness' proposed testimony. 20 5. Designation of Discovery Excerpts 21 22 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 23 and line, all deposition testimony and (2) by lodged excerpt, all interrogatory answers and 24 request for admissions to be used as part of its direct case. Each interrogatory answer intended to be offered as an exhibit shall be copied separately and marked as an exhibit. The 25 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 26 advise the Court that counsel has conferred respecting such objections. 27 28 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: May 17, 2017 5 (b) Opposition due: May 24, 2017 6 (c) Reply due: May 31, 2017 7 H. TRIAL DATE 8 9 Trial before the Jury will begin on June 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., for an estimated 6-8 days trial days, or as soon thereafter as the Court may designate. The parties 10 are 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 11 inside 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 Northern District of California 12 United States District Court first 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 L. MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION 26 The briefing schedule on the Motion for Class Certification set by the Court is as follows: 27 Motion for Class Certification to be filed by 3/7/2016; responses due by 28 4/18/2016; replies due by 5/2/2016. The hearing on the Motion for Class Certification 6 will take place on 6/8/2016 at 1:00 p.m. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b), the 1 Court may resolve the motion without oral argument. The parties are advised the 2 check the Court's website to determine whether an appearance on the motion is required. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 Dated: August 20, 2015 ____________________________________ 6 SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge 7 8 9 10 11 Northern District of California 12 United States District Court 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7