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Meaux v. Northwest Airlines Inc.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 5, 2005

ORVILLE MEAUX,
v.
NORTHWEST AIRLINES INC,

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Claudia Wilken United States District Judge

MINUTE ORDER AND CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER

A case management conference was held on: 3/4/05. The Case Management Statement and Proposed Order filed by the parties is hereby adopted by the Court as the Case Management Order for the case, except as may be noted below. The Court's standard Order for Pretrial Preparation also applies.

The case is hereby referred to the following ADR process: Non-binding Arbitration: (c) ª Early Neutral Evaluation: (c) ª Court-connected mediation: (c) ª Private mediation: (c) X ª Magistrate Judge settlement conference: (c) ª ADR session to be held by: (c)06/30/05ª (or as soon thereafter as is convenient to the mediator's schedule)

Deadline to add additional parties or claims: (c)03/04/05ª Date of next case management conference: (c)09/30/05ª Completion of Fact Discovery: (c)12/30/05ª Disclosure of identities and reports of expert witnesses:(c)11/01/05ª Completion of Expert Discovery: (c)12/30/05ª All case-dispositive motions to be heard at 10:00 AM on or before: (c)09/30/05ª Final Pretrial Conference at 1:30 P.M. on: (c)02/24/06ª A 6 day Court Trial will begin at 8:30 A.M. on: (c)03/06/06ª Additional Matters: Copy of Court's Order for Pretrial Preparation given to attys in court. Consent form signed by Plaintiff; Defendant to discuss consenting with client and return consent form within 3 days. FCMC will be held on 9/30/05 at 10:00 a.m. whether or not dispositive motions are filed (or on whatever date dispositive motions are set). Any motion by plaintiff for relief from waiver of jury demand should be noticed for same date as dispositive motions. Defendant should file early any statute of limitations/failure to exhaust motion.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Dated: 03/08/2005

NOTICE

Criminal Law and Motion calendar is conducted on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. (in custody) and 2:30 p.m. (not in custody). Civil Law and Motion calendar is conducted on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Case Management Conferences and Pretrial Conferences are conducted on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Order of call is determined by the Court. Counsel need not reserve a hearing date for civil motions; however, counsel are advised to check the legal newspapers or the Court's website at www.cand.uscourts.gov for unavailable dates.

Motions for Summary Judgment: All issues shall be contained within one motion and shall conform with Civil L.R. 7-2. Separate statements of undisputed facts in support of or in opposition to motions for summary judgment will not be considered by the Court. (See Civil Local Rule 56-2(a)). All briefing on motions for summary judgment must be included in the memoranda of points and authorities in support of, opposition to, or reply to the motion, and must comply with the page limits of Civil Local Rule 7-4. The memoranda should include a statement of facts supported by citations to the declarations filed with respect to the motion. Cross or counter-motions shall be contained within the opposition to any motion for summary judgment and shall conform with Civil L.R. 7-3. The Court may, sua sponte or pursuant to a motion under Civil L.R. 6-3, reschedule the hearing so as to give a moving party time to file a surreply to the cross or counter-motion.

All DISCOVERY MOTIONS are referred to a Magistrate Judge to be heard and considered at the convenience of his/her calendar. All such matters shall be noticed by the moving party for hearing on the assigned Magistrate Judge's regular law and motion calendar, or pursuant to that Judge's procedures.

In all "E-Filing" cases when filing papers in connection with any motion for determination by the judge, the parties shall, in addition to filing papers electronically, lodge with chambers a printed copy of the papers by the close of the next court day following the day the papers are filed electronically. These printed copies shall be marked "Chambers Copy" and shall be submitted to the Clerk's Office, in an envelope clearly marked with the judge's name, case number and "E-Filing Chambers Copy." Parties shall not file a paper copy of any document with the Clerk's Office that has already been filed electronically.

(rev. 6/21/04)

ORDER FOR PRETRIAL PREPARATION

PRETRIAL CONFERENCE

1. Not less than 30 days prior to the pretrial conference, counsel shall exchange (but not file or lodge) the papers described in Civil L.R. 16-10(b)(7),(8),(9), and (10), and their motions in limine.

2. At least 20 days before the final pretrial conference, lead counsel who will try the case shall meet and confer with respect to:

(a) Preparation and content of the joint pretrial conference statement;

(b) Resolution of any differences between the parties regarding the preparation and content of the joint pretrial conference statement and the preparation and exchange of pretrial materials to be served and lodged pursuant to this Order for Pretrial Preparation. To the extent such differences are not resolved, parties will present the issues in the pretrial conference statement so that the judge may rule on the matter during the pretrial conference; and

(c) Settlement of the action.

3. Not less than 10 days prior to the pretrial conference, counsel shall submit the following.

(a) Pretrial Conference Statement. The parties shall file a joint pretrial conference statement containing the following information:

(1) The Action.

(A) Substance of the Action. A brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be decided.

(B) Relief Prayed. A detailed statement of all the relief claimed, particularly itemizing all elements of damages claimed.

(2) The Factual Basis of the Action.

(A) Undisputed Facts. A plain and concise statement of all relevant facts not reasonably disputed.

(B) Disputed Factual Issues. A plain and concise statement of all disputed factual issues which remain to be decided.

(C) Agreed Statement. A statement assessing whether all or part of the action may be presented upon an agreed statement of facts.

(D) Stipulations. A statement of stipulations requested or proposed for pretrial or trial purposes.

(3) Disputed Legal Issues. Without extended legal argument, a concise statement of each disputed point of law concerning liability or relief.

(4) Further Discovery or Motions. A statement of all remaining discovery or motions.

(5) Trial Alternatives and Options. (A) Settlement Discussion. A statement summarizing the status of settlement negotiations and indicating whether further negotiations are likely to be productive.

(B) Consent to Trial Before a Magistrate Judge. A statement whether the parties consent to a court or jury trial before a magistrate judge, with appeal directly to the Ninth Circuit.

(C) Bifurcation, Separate Trial of Issues. A statement of whether bifurcation or a separate trial of specific issues is feasible and desired.

(6) Miscellaneous. Any other subjects relevant to the trial of the action, or material to its just, speedy and inexpensive determination.

(b) Exhibit List and Objections. The exhibit list shall list each proposed exhibit by its number, description, and sponsoring witness, followed by blanks to accommodate the date on which it is marked for identification and the date on which it is admitted into evidence. No party shall be permitted to offer any exhibit in its case-in-chief that is not disclosed in its exhibit list without leave of the Court for good cause shown. Parties shall also deliver a set of premarked exhibits to the Courtroom Deputy. The exhibit markers shall each contain the name and number of the case, the number of the exhibit, and blanks to accommodate the date admitted and the Deputy Clerk's initials. (Appropriate sample forms are available on the Court's website at www.cand.uscourts.gov). Any objections to exhibits which remain after the pretrial meeting shall be indicated in the pretrial statement.

(c) Witness List. In addition to the requirements of FRCivP 26(a)(3)(A), a brief statement describing the substance of the testimony to be given by each witness who may be called at trial. No party shall be permitted to call any witness in its case-in-chief that is not disclosed in its pretrial statement without leave of Court for good cause shown.

(d) Use of Discovery Responses. In addition to the requirements of FRCivP 26(a)(3)(B), a designation of any excerpts from interrogatory answers or from responses for admissions intended to be offered at trial. Counsel shall indicate any objections to use of these materials and that counsel have conferred respecting such objections.

(e) Trial briefs. Briefs on all significant disputed issues of law, including foreseeable procedural and evidentiary issues, which remain after the pretrial meeting.

(f) Motions in Limine. Any motions in limine that could not be settled at the pretrial meeting shall be filed with the pretrial statement. All motions in limine shall be contained within one document, limited to 25 pages pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-2(b), with each motion listed as a subheading. Opposition to the motions in limine shall be contained within one document, limited to 25 pages, with corresponding subheadings, and filed five (5) days thereafter.

(g) Joint Proposed Voir Dire. The attached voir dire questionnaire will be given to the venire members, and copies of the responses will be made available to counsel at the beginning of voir dire. Counsel may submit a set of additional requested voir dire, to be posed by the Court, to which they have agreed at the pretrial meeting. Any voir dire questions on which counsel cannot agree shall be submitted separately. Counsel may be allowed brief follow-up voir dire after the Court's questioning.

(h) Joint Proposed Jury Instructions. Jury instructions §1.1 through §1.12, §1.13 through §2.2, and §3.1 through §4.3 from the Manual of Model Civil Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit (2001 Edition) will be given absent objection. Counsel shall jointly submit one set of additional proposed jury instructions, to which they have agreed at the pretrial meeting. The instructions shall be ordered in a logical sequence, together with a table of contents. Any instruction on which counsel cannot agree shall be marked as "disputed," and shall be included within the jointly submitted instructions and accompanying table of contents, in the place where the party proposing the instruction believes it should be given. Argument and authority for and against each disputed instruction shall be included as part of the joint submission, on separate sheets directly following the disputed instruction.

Whenever possible, counsel shall deliver to the Courtroom Deputy a copy of their joint proposed jury instructions on a computer disk in WordPerfect or ASCII format. The disk label should include the name of the parties, the case number and a description of the document.

(I) Proposed Verdict Forms, Joint or Separate. (j) Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (Court Trial only). Whenever possible, counsel shall deliver to the Courtroom Deputy a copy of their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law on a computer disk in WordPerfect or ASCII format. The disk label should include the name of the parties, the case number and a description of the document.

JURY SELECTION

The Jury Commissioner will summon 20 to 25 prospective jurors. The Courtroom Deputy will select their names at random and seat them in the courtroom in the order in which their names are called.

Voir dire will be asked of sufficient venire persons so that eight (or more for a lengthy trial) will remain after all peremptory challenges and an anticipated number of hardship dismissals and cause challenges have been made.

The Court will then take cause challenges, and discuss hardship claims from the individual jurors, outside the presence of the venire. The Court will inform the attorneys which hardship claims and cause challenges will be granted, but will not announce those dismissals until the process is completed. Each side may then list in writing up to three peremptory challenges. The attorneys will review each other's lists and then submit them to the Courtroom Deputy.

Then, from the list of jurors in numerical order, the Court will strike the persons with meritorious hardships, those excused for cause, and those challenged peremptorily, and call the first eight people in numerical sequence remaining. Those people will be the jury.

All jurors remaining at the close of the case will deliberate. There are no alternates.

SANCTIONS

Failure to comply with this Order is cause for sanctions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(f).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

CLAUDIA WILKEN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

JUROR QUESTIONNAIRE

Please fill out this form as completely as possible and print clearly. Since we want to make copies for the attorneys and the Court, do not write on the back of any page. If you need more room, continue at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your cooperation.

1. Your name:

2. Your age:

3. The city where you live:

4. Your place of birth:

5. Do you rent or own your own home?

6. Your marital status: (circle one) single married separated divorced widowed

7. What is your occupation, and how long have you worked in it? (If you are retired, please describe your main occupation when you were working).

8. Who is (or was) your employer?

9. How long have you worked for this employer?

10. Please list the occupations of any adults with whom you live.

11. If you have children, please list their ages and sex and, if they are employed, please give their occupations.

12. Please describe your educational background: Highest grade completed: _________________________________ College and/or vocational schools you have attended: _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Major areas of study:

13. Have you ever served on a jury before? ________ How many times?________ If yes: State/County Court _______ Federal Court _______ When? ____________________________________________________ Was it a civil or criminal case? _________________________ Did the jury(ies) reach a verdict?

(rev. 9/4/02)

20050505

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