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In re Rule 16-281

August 20, 2008

RULE 16-281


PRETRIAL STATEMENTS

(a) Time for Filing. As required by the pretrial (scheduling) order in the action, counsel shall file either separate pretrial statements or a joint pretrial statement as follows:

(1) Separate Statements. Not less than ten (10) court days prior to the date set by the Court for the holding of the final pretrial conference, counsel for the plaintiff shall personally serve and file a pretrial statement in the form prescribed herein. Alternatively, counsel for the plaintiff may serve by other means thirteen (13) court days and file ten (10) court days prior to the conference. Not less than five (5) court days prior to the date set for the holding of the pretrial conference, counsel for all other parties shall serve on all parties and file pretrial statements that may adopt by reference any or all of the matters set forth in the plaintiff's pretrial statement.

(2) Joint Statements. Not less than five (5) court days prior to the date set by the Court for the holding of the final pretrial conference, or such other time as the Court may order, counsel for all parties shall file a joint pretrial statement in the form prescribed herein or in such other form as the Court may prescribe.

(3) Word Processed Copy. Electronic filers shall also concurrently submit an electronic copy of their statement in word processed format compatible with Word Perfect following the procedures for proposed orders. See L.R. 5-137.

(b) Form, Contents. The pretrial statement shall state the name of the party or parties on whose behalf it is presented and set forth the nature of the action and the following matters, under the following captions and in the following order:

(1) Jurisdiction - Venue. The factual and statutory basis of federal jurisdiction and venue and whether there is any dispute concerning jurisdiction or venue.

(2) Jury - Non-Jury. Whether the party has demanded a jury trial of all or any of the issues or, if not, whether a demand for jury trial made by any other party is conceded or contested.

(3) Undisputed Facts. A plain, concise statement of the facts that are undisputed.

(4) Disputed Factual Issues. A plain, concise statement of each fact (and any related essential facts) that the party claims or concedes to be in dispute.

(5) Disputed Evidentiary Issues. A plain, concise summary of any reasonably anticipated disputes concerning admissibility of live and deposition testimony, physical and demonstrative evidence and the use of special technology at trial, including computer animation, video discs, and other high technology, and a statement whether each such dispute should be resolved by motion in limine, briefed in the trial brief, or addressed in some other manner.

(6) Special Factual Information in Certain Actions. In addition to the facts and issues described in (3) through (5) above, the following special information with respect to the following types of actions shall be specified within either the disputed or undisputed facts sections as appropriate:

(i) In eminent domain actions:

(A) As to each parcel involved, its designation, general description, location and size; the interest taken; the names of persons claiming an interest therein and the interests claimed; whether an order of possession has been issued; each objection or defense to the taking, if any; and the claimed market value of the interest taken at the time of the taking.

(B) Whether consolidation of trial with other actions would be practicable or desirable.

(C) Suggested procedures for a mutual exchange of lists of comparable sales to be relied upon by the valuation experts, such lists to include for each transaction, to the extent known, the names of the parties, the date of transaction, amount of consideration, location of property and recording date.

(D) Whether evidence of value other than comparable sales is to be relied upon and, if so, the method of valuation ...


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