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RQ Construction, Inc. v. Ecolite Concrete USA

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 5, 2010

RQ CONSTRUCTION, INC., PLAINTIFF,
v.
ECOLITE CONCRETE USA, INC., ECOLITE INTERNATIONAL INC. AND BRIAN SMITH, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. William V. Gallo U.S. Magistrate Judge

AMENDED ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY AND TO EXTEND RELATED DISCOVERY DEADLINES (DOC. NO. 33)

The Joint Motion to Stay Discovery and Extend Related Discovery Deadlines (Doc. No. 33) is GRANTED. A stay on discovery shall go into effect immediately and shall lift on October 29, 2010. Good cause appearing, the Court modifies its June 18, 2010 Order only to the extent set forth below. This Order amends only the date set for event number "5" below.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. On or before November 1, 2010, any party may supplement its designation of expert witnesses in response to any other party's designation so long as that party has not previously retained an expert to testify on that subject.

2. Each expert witness designated by a party shall prepare a written report to be provided to all other parties no later than December 20, 2010, containing the information required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(A) and (B).

Except as provided in paragraph 4, below, any party that fails to make these disclosures shall not, absent substantial justification, be permitted to use evidence or testimony not disclosed at any hearing or at the time of trial. In addition, the Court may impose sanctions as permitted by Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(c).

3. Any party, through any expert designated, shall in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(C) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e), supplement any of its expert reports regarding evidence intended solely to contradict or rebut evidence on the same subject matter identified in an expert report submitted by another party. Any such supplemental reports are due on or before January 13, 2011.

4. All discovery, including expert discovery, shall be completed on or before February 14, .

"Completed" means that all discovery under Rules 30-36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cut-off date, so that it may be completed by the cut-off date, taking into account the times for services, notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. All disputes concerning discovery shall be brought to the attention of the Magistrate Judge no later than thirty (30) days following the date upon which the event giving rise to the discovery dispute occurred. Counsel shall meet and confer pursuant to the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 and Local Rule 26.1(a).

5. All motions, other than motions to amend or join parties, or motions in limine, SHALL BE FILED on or before March 21, 2011.*fn1

Motions will not be heard or calendared unless counsel for the moving party has obtained a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who will hear the motion. Be advised that the parties must file their moving papers within three (3) days of receiving the motion hearing date from the Court. Be further advised that the period of time between the date you request a motion date and the hearing date may be up to six weeks. Please plan accordingly. For example, you may need to contact the judge's law clerk at least six weeks in advance of the motion cut-off to calendar the motion. Failure of counsel to timely request a motion date may result in the motion not being heard.

Motions will not be heard on the above date unless you have obtained that date in advance from the judge's law clerk.

6. Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without permission of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion. No reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages without leave of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion.

7. Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1(f)(1), when filing a Motion for Summary Judgment and/or Adjudication, Defendants shall file, and serve on Plaintiff, a separate statement setting forth plainly and concisely all material facts which they contend are undisputed. Each of the material facts stated shall be followed by a reference to the supporting evidence. Further, Plaintiff shall file, and serve on Defendants, a separate statement that responds to each of the material facts contended by Defendants to be undisputed, indicating whether the opposing party agrees or disagrees that those facts are undisputed. The statement also shall set forth plainly and concisely any other material facts that the opposing party contends are disputed. Each material fact contended by the opposing party to be disputed shall be followed by a reference to the supporting evidence.

8. The Mandatory Settlement Conference currently on calendar for October 15, 2010 is hereby vacated. In its place, a Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on December 20, , at 2:00 P.M. in the chambers of Magistrate William V. Gallo. Counsel shall submit confidential settlement statements directly to chambers no later than December 10, 2010. Each party's settlement statement shall set forth the party's statement of the case, identify controlling legal issues, concisely set out issues of liability and damages, and shall set forth the party's settlement position, including the last offer or demand made by that party, and a separate statement of the offer or demand the party is prepared to make at the settlement conference. Settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court, nor shall they be served on opposing counsel.

9. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 16.3, all party representatives and claims adjusters for insured defendants with full and unlimited authority*fn2 to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement, as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the mandatory settlement conference. Retained outside corporate counsel shall not appear on behalf of a corporation as the party who has the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement. For good cause, and on ex parte application at least one day before the scheduled settlement conference, Magistrate Judge Gallo may excuse a party or representative from personal attendance provided such party or parties will be available by telephone during the conference. Failure to attend the conference or obtain proper excuse will be considered grounds for sanctions.

10. The parties' Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law in compliance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(2) shall be filed with the Clerk of the Court, and copies served on all other parties and lodged with the Chambers of the Hon. Roger T. Benitez on or before August 29, 2011.

11. All parties or their counsel shall also fully comply with the Pretrial Disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) on or before August 29, 2011. Failure to comply with these disclosures requirements could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under Fed. R. Civ.

12. Counsel shall meet together and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) on or before September 5, 2011. At this meeting, counsel shall discuss and attempt to enter into stipulations and agreements resulting in simplification of the triable issues. Counsel shall exchange copies and/or display all exhibits other than those to be used for impeachment. The exhibits shall be prepared in accordance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(4)(c). Counsel shall note any objections they have to any other parties' Pretrial Disclosures under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3). Counsel shall cooperate in the preparation of the proposed pretrial conference order.

13. The proposed final pretrial conference order, including objections they have to any other parties' Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) Pretrial Disclosures shall be prepared, served and lodged with the Clerk of the Court on or before September 12, 2011, and shall be in the form prescribed in and in compliance with Local Rule 16.1 (f)(6). Counsel shall also bring a court copy of the pretrial order to the pretrial conference.

14. The final pretrial conference shall be held before the Honorable Roger T. Benitez, United States District Court Judge, on September 19, 2011, at 10:30 A.M.

15. The dates and times set forth herein will not be further modified except for good cause shown.

16. Plaintiff's counsel shall serve a copy of this order on all parties that enter this case hereafter.


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