IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 21, 2012
DOUGLAS C. DUIN,
DALE ELAINE MCCORMICK; ESTATE OF PRETRIAL ROBERT A. MCCORMICK, DECEASED; JOHN G. STEFFES,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
ORDER AMENDING STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER, CONTINUING FINAL CONFERENCE,
The parties filed a Joint Pretrial Statement on February 20, 2012 ("JPS"), in which they "request that this Court order that [related action Allstate Insurance Company v. John Steffes, et al., 2:11-cv-00249] be tried first, to be followed by [this action] at a later date, which is mutually convenient to the court and counsel." (JPS, 2:14-17.) This request is denied.*fn1
The parties also request in the JPS that "[i]f the Court does not agree to change the order of the trials . . . discovery be re-opened for the limited purpose of allowing previously disclosed experts to be deposed[; i]n this circumstance, the parties request an expert discovery deadline date of April 20, 2012." Id. at 5:9-12. Pursuant to the parties' request, the depositions of expert witnesses previously disclosed shall be completed*fn2 by April 20, 2012.
Further, the parties shall file an Amended Joint Pretrial Statement no later than February 27, 2012, which shall address all applicable portions of Local Rule 281(b) and shall set forth each theory of liability ("claim") and affirmative defense which remains to be tried, and the ultimate facts on which each theory/defense is based. The Amended Joint Pretrial Statement shall also address each party's estimated length of trial and how much time each party desires for voir dire, opening statements, and closing arguments.
Lastly, the final pretrial conference scheduled for hearing on February 27, 2012, is continued until 1:30 p.m. on March 19, 2012.