IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 5, 2012
DIANE R. LIERMANN,
THE JACKSON LABORATORY, AND DOES 1-20, INCLUSIVE,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER
The status (pretrial scheduling) conference scheduled for hearing on June 11, 2012, is vacated since the parties' Joint Status Report filed on May 23, 2012 ("JSR") indicates the following Order should issue.
SERVICE, JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL PARTIES, AMENDMENT
Plaintiff states in the JSR that she "may join additional parties after conducting discovery." (JRS 2:11.) This statement fails to comply with Plaintiff's obligation under Rule 16 to provide meaningful information on when the referenced amendment would be sought. "Parties anticipating possible amendments . . . have an unflagging obligation to alert the Rule 16 scheduling judge of the . . . timing of such anticipated amendments in their status reports so that the judge can consider whether such amendments may properly be sought solely under the Rule 15(a) standard, and whether structuring discovery pertinent to the parties' decision whether to amend is feasible." Jackson v. Laureate, Inc., 186 F.R.D. 605, 608 (E.D. Cal. 1999)(internal quotation marks and citation omitted).
Plaintiff shall conduct discovery pertinent to identifying any Doe defendants forthwith, and is authorized to file a motion in which leave is sought under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a) to file an Amended Complaint substituting a named defendant in place of a Doe defendant provided that the motion in which leave is sought is filed no later than ninety (90) days from the date on which this order is filed; the motion shall be noticed for hearing on the earliest available regularly scheduled law and motion hearing date.
No further service, joinder of parties, or amendments to pleadings is permitted, except with leave of Court for good cause shown. If leave is not sought as stated, Does 1 through 20 will be automatically dismissed from this action.
ADDED DEFENDANT'S OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK AMENDMENT OF THIS ORDER
If Plaintiff substitutes a named defendant in place of a Doe defendant, a copy of this Order shall be served on that defendant concurrently with the service of process.
That defendant has 30 days after said service within which to file a "Notice of Proposed Modification of Status Order." Although a newly-joined party's proposed modification filed within this thirty day period will not have to meet the good cause standard, no further amendments will be permitted, except with leave of Court for good cause shown.
All discovery shall be completed by March 20, 2013. In this context, "completed" means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate orders, if necessary, and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been complied with or, alternatively, the time allowed for such compliance shall have expired.
Each party shall comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(B) and (C)'s initial expert witness disclosure requirements on or before November 20, 2012, and any contradictory and/or rebuttal expert disclosure authorized under Rule 26(a)(2)(D)(ii) on or before December 20, 2012.
MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE
The last hearing date for a motion is May 20, 2013, commencing at 9:00 a.m.*fn1 A motion shall be briefed as prescribed in Local Rule 230.
The parties are cautioned that an untimely motion characterized as a motion in limine may be summarily denied. A motion in limine addresses the admissibility of evidence.
FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
The final pretrial conference is set for July 15, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. The parties are cautioned that the lead attorney who WILL TRY THE CASE for each party shall attend the final pretrial conference. In addition, all persons representing themselves and appearing in propria persona must attend the pretrial conference.
The parties are warned that non-trial worthy issues could be eliminated sua sponte "[i]f the pretrial conference discloses that no material facts are in dispute and that the undisputed facts entitle one of the parties to judgment as a matter of law." Portsmouth Square v. S'holders Protective Comm., 770 F.2d 866, 869 (9th Cir. 1985).
The parties shall file a JOINT pretrial statement no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the final pretrial conference. The joint pretrial statement shall address the 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. Furthermore, each party shall estimate the length of trial.*fn2 The Court uses the parties' joint pretrial statement to prepare its final pretrial order and could issue the final pretrial order without holding the scheduled final pretrial conference. See Mizwicki v. Helwig, 196 F.3d 828, 833 (7th Cir. 1999)("There is no requirement that the court hold a pretrial conference.").
If feasible, at the time of filing the joint pretrial statement counsel shall also email it in a format compatible with WordPerfect to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trial shall commence at 9:00 a.m. on October 22, 2013. IT IS SO ORDERED.