United States District Court, N.D. California
RAUL G. TAGANAS, Plaintiff,
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants.
LYLE C. CAVIN, JR. SBN 44958, LIA MARKS, SBN 282914, LAW OFFICES OF LYLE C. CAVIN, JR., Oakland, California, Attorneys for Plaintiff. Raul G. Taganas.
R. Michael Underhill, Attorneys for Defendant, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER] TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND SOME RELATED DATES
SAMUEL CONTI, Judge.
Plaintiff Raul Taganas has requested, and subject to the Court's approval, Defendant United States of America has stipulated, as follows:
1. Plaintiff is a merchant seaman, alleging that he suffered injuries on February 17, 2011, while in the service of a vessel owned by the United States.
2. Plaintiff thereafter commenced the above-referenced action on February 7, 2013, alleging violations of the Jones Act and the General Maritime Law.
3. As of September 4, 2012, Plaintiff was declared Fit for Duty and deemed fit to return to work without restrictions concerning the incident relevant to this case. He subsequently returned to work on a privately owned and operated vessel (APL JAPAN) and sustained a work-related injury in April of 2013; the latter injury is unrelated to this case. In September of 2013, Plaintiff was declared Fit for Duty as a result of the APL JAPAN incident, but has not yet returned to work due to the lack of availability of work.
4. Plaintiff has an excellent chance to ship out during the first two weeks of February for a four to six month period and would thus be unavailable for the currently scheduled trial.
5. Additionally, Lyle C. Cavin, Jr., the undersigned, has been scheduled for medical procedures for treatment of cancer commencing in early February, 2014. The need for this treatment was recently learned in late December, 2013. This course of treatment and convalescence will prevent him from working in any capacity for a minimum of two-and-a-half months, perhaps longer depending upon post-intervention testing. As such he will be unavailable for the currently scheduled trial date of February 24, 2014.
6. Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. is lead counsel for plaintiff, and the only attorney familiar with this case, capable of trying the matter on behalf of Plaintiff.
7. The parties have diligently pursued this case. To date, the parties have exchanged Initial Disclosures, exchanged multiple rounds of discovery, deposed plaintiff, disclosed experts, deposed most liability and economic experts, and deposed percipient witnesses.
8. The parties hereby request a continuance of the February 24, 2014, trial date due to the anticipated unavailability of Plaintiff for employment reasons and the unavailability of Plaintiff's counsel for medical reasons.
9. Counsel for the United States is neutral as to the continuance due to Plaintiff's re-employment considerations, but is fully and unconditionally supportive of the request for a continuance due ...