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Bennett v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. California

March 17, 2016

Bennett
v.
Experian Information Solutions, Inc. et al

          SUPPLEMENTAL ORDER TO ORDER SETTING INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE WILLIAM ALSUP

          WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Introduction

         The purpose of this supplemental order is to guide the parties on recurring practical questions that arise prior to trial and to impose certain requirements for the conduct of the case. Counsel must please read this order and follow it.

         Service of this Order

         1. For cases originating in this Court, plaintiff(s) must serve this order and the order setting the initial case management conference (along with any other required pleadings) on each defendant. For cases removed from state court, the removing defendant(s) must serve this order and the order setting the initial case management conference (along with any other required pleadings) immediately on each and every party that has previously appeared or that appears within thirty days after removal. Thereafter, any existing party to the action that brings a new party into the action must immediately serve a copy of this order and the order setting the initial case management conference (along with any other required pleadings) on the new party.

         Case Management Conference

         2. The parties will please address the standardized items in the court-wide format for the joint case management statement. This is available at the Standing Order For all Judges of the Northern District of California - Contents of Joint Case Management Statements. Please file (electronically or manually depending on your case) at least seven calendar days prior to the case management conference. Each party shall be represented at the case management conference by counsel prepared to address all such matters and with authority to enter stipulations and to make admissions.

         3. In the joint statement for the initial case management conference, any law firm with more than fifty lawyers nationwide must submit a specific plan for how it intends, in this case, to provide opportunities to junior lawyers (six years or fewer years out of law school) to argue motions in court, to take depositions, and to examine witnesses at trial. Specific motions, depositions, and junior lawyers must be identified. Please state whether it would be useful to require client representatives to attend the upcoming case management conference where this subject will be discussed.

         4. Pursuant to FRCP 26(d), Rule 34 requests may be served more than twenty-one days after service of the complaint on a party. The request is considered to have been served at the Rule 26(f) conference. As soon as a party has notice of this order, however, the party shall take such affirmative steps as are necessary to preserve evidence related to the issues presented by the action, including, without limitation, interdiction of any document-destruction programs and any ongoing erasures of e-mails, voice mails, and other electronically-recorded material.

         Electronic Case Filing - Lodging Hard Copies with Chambers

         5. In all “E-Filing” cases, in addition to filing papers electronically, the parties are required to lodge for chambers one paper copy of each document that is filed electronically. These printed copies shall be marked “Chambers Copy - Do Not File” and shall be in an envelop clearly marked with the judge's name and case number. It shall be delivered in accordance with Civil Local Rule 5-1(e)(7). For the final pretrial conference, please follow Guidelines for Trial and Final Pretrial Conference In Civil Jury Cases Before the Honorable William Alsup.

         Setting Motions for Hearing

         6. Counsel need not request a motion hearing date and may notice non-discovery motions for any Thursday (excepting holidays) at 8:00 a.m. The Court sometimes rules on the papers, issuing a written order and vacating the hearing. If a written request for oral argument is filed before a ruling, stating that a lawyer of four or fewer years out of law school will conduct the oral argument or at least the lion's share, then the Court will hear oral argument, believing that young lawyers need more opportunities for appearances than they usually receive.

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