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Causey v. State Farm Mutual Insurance

United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana

July 25, 2019

TYRONE CAUSEY
v.
STATE FARM MUTUAL INSURANCE

         SECTION “H”

          TRIAL PREPARATION AND PROCEDURES (JURY TRIAL)

          MILAZZO, J.

         Pursuant to the pretrial conference in this matter held July 25, 2019, IT IS ORDERED THAT:

         1. Jury trial of this matter, which previously was scheduled to begin on August 19, 2019, shall instead commence at 8:30 a.m. on November 12, 2019 because of a conflict in the Court's schedule. Estimated length of trial is 3 days. Counsel should be present at 8:15 a.m. in the event there remain any issues that must be addressed before trial begins.

         2. On or before November 4, 2019, the parties shall electronically file:

(A) A single joint jury instruction document containing agreed to instructions and the parties' respective positions regarding disputed instructions (parties need only refer to numbers of pattern charge)[1], and
(B) A single joint verdict form containing agreed-to elements and the parties' respective positions regarding disputed elements.
(C) A joint statement of the case to be read by the Court to prospective jurors prior to voir dire. The statement should not be more than three or four sentences.

         3. Trial memorandum shall be required only if ordered by the Court.

         4. On or before November 6, 2019 the parties shall electronically file final witness lists. The list shall identify the witnesses whom the party intends to call at trial in its case in chief. The party who lists these witnesses shall make them available to all other parties, regardless of whether the listing party actually calls the witness. Any witness not listed shall not be permitted to testify, except for rebuttal witnesses. No. witnesses may be listed unless counsel has complied with all of the Court's previous orders regarding identification of witnesses.

         5. On or before November 6, 2019, the parties shall deliver to chambers two tabbed-bench books of exhibits, with a corresponding exhibit list. To the extent practicable, the parties should attempt to combine the exhibits in one joint bench book. In the event the parties determine that the exhibit list is voluminous, a conference with the Court should be requested to determine if the exhibits should be delivered in thumb drive format in lieu of hard copies. The bench book shall delineate those exhibits that are submitted without objection and those to which an objection has been lodged. Objected-to exhibits shall be place in a separate section at the front of the bench book. The party objecting to an exhibit shall provide the basis for the objection using the format identified as Sample 1, attached hereto. On the date of trial, the parties shall bring to Court a set of exhibits, properly marked for identification, which counsel intends to introduce into evidence. If counsel wishes to display exhibits to the members of the jury, counsel should be properly versed in the courtroom's evidence presentation equipment. Counsel shall contact the case manager at (504) 589-7695 to schedule a brief training session on the use of electronic equipment.

         6. Absent a showing of good cause, no deposition testimony will be received in a party's case in chief unless identified in the Pretrial Order.

         Additionally, the parties shall, prior to trial, meet and agree as to the elimination of all irrelevant and repetitive matter and all colloquy between counsel. The parties shall, in good faith, attempt to resolve all objections to testimony so that the Court will be required to rule only on those objections to which they cannot reach an agreement as to their merit.

         The parties shall provide to the Court two copies of all proposed deposition testimony on or before November 6, 2019. Any objection not resolved prior to the trial shall be presented to the Court at that time in the format identified in Sample 2. Proponents and opponents shall ...


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