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Jacobs v. Allstate Cafeteria Plan

February 1, 2006

STEVEN C. JACOBS, AND RHONDA JACOBS, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF THEIR MINOR DAUGHTER, AND JANE DOE, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
ALLSTATE CAFETERIA PLAN, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Marcia S. Krieger

PRE-TRIAL PREPARATION AND TRIAL SETTING ORDER - BENCH TRIAL (CIVIL)

The above-captioned matter has been scheduled for a three (3) day bench trial on the docket of the Honorable Marcia S. Krieger in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Courtroom A901, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado, to commence at 9:00 a.m. on April 10, 2007. This setting is on a trailing docket in a third position.

To ensure that the parties are adequately prepared for trial as scheduled, this Order sets forth numerous requirements and deadlines. Counsel should review this Order carefully and allot sufficient time in their schedules to complete the tasks required. Non-compliance with the requirements in this Order may result in the imposition of sanctions.

A. Pre-Trial Conference

A Pre-Trial Conference is set for January 11, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Lead counsel who will try the case and the party (or, in the case of legal entities, a representative of the entity with full authority to discuss and approve settlements) shall attend.

The purpose of the conference is to ensure that the parties are fully prepared to proceed to trial, to review and approve the Proposed Pre-Trial Order, and to address any procedural or substantive concerns that threaten the efficiency or fairness of the trial.

At the Pre-Trial Conference, the Court will set a deadline for the filing of any remaining motions in limine, and, if appropriate, may schedule one or more Trial Preparation Conferences or direct the parties to contact the Magistrate Judge to schedule one or more settlement conferences. Counsel shall have their calendars available at the Pre-Trial Conference to expedite such scheduling.

B. Proposed Pre-Trial Order

Counsel shall meet and confer sufficiently in advance of the Pre-Trial Conference to jointly develop a Proposed Pre-Trial Order conforming to the following requirements. Completion of the Proposed Pre-Trial Order will require counsel to have fully assessed the case and prepared for trial. For a case to be fully ready for trial, the parties must have made final determinations as to the claims and defenses they intend to present, the elements of those claims or defenses, the particular witness testimony and exhibits necessary to prove those elements and the time it will take to present the required evidence.

1. Format of the Proposed Pre-Trial Order

Except as specifically modified herein, the Proposed Pre-Trial Order shall be in the format of Appendix G of this Court's Local Civil Rules, available at the Court's website. See www.co.uscourts.gov/forms/fin_pre_ord_new.pdf. The parties shall modify the format of Appendix G in the following respects:

Section 3: Claims and Defenses

Any party may elect to omit a summary of the claims, defenses, facts, and legal theories. If a party includes a narrative summary, such summary shall not exceed one page in length.

Regardless of whether a narrative is included, this section MUST include a separate enumeration of each claim to be tried and an identification of the party with the burden of proof. If claims are asserted pursuant to state law, the parties shall also designate which state's law applies to each claim. Within each enumerated claim, the parties shall separately enumerate every element of that claim. Any elements which are stipulated should be designated as such. For each contested enumerated element, the party with the burden of proof shall identify each fact that will be offered to prove that element, including all witness(es) and/or exhibit(s) through which such facts will be offered. A narrative statement or reference to prior pleadings is not sufficient to satisfy this requirement.

Where affirmative defenses, counterclaims, or cross-claims are also asserted, the enumeration of claims shall also include these claims or defenses in the same format. To the extent that the parties disagree on the allocation of the burden of proof or the necessary elements of a claim, the dispute should be noted in a footnote with citations to authority supporting each side's position.

NOTE: Any claims or affirmative defenses not specifically identified and supported as required will be deemed waived.

Example: Claim 1: Breach of contract under Colorado law

Plaintiff has burden of proof on all elements Elements: (i)-(iii) offer, ...


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