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Judge Leicthy: Summary of Deadlines

At least 28 days before the final pretrial conference, parties must exchange among counsel only (i.e., not file with the court): (1) Witness lists and any proposed deposition excerpts; (2) exhibit lists and exhibits (excluding demonstrative exhibits); and (3) contentions of the parties.

At least 21 days before the final pretrial conference, the parties must exchange among counsel only (i.e., not file with the court): (1) objections to witnesses, including any objections to portions of depositions or under Fed. R. Civ. P. 32(a) to use of such testimony; (2) objections to exhibits (excluding demonstrative exhibits); and (3) proposed joint jury instructions.

At least 14 days before the final pretrial conference, the parties must serve and file the following materials: (1) evidentiary objections or motions to exclude another party’s expert witness, unless required to be filed sooner by separate order in the case; (2) plaintiff’s trial brief; (3) proposed jury instructions, verdict forms, and voir dire questions, and submitted via email to chambers; (4) motion in limine; and (5) proposed final pretrial order, unless ordered at another time.

At least 7 days before the final pretrial conference, the parties must serve and file the following materials: (1) opposing parties’ trial briefs; (2) objections to proposed jury instructions, verdict forms, and voir dire questions; and (3) response to motion in limine.

On or before 5:00 p.m. (EST) the Wednesday before trial, the parties must provide to court chambers and ensure opposing counsel has the following materials: (1) exhibit binders and flash drive of exhibits in separate PDFs; (2) exhibit list for case manager; (3) updated witness lists; and (4) any demonstrative exhibits (with any objections due the Thursday before trial by noon).

Generally, parties should rely on the Memorandum of Status Conference for the submission deadlines.