The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles S. Miller, Jr. United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER FOR FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
A final pretrial conference will be held before the magistrate judge on October 3, 2012, at 1:30 p.m CDT. The conference will be conducted via telephone conference call to be initiated by the court.
Prior to the date of the final pretrial conference, counsel shall confer in person or by telephone for the purpose of preparing a joint Final Pretrial Statement and examining and marking exhibits as detailed below. Within two (2) days of the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel shall e-mail the following documents to ndd_J-Miller@ndd.uscourts.gov in "Wordperfect" or "Word" format:
(1) Final Pretrial Statement;
(2) Exhibit List for each party; and
Final Pretrial Statement: Counsel will jointly prepare for presentation to the court at pretrial a Final Pretrial Statement in substantially the same form as the sample posted on the court's website (http://www.ndd.uscourts.gov/forms.html). Rule 26(a)(3) disclosures shall be incorporated into the Final Pretrial Statement.
Counsel are not required to stipulate or waive anything. They are required to confer in advance of the conference and prepare and joint Final Pretrial Statement covering the matters set out in this order for presentation to the court at the final pretrial conference.
The Final Pretrial Statement must be completed and signed by all counsel, signifying acceptance. The court will enter an order following the conference accepting or modifying its terms.
Exhibits: Counsel are directed to complete the physical marking and numbering of all papers and objects that are expected to be introduced as exhibits. The exhibits are to be marked with an exhibit sticker. The parties must number the exhibits consecutively, with each party using separate numbers with sufficient gaps for unanticipated or rebuttal exhibits (e.g., the plaintiff using numbers P1-P20 and the defendant using numbers D50-D70). The exhibits shall be listed in the form of the Exhibit List posted on the court's website (http://www.ndd.uscourts.gov/forms.html). Counsel will retain the exhibits in their possession but shall submit the list with the Final Pretrial Statement as a separate document. Counsel must disclose and list all exhibits relating to an issue on which their client has the burden of proof or the burden of going forward with the evidence. Each listed exhibit shall be designated as "will offer" or "may offer." Documents to be used solely for rebuttal purposes need not be numbered or listed until identified at trial.
Failure to list an exhibit required by this order to be listed or to disclose such exhibit to adverse counsel will result, except upon a showing of good cause, in the nonadmissibility of the exhibit into evidence at the trial. Each party shall make its exhibits available for inspection by other parties prior to the pretrial conference.
For each listed exhibit, counsel shall determine whether they will stipulate to admissibility for all purposes or at least waive foundation for the opposing party's exhibits. The court strongly encourages such agreement and expects counsel to waive foundation unless there is a strong, specific objection to a particular exhibit. Any stipulation to ...