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West Lawsuit Case Management Orders

West Lawsuit Case Management Orders

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December 2013 case management orders for lawsuits in West after fertilizer explosion.
December 2013 case management orders for lawsuits in West after fertilizer explosion.

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Dec 13, 2013
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INRE:
WESTEXPLOSIONCASES
 
ThisDocumentRelatestoallCases
 
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McLENNANCOUNTY,TEXAS
CASEMANAGEMENT
ORDER
No
DISCOVERY
ORDER
PursuanttoTexasRule
of
CivilProcedure190.4,thefollowingDiscoveryOrdershallapplyunlessmodifiedbytheCourtoragreement
of
theparties.ThesecasesshallproceedunderDiscoveryLevel3.Forpurposes
of
thisOrder,theuse
of
theword liability includesalltheoriesofliabilitypleadagainsttheDefendantsaswellascausationmattersrelatedtothecause
of
the
fire
and/orexplosiononApril17,2013andtheuse
of
theword damages includesallcausationmattersrelatedtowhetherornotanyspecificplaintiff/intervenor sallegeddamageswerecausedbytheexplosiononApril17,2013.ThisOrdershallcontrolregardless
of
whetheranyspecificplaintiff/intervenorispartytoasuitfiledineitherthe414
th
DistrictCourtorthe74
th
DistrictCourtortheI70
th
DistrictCourt.
 
ThediscoverysubjecttothisOrderwillbeconductedpursuanttotheTexasRules
of
CivilProcedureunlessexpresslymodifiedherein.
 
2.
3.
4.
5.6.
7.
Plaintiffs SteeringCommittee
w
servea
uniformset
of
written
discovery(Interrogatories,RequestforAdmissions,RequestforProduction)onDefendants,onbehalf
of
 ll
PlaintiffslIntervenors.PlaintiffsSteeringCommitteewillservenomorethan90InterrogatoriesonDefendantAdairandnomorethan90InterrogatoriesonTheCFIndustriesDefendants.Defendantsmustserveawrittenresponsewithin30days
 ft r
service
of
theinterrogatoryorrequest.
Defendants
SteeringCommittee
w
serve
uniform
written
discoveryonPlaintiffslIntervenors,withoneuniformsetbeingsenttoPlaintiffslIntervenorsbringingwrongfuldeath/survivalclaims,oneuniformsetbeingsenttoPlaintiffslIntervenorsbringingpersonalinjuryclaims,andoneuniformset
of
discoverybeingsenttoPlaintiffslIntervenorsbringingpropertydamageand/orsubrogationclaims.DefendantAdairGrain
may
serve30InterrogatoriesregardingliabilityonPlaintiffslIntervenors,TheCFIndustriesDefendantsmayserve30InterrogatoriesregardingliabilityonPlaintiffslIntervenors.Plaintiffs SteeringCommitteewillserveajointresponseonbehalf
of
 ll
PlaintiffslIntervenorsto
 ll
writtendiscoveryrequestsregardingliabilitywithin30days
 ft r
service.Defendantsjointlymayserve30InterrogatoriesregardingdamagesonPlaintiffslIntervenors.Nomorethan90Interrogatoriesmay
be
servedonanyplaintiff/intervenor.PlaintiffslIntervenorsinTrialGroups1,2and3mustserveawrittenresponsetodiscoverywithin30daysafterservice
of
theinterrogatoryorrequest.PlaintiffslIntervenors
not
inTrialGroups1,2or3mustrespondtowrittendiscoveryregardingdamageson
or
before
June
30,2014.Plaintiffs
and
Defendantsliabilityexperts,
and
Defendants
Corporate
Representatives
and
employeeswillbedeposedonetime,unlessotherwiseorderedbytheCourt,andthedepositioncanbeusedattrialby
 ll
PlaintiffslIntervenors.
 t
thetime
of
Defendants ExpertDesignationDeadline,partieswillthenconfertoprovidedatesfortheirexpertdepositions.Defendantsmayserveupto30interrogatoriesand30requestsforproductiononeachother.Thepartiesshallconfertoagreeonaprotocolfortheproduction
of
documentsandelectronicallystoredinformation.TheCourtwillorderaprotocol
if
thepartiesareunabletoagree.ThepriorstayondiscoveryprovidedforinCaseManagementOrder 1(signedJune25,2013)isliftedandthepartiestothese
 
casesarepermittedtoproceedwithdiscoverybetweenthemselvesasprovidedforinthisOrder.
 
thisregard DefendantsarenotrequiredtorespondtoanyRequestsforDisclosurepreviouslyservedaspart
of
aplaintiffand/orintervenor spleadings.Discoveryastonon-partiesshallbeconductedpursuanttotheTexas
 u es
of
CivilProcedure.Signedonthis
 ? day
of
December 2013.

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