United States District Court, N.D. Illinois
May 13, 2004.
MICHAEL A. DEWICK, SR., et al., etc., Plaintiffs,
MAYTAG CORPORATION, et al., Defendants
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MILTON SHADUR, Senior District Judge
In compliance with the schedule established by this Court's April 21,
2004 minute order, in which it also set the dates for the litigants'
joint submission of a Final Pretrial Order and for an ensuing pretrial
conference, counsel for defendant Maytag Corporation ("Maytag") has
timely filed a dozen motions in limine. Its Motion No. 9, which seeks to
bar all non-party witnesses from attendance during the trial until they
are called to testify, is entirely noncontroversial and also conforms to
this Court's regular trial practice. Accordingly that motion is granted
at this time, without this Court requiring a response from plaintiffs'
Because this sua sponte memorandum order is being entered so early in
the briefing process, it also addresses a procedural matter for the
guidance of the litigants. Plaintiffs' counsel should file a single
memorandum that addresses all of Maytag's remaining motions in limine,
rather than having to generate a separate memorandum for each of Maytag's
motions (and of course leave is granted to exceed the 15-page limit in that combined
memorandum). By the same token, Maytag's reply should also be presented
in a single memorandum, with leave being granted also to exceed the
15-page limit if that is found necessary.
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