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In re Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

July 10, 2013

IN RE PRADAXA (DABIGATRAN ETEXILATE) PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION. This Document Relates to: ALL CASES.

CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER No. 37 ORDER MODIFYING PRIOR CASE MANAGEMENT ORDERS

DAVID R. HERNDON, District Judge.

Pursuant to CMO 38, the Court hereby enters the following schedule for BIPI and BII's production schedule, certification of productions, and modifying pre-trial deadlines and other CMOs, and Orders as follows:

1. Paragraph G of CMO 8 is modified to require that "the updated, relevant, non-privileged, previously non-produced portions of the custodial file of that employee shall be produced 45 days in advance of the deposition of the scheduled deposition to the address specified by Plaintiffs' counsel."
2. Paragraph 3(b) of CMO 11 is modified as follows: The employee witness deposition period for BII and Dismissed Foreign Defendant current and former employee witnesses shall begin on September 9, 2013 and conclude by February 7, 2014. Further, BII witness depositions may take place without regard to completion of BIPI deponents.
3. With respect to the discovery obligations in CMO 17, Amended CMO 17 and CMO 21, BIPI shall provide a certification (attached as Exhibit A), signed by its lead counsel, on or before July 22, 2013. This obligation includes the following custodial files:
4. With respect to future custodians to be identified by Plaintiffs to BIPI, production is to be made within thirty (30) days of each request.
5. With respect to the discovery obligations in CMO 18, BII shall provide a certification (attached as Exhibit A), signed by its lead counsel, on or before July 31, 2013. This obligation includes the following custodial files:
6. With respect to future custodians to be identified by Plaintiffs to BII, production of his/her file is made within forty-five (45) days of each request.
7. Paragraphs (3)(d) and (3(e) of CMO 21 are modified, and BII shall now produce the T:drive, Idea for Submission, I-Gen-bus and any miscellaneous items on or before July 22, 2013. BIPI and BII's lead counsel shall sign a certification (attached as Exhibit A), including the description of the content of the database, on or before July 22, 2013. For all other databases, BIPI and BII's lead counsel shall sign a certification (attached as Exhibit A), including the description of the content of the database, on or before July 31, 2013. This includes the following databases:
8. With respect to all productions made in the future, lead counsel for BIPI and BII shall provide a certification, signed by its lead counsel, at the time of the production, that said production is complete (attached as Exhibit A).
9. Expert designation and deposition dates are modified as follows:
a. Paragraph E(2)(a) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: On or before February 28, 2014, Plaintiffs shall designate, pursuant to Rule 26, Fed.R.Civ.P., their expert witnesses for each of the four (4) bellwether trial cases.
b. Paragraph E(2)(b) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: On or before March 28, 2014, Defendants shall designate their expert witnesses pursuant to Rule 26, Fed.R.Civ.P.
c. Paragraph E(2)(c) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: On or before April 11, 2014, Plaintiffs shall designate any rebuttal expert witnesses, pursuant to Rule 26, Fed.R.Civ.P.
d. Paragraph E(2)(e) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: Depositions of expert witnesses shall take place between April 15, 2014 and May 29, 2014. It is the intention of the parties that the depositions of Plaintiffs' expert witnesses be taken before Defendants' expert witnesses, and Plaintiffs' rebuttal expert witnesses be taken after Defendants' expert witnesses.
e. Paragraph F(1) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: Plaintiffs and Defendants must file and serve any summary judgment motions and motions for partial summary judgment on or before June 6, 2014.
f. Paragraph F(3) of CMO 28 is modified as follows: All Daubert motions shall be filed by June 6, 2014.
g. Responses to Summary Judgment Motions and Daubert Motions shall be filed thirty (30) days after the motion to which it responds is filed, but no later than July 3, 2014.

SO ORDERED.

EXHIBIT A

Affidavit of Completion of Document Production

1. I Paul Schmidt/[Beth Rose] am lead counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc./[Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH] in the Pradaxa MDL.

2. I have made a diligent check to confirm that I have sufficient knowledge of all the processes conducted to comply with discovery obligations and CMOs entered by this Court.

3. I make this affidavit after a reasonable inquiry as is required under Rule 26 of the Code of Civil Procedure, based on information from the personnel at the company and the vendor who are responsible for collecting paper and electronic information and applying search terms and processing and on information from LeClair Ryan, who is responsible for reviewing the documents and electronic information for responsiveness and privilege.

4. Contemporaneous with this affidavit, BIPI/[BII] is making the production of _____________________ [name of custodian/name of data storage area/name of database/etc.]. I attest that to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief formed after a reasonable inquiry as described above, as follows:

This production contains all of the responsive documents and/or data located and/or identified by personnel at the company and the vendor who are responsible for collecting paper and electronic information and applying search terms and processing and by LeClair Ryan that were created on or before __________, 201_ [date to be no greater than 45 days prior to the date of production], other than documents withheld for privilege.

5. If additional responsive documents and/or data are located and/or identified, the PSC and the Court will be promptly so advised and an explanation will be given for untimely production.

Sworn to before me this ____ day of _________________ 201_.


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