UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
February 7, 2006
KIMBERLY EVERSON, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE ESTATE OF JAMESEL ROBINSON, PLAINTIFF,
MEDLANTIC HEALTHCARE GROUP, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Facciola United States Magistrate Judge
This case was referred to me, after consent of the parties, for all purposes including trial. The Pretrial Conference in this case is scheduled for February 13, 2006 and the trial for February 20, 2006. Currently pending before me are five motions in limine: Plaintiff's Motion to Use Deposition at Trial [#51]; Defendant's Motion in Limine to Exclude Hearsay Testimony and Duplicative Witnesses [#52]; Defendant's Motion in Limine to Exclude All Evidence and Testimony Related to Plaintiff's Dangerous Working Condition Claim [#53]; Motion in Limine to Exclude the Trial Testimony of Anne Shellswick [#54]; Defendant's Motion in Limine to Exclude Trial Testimony of Drs. Oswald G. Warner and Richard A. Wilson [#55]. For the reasons discussed below, it is, hereby ORDERED that all five motions in limine are stricken as untimely.
The Pretrial Procedures Order issued in this case provides the following instructions with regard to motions in limine:
The parties shall file any motions in limine no later then fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the date of the pretrial conference; oppositions shall be due no later than ten (10) days prior to the pretrial conference; and replies shall be due no later than five (5) days before the pretrial conference. Counsel are to deliver courtesy copies of these submissions directly to chambers.
Pretrial Procedures Order, C.A. No. 00-226, Docket Entry 28 (May 13, 2005). Because the Pretrial Conference is scheduled for February 13, 2006, the parties should have filed their motions in limine by January 29, 2006.*fn1 However, all five of the motions currently before me were filed on February 2, 2006. More importantly, not one of those motions contained a request under Rule 6(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for an enlargement of time. As the court of appeals recently explained in Smith v. District of Columbia, 430 F.3d 450 (D.C. Cir. 2005), it is an abuse of the court's discretion to consider an untimely motion in the absence of a motion for an extension. Smith, 430 F.3d at 457. Accordingly, I cannot consider any of the untimely motions in limine and they must be stricken from the record.