Carroll v. General Motors LLC
Plaintiff: Michael Carroll, April Baker-Winfield, Penny Barber, Jared Brownley, Marian Butcher, Carmen Carletti, Melvin Coleman, James Coon, Tonia Coon, Mary Dodson, Elizabeth Dudley, Lillian Edmonds, Kimberly Erickson, Kevin Folmar, Amber Harris, Fannie Johnson, Andrew Kunshier, Jake Maiden, David Mangum, Robert McClure, Jennifer Middle, Dolores Pappas, Annette Shippee, Carrie Strege, Ella Tassell, Brianna Vargas, Scott Watson, Donald West, Chantell Woods and Elden Woods
Defendant: General Motors L.L.C.
Case Number: 1:2015cv08324
Filed: October 22, 2015
Court: US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Office: Foley Square Office
County: XX Out of State
Presiding Judge: Jesse M. Furman
Nature of Suit: Tort Product Liability
Cause of Action: 28:1332
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

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October 3, 2017 Opinion or Order Filing 291 OPINION AND ORDER [Regarding the Parties' Motions in Limine and the Admissibility of Plaintiff's Other Similar Incident Evidence] re: (145 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF, 4463 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 37 to Exclude Post-Ac cident Hearsay Statements by Mary Dodson, filed by General Motors LLC, (4480 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF, 159 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 3 to Exclude Unfairly Prejudicial or Cumulative Evidence and/or Argument Regarding Plainti ff's Prescription Pain Medication Usage, filed by Mary Dodson, (165 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF, 4486 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 5 to Exclude Opinion Testimony and Hearsay Evidence From Officer Dellenger Relating to the Cau se of the Accident, filed by Mary Dodson, (168 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF, 4489 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 6 to Exclude Evidence of Job Performance and Evidence of Pain, Suffering, and Accidents Later Than September 2015, f iled by Mary Dodson, (153 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF, 4474 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 1 to Exclude Defendant's Use of Plaintiff's Original Fact Sheet Before The Jury, filed by Mary Dodson, (4466 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF, 148 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 38 to Exclude Evidence Regarding the Recall Remedy, filed by General Motors LLC, (4483 in 1:14-md-02543-JMF, 162 in 1:15-cv-08324-JMF) MOTION in Limine No. 4 to Exclude Evidence of Traffic Citations and Ted Dodson's Testimony Relating to Her Driving, filed by Mary Dodson. The Court feels compelled to express some frustration with respect to the parties briefing of the issues addressed in this Opinion and Order. Fir st, based on its experiences with prior bellwether trials, the Court had admonished the parties to confer in advance of filing any motions in limine, to ensure that briefing was narrowly tailored to issues that were actually in dispute. (August 11 , 2017 Status Conf. Tr. 31-32, available at http://gmignitionmdl.com/court-documents/transcripts/). It is clear from the briefing of several motions most notably, Scruggs's fourth motion in limine and New GM's thirty-eighth motion in limi ne that the parties did not fully heed the Court's admonition. Second, pursuant to Order No. 123, the parties were required to confer in good faith regarding the applicability of the Court's pretrial rulings in earlier bellwether trials to this case. (Docket No. 3902, paragraph 6). The obvious idea behind that requirement is to avoid the need for the parties to brief and the Court to decide issues that the Court has effectively already decided. Underscoring that idea, the Court u rged the parties in its Order concerning the application of prior rulings to "meet and confer" before filing new any new briefing "to avoid unnecessary motion practice and to narrow any disputes" (Docket No. 4498, paragraph 6), and, even more pointedly, to strive in briefing the admissibility of OSI evidence "to avoid making arguments that, based on a fair reading of the Court's prior opinions, the Court is likely to reject" (id. at 14). As the discussion of OSI evidence above should make clear, the parties could have done a better job of heeding that admonition too. In any event, for the reasons stated above, Scruggs's first and third motions in limine and New GM's thirty-seventh motion in limine are DENIED; Scruggs's fourth and sixth motions in limine are GRANTED in part and DENIED in part; and Scruggs's fifth motion in limine and New GM's thirty-eighth motion in limine are GRANTED in full. In addition, Scruggs 9;s application to admit OSI evidence is granted in part and denied in part. Specifically, while Scruggs may introduce evidence of the fifty-eight OSIs for purposes of proving notice, she may not introduce evidence of any OSIs to prove the existen ce or magnitude of the defect or causation. The Clerk of Court is directed to terminate 14-MD-2543, Docket Nos. 4463, 4466, 4474, 4480, 4483, 4486, and 4489, and 15-CV-8324, Docket Nos. 145, 148, 153, 159, 162, 165, and 168, and as further set forth herein. (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 10/3/2017) Filed In Associated Cases: 1:14-md-02543-JMF, 1:15-cv-08324-JMF. (ras)
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