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Melissa Quiggins v. Corizon

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE


February 20, 2013

MELISSA QUIGGINS
PLAINTIFF
v.
CORIZON, INC.
DEFENDANT

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

During a lengthy conference with parties, the Court considered many of the remaining pre-trial motions. The Court reached the following conclusions.

Defendant has moved for a continuance in light of recent media coverage of this case and Corizon. The Court feels that any pre-formed opinions or bias about the parties and the case can be appropriately taken care of during voir dire.

Defendant has moved to exclude from evidence certain "anatomage" 3-D images. As discussed in the conference, these images have little probative value as they are not the images used during treatment, but rather are doctored, post-hoc images that arguably distort reality. As such, Federal Rule of Evidence 403 bars their admission.

Defendant has moved for reconsideration of this Court's previous Order (Doc. 156) excluding the Release and Responsibility Form.*fn1 Given the context of how and when the Form was signed, it is not admissible under both Federal Rule of Evidence 401 and 403.

Defendant has moved to exclude medical literature identified in Plaintiff's bibliography as it is untimely under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(B). Plaintiff's experts are limited to the texts and articles that were disclosed to the Defendant in the expert reports and depositions. To the extent Plaintiff has included in its bibliography medical texts and articles that have not previously been disclosed, the medical literature is excluded from use at trial.

Lastly, Defendant has moved to enforce a previous Court Order (Doc. 134) in light of recent depositions in which Defendant claims Plaintiff's questioning violates the Order's ruling. Any line of questioning that does not adhere to this Court's previous Order is inadmissible.*fn2

Being otherwise sufficiently advised,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant's motion for continuance (Doc. 157) is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's motion in limine to exclude the "anatomage" 3-D images attached to Dr. Stephen Barclay's Supplemental Disclosure as Exhibit #2 (Doc. 154) is SUSTAINED. These images may not be used for any demonstrative purpose at trial and witnesses are barred from discussing the images.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties will continue to work to resolve issues identified in Defendant's motion in limine to exclude certain deposition excerpts (Doc. 158) and Plaintiff's motion in limine regarding objections made during trial depositions (Doc.160). The parties are to advise the Court of matters they are unable to resolve.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's motion for reconsideration (Doc. 159) is DENIED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's motion to exclude medical literature identified in Plaintiff's bibliography is SUSTAINED in part and DENIED in part (Doc. 161). Plaintiff's experts are limited to the texts and articles that were disclosed to the Defendant in the expert reports and depositions.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's motion to enforce the Court's October 11, 2012 Order (Doc. 162) is SUSTAINED.

cc: Counsel of Record


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