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Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. v. Summit Seals, Inc.

United States District Court, Fifth Circuit

June 12, 2013

MID-VALLEY PIPELINE COMPANY, Plaintiff,
v.
SUMMIT SEALS, INC., Defendant.

ORDER

DAVID BRAMLETTE, District Judge.

This cause is before the Court on the plaintiff Mid-Valley Pipeline Company ("MVPL")'s motion in limine (docket entry 45). Having carefully considered the motion, the response of defendant Summit Seals, Inc. ("Summit Seals"), the memoranda and the applicable law, and being fully advised in the premises, the Court finds as follows:

In its motion, the plaintiff seeks a prohibition against the mention of the following matters:

(1) the size, financial condition, or financial status of the parties and/or their parent and affiliated companies;

(2) the size, location, specialization, representation, or other work of MVPL or MVPL's counsel, including:

(a) MVPL's counsel's regular representation of oil and gas related companies in general and/or other specific corporations, insurance companies, manufacturers or individuals;

(b) the fact that MVPL's counsel specializes in product liability cases or cases involving disputes related to the oil and gas industry; and

(c) facts about MVPL's counsel's law practice and other clients (including, but not limited to, the number of attorneys in counsel's law firm, the location of their offices, and the substantive areas of practice of the law firm);

(3) the request by MVPL to exclude certain evidence including any motions in limine filed by MVPL.

In addition, MVPL requests the following:

(4) that Court instruct counsel for Summit Seals to apprise the defendant's witnesses concerning the Court's rulings on any motions in limine, to ensure that the Court's orders are not violated by any witness;

(5) the sequestration of all non-party lay witnesses, and an instruction prohibiting those witnesses from hearing the testimonies of other witnesses and from discussing this case or their testimony with other witnesses, in accordance with Federal Rule of Evidence 615;

(6) an Order requiring that any evidentiary issues be resolved in a Rule 104 hearing outside the presence of the jury, in accordance with ...


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