In the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, civil jury trials are on the calendar for the next few weeks. Whether they happen is anyone’s guess. Back in April, Judge Jed S. Rakoff set a jury trial in a multi-defendant Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case to commence November 9. The case is still on the calendar, with motions in limine being briefed now. Meanwhile, Judge Denise L. Cote has an employment discrimination trial set to begin on November 9, with a final pretrial conference today, by telephone. And Judge Gregory H. Woods set a November 16 trial date back in August. The parties sought to continue the trial, and Judge Woods declined. Then, a week later, Judge Woods sua sponte put everything on hold. We will watch these cases with interest.
Denise L. Cote