Earlier in the month depositions had began for witnesses in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division case Abbott vs. CVUSD et al. Then on Friday, November 9, 2018 depositions were suspended as both the Plaintiffs and Defendants in the case were evacuated during the Woolsey and Malibu Fires that threatened parts of Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.
Plaintiff’s Dad, Mark Abbott has this to say about the situation. ” The absolute devastation that has occurred over the past few weeks throughout our State and our community is extremely disheartening. Friends and families and neighbors all around us have lost everything. My family was lucky, we got out during the evacuation with our important photos and documents, and then our condo survived and we were able to come home after a few days. But many others were not so lucky. I share a wall with my neighbor, he opened up his home to a recently divorced woman who lost everything. Right now I’m not even thinking about this case, It’s hard to prioritize anything other than protecting your family and your home.”
All remaining depositions were re-scheduled for later in the month. The Mandatory Settlement Mediation Hearing was also pushed to December 12.
The woolsey fire’s affect on the case’s schedule, along with the upcoming holiday season, present some challenges for all parties to the case, as the trial date quickly approaches in just a couple months. The Jury Trial is currently calendared to begin on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019.