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Pachamango v. M/V Sea Quest

October 30, 2007


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Louisa S Porter United States Magistrate Judge


On October 19, 2007, the Court held a Case Management Conference pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Appearing telephonically before the Court were Jessica Voss, on behalf of Plaintiff, and Michael Barcott, on behalf of Defendant. After consulting with the attorneys of record for the parties and being advised of the status of the case, and good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

1. Any motion to join other parties, to amend the pleadings, or to file additional pleadings shall be filed on or before November 30, 2007.

2. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on December 5, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Louisa S. Porter. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 16.3, all parties and representatives with complete authority to enter into a binding settlement, as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the mandatory settlement conference, except that by stipulation of the parties the claims adjuster for Defendant need not be present. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged and confidential.

Counsel shall lodge confidential settlement statements, if any, directly with the chambersof Judge Porter on or before December 3, 2007. Each party's settlement statement shall set forth the party's statement of the case, identify controlling legal issues, concisely set out issues of liability and damages, and shall set forth the party's settlement position, including the last offer or demand made by that party and a separate statement of the offer or demand the party is prepared to make at the settlement conference. Settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court, nor shall they be served on opposing counsel. The settlement briefs may be lodged with chambers via e-mail to:

Mandatory settlement conferences shall not be rescheduled without a showing of good cause and adequate notice to the Court. If counsel wish to reschedule this conference, they shall contact the Court at least ten (10) days prior to the conference. Absent exceptional circumstances, the Court will not reschedule this conference with less than ten (10) days notice. Only in extreme circumstances will the Court reschedule a mandatory settlement conference with less than 24 hours notice.

3. On or before March 10, 2008, all parties shall exchange with all other parties a list of all expert witnesses expected to be called at trial. The list shall include the name, address, and phone number of the expert and a brief statement identifying the subject areas as to which the expert is expected to testify. The list shall also include the normal rates the expert charges for deposition and trial testimony. On or before March 24, 2008, any party may supplement its designation in response to any other party's designation so long as that party has not previously retained an expert to testify on that subject.

4. Each expert witness designated by a party shall prepare a written report to be provided to all other parties no later than June 16, 2008, containing the information required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(A) and (B).

Except as specifically provided below, any party that fails to make these disclosures shall not, absent substantial justification, be permitted to use evidence or testimony not disclosed at any hearing or at the time of trial. In addition, the Court may impose sanctions as permitted by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(c).

5. Any party, through any expert designated, shall in accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) and 26(e), supplement any of its expert reports regarding evidence intended solely to contradict or rebut evidence on the same subject matter identified in an expert report submitted by another party. Any such supplemental reports are due on or before June 30, 2008. Please be advised that failure to comply with expert discovery or any other discovery order of the court may result in the sanctions provided for in Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 37 including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in evidence.

6. All discovery, including expert discovery, shall be completed on or before July 21, 2008. "Completed" means that all discovery under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 30-36 must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cut-off date, so that it may be completed by the cut-off date, taking into account the times for services, notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. All disputes concerning discovery shall be brought to the attention of this Court no later than thirty (30) days following the date upon which the event giving rise to the discovery dispute occurred. Counsel shall meet and confer pursuant to the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 and Local Rule 26.1(a) before contacting the Court regarding discovery disputes.

7. All motions, other than motions to amend or join parties or motions in limine, shall be FILED on or before August 18, 2008.

Motions will not be heard or calendared unless counsel for the moving party has obtained a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who will hear the motion. Be advised that the parties must file their moving papers within three (3) days of receiving the motion hearing date from the Court. Be further advised that the period of time between the date you request a motion date and the hearing date may be up to 3 or more months. Please plan accordingly.

8. Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without permission of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion. No reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages ...

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