UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 2, 2007
MICHAEL MCPHAIL, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
FIRST COMMAND FINANCIAL PLANNING, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jan M. Adler U.S. Magistrate Judge
CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE ORDER REGULATING DISCOVERY AND OTHER PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS
(Fed. R. Civ. P. 16)
(Local Rule 16.1)
(Fed. R. Civ. P. 26)
Pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a telephonic Case Management Conference was held on November 2, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. 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. A telephonic Case Management Conference shall be held before Magistrate Judge Adler on March 3, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. Counsel for each party shall appear telephonically at this conference. Counsel for Plaintiffs shall make all arrangements for the conference call, and shall provide the Court and all other participating counsel with the call-in telephone number and any participant codes or passwords by no later than February 27,.
2. All discovery, other than expert discovery, shall be completed by all parties on or before July 25, 2008. "Completed" means that all discovery under Rules 30 through 36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cutoff date, so that it may be completed by the cutoff date, taking into account the times for service, notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. All disputes concerning discovery shall be brought to the attention of Magistrate Judge Adler no later than thirty (30) days following the date upon which the event giving rise to the dispute occurred. For oral discovery, the event giving rise to the discovery dispute is the completion of the transcript of the affected portion of the deposition. For written discovery, the event giving rise to the discovery dispute is the service of the response. Counsel are required to meet and confer prior to contacting the Court regarding all discovery disputes pursuant to the requirements of Local Rules 16.5(k) and 26.1(a).
3. Plaintiffs' expert disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) shall be served on all parties on or before August 22, 2008. Defendants' expert disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) shall be served on all parties on or before September 23, 2008. Any contradictory or rebuttal information shall be disclosed on or before October 23, 2008. In addition, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e)(1) imposes a duty on the parties to supplement the expert disclosures made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B) by the time that pretrial disclosures are due under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) (discussed below). This disclosure requirement applies to all persons retained or specially employed to provide expert testimony, or whose duties as an employee of the party regularly involve the giving of expert testimony.
Please be advised that failure to comply with this section or any other discovery order of the Court may result in the sanctions provided for in Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in evidence.
4. All expert discovery shall be completed by all parties on or before December 5, 2008.
5. All motions, other than motions to amend or join parties, or motions in limine, shall be filed on or before December 19, 2008.*fn1 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 period of time between the date you request a motion date and the hearing date may be up to sixty (60) days. Please plan accordingly. Failure of counsel to timely request a motion date may result in the motion not being heard.
Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without leave of the judge who will hear the motion. No reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages without such leave of court.
6. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on February 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Adler. Counsel shall submit settlement statements directly to Magistrate Judge Adler's chambers no later than February 2, . The parties may either submit confidential settlement statements or may exchange their settlement statements. 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. The settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court.
All named parties, all counsel, and any other person(s) whose authority is required to negotiate and enter into settlement shall appear in person at the conference. The individual(s) present at the Mandatory Settlement Conference with settlement authority must have the unfettered discretion and authority on behalf of the party to: 1) fully explore all settlement options and to agree during the Mandatory Settlement Conference to any settlement terms acceptable to the party (G. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648, 653 (7th Cir. 1989)), 2) change the settlement position of a party during the course of the Mandatory Settlement Conference (Pitman v. Brinker Int'l, Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003)), and 3) negotiate a settlement without being restricted by any predetermined level of authority (Nick v. Morgan's Foods, Inc., 270 F.3d 590, 596 (8th Cir. 2001)).
Governmental entities may appear through litigation counsel only. As to all other parties, appearance by litigation counsel only is not acceptable. Retained outside corporate counsel shall appear on behalf of a corporation as the party who has the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement. The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person to appear at the Mandatory Settlement Conference as required will result in the immediate imposition of sanctions. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged, and confidential.
7. Counsel shall serve on each other and file their Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law and take any other action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(2) on or before February 23, 2009. On or before this date, the parties must also comply with the pretrial disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3).
8. Counsel shall confer and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) on or before March 2, 2009.
9. The Proposed Final Pretrial Conference Order, including written objections, if any, to any party's Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) pretrial disclosures, shall be prepared, served, and lodged with the Clerk's Office on or before March 9, 2009 and shall be in the form prescribed in Local Rule 16.1(f)(6). Any objections shall comply with the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3). Please be advised that the failure to file written objections to a party's pretrial disclosures may result in the waiver of such objections, with the exception of those made pursuant to Rules 402 (relevance) and 403 (prejudice, confusion or waste of time) of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
10. The final pretrial conference is scheduled on the calendar of the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez on March 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. The trial date will be assigned by Judge Gonzalez at the pretrial conference.
11. The dates and times set forth herein will not be modified except for good cause shown.
12. Plaintiff's(s') counsel shall serve a copy of this order on all parties that enter this case hereafter.
IT IS SO ORDERED.