The opinion of the court was delivered by: Louisa S Porter United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE THE DEADLINE FOR FILING PRETRIAL MOTIONS [Doc. No. 44]
On April 25, 2008, Defendants filed an ex parte application to continue the deadline for filing pretrial motions. Defense counsel contends he has been engaged in trial preparations over the past month, and in addition, he has been working on and maintaining a caseload of approximately twenty-five cases.
While the Court can appreciate the fact that Defense counsel has a significant case load, the Court cannot find good cause for continuing the deadline for filing pretrial motions premised on the fact that Defense counsel is working on every other pending case but this one. Additionally, Defense counsel waited until the last day to file pretrial motions to request a continuance of this deadline.
Although the Court is extremely hesitant to grant Defense counsel's request for a continuance, in the interests of justice and after consulting with the chambers of the Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz, the Court nevertheless finds good cause to grant Defense counsel's ex parte application. However, any future requests for extensions by Defendants will not be granted in this matter. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. All motions, other than motions to amend or join parties, or motions in limine, shall be FILED on or before May 26, 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 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 two months. Please plan accordingly.
Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion shall not exceed 25 pages in length without permission of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion. No reply memorandum shall exceed 10 pages without leave of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion.
2. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on June 6, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., in the chambers of the Honorable Louisa S Porter. The parties shall lodge confidential settlement statements directly with Judge Porter's chambers via mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 2, 2008. The settlement statements should include a neutral factual statement of the case, identify controlling legal issues, and concisely set out issues of liability and damages, including any settlement demands and offers to date and addressing special and general damages where applicable. The settlement statements shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Defendants' attorney shall be present at the conference. The Court authorizes Plaintiff to call into Judge Porter's chambers at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the conference. Plaintiff shall call chambers at (619) 557-5383. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged and confidential.
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 10 days prior to the conference. Absent exceptional circumstances, the Court will not reschedule this conference with less than 10 days notice. Only in extreme circumstances will the Court reschedule a mandatory settlement conference with less than 24 hours notice.
3. In a bench trial, counsel shall serve on each other and file with the Clerk of the Court their Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law in compliance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(2), (3) and (4) on or before September 3, 2008. 4. All parties or their counsel shall also fully comply with the Pretrial Disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) on or before September 3, 2008. Failure to comply with these disclosures requirements could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under Fed. R. Civ. P. 37.
5. The parties shall meet and confer on the preparation of the Pretrial Order required by the Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz, and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4), on or before September 10, 2008. The parties shall discuss and prepare a proposed Pretrial Order containing the following:
a. A statement to be read to the jury, not in excess of one page, setting forth the nature of the case, claims and defenses;
b. A list of the causes of action to be tried, referenced to the Complaint and Counterclaim, if any. For each cause of action, the order shall succinctly list the elements of the claim, damages and any defenses. A cause of action in the Complaint or ...