The opinion of the court was delivered by: Elizabeth D. Laporte United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER RE DISCOVERY PROCEDURES
TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL OF RECORD:
The above matter has been referred to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. All hearing dates are subject to the availability of Judge Laporte's calendar. You may review Judge Laporte's calendar and scheduling information on the District Court's website, http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/. Plaintiff has filed Motion to Compel to be heard on December 16, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom E, 15th Floor, United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California. Opposition brief is due November 25, 2008, and reply brief is due December 2, 2008.
Discovery motions are heard on Judge Laporte's civil law and motion calendar and are to be set on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., Courtroom E, 15th Floor, United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94102.
1. Discovery Motions may be Addressed to the Court in Three Ways
A motion may be noticed on not less than 35 days pursuant to Civil L.R. 7-2. Alternatively, any party may seek an order to shorten or enlarge time under Civil L.R. 6-3 if the circumstances justify that relief. In emergencies during discovery events, the Court is available pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-1(b).
In the event a discovery dispute arises, counsel (or if pro se, the party) seeking discovery or a protective order shall confer in good faith with opposing counsel (or pro se party) in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 and Civil L.R. 37-1(a). A declaration setting forth these meet and confer efforts and the final positions of each party shall be included in the moving papers. The Court will not consider discovery motions unless the moving party has complied with Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 and Civil L.R. 37-1(a). Motions to compel fact discovery must be filed within the time limits contained in Civil Local Rule 26-2. Motions to compel expert discovery must be filed within the time limits contained in Civil Local Rule 26-2.
2. Motions for Sanctions Shall be Filed by Separate Motion in Accordance with the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37 and Civil L.R. 37-3
The parties shall comply with their meet and confer For the Northern District of California United States District Court obligations pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-1(a). Parties who refuse to meet and confer will be subject to sanctions pursuant to Civil L.R. 37-3.
3. All Filings of Documents Relating to Motions Referred to Magistrate Judge Laporte shall List the Civil Case Number and the District Court Judge's Initials Followed by the Designation "(EDL)"
At the time of filing of original papers with the clerk's office, the parties are required to submit two conformed copies of each document, one of which shall be designated "EDL Chambers Copy." If documents are filed electronically, a paper chambers copy of each electronically filed document must be delivered to the Court no later than 12:00 noon on the day after the filing. The paper chambers copy must be marked "Chambers Copy" and must be lodged with the Clerk's Office, in an envelope clearly marked with the judge's name, case number, and "Chambers Copy." Parties must not file a paper copy of any document with the Clerk's Office that has already been filed electronically.
4. Rule 26(e)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires all parties to supplement or correct their initial disclosures, expert disclosures, pretrial disclosures, and responses to discovery requests under the circumstances itemized in that Rule, and when ordered by the Court. The Court expects that the parties will supplement and/or correct their disclosures promptly when required under that Rule, without the need for a request from opposing counsel. In addition to the general requirements of Rule 26(e)(1), the ...