UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SEND CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 25, 2009
A. FARBER & PARTNERS, INC., ET AL.
MAYNARD HAL GARBER, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable John F. Walter, United States District Judge
CIVIL MINUTES -- GENERAL
PROCEEDINGS (IN CHAMBERS): COURT ORDER
Counsel are hereby notified that a Scheduling Conference has been set for March 9, 2009 at 8:30 before Judge John F. Walter in Courtroom 16, U.S. Courthouse, 312 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles. Lead Trial Counsel shall attend all proceedings before this Court, including the Scheduling
Counsel are directed to comply with Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 26-1 in a timely fashion and to file a Joint Rule 26(f) Report on or before March 5, 2009. The title page of the report must state the date and time of the Scheduling Conference. The parties' report shall, in addition to addressing the matters specified in Rule 26(f), set forth their views regarding: (1) an appropriate last date for the completion of discovery and the hearing of motions, a date for a final pretrial conference and a trial date; (2) whether discovery should be conducted in phases or otherwise ordered or limited; (3) a preliminary estimate of the time required for trial; (4) efforts made to settle or resolve the case to date, and parties' views as to an appropriate plan for maximizing settlement prospects; (5) whether the case is complex or requires reference to the procedures set forth in the Manual on Complex Litigation; (6) the likelihood of the appearance of additional parties; (7) what motions the parties are likely to make that may be dispositive or partially dispositive; (8) any unusual legal issues presented by the case; and (9) proposals regarding severance, bifurcation, or other ordering of proof. Lead Trial Counsel for each party shall also confirm that they are registered as "ECF Users" and shall provide their "E-Mail Address of Record." Courtesy copies shall be provided to the Court in accordance with the Court's Standing Order.
If counsel fail to file the required Joint Rule 26(f) Report and an ADR Pilot Program Questionnaire or fail to appear at the Scheduling Conference and such failure is not otherwise satisfactorily explained to the Court: (a) the cause shall stand dismissed for failure to prosecute, if such failure occurs on the part of the plaintiff; (b) default judgment shall be entered if such failure occurs on the part of the defendant; or (c) the Court may take such action as it deems appropriate.
Plaintiff's counsel is directed to give notice of the scheduling conference to all parties that have appeared in this action, and is directed to give notice of the scheduling conference immediately to each party that makes an initial appearance in the action after this date.
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