IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 6, 2009
MATTHEW SARAD AND NELLI SARAD, PLAINTIFFS,
OPTION ONE MORTGAGE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ORDER SETTING STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) CONFERENCE
This action has been assigned to United States District Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr., and has been referred to United States Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd pursuant to Local Rule 72-302(c)(21) for all purposes encompassed by that provision.*fn1
Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, IT IS ORDERED that:
1. A Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference is set for Friday, September 4, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom No. 27, before Magistrate Judge Drozd.
2. Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that an action may be dismissed against any defendant on whom service of process has not been completed within 120 days from the date the complaint was filed. In order to comply with the 120-day time limits specified in Rules 4(m) and 16(b), plaintiffs are strongly encouraged to complete service of process on each defendant within 90 days of the date of filing the complaint.
3. Concurrently with service of process on each defendant, or as soon thereafter as possible, plaintiffs shall serve upon each defendant named in the complaint, and UPON ALL PARTIES SUBSEQUENTLY JOINED, INCLUDING IMPLEADED THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANTS, a copy of this order, and plaintiffs shall promptly file with the Clerk of the Court a return of service for each defendant.
4. Plaintiffs shall also serve on each defendant a copy of the Notice of Availability of Magistrate Judge and a copy of the consent form served by the Clerk of the Court on July 2, 2009.
5. Each party shall appear at the Status Conference by counsel or, if proceeding in propria persona, on his or her own behalf. A party proceeding pro se cannot appear on behalf of any other party proceeding pro se.
6. Parties may choose to appear at the Status Conference in person or telephonically. To arrange telephonic appearance, the party shall contact Pete Buzo, the courtroom deputy of the undersigned magistrate judge, at (916) 930-4128, no later than 48 hours before the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference.
7. Plaintiffs shall file and serve a joint status report, signed by both plaintiffs, on or before August 21, 2009, and defendants shall file and serve status reports on or before August 28, 2009. Each status report shall address all of the following matters:
a. Progress of service of process;
b. Possible joinder of additional parties;
c. Any expected or desired amendment of the pleadings;
d. Jurisdiction and venue;
e. Anticipated motions and the scheduling thereof;
f. Anticipated discovery and the scheduling thereof, including disclosure of expert witnesses;
g. Future proceedings, including the setting of appropriate cut-off dates for discovery and for law and motion, and the scheduling of a final pretrial conference and trial;
h. Modification of standard pretrial procedures specified by the rules due to the relative simplicity or complexity of the action;
i. Whether the case is related to any other case, including matters in bankruptcy;
j. Whether the parties will stipulate to the assigned magistrate judge acting as settlement judge, waiving any disqualification by virtue of his so acting, or whether they prefer to have a Settlement Conference before another magistrate judge;
k. Whether the parties intend to consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge; and
l. Any other matters that may aid in the just and expeditious disposition of this action.
8. Plaintiffs are cautioned that failure to file a timely status report or to appear at the status conference in person or telephonically may result in a recommendation that this case be dismissed for lack of prosecution and as a sanction for failure to comply with court orders and applicable rules. See Local Rules 11-110 and 83-183.