The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. William V. Gallo U.S. Magistrate Judge
AMENDED CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE ORDER REGULATING DISCOVERY AND OTHER PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16) (Local Rule 16.1) (Fed. R. Civ. P. 26)
The Defendants' Ex Parte Application For Extension of Time to Continue Discovery Cut Off Date (Doc. No. 22) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. While a limited extension of the discovery cut off date and motion filing date is proper, all other dates in this order reflect dates previously set in the case.
1. All discovery, including expert discovery, shall be completed on or before May 6, 2010. "Completed" means that all discovery under Rules 30-36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cut-off date, so that it may be completed by the cut-off date, taking into account the times for services, notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. All disputes concerning discovery shall be brought to the attention of the Magistrate Judge no later than thirty (30) days following the date upon which the event giving rise to the discovery dispute occurred. Counsel shall meet and confer pursuant to the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 and Local Rule 26.1(a).
2. All motions, other than motions to amend or join parties, or motions in limine, SHALL BE FILED on or before June 4, 2010.*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 parties must file their moving papers within three (3) 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 six weeks. Please plan accordingly. For example, you may need to contact the judge's law clerk at least six weeks in advance of the motion cut-off to calendar the motion. Failure of counsel to timely request a motion date may result in the motion not being heard. Motions will not be heard on the above date unless you have obtained that date in advance from the judge's law clerk.
3. Briefs or memoranda in support of or in opposition to any pending motion shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length without permission of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion. No reply memorandum shall exceed ten (10) pages without leave of the judge or magistrate judge who will hear the motion.
4. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on April 16, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. in the chambers of Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Counsel shall submit confidential settlement statements directly to chambers no later than April 9, 2010. 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. Settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court, nor shall they be served on opposing counsel.
If Plaintiff is incarcerated in a penal institution or other facility, the Plaintiff's presence is not required at conferences before Judge Gallo, and the Plaintiff may participate by telephone. In such a case, counsel for defendants shall arrange for Plaintiff to appear by phone.
5. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 16.3, all party representatives and claims adjusters for insured defendants with full and unlimited authority*fn2 to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement, as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the mandatory settlement conference. Retained outside corporate counsel shall not appear on behalf of a corporation as the party who has the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement. For good cause, and on ex parte application at least one day before the scheduled settlement conference, Magistrate Judge Gallo may excuse a party or representative from personal attendance provided such party or parties will be available by telephone during the conference. Failure to attend the conference or obtain proper excuse will be considered grounds for sanctions.
6. Parties or their 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) on or before August 20, 2010.
7. 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 August 27, 2010. Failure to comply with these disclosures requirements could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under Fed. R. Civ.
8. Counsel shall meet together and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) on or before August 27, 2010. A personal meeting between an incarcerated Plaintiff, acting in pro per, and defense counsel is not required.
At this meeting, counsel shall discuss and attempt to enter into stipulations and agreements resulting in simplification of the triable issues. Counsel shall exchange copies and/or display all exhibits other than those to be used for impeachment. The exhibits shall be prepared in accordance with Local Rule 16.1(f)(4)(c). Counsel shall note any objections they have to any other parties' Pretrial Disclosures under Fed. ...