UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 5, 2010
ROBERT BOYD AND RICK DANIELS, PLAINTIFFS,
WAYNE MCCURLEY AND VELDA MCCURLEY, DEFENDANTS.
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER After reviewing the parties' Joint Status Report, the court hereby vacates the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference scheduled for August 9, 2010.
I. SERVICE OF PROCESS
The named defendants have been served and no further service is permitted without leave of court, good cause having been shown under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b).
II. JOINDER OF PARTIES/AMENDMENTS
Within 30 days from the date of this Order, plaintiffs may amend the Complaint to allege a collective action pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219. Aside from this amendment, no further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings will be permitted except with leave of court, good cause having been shown under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b). See Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604 (9th Cir. 1992).
Jurisdiction is predicated upon federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331, based on plaintiff's claims for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Venue is undisputed and is hereby found to be proper.
The parties have indicated their intention to serve the initial disclosures required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) on August 6, 2010. If they have not already done so, the parties shall serve the disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(1) no later than August 23, 2010.
The parties shall disclose experts and produce reports in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2) by no later than January 10, 2011.
Although plaintiffs have indicated that they wish to conduct discovery in phases, they have not presented the court with a proposed timeline for these phases or a reason to believe that phased discovery will serve the interests of convenience of justice. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d)(2). All discovery, including depositions for preservation of testimony, is left open, save and except that it shall be so conducted as to be completed by April 18, 2011. The word "completed" means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relevant to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been obeyed. All motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the magistrate judge's calendar in accordance with the local rules of this court and so that such motions may be heard (and any resulting orders obeyed) not later than April 18, 2011.
V. MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE
All motions, except motions for continuances, temporary restraining orders, or other emergency applications, shall be filed on or before May 31, 2011. All motions shall be noticed for the next available hearing date. Counsel are cautioned to refer to the local rules regarding the requirements for noticing and opposing such motions on the court's regularly scheduled law and motion calendar.
VI. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
The Final Pretrial Conference is set for August 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom No. 5. The conference shall be attended by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by any unrepresented parties.
Counsel for all parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of the Pretrial Conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of witnesses for oral testimony. Counsel shall file separate pretrial statements, and are referred to Local Rules 281 and 282 relating to the contents of and time for filing those statements. In addition to those subjects listed in Local Rule 281(b), the parties are to provide the court with: (1) a plain, concise statement which identifies every non-discovery motion which has been made to the court, and its resolution; (2) a list of the remaining claims as against each defendant; and (3) the estimated number of trial days.
In providing the plain, concise statements of undisputed facts and disputed factual issues contemplated by Local Rule 281(b)(3)-(4), the parties shall emphasize the claims that remain at issue, and any remaining affirmatively pled defenses thereto. If the case is to be tried to a jury, the parties shall also prepare a succinct statement of the case, which is appropriate for the court to read to the jury.
VII. TRIAL SETTING
The trial is set for September 27, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. The parties estimate that the trial will last three to five days.
VIII. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
A Settlement Conference will be set at the time of the Pretrial Conference. All parties should be prepared to advise the court whether they will stipulate to the trial judge acting as settlement judge and waive disqualification by virtue thereof.
Counsel are instructed to have a principal with full settlement authority present at the Settlement Conference or to be fully authorized to settle the matter on any terms. At least seven calendar days before the Settlement Conference counsel for each party shall submit a confidential Settlement Conference Statement for review by the settlement judge. If the settlement judge is not the trial judge, the Settlement Conference Statements shall not be filed and will not otherwise be disclosed to the trial judge.
IX. MODIFICATIONS TO SCHEDULING ORDER
Any requests to modify the dates or terms of this Scheduling Order, except requests to change the date of the trial, may be heard and decided by the assigned Magistrate Judge. All requests to change the trial date shall be heard and decided only by the undersigned judge.
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