The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER
The August 26, 2010, Order Setting Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference scheduled a status conference in this case for January 31, 2011, and required the parties to file a joint status report no later than fourteen days prior to the status conference. A Joint Status Report ("JSR") was untimely filed on January 21, 2011. (ECF No. 53.) The parties are warned that sanctions may be imposed against them and/or their counsel for the failure to comply with a court order.
The status (pretrial scheduling) conference scheduled for January 31, 2011, is vacated since the parties' JSR indicates that the following Order should issue.
SERVICE, JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL PARTIES, AMENDMENT
The parties state in the JSR, that "any additional parties shall be joined," and "pleadings shall be amended" by June 11, 2010. (ECF No. 53, 3:19-22.) However, the parties do not describe the nature of the referenced amendments nor why they cannot be sought earlier.
Therefore, the parties have ninety (90) days from the date this order is filed within which to file a motion seeking leave to file the referenced amendments, after which time no further service, joinder of parties, or amendments to the pleadings is permitted, except with leave of Court for good cause shown.
ADDED DEFENDANT'S OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK AMENDMENT OF THIS ORDER
If any party joins a party pursuant to the leave given above, a copy of this Order shall be served on that party concurrently with the service of process.
That party has 30 days after said service within which to file a "Notice of Proposed Modification of Status Order." Although a newly-joined party's proposed modification filed within this thirty day period will not have to meet the good cause standard, no further amendments will be permitted, except with leave of Court for good cause shown.
Since the parties proposed schedule for the case in the JSR are mainly impractical proposals, those proposals are disregarded.
All discovery shall be completed by March 30, 2012. In this context, "completed" means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate orders, if necessary, and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been complied with or, alternatively, the time allowed for such compliance shall have expired.
Each party shall comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(c)(i)'s initial expert witness disclosure requirements on or before October 28, 2011, and any contradictory and/or rebuttal expert disclosure authorized ...