The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Nita L. Stormes U.S. Magistrate Judge United States District Court
FOURTH AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER [Doc. No. 173.]
The parties have filed a joint motion to continue dates pertaining to expert discovery. [Doc. No. 173.] Moving these dates will necessarily affect all other pending dates. Accordingly, good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. On or before June 1, 2011, Defendants shall comply with the disclosure provisions in Rule 26(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This disclosure requirement applies to all persons retained or specially employed to provide expert testimony, or whose duties as an employee of the party regularly involve the giving of expert testimony.
2. All expert discovery shall be completed by all parties on or before July 15, 2011. "Completed" means that all discovery under Rules 30-36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and discovery subpoenas under Rule 45, must be initiated a sufficient period of time in advance of the cutoff date, so that it may be completed by the cut-off date, taking into account the times for service, notice and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Counsel shall promptly and in good faith meet and confer with regard to all discovery disputes in compliance with Local Rule 26.1(a). The Court expects counsel to make every effort to resolve all disputes without court intervention through the meet and confer process. If the parties reach an impasse on any discovery issue, counsel shall, within forty-five (45) days of the date upon which the event giving rise to the dispute occurred, file a joint statement entitled "Joint Motion for Determination of Discovery Dispute" with the Court (see attached "Chambers' Rules" on Discovery Disputes).
All discovery motions shall be filed in accordance with Civil Local Rule 7.1 No discovery motion shall be filed ex parte. Any request to shorten time shall be filed in accordance with Civil Local Rule 7.1(e)(5).
3. Please be advised that failure to comply with this section or any other discovery order of the court may result in the sanctions provided for in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37, including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in evidence.
4. All other pretrial motions must be filed on or before August 15, 2011. Counsel for the moving party must obtain a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who will hear the motion. The period of time between the date you request a motion date and the hearing date may vary from one district judge to another. Please plan accordingly. Failure to make a timely request for a motion date may result in the motion not being heard.
5. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on October 27, 2011 at 2:30 in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes. Counsel or any party representing himself or herself shall submit confidential settlement briefs directly to chambers no later than October 20, 2011. All parties are ordered to read and to fully comply with the attached Chamber Rules.
6. Counsel shall comply with the pre-trial disclosure requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3) on or before November 17, 2011. Failure to comply with these disclosure requirements could result in evidence preclusion or other sanctions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37.
7. Counsel shall meet and take the action required by Local Rule 16.1(f)(4) on or before November 23, 2011. 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 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3). Counsel shall cooperate in the preparation of the proposed pretrial conference order.
8. Counsel for plaintiff will be responsible for preparing the pretrial order and arranging the meetings of counsel pursuant to Civil Local Rule 16.1(f). On or before November 30, 2011, plaintiff's counsel must provide opposing counsel with the proposed pretrial order for review and approval. Opposing counsel must communicate promptly with plaintiff's attorney concerning any objections to form or content of the pretrial order, and both parties shall attempt promptly to resolve their differences, if any, concerning the order.
9. The Proposed Final Pretrial Conference Order, including objections to any other parties' Federal Rule 26(a)(3) Pretrial Disclosures shall be prepared, served and lodged with the assigned district judge on or before December 7, 2011, and shall be in the form prescribed in and comply with Local Rule 16.1(f)(6).
10. The final Pretrial Conference is scheduled on the calendar of Judge Battaglia on December 16, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
11. A post trial settlement conference before a magistrate judge may be held within 30 ...