The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jan M. Adler U.S. Magistrate Judge
ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO EXTEND DEADLINES [Doc. 45];THIRD AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIM.
On May 13, 2011, the parties filed a Joint Motion to Extend Expert Report, Discovery, and Motion Deadlines. Upon good cause appearing, the parties' joint motion GRANTED. Additionally, because a continuance of the expert report, discovery, and motion deadlines necessitates a continuance of the remainder of the schedule, and in view of the recent transfer of this matter to the calendar of the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia, the Court hereby issues an amended scheduling order, as set forth in further detail below.
1. A telephonic Case Management Conference shall be held before Magistrate Judge Adler on August 25, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Counsel for each party shall appear telephonically at this conference. The Court will initiate the conference call.
2. All expert disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) shall be served on all parties on or before October 14, 2011. Any contradictory or rebuttal information shall be disclosed on or before November 10, 2011. In addition, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e)(1) imposes a duty on the parties to supplement the expert disclosures made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(B) by the time that pretrial disclosures are due under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) (discussed below). 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.
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 Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, including a prohibition on the introduction of experts or other designated matters in evidence.
3. All discovery, including expert discovery, must be completed by all parties on or before December 9, 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 cutoff date, taking into account the times for service, notice, and response as set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Counsel must promptly and in good faith meet and confer with regard to all discovery disputes in compliance with Local Rule 26.1 a. The Court's procedures for resolving discovery disputes are set forth in Judge Adler's Chambers Rules, which are posted on the Court's website. A failure to comply in this regard will result in a waiver of a party's discovery issue. Absent an order of the Court, no stipulation continuing or altering this requirement will be recognized by the Court.
4. All dispositive motions, including those addressing Daubert issues, shall be filed on or before January 9, 2012.*fn1 Please be advised that counsel for the moving party must obtain a motion hearing date from the law clerk of the judge who will hear the motion. Motions in limine are to be filed as directed in the Local Rules, or as otherwise set by the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia.
5. A Mandatory Settlement Conference shall be conducted on March 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Adler. Counsel shall submit settlement statements directly to Magistrate Judge Adler's chambers no later than March 20, 2012.*fn2 The parties may either submit confidential settlement statements or may exchange their settlement statements. 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 Mandatory Settlement Conference. The settlement conference briefs shall not be filed with the Clerk of the Court.
All named parties, all counsel, and any other person(s) whose authority is required to negotiate and enter into settlement shall appear in person at the conference. The individual(s) present at the Mandatory Settlement Conference with settlement authority must have the unfettered discretion and authority on behalf of the party to: 1) fully explore all settlement options and to agree during the Mandatory Settlement Conference to any settlement terms acceptable to the party (G. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648, 653 (7th Cir. 1989)), 2) change the settlement position of a party during the course of the Mandatory Settlement Conference (Pitman v. Brinker Int'l, Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003)), and 3) negotiate a settlement without being restricted by any predetermined level of authority (Nick v. Morgan's Foods, Inc., 270 F.3d 590, 596 (8th Cir. 2001)).
Governmental entities may appear through litigation counsel only. As to all other parties, appearance by litigation counsel only is not acceptable. 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. The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person to appear at the Mandatory Settlement Conference as required shall be cause for the immediate imposition of sanctions. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged, and confidential.
6. The parties must comply with the pretrial disclosure requirements of Fed.
R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3) no later than April 13, 2012. 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 Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, including a prohibition on the introduction of designated matters in evidence.
7. This order replaces the requirements under Civil Local Rule 16.1.f.6.c. No Memoranda of Contentions of ...