The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
Unenmuerated Rule 12(b) Motion Deadline--August 8, 2011 Deadline to Amend Pleadings--December 8, 2011 Discovery Cut-Off date--February 8,2012 Dispositive Motion Deadline--April 9, 2012
Defendants have answered the complaint filed on February 22, 2011. Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 16, and 26-36, discovery shall proceed as follows:
1. Discovery requests shall be served by the parties pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 5 and Local Rule 135, and shall only be filed when required by Local Rules 250.1, 250.2 and 250.3;
2. Responses to written discovery requests shall be due forty-five (45) days after the request is first served;
3. To ensure that the responding party has forty-five (45) days after the request is first served to respond, discovery requests must be served at least forty-five (45) days before the discovery deadline;
4. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(a), Defendants may depose Plaintiff and any other witness confined in a prison upon condition that, at least fourteen (14) days before such a deposition, Defendants serve all parties with the notice required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(1); and
5. If disputes arise about the parties' obligations to respond to requests for discovery, the parties shall comply with all pertinent rules including Rules 5, 7, 11, 26, and 37 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules 110, 130, 131, 133, 135, 136, 142, and 230(1) of the Local Rules of Practice for the United States District Court, Eastern District of California. Unless otherwise ordered, Local Rule 251 shall not apply, and the requirement set forth in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 and 37 that a party seeking relief from the court certify that he or she has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the other party or person in an effort to resolve the dispute prior to seeking court action shall not apply. Voluntary compliance with this provision of Rules 26 and 37 is encouraged, however. A discovery motion that does not comply with all applicable rules will be stricken and may result in imposition of sanctions.
Further, the parties are advised of the following deadlines:
6. The deadline for filing motions to dismiss for failure to exhaust the administrative remedies pursuant to the unenumerated portion of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b) shall be August 8, 2011;
7. The deadline to file a motion to amend the pleadings shall be December 8, 2011;
8. The deadline for the completion of all discovery, including filing motions to compel, ...