On July 29, 2009, the then-assigned District Judge granted the motion to withdraw of defendant Ghoman's counsel and referred the action to the undersigned pursuant to Local Rule 72-302(c)(21). (Doc. No. 9.) On January 27, 2012, the now-assigned District Judge adopted the undersigned's findings and recommendations and granted plaintiff's motion to amend the complaint. (Doc. No. 26.) On February 6, 2012, plaintiff filed an amended complaint, naming as defendants Raghbir Singh Ghoman and Ghoman's Properties, LLC. On March 19, 2012, an answer was filed by attorney Alfred W. Driscoll, III as counsel for both defendants. (Doc. No. 31.)
Because defendants are now represented by counsel, the case will now be referred back to the now-assigned District Judge. Therefore, all pretrial motions, other than discovery motions, should now be noticed for hearing before the District Judge assigned to this action. The assigned magistrate judge shall continue to perform all duties described in Local Rule 302(c)(1)-(20).
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This matter is referred back to the District Judge assigned to this action;
2. All dates pending before the undersigned are vacated;
3. A Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference is set for Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom No. 3, before the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller;
4. The parties shall file a joint status report on or before Thursday, May 10, 2012. The status report shall address all of the following matters:
a. Progress of service of process;
b. Possible joinder of additional parties;
c. Any expected or desired amendment of the pleadings;
d. Jurisdiction and venue;
e. Anticipated motions and the scheduling thereof;
f. Anticipated discovery and the scheduling thereof, including disclosure of expert witnesses;
g. Future proceedings, including the setting of appropriate cut-off dates for discovery and for law and motion, and the scheduling of a ...