The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING)
The status (pretrial scheduling) conference scheduled for hearing on June 11, 2012, is vacated since the parties' Joint Status Report filed on May 29, 2012 ("JSR") indicates the following Order should issue.
MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION
The parties' proposed briefing schedule in the JSR on whether this putative class action should be certified as a class action is adopted as follows: Plaintiffs' motion for class certification shall be filed no later than March 11, 2013, which shall be scheduled for hearing commencing at 9:00 a.m. on May 20, 2013; Defendants' opposition shall be filed no later than April 15, 2013; and, Plaintiffs' reply shall be filed no later than May 6, 2013.
SERVICE, JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL PARTIES, AMENDMENT Plaintiffs state in the JSR that they "may seek to amend their complaint and/or join additional parties[, and that a]ny such motion will be filed within 60 days after the Court rules on Defendants' [pending] motion to dismiss [the First Amended Complaint]." (JSR 3:1-3.)
Plaintiffs have ninety (90) days from the date this order is filed within which to file the referenced motions seeking to join a party or amend their operative complaint. The referenced motions must be noticed for hearing on the Court's earliest available law and motion date.
Further, other than an amendment that could be authorized if all or part of the now pending dismissal motion is granted, no further service, joinder of parties, or amendments to pleadings is permitted, except with leave of Court for good cause shown.
ADDED DEFENDANT'S OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK AMENDMENT OF THIS ORDER
If Plaintiffs join a party pursuant to the leave given above, a copy of this Order shall be served on that defendant concurrently with the service of process.
That defendant 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.
All discovery shall be completed by April 11, 2014. 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)(B) and (C)'s initial expert witness disclosure requirements on or before November 8, 2013, and any contradictory and/or rebuttal expert disclosure authorized ...