The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
SCHEDULING ORDER (Fed.R.Civ.P 16)
Initial Disclosures: 1/18/2013
Discovery Deadlines: ) Non Expert: 8/16/2013
Non-Dispositive Motion Deadline: ) Filing:
Dispositive Motion Deadline: Filing: 11/4/2013 Settlement Conference: August 6, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. Courtroom 8 Pre-Trial Conference: 2/5/2014 at 2:00 p.m. Courtroom 7 Jury Trial: I. Date of Scheduling Conference November 15, 2012. 4/8/2014 at 8:30 a.m. Courtroom 7 (6 days)
III. Amendment to the Parties' Pleadings
The parties do not anticipate any amendments to the pleadings at this time. Any motions or stipulations requesting leave to amend the pleadings must be filed by no later than April 30, 2013. The parties are advised that filing motions and/or stipulations requesting leave to amend the pleadings by April 30, 2013, does not reflect on the propriety of the amendment or imply good cause to modify the existing schedule, if necessary. All proposed amendments must (A) be supported by good cause pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) if the amendment requires any modification to the existing schedule, see Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992), and (B) establish, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), that such an amendment is not (1) prejudicial to the opposing party, (2) the product of undue delay, (3) proposed in bad faith, or (4) futile, see Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962).
IV. Consent to the Magistrate Judge
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), the parties have consented to conduct all further proceedings in this case, including trial, before the Honorable Sheila K. Oberto, U.S. Magistrate Judge.
V. Discovery Plan and Cut-Off Date
The parties are ordered to exchange the initial disclosures required by Fed .R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) on or January 18, 2013.
The parties are ordered to complete all discovery pertaining to non-experts on or before August 16, 2013, and all discovery pertaining to experts on or September 20, 2013.
The parties are directed to disclose all expert witnesses, in writing, on or before August 16, 2013, and to disclose all rebuttal experts on or before August 30, 2013. The written designation of retained and non-retained experts shall be made pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 26(a)(2), (A), (B) and (C) and shall include all information required thereunder. Failure to designate experts in compliance with this order may result in the Court excluding the testimony or other evidence offered through such experts that are not disclosed pursuant to this order.
The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(4) and (5) shall apply to all discovery relating to experts and their opinions. Experts must be fully prepared to be examined on all subjects and opinions included in the designation. Failure to comply will result in the imposition of sanctions, which may include striking the expert designation and preclusion of expert testimony.
The provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e) regarding a party's duty to timely supplement disclosures and responses to discovery requests will be strictly enforced.
VI. Pre-Trial Motion Schedule
All non-dispositive pre-trial motions, including any discovery motions, shall be filed by no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 25, 2013, and heard on or before October 23, 2013. Nondispositive motions are heard on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., before the Honorable Sheila K. Oberto, United States Magistrate Judge in Courtroom 7. Counsel must comply with Local Rule 251 with respect to discovery disputes or the motion will be denied without prejudice and dropped from calendar. In scheduling such motions, the Magistrate Judge may grant applications for an order shortening time pursuant to Local Rule 144(e). However, if counsel does not obtain an order shortening time, the notice of motion must comply with Local Rule 251.
The parties are advised that unless prior leave of the Court is obtained, all moving and opposition briefs or legal memorandum in civil cases before Judge Oberto shall not exceed thirty (30) pages. Reply briefs by the moving party shall not exceed ten (10) pages. These page limitations do not include exhibits. Briefs that exceed this page limitation, or are sought to be filed without leave, may not be ...