UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 27, 2013
NELSON & KENNARD, DEFENDANT.
STATUS (PRETRIAL SCHEDULING) ORDER
After reviewing the parties' Joint Status Report, the court hereby vacates the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Conference scheduled for March 4, 2013, and makes the following findings and orders without needing to consult with the parties any further.
I. SERVICE OF PROCESS
All named defendants have been served, and no further service is permitted without leave of court, good cause having been shown under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b).
II. JOINDER OF PARTIES/AMENDMENTS
Although the parties have requested to join other parties or make amendments to pleadings until June 21, 2013, the court will allow joinder of parties and amendments to pleadings until April 4, 2013. After that date, no further joinder of parties or amendments to pleadings will be permitted except with leave of court, good cause having been shown under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b). See Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604 (9th Cir. 1992).
Jurisdiction is predicated upon federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331, because plaintiff alleges a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. Venue is undisputed and is hereby found to be proper.
The parties shall serve the initial disclosures required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) by no later than April 1, 2013.
The plaintiff shall disclose experts and produce reports in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2) by no later than September 23, 2013. The defendant shall do the same by no later than October 21, 2013.
The parties have agreed to serve no more than fifty interrogatories each, to take no more than four depositions each (excluding depositions of expert witnesses), and to take no more than two expert depositions each.
Discovery, including depositions for preservation of testimony, is otherwise left open, save and except that it shall be so conducted as to be completed by December 23, 2013. The word "completed" means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relevant to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been obeyed. All motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the magistrate judge's calendar in accordance with the local rules of this court and so that such motions may be heard (and any resulting orders obeyed) not later than December 23, 2013.
V. MOTION HEARING SCHEDULE
All motions, except motions for continuances, temporary restraining orders, or other emergency applications, shall be filed on or before March 24, 2014. All motions shall be noticed for the next available hearing date. Counsel are cautioned to refer to the local rules regarding the requirements for noticing and opposing such motions on the court's regularly scheduled law and motion calendar.
VI. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
The Final Pretrial Conference is set for April 14, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom No. 5. The conference shall be attended by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by any unrepresented parties.
Counsel for all parties are to be fully prepared for trial at the time of the Pretrial Conference, with no matters remaining to be accomplished except production of witnesses for oral testimony. Counsel shall file separate pretrial statements, and are referred to Local Rules 281 and 282 relating to the contents of and time for filing those statements. In addition to those subjects listed in Local Rule 281(b), the parties are to provide the court with: (1) a plain, concise statement which identifies every non-discovery motion which has been made to the court, and its resolution; (2) a list of the remaining claims as against each defendant; and (3) the estimated number of trial days.
In providing the plain, concise statements of undisputed facts and disputed factual issues contemplated by Local Rule 281(b)(3)-(4), the parties shall emphasize the claims that remain at issue, and any remaining affirmatively pled defenses thereto. If the case is to be tried to a jury, the parties shall also prepare a succinct statement of the case, which is appropriate for the court to read to the jury.
VII. TRIAL SETTING
The trial is set for June 24, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The parties estimate that a jury trial will last no more than three days.
VIII. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
A Settlement Conference will be set at the time of the Pretrial Conference. All parties should be prepared to advise the court whether they will stipulate to the trial judge acting as settlement judge and waive disqualification by virtue thereof.
Counsel are instructed to have a principal with full settlement authority present at the Settlement Conference or to be fully authorized to settle the matter on any terms. At least seven calendar days before the Settlement Conference counsel for
each party shall submit a confidential Settlement Conference Statement for review by the settlement judge. If the settlement judge is not the trial judge, the Settlement Conference Statements shall not be filed and will not otherwise be disclosed to the trial judge.
IX. MODIFICATIONS TO SCHEDULING ORDER
Any requests to modify the dates or terms of this Scheduling Order, except requests to change the date of the trial, may be heard and decided by the assigned Magistrate Judge. All requests to change the trial date shall be heard and decided only by the undersigned judge.
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