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Schoop v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

June 27, 2013

Catherine Schoop, Plaintiff(s),
Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Defendant(s).


SUSAN ILLSTON, District Judge.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 16(b), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Civil L.R. 16-10, a Case Management Conference will be held in this case before the Honorable Susan Illston on at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom No. 10, 19th floor Federal Building.

Plaintiff(s) shall serve copies of this Order at once on all parties to this action, and on any parties subsequently joined, in accordance with the provisions of Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 and 5. Following service, plaintiff(s) shall file certificate of service with the Clerk of this Court.

Counsel are directed to confer in advance of the Case Management Conference. Not less than seven days before the conference, counsel shall file a joint case management statement in compliance with the Civil Local Rules and the Standing Order for All Judges of the Northern District of California. Failure to file a joint statement shall be accompanied by a signed declaration setting forth the grounds for such failure. Failure to show good cause for such failure may subject the parties to sanctions.

Each party shall be represented at the Case Management Conference by counsel prepared to address all of the matters referred to in this Order, and with authority to enter stipulations and make admissions pursuant to this Order. The parties are encouraged to attend.

Any request to reschedule the above dates should be made in writing, and by stipulation, if possible, not less than ten days before the conference date. Good cause must be shown.

At the case management conference the parties should be prepared to address and resolve the following: setting the date and the estimated length of the trial; setting the date for discovery cutoff; setting the date to designate experts and other witnesses; and setting the date for the pretrial conference.

Standing Orders: All parties shall comply with the Standing Order for All Judges of the Northern District of California concerning the contents of the joint case management conference statement and Judge Illston's Standing Order.

Failure to comply with this Order or the Local Rules of this Court may result in sanctions. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(f), Civil L.R. 1-4.


If you are proceeding in this lawsuit without an attorney, and have not been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis , then the following directives apply to you in the prosecution of your case.

The court hereby ORDERS you to comply with the service requirements of Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as set forth below. Failure to follow the procedures set forth in this order may result, under Rule 4 (m), in dismissal of your case.

It is your responsibility to obtain a valid summons from the clerk and to effect service of the summons and complaint on all defendants in accordance with

Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If you have named the United States government, a federal agency, a federal official or a federal employee as a defendant, you must comply with the special requirements of Rule 4 (i).

Service may be effected by any person who is not a party and who is at least 18 years of age, which means that you, as a party, may not effect service. If service of the summons and complaint is not made upon a defendant within 120 days after the filing of the complaint, your action will, under Rule 4 (m), be dismissed as to that defendant.

Within 125 days after the filing of the complaint, you must file proof of service indicating which defendants were served within the 120 days allowed under Rule 4 (m) and showing, in accordance with Rule 4 (i), how each of those defendants was served (for example, by attaching appropriate certificates of service). You must also show cause why a defendant not served within the 120 days allowed under Rule 4 (m) should not be dismissed without prejudice.

Failure to do these things within the designated time will result in the dismissal of your case under Rule 4 (m) and Rule 41 (b).

For additional information on procedures for litigating in Federal Court, pro se litigants are encouraged to call the Court's Federal Pro Bono Project at 415-782- 9000 × 8657 or visit the Legal Help Center in the Federal Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 15th Floor, Room 2796, San Francisco, CA 94102.



1. Scheduling Days:

Civil Law and Motion Calendar is conducted on Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

Criminal Law and Motion Calendar is conducted on Fridays at 11:00 a.m.

Civil Case Management Conferences are generally conducted on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. with the order of call determined by the Court. Pretrial Conferences are generally conducted on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m.
Counsel need not reserve motion hearing dates, but may call the clerk to obtain the next available law and motion calendar. Motions may be reset as the Court's calendar requires.
All parties are directed to comply with the Civil Local Rules except as identified in this Order.

2. Discovery Disputes:

The parties shall meet and confer in person, or, if counsel are located outside the Bay Area, by telephone, to attempt to resolve their dispute informally. A mere exchange of letters, e-mails, telephone calls, or facsimile transmissions does not satisfy the requirement to meet and confer.
If, after a good faith effort, the parties have not resolved their dispute, they shall prepare a concise joint statement of 5 pages or less, stating the nature and status of their dispute. Absent an order of this Court, parties shall not file affidavits or exhibits, other than copies of the written requests for discovery and the answers or objections thereto.
If a joint statement is not possible, each side may submit a brief individual statement of 2 pages or less. The joint statement or individual statements shall be filed or e-filed, if in an e-filing case, and courtesy copies submitted as provided by the Civil Local Rules.
The Court will advise the parties regarding the need, if any, for more formal briefing or a hearing, pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b).

3. Sealed Documents (Civil L.R. 79-5; G.O. 62):

This Court does not require the filing of Administrative Motions to seal (Civil L.R. 7-11). The Court will accept stipulations (Civ. L.R. 7-12) with proposed orders in lieu of the administrative motion. Any stipulation must be supported by a declaration demonstrating good cause or compelling reasons justifying the proposed sealing.

4. Courtesy Copies:

All courtesy copies must be three-hole punched at the left margin. All courtesy copies must bear the ECF stamp (case number, document number, date and page number) on the top of each page.

5. Summary Judgment Motions:

Parties are limited to filing one motion for summary judgment. Any party wishing to exceed this limit must request leave of Court.


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