ORDER SETTING MANDATORY SCHEDULING CONFERENCE
STANLEY A. BOONE, Magistrate Judge.
Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("Fed. R. Civ. P.") requires the Court to enter a Scheduling Conference Order within 120 days of the date of the complaint being served upon the defendant. Therefore, it is ordered that all parties attend a formal Scheduling Conference before United States Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone, in Courtroom 9 at the United States Courthouse, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721.
Attendance at the Scheduling Conference is mandatory for all parties. Parties may appear by their counsel, if represented. Only counsel who are thoroughly familiar with the facts and the law of the instant case and who have full authority to bind his or her client shall appear. Trial counsel should participate in this Scheduling Conference whenever possible. Counsel should plan to spend up to thirty (30) minutes in this Scheduling Conference.
A Joint Scheduling Report, carefully prepared and executed by all counsel/pro se parties shall be electronically filed in CM/ECF, one (1) full week prior to the Scheduling Conference.
If any party fails to participate in preparing the Joint Scheduling Report, the non-offending party shall detail the party's effort to get the offending party to participate in the Joint Scheduling Report. The non-offending party shall still file the report one (1) full week prior to the Mandatory Scheduling Conference and shall list the non-offending party's proposed dates. Absent good cause, the dates proposed by the non-offending party will be presumed to be the dates offered by the parties. The offending party may be subject to sanctions, including monetary sanctions to compensate the non-offending party's time and effort incurred in seeking compliance with this Scheduling Order.
For reference purposes, the Court requires that the Joint Scheduling Report indicate the date, time, and courtroom of the Scheduling Conference. This information is to be placed opposite the caption on the first page of the Report.
Among other things, counsel will be expected to discuss the possibility of settlement. Counsel are to thoroughly discuss settlement before undertaking the preparation of the Joint Scheduling Report and engaging in extensive discovery. However, even if settlement negotiations are progressing, counsel are expected to comply with the requirements of this Order unless otherwise excused by the Court. If the entire case is settled, please promptly inform the Court, and counsel's presence, as well as the Joint Scheduling Report, will not be required.
Counsel may request that their attendance be by telephonic conference. If two or more parties wish to appear telephonically, counsel shall decide which will be responsible for making prior arrangements for the conference call and shall initiate the call at the above-designated time. Once all parties are on the line, the call should be placed to Judge Boone's chambers at (559) 499-5200. Additionally, counsel are directed to indicate on the face page of their Joint Scheduling Report that the conference will be telephonic.
Form and Contents of the Joint Scheduling Report
At least twenty (20) days prior to the Mandatory Scheduling Conference, trial counsel for all parties shall conduct and conclude a conference at a time and place mutually agreed upon. This should preferably be a personal conference between all counsel but, due to the distances involved in this District, a telephonic conference call involving all counsel/pro se parties is permissible. The Joint Scheduling Report shall respond to the following items by corresponding numbered paragraphs:
1. Summary of the factual and legal contentions set forth in the pleadings of each party, including the relief sought by any party presently before the Court.
2. A proposed deadline for amendments to pleadings shall be included. Any proposed amendment to the pleadings presently on file shall be filed by its proponent contemporaneously with the Scheduling Conference Report. If the matter cannot be resolved at the Scheduling Conference, the matter will be set as a motion to amend in accordance with the Local Rules of the Eastern District of California.
3. A summary detailing the uncontested and contested facts.
4. A summary of the legal issues as to which there is no dispute, e.g., jurisdiction, venue, applicable federal or state law, etc., as well ...