United States of America v. $93,110.00 in U.S. Currency

Filing 16

ORDER; Scheduling Conference set for 10/23/2008 03:30 PM before Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson. Joint Case Management Report Deadline set for 10/16/2008. Signed by Magistrate Judge Lawrence O Anderson on 9/15/08. (REW, )

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) $93,110.00 in U. S. Currency. ) ) Defendant. ) __________________________________) ) ) Elsa Bernal, ) ) Claimant. ) United States of America, No. CV-08-1499-PHX-LOA ORDER This matter arises upon all parties' recent voluntary consent in writing to magistrate judge jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(c)(1). (docket # 10) In light of the undersigned's responsibilities under the Civil Justice Reform Act; the Complaint's allegations of violations of, among others, 18 U.S.C. 881(a)(6); 8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) and (iii); and that the procedure in civil in rem forfeiture actions is governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to the extent consistent with the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims [Supplemental Rule C, 28 U.S.C.A.], and otherwise by the Supplemental Rules themselves, United States v. One Glock 19, 2007 WL 2438361 (N.D. Cal. 2007); United States v. 3 Parcels in La Plata County, Colo., 919 F.Supp. 1449, 1452 (D. Nev. 1995) (in rem forfeiture action pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 881); United States v. $38,570, 950 F.2d 1108 (5th Cir. 1992), 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 case; IT IS ORDERED: (1) that a scheduling conference will be held pursuant to Rule 16(b), F.R.Civ.P., before the undersigned on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in the undersigned's chambers, Suite 322, Third Floor, Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ. Lead counsel for each party shall be physically present and shall have his client's authority to enter into binding stipulations and make admissions regarding all matters which may be discussed. Rule 16(c), FED.R.CIV.P. Parties are directed to confer at least ten (10) days before the conference, in accordance with Rule 26(f), F.R.Civ.P., to discuss the following matters: A. Any matters relating to jurisdiction or venue or the joinder of additional 1961(l)parties; B. The nature and bases of their claims and defenses and the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case; C. A schedule of all pretrial proceedings; D. Modification of pretrial procedures due to the simplicity or complexity of the E. Any other matters which counsel believe may help dispose of the matter in an efficient manner. F. Counsel shall file with the Court by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2008,a proposed Joint Case Management Report reflecting the results of their meeting and outlining the discovery plan. The report shall include individually numbered brief statements indicating: 1. The nature of the case: the factual and legal basis of plaintiff's claims and defendants' defenses. 2. The factual and legal issues genuinely in dispute and whether they can be narrowed by stipulation or motions. 3. The federal jurisdictional basis of the case citing specific statutes. 4. The parties, if any, that have not been served. -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 of the case. 5. Whether there are dispositive or partially dispositive issues to be decided by pretrial motions. 6. The status of related cases pending before other Judges of this District Court or before other courts. 7. Suggested changes, if any, in the limitations on discovery imposed by Rule 26(b)(2), F.R.Civ.P., and to minimize the expense of discovery. 8. A statement of whether initial disclosures were made or will be made, or any proposed changes in the requirements for initial disclosures set forth in Rule 26(a), F.R.Civ.P. 9. Proposed deadlines for: (a) filing motions to amend pleadings and motions to join additional parties; (b) disclosure of expert testimony under Rule 26(a)(2)(C), F.R.Civ.P.; (c) completing discovery; (d) filing dispositive motions; and (e) filing a pretrial statement (f) suggested date(s) for the final pretrial conference and trial. 10. Estimated length of trial. 11. Whether a jury trial has been requested. 12. The prospects for settlement. Does any party wish to have a settlement conference before this or another Magistrate Judge? How can settlement efforts be assisted? 13. Any unusual, difficult, or complex problems affecting the conduct 14. Any other matters which counsel believe will aid in expediting the disposition of this matter more quickly. After the conference and pursuant to Rule 16(b), FED.R.CIV.P., the Court will enter orders setting the time within which counsel may file pretrial motions, complete -3- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 discovery, and file dispositive motions. The Court's order shall control the course of the action unless modified by subsequent order. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall keep the Court apprised of the possibility of settlement and should settlement be reached, the parties shall immediately file a Notice of Settlement with the Clerk of the Court with a copy to this Court's chambers. LRCiv 40.2(d). This Court views compliance with the provisions of this Order as critical to its case management responsibilities and the responsibilities of the parties under Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Claimant's counsel may appear telephonically for the scheduling conference provided Claimant's counsel makes prior arrangements with the undersigned's Judicial Assistant no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2008 by calling the undersigned's chambers at (602) 322-7620. DATED this 15th day of September, 2008. -4-

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