Baughman et al v. Roadrunner Communications LLC et al

Filing 201

ORDER: Rule 16 Preliminary Pretrial Conference set for 7/17/2013 at 03:30 PM in Courtroom 605, 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 before Senior Judge Stephen M McNamee. Signed by Senior Judge Stephen M McNamee on 5/8/2013. (LMR)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ) ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) Roadrunner Communications, LLC, et al,) ) ) Defendants. ) ) Ray Baughman, et al No. CV-12-565-PHX-SMM ORDER SETTING RULE 16 PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE 15 16 This matter now being ready for a pretrial conference, 17 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil 18 Procedure a Preliminary Pretrial Conference is set for July 17, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in 19 Courtroom #605, sixth floor, Federal Courthouse, 401 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 20 Arizona. 21 ***NOTICE*** 22 23 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: 24 1. COUNSEL WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRIAL OF THE 25 LAWSUIT FOR EACH PARTY SHALL PERSONALLY APPEAR 26 AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL 27 CONFERENCE. Counsel for all parties are directed to Rule 16 of the 28 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the objectives of the conference. At 1 least one of the attorneys for each party attending the conference shall have 2 authority to enter into stipulations and make admissions regarding all 3 matters which may be discussed. 4 2. IN ADDITION TO COUNSEL OF RECORD, EACH PARTY, OR A 5 REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PARTY (WHO IS NOT COUNSEL 6 OF RECORD) WITH BINDING SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY IF 7 THE PARTY IS AN ENTITY, SHALL BE PRESENT AT THE 8 PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. NO PARTY OR 9 COUNSEL SHALL BE EXCUSED FROM PERSONALLY 10 APPEARING AT THE CONFERENCE WITHOUT PRIOR 11 PERMISSION OF THE COURT. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(f). 12 3. Counsel must be prepared to discuss what the parties must prove in order to 13 prevail on their respective claims or defenses at the time of the Preliminary 14 Pretrial Conference. 15 4. Counsel should be prepared to discuss logistical matters. 16 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all parties are directed to meet at least twenty- 17 one (21) days before the Preliminary Pretrial Conference, in accordance with Rule 26(f) 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to discuss the following matters: 19 1. The possibility of consent to trial before a United States Magistrate Judge 20 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), the suitability for referral of this matter to this 21 District's court-annexed voluntary arbitration program or any other alternative 22 dispute resolution mechanism, or the reference of this matter to a special master; 23 2. 24 parties; 25 3. 26 prompt settlement or resolution of the case; 27 4. Any matters relating to jurisdiction or venue or the joinder of additional The nature and bases of their claims and defenses and the possibilities for a A schedule of all pre-trial proceedings; 28 -2- 1 5. 2 the case; 3 6. 4 the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Unless otherwise stipulated in writing by the 5 parties or otherwise directed by a written Order of this Court, Initial Disclosures 6 shall be made at the initial Rule 26(f) case management meeting or within ten (10) 7 days after the meeting; and 8 7. 9 an efficient manner. 10 Modification of pre-trial procedures due to the simplicity or complexity of Arrangements for Initial Disclosures in compliance with Rule 26(a)(1) of Any other matters which counsel may feel will help dispose of the matter in IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that to satisfy the requirements of Federal Rule of 11 Civil Procedure 26(a) the parties shall file with the Clerk of the Court a Notice of Initial 12 Disclosure; copies of the actual disclosures shall therefore not be filed. 13 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that at the Rule 26(f) case management meeting, 14 the parties shall develop a Proposed Case Management Plan which shall include brief 15 statements or proposals concerning: 16 1. The nature of the case, setting forth in brief statements the factual and legal 17 basis of plaintiff's claims and defendant's defenses; 18 2. 19 and each affirmative defense. Where the burden of proof shifts, each party shall 20 list the elements of the claim or defense that the party must prove in order to 21 prevail. The list of the elements of proof must contain citations to relevant legal 22 authority (i.e., United States statutory and/or administrative law, U.S. Supreme 23 Court case law, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case law, Arizona state case and 24 statutory law, or other authority as dictated by conflicts of law rules); 25 3. 26 narrowed by stipulation or motion; 27 4. A list of the elements of proof necessary for each count of the complaint The factual and legal issues genuinely in dispute, and whether they can be The jurisdictional basis of the case, citing specific statutes; 28 -3- 1 5. Parties, if any, which have not been served, as well as parties which have 2 not filed an answer or other appearance. Unless counsel can otherwise show 3 cause, a proposed form of order shall accompany the joint Case Management Plan 4 which dismisses any party which has not been served, or seeks default judgment 5 on any non-appearing party; 6 6. The names of parties not subject to the Court’s jurisdiction; 7 7. Whether there are further dispositive or partially dispositive issues to be 8 decided by pretrial motions, and the legal issues about which any pretrial motions 9 are contemplated; 10 8. Whether the case is suitable for reference to arbitration, to a special master, 11 or to a United States Magistrate Judge for trial; 12 9. 13 before other courts; 14 10. 15 disclosures under Rule 26(a), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including a 16 statement of when Initial Disclosures were made or will be made; 17 11. 18 Friday unless impracticable): The status of related cases pending before other judges of this Court or Suggested changes, if necessary, in the timing, form, or requirement for Proposed specific dates for each of the following (deadlines should fall on a 19 a. A deadline for the completion of fact discovery;1 20 b. Dates for full and complete expert disclosures under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(A)-(C); 21 22 c. A deadline for completion of all expert depositions; 23 d. A deadline for filing dispositive motions; 24 25 26 27 28 1 The discovery deadline is the date by which all discovery must be completed. Discovery requests must be served and depositions noticed sufficiently in advance of this date to ensure reasonable completion by this deadline, including time to resolve discovery disputes. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the Court will not entertain discovery disputes after this deadline. -4- 1 e. 2 A date by which the parties shall have engaged in good faith settlement talks; 3 12. 4 phases or should be limited to or focused upon particular issues. For example, 5 where dispositive motions will be filed (e.g., motions for summary judgment or a 6 defense relying on the statute of limitations) counsel should consider limiting 7 discovery to the issue at hand until the court has ruled on the motion; 8 13. 9 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and LRCiv 16.2; The scope of discovery and whether discovery should be conducted in Suggested changes, if any, in the limitations on discovery imposed by the 10 14. 11 trial, and any suggestions for shortening the trial; 12 15. 13 trial is contested. If the request for a jury trial is contested, the Proposed Case 14 Management Plan shall set forth the reasons that a trial by jury is in dispute; 15 16. 16 conference before another United States District Court Judge or Magistrate Judge, 17 or other request of the court for assistance in settlement efforts; and 18 17. 19 dispute in a just, speedy, and inexpensive manner. 20 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all deadlines to which the parties stipulate in Estimated date that the case will be ready for trial, the estimated length of Whether a jury trial has been requested and whether the request for a jury The prospects for settlement, including any request to have a settlement Any other matters which counsel feel will aid the Court in resolving this 21 the Proposed Case Management Plan shall fall on a Friday barring extenuating 22 circumstances which make doing so impracticable. 23 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel shall jointly file their Proposed Case 24 Management Plan with the Clerk of the Court not less than five (5) business days before 25 the Preliminary Pretrial Conference. Absent extraordinary circumstances, no extensions 26 of time will be granted. 27 28 -5- 1 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that it is the responsibility of counsel for the 2 Plaintiff(s) to initiate the communications necessary to prepare the joint Proposed Case 3 Management Plan. Once contacted by counsel for Plaintiff(s), counsel for Defendant(s) 4 shall act in an expeditious manner to effectuate the preparation of the Case Management 5 Plan. 6 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel for all parties are expected to comply 7 with Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and to minimize the expense of 8 discovery. 9 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court, after consultation with counsel and 10 the parties, will enter a Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order concerning, inter alia, discovery and 11 dispositive motions. To the extent that the Court’s Rule 16 Scheduling Order differs from 12 the parties’ Proposed Case Management Plan, the provisions of the Court’s Order shall 13 supersede the parties’ Proposed Case Management Plan and shall control the course of 14 this action unless modified by subsequent Order of this Court. The parties and their 15 counsel are all cautioned that the deadlines set in the Rule 16 Scheduling Order shall be 16 strictly enforced. 17 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel review the requirements of LRCiv 7.1 18 and LRCiv 7.2, Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for the District of 19 Arizona, with their administrative/support personnel to ensure that all pleadings are in 20 compliance with the rules. 21 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Court views the Preliminary Pretrial 22 Conference as critical to its case management responsibilities and the responsibilities of 23 the parties under Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. FAILURE TO 24 COMPLY WITH EVERY PROVISION OF THIS ORDER MAY LEAD TO 25 SANCTIONS PURSUANT TO FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 16(f). 26 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court send copies of this 27 Order to all counsel of record and to all parties, if any, appearing in propria persona. 28 -6- 1 DATED this 8th day of May, 2013. 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 -7-

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