MacKinnon v. Gray et al

Filing 24

ORDER VACATING SCHEDULING ORDER AND SETTING A SCHEDULING CONFERENCE FOR 10/30/2019 AT 9:30AM signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson on 10/9/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Standard Scheduling Order)(Dunbar-Kari, K)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 Sean MacKinnon 9 Case No. 1:18-cv-00964 DAD-JDP Plaintiff, 10 ORDER SETTING MANDATORY SCHEDULING CONFERENCE v. 11 C. Gray., et al. 12 Defendant(s). 13 14 15 16   17 enter a scheduling conference order within 90 days of the date when the complaint is served on 18 defendant. Therefore, you are ordered to appear at a telephonic scheduling conference (dial-in 19 number: 1-888-204-5984; passcode: 4446176) before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. 20 Peterson.   Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Fed. R. Civ. P.”) requires the court to The court is unable to conduct a scheduling conference until defendant(s) has/have been 21 22 served with the summons and complaint. Accordingly, plaintiff(s) shall diligently pursue 23 service of summons and complaint and dismiss those defendants against whom plaintiff(s) will 24 not pursue claims. Plaintiff(s) shall promptly file proof(s) of service of the summons and 25 complaint so the court has a record of service. Counsel are referred to Fed. R. Civ. P., Rule 4, 26 regarding timely service of the complaint. Failure to effect timely service of summons and 27 28 1   1 complaint may result in the imposition of sanctions, including dismissal of unserved 2 defendants. Per Rule 16, this order may be served on counsel for plaintiff(s) before appearances of 3 4 defendant(s) are due. It is the obligation of counsel for plaintiff(s) to serve a copy of this order 5 on defendant(s), or, if identified, on their counsel, promptly upon receipt of this order, and to 6 file an appropriate proof of such service with the court, in compliance with Rule 135(a) of the 7 Local Rules of Practice for the Eastern District of California (“Local Rules”). Participation in the scheduling conference is mandatory for any party not represented by 8 counsel. Only counsel who are thoroughly familiar with the facts and the law of the instant 9 10 case, and who have full authority to bind their clients, shall appear. Trial counsel should 11 participate in the scheduling conference whenever possible. The conference may last as long 12 as 45 minutes. 13 A joint scheduling report, prepared and executed by all counsel and pro se parties, shall 14 be electronically filed in CM/ECF one full week prior to the scheduling conference and shall 15 be e-mailed, in Microsoft Word format, to For reference 16 purposes, the caption of the joint scheduling report should include the date and time of the 17 scheduling conference. Counsel are to discuss settlement thoroughly with their clients and 18 with each other before drafting the joint scheduling report. If the case is settled, promptly 19 inform the court. Counsel are expected to comply with the requirements of this order even if 20 settlement negotiations are progressing, unless a notice of settlement is filed pursuant to Local 21 Rule 160, in which case a joint scheduling report and participation in the scheduling 22 conference will not be required. At least ten days prior to the scheduling conference, trial counsel for all parties shall 23 24 conduct and conclude a conference at a time and place arranged by counsel for plaintiff(s). 25 This conference may be in person or telephonic. 26 27 28 2   Form and Contents of Joint Scheduling Report 1 Joint scheduling reports are to be e-mailed, in Microsoft Word format, to 2 3 The joint scheduling report shall address the following topics in 4 corresponding numbered paragraphs: 5 1. Overview. Brief overview of the factual and legal contentions set forth in the 6 pleadings of each party, including the relief sought by plaintiff. 7 2. Deadline for amendments. A proposed deadline for amendments to pleadings. 8 Any proposed amendment to the pleadings presently on file shall be filed by its proponent 9 contemporaneously with the scheduling conference report. If the matter cannot be resolved at 10 the scheduling conference, the matter will be set as a motion to amend in accordance with the 11 Local Rules. 12 3. Factual summary. A summary of uncontested and contested facts. 13 4. Legal issue summary. A summary of the legal issues that are undisputed—e.g., 14 jurisdiction, venue, applicable federal or state law—as well as a summary of any disputed legal 15 issues. 16 5. 17 Procedural status. The status of all matters that are presently set before the court—e.g., hearings of all motions. 18 6. 19 following: 20 Discovery plan. A complete and detailed discovery plan addressing at least the a. 21 A deadline for the exchange of initial disclosures required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) or a statement that disclosures have already been exchanged; 22 b. a deadline for the close of non-expert discovery; 23 c. a deadline for disclosure of expert witnesses as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. d. a deadline for expert witness discovery; e. any proposed changes to the limits on discovery imposed by Fed. R. Civ. 24 26(a)(2); 25 26 27 P. 26(b); 30(a)(2)(A), (B); 30(d); or 33(a); 28 3   f. 1 whether the parties anticipate the need for a protective order shielding any 2 information subject to discovery—such as trade secrets or other protected commercial 3 information; 4 g. 5 any issues or proposals relating to the timing, sequencing, phasing, or scheduling of discovery; 6 h. 7 whether the parties anticipate the need to take discovery outside the United States and, if so, a description of the proposed discovery; 8 i. j. 9 whether any party anticipates video and/or sound recording of depositions; whether the parties foresee a need for a mid-discovery status report and and 10 11 conference and, if so, a proposed date for such a conference. 12 7. 13 Discovery relating to electronic, digital, and magnetic data. Prior to a Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference, counsel must investigate their respective clients’ information 14 management systems and become familiar with their operation, including how information is 15 stored and how it can be retrieved. Counsel must also conduct a reasonable review of their 16 respective clients’ computer files to ascertain the contents thereof, including archival and 17 legacy data (outdated formats or media), and disclose in initial discovery (self-executing 18 routine discovery) the computer-based evidence that may be used to support claims or 19 defenses. A party seeking discovery of computer-based information must notify the opposing 20 party immediately, but no later than the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference, of that fact and 21 identify as clearly as possible the categories of information that may be sought. 22 8. 23 Duty to Meet and Confer. The parties must discuss the following matters during the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference: 24 a. Computer-based information (in general). The parties shall attempt to 25 agree on steps they will take, by specific dates, to segregate and preserve computer-based 26 information. 27 28 4   1 b. E-mail. The parties shall attempt to agree on the scope of e-mail discovery 2 and an e-mail search protocol. The parties shall discuss how they will handle metadata. The 3 parties shall attempt to reach an agreement regarding inadvertent production of privileged 4 information contained in email. 5 c. Deleted information. The parties shall attempt to agree whether restoration 6 of deleted information is necessary, the extent to which it is necessary, and who will bear the 7 costs of such restoration. 8 d. Back-up data. The parties shall attempt to agree whether back-up data is 9 necessary, the extent to which it is needed, and who will bear the costs of obtaining back-up 10 data. 11 9. Agreed-upon dates. Counsel shall attempt to agree on proposed dates for the 12 following. Once established, these dates should be considered firm. Dates should be set to 13 allow the court to decide any matters under submission before the pre-trial conference. 14 a. Motions. Filing non-dispositive and dispositive pre-trial motions, with the 15 understanding that motions, with the exception of trial motions such as motions in limine, will 16 not be entertained after the agreed-upon date, which shall be no later than 10 weeks before the 17 proposed pre-trial conference date. 18 b. Pre-trial conference. This date shall be no later than 45 days before the 19 proposed trial date. 20 c. Trial. 21 10. 22 Settlement. At the conference referred to above, counsel are encouraged to discuss settlement, and the joint scheduling report shall address the possibility of settlement. 23 The parties shall indicate when they desire a settlement conference—e.g., before further 24 discovery, after discovery, after pre-trial motions. 25 11. Jury. A statement as to whether the case is a jury or non-jury case. If the parties 26 disagree as to whether a jury trial has been timely demanded or whether one is available on 27 some or all of the claims, the statement shall include a summary of each party’s position. 28 5   12. 1 Trial length. An estimate of the number of trial days is required. If the parties 2 cannot agree, each party shall give his or her best estimate. In estimating the number of trial 3 days, the parties should keep in mind that this court is normally able to devote the entire day to 4 trial. 5 13. Consent. Whether the parties intend to consent to proceed before a United States 6 magistrate judge. Presently, when a civil trial is set before the district judges in the Fresno 7 Division, any criminal trial, which conflicts with the civil trial will take priority, even if the 8 civil trial was set first. Continuances of a civil trial under these circumstances may no longer 9 be entertained, absent good cause, but the civil trial may instead trail from day to day or week 10 to week until the completion of either the criminal case or the older civil case. The parties are 11 advised that they are free to withhold consent or decline magistrate jurisdiction without adverse 12 substantive consequences. 13 14. Procedural proposals. Whether either party requests bifurcation or phasing of 14 trial or has any other suggestion for shortening or expediting discovery, pre-trial motions, or 15 trial. 16 15. 17 Related matters. Whether this matter is related to any matter pending in this court or any other court, including bankruptcy court. 18 Chambers Information 19 The parties are directed to the court’s website at for specific 20 information regarding court procedures. Select “U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson” 21 from the “Judges” and “All Judges” tab and then click on “Civil Procedures” under the “Case 22 Management Procedures” heading. 23 Should counsel or a party appearing pro se fail to appear at the mandatory scheduling 24 conference, or fail to comply with the directions as set forth above, an ex parte hearing may be 25 held. At such hearing, a judgment of dismissal, default, or other appropriate type may be 26 entered, and sanctions, including contempt of court, may be imposed. 27 28 6  

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