Bucheit v. Dennis et al

Filing 121

ORDER DENYING re 119 Letter filed by Anthony Kockler, Tony Dennis, Dean Devlugt AND ORDER TO MEET AND CONFER AND FILE JOINT LETTER. Signed by Judge Joseph C. Spero on 6/2/11. (klh, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/2/2011)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 JONATHAN B. BUCKHEIT, 8 9 Plaintiff(s), v. ORDER DENYING MOTION TO COMPEL; ORDER TO MEET AND CONFER AND FILE JOINT LETTER TONY DENNIS, ET AL., 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 No. C 09-05000 (JCS) Defendant(s). ___________________________________/ 12 13 On May 27, 2011, the Defendant Officers filed a Letter to compel Plaintiff to answer 15 14 interrogatories, or in the alternative, allowing Defendants an increase in the number of 15 interrogatories [Docket No. 119] 16 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Letter is DENIED for failure of counsel to adequately 17 meet and confer. IT IS HEREBY FURTHER ORDERED that lead trial counsel for both parties 18 shall meet and confer in person no later than June 13, 2011. 19 In the event that counsel are unable to resolve the matters at issue in the Motion, lead trial 20 counsel shall provide a detailed Joint Letter to the Court within five (5) calendar days of their meet- 21 and-confer session. This Joint Letter, not to exceed ten (10) pages without leave of Court, shall 22 include a description of every issue in dispute and, with respect to each such issue, a detailed 23 summary of each party’s final substantive position and its final proposed compromise on each issue. 24 25 26 In the event a future discovery dispute arises, IT IS HEREBY FURTHER ORDERED that before filing any discovery motion before this Court, the parties must comply with the following: 1. Lead trial counsel for both parties must meet and confer in person regarding the 27 matter(s) at issue. This meeting shall occur after other efforts to resolve the dispute, 28 such as telephone, e-mail, teleconference, or correspondence, have been unsuccessful. 1 Once those efforts have proved unsuccessful, any party may demand a meeting of 2 lead trial counsel to resolve a discovery matter. Such a meeting shall occur within ten 3 (10) calendar days of the demand. The locations of the meetings shall alternate. The 4 first meeting shall be at a location selected by counsel for Plaintiff(s). If there are any 5 future disputes, the next such meeting shall be held at a location to be determined by 6 counsel for Defendant(s), etc. 7 2. Within five (5) calendar days of the in-person meeting between lead trial counsel 8 referred to above, the parties shall jointly file a detailed letter with the Court, not to 9 exceed ten (10) pages without leave of Court, which will include the matters that remain in dispute, a detailed substantive description of each side’s position on each 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 such issue, and a description of each side’s proposed compromise on each such issue. 12 In the absence of permission from the Court, the letter may not exceed ten (10) pages. 13 14 15 3. After the Court has received the joint letter, the Court will determine what future proceedings, if any, are necessary. In the event that the parties continue to be unable to resolve the matters regarding the timing 16 and scope of discovery, the Court will consider what future actions are necessary. These actions 17 may include the following: (1) sanctions against a party failing to cooperate in the discovery process 18 and meet and confer in good faith, as required by this Order, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 19 and the Local Rules of this Court; and/or (2) requiring the Chief Executive Officers of each party to 20 attend the in-person, meet-and-confer sessions described above. The Court is not entering either of 21 these matters as an Order of the Court at this time, and fully expects counsel to meet their 22 obligations under this Order and under the Local Rules. 23 24 25 26 27 28 A party or counsel has a continuing duty to supplement the initial disclosure when required under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(e)(1). 1 2 3 ELECTRONIC FILING AND COURTESY COPIES Please refer to Civil L. R. 5-4 and General Order No. 45 for the Northern District of California for information relating to electronic filing procedures and requirements. 4 BEFORE NOON ON THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY FOLLOWING THE ELECTRONIC 5 FILING, THE PARTIES ARE REQUIRED TO LODGE DIRECTLY WITH CHAMBERS ONE 6 PAPER COPY OF EACH DOCUMENT, WHICH IS TO BE DESIGNATED "JCS’S CHAMBERS' 7 COPY." 8 9 Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(f). IT IS SO ORDERED. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 The failure of counsel or a party to abide by this Order may result in sanctions pursuant to 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: June 2, 2011 JOSEPH C. SPERO United States Magistrate Judge

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