Kerber et al v. Qwest Group Life Insurance Plan et al
ORDER setting Rule 16(b) Scheduling Conference and Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting set for 6/11/2007 10:00 AM in Courtroom A 402 before Magistrate Judge Craig B Shaffer. Signed by Magistrate Judge Craig B Shaffer on 4/11/07. (dln, )
Kerber et al v. Qwest Group Life Insurance Plan et al
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer Civil Action No. 07-cv-00644-WDM-CBS EDWARD J. KERBER, NELSON B. PHELPS, JOANNE WEST, NANCY A. MEISTER, THOMAS J. INGEMANN, JR., Individually, and as Representative of plan participants and plan beneficiaries of the QWEST GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PLAN, Plaintiffs, v. QWEST GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PLAN, QWEST EMPLOYEES BENEFIT COMMITTEE, QWEST PLAN DESIGN COMMITTEE, QWEST COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendants.
ORDER SETTING RULE 16(b) SCHEDULING CONFERENCE AND RULE 26(f) PLANNING MEETING This case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer by District Judge Walker D. Miller, pursuant to the Order of Reference filed April 9, 2007. See 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1)(A) and (B) and FED.R.CIV.P. 72(a) and (b). IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: (1) The court shall hold a FED.R.CIV.P. 16(b) scheduling and planning conference on June 11, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) The conference shall be held in Courtroom A-402, Fourth Floor, Alfred A. Arraj U.S.
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Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado. If this date is not convenient for any party1, he or she shall confer with opposing parties and contact the court to reschedule the conference to a more convenient time. Please remember that anyone seeking entry into the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse will be required to show valid photo identification. See D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.2B. A copy of instructions for the preparation of a scheduling order and a form scheduling order can be downloaded from the Court' website at www.co.uscourts.gov/forms-frame.htm s (Click on " ivil Forms"in the blue box at the top of the screen and scroll down to the bold C heading " tandardized Order Forms". Parties shall prepare the proposed scheduling order in S ) accordance with the Court' form. s The parties shall submit their proposed scheduling order, pursuant to District of Colorado Electronic Case Filing (" CF" Procedures V.L., on or before: E ) 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on June 4, 2007 Attorneys and/or pro se parties not participating in ECF shall submit their proposed scheduling order on paper to the Clerk' Office. However, if any party in the case is participating in ECF, it s is the responsibility of that party to submit the proposed scheduling order pursuant to the District of Colorado ECF Procedures.
The plaintiff shall notify all parties who have not yet entered an appearance of the date and time of the scheduling/planning conference, and shall provide a copy of this Order to those parties.
(2) In preparation for the scheduling/planning conference, the parties are directed to confer in accordance with FED.R.CIV.P. 26(f), on or before: May 21, 2007 The court strongly encourages the parties to meet face to face, but should that prove impossible, the parties may meet by telephone conference. All parties are jointly responsible for arranging and attending the Rule 26(f) meeting. During the Rule 26(f) meeting, the parties shall discuss the nature and basis of their claims and defenses and the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case, make or arrange for the disclosures required by FED.R.CIV.P. 26(a)(1), and develop their proposed The term " arty"as used in this Order means counsel for any party represented by a p lawyer, and any pro se party not represented by a lawyer.
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scheduling/discovery plan. The parties should also discuss the possibility of informal discovery, such as conducting joint interviews with potential witnesses, joint meetings with clients, depositions via telephone, or exchanging documents outside of formal discovery. In those cases in which: (i) the parties'substantive allegations involve extensive computer-generated records; (ii) a substantial amount of disclosure or discovery will involve information or records in electronic form (i.e., e-mail, word processing, databases); (iii) expert witnesses will develop testimony based in large part on computer data and/or modeling; or (iv) any party plans to present a substantial amount of evidence in digital form at trial, the parties shall confer regarding steps they can take to preserve computer records and data, facilitate computerbased discovery and who will pay costs, resolve privilege issues, limit discovery costs and delay, and avoid discovery disputes relating to electronic discovery. The parties shall be prepared to discuss these issues, as appropriate, in the proposed Scheduling Order and at the scheduling and planning conference. These are the minimum requirements for the Rule 26(f) meeting. The parties are encouraged to have a comprehensive discussion and are required to approach the meeting cooperatively and in good faith. The parties are reminded that the purpose of the Rule 26(f) meeting is to expedite the disposition of the action, discourage wasteful pretrial activities, and improve the quality of any eventual trial through more thorough preparation. The discussion of claims and defenses shall be a substantive, meaningful discussion. The parties are reminded that pursuant to FED.R.CIV.P. 26(d), no discovery shall be sought prior to the Rule 26(f) meeting. (3) The parties shall comply with the mandatory disclosure requirements of FED.R.CIV.P. 26(a)(1) on or before: June 4, 2007 Counsel and parties are reminded that mandatory disclosure requirements encompass computerbased evidence which may be used to support claims or defenses. Mandatory disclosures must be supplemented by the parties consistent with the requirements of FED.R.CIV.P. 26(e). Mandatory disclosures and supplementation are not to be filed with the Clerk of the Court. (4) This matter also is referred to Magistrate Judge Shaffer for settlement purposes and with the authority to convene such settlement conferences and direct related procedures as may facilitate resolution of this case. The scheduling and planning conference is not a settlement conference, and no client representative is required to appear. Nonetheless, to facilitate an early evaluation for the possibility of settlement, parties participating in ECF shall e-mail a brief (15 pages or less, including any attachments) Confidential Settlement Statement in PDF format to Shaffer_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov on or before 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on June 4, 2007. This statement shall briefly outline the facts and issues involved in the case, and the possibilities for settlement, including any settlement authority from the client. Confidential
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settlements that are over fifteen (15) pages are to be submitted to the court as hard copies and shall be delivered to the office of the Clerk of the Court in an envelope marked " RIVATE PER P MAGISTRATE JUDGE SHAFFER' ORDERS" S . Attorneys and/or pro se parties not participating in ECF shall submit a single copy of their confidential settlement statement, on paper and marked " ersonal and Confidential,"either by P hand delivery to the Clerk' Office or mailed directly to Magistrate Judge Shaffer at 901 19th s Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. (5) All parties are expected to be familiar with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Local Rules of Practice (D.C.COLOL.CIVR.). Copies are available from Office of the Clerk, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, or through the District Court' web site: www.cod.uscourts.gov. s All out-of-state counsel shall comply with D.C.COLOL.CIVR. 83.3 prior to the Scheduling/Planning Conference. DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 11th day of April, 2007. BY THE COURT:
s/Craig B. Shaffer Craig B. Shaffer United States Magistrate Judge
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