Chen v. CenturyLink
ORDER Scheduling Conference for 10/29/2015 10:15 AM in Courtroom C201 before Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya. Consent Form due by 10/22/2015, by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 8/5/15. (sgrim)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya
Civil Action No. 15–cv–01651–KMT
CENTURYLINK, as Sponsor and Administrator of the CenturyLink Employee Benefit Plan,
ORDER SETTING SCHEDULING/PLANNING CONFERENCE AND SETTING
DEADLINE FOR FILING OF PILOT PROGRAM CONSENT FORM
This case has been directly assigned to Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya pursuant to
the Pilot Program to Implement the Direct Assignment of Civil Cases to Full Time Magistrate
Judges. The parties are expected to become familiar with the Pilot Program.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
(1) The parties shall complete and file the Pilot Program Consent Form indicating either
unanimous consent of the parties or that consent has been declined on or before:
October 22, 2015.
Please note that this date may be earlier or later than the default deadlines contemplated by the
(2) The court shall hold a Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) scheduling and planning conference on
October 29, 2015, at
10:15 a.m. (Mountain Time).
The conference shall be held in Courtroom C-201, Second Floor, of the Byron Rogers U.S.
Courthouse, 1929 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado. If this date is not convenient for any party1,
he or she shall file a motion to reschedule the conference to a more convenient time. Please
remember that anyone seeking entry into the Byron Rogers 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’s website at
www.cod.uscourts.gov/CourtOperations/RulesProcedures/Forms.aspx (Scroll down to the bold
heading “Standardized Order Forms”). For patent cases, a copy of a form scheduling order in a
patent case can be downloaded from the Court’s website at
spx. Parties shall prepare the appropriate proposed scheduling order in accordance with the
The parties shall submit their proposed scheduling order, pursuant to District of Colorado
Electronic Case Filing (“ECF”) Procedures, on or before:
5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on
October 22, 2015.
Attorneys and/or pro se parties not participating in ECF shall submit their proposed scheduling
order on paper to the Clerk’s Office. However, if any party in the case is participating in ECF, it
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
(3) In preparation for the scheduling/planning conference, the parties are directed to
confer in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). 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)
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
scheduling/discovery plan. The parties should also discuss the possibility of informal discovery,
The term “party” as used in this Order means counsel for any party represented by a lawyer, and
any pro se party not represented by a lawyer.
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
computer-based 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.
(4) The parties shall comply with the mandatory disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ.
P. 26(a)(1). Counsel and parties are reminded that mandatory disclosure requirements
encompass computer-based 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.
(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.COLO.LCivR.). Copies are available from
Office of the Clerk, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, or through the
District Court’s web site: www.cod.uscourts.gov.
All out-of-state counsel shall comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR. 83.3 prior to the
Dated this 5th day of August, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
Kathleen M. Tafoya
United States Magistrate Judge
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