Allen v. Shopper Food Warehouse Corp. et al
MEMORANDUM A telephone status conference has been scheduled for March 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m... Signed by Judge Roger W Titus on 03/18/2014. (bas, Deputy Clerk)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
ROGER W. TITUS
6500 CHERRYWOOD LANE
GREENBELT, MARYLAND 20770
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Counsel of Record
Judge Roger W. Titus
Notice of Telephone Status Conference
Rodney Allen v. Shoppers Food Warehouse Corp., et al.
Civil Action No. RWT 14-060
March 18, 2014
I have today issued the Court=s standard form of Scheduling Order, and am scheduling a
brief telephone status conference with counsel on March 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Counsel for the
Plaintiff shall be responsible for initiating the call.
There are several reasons for scheduling a telephone status conference in connection with
the issuance of the Scheduling Order. First, I want to be certain that counsel consider quite
carefully the availability of early mediation services by a Magistrate Judge of this Court, and the
desirability of consent to all further proceedings by a Magistrate Judge. These are options that
should be carefully considered, and I urge all parties to do so.
Second, the issuance of the Scheduling Order authorizes the initiation of discovery, and I
want to be certain that all counsel are aware of the obligations imposed upon them as part of the
discovery process. I urge all counsel to review carefully before the status conference the
decision of then Chief Magistrate Judge (now United States District Judge) Paul Grimm in the
case of Mancia v. Mayflower Textile Services Co., 253 F.R.D. 354 (D. Md. 2008). The
following is a link to the decision for your convenience:
If counsel read this decision and apply the rules in accordance with that decision, it is quite likely
that the level of discovery disputes, if any, will be reduced appreciably.
Third, I believe that the parties should confer with each other and be prepared to discuss
with me during the telephone status conference their views on the nature and extent of discovery
that may be required in this case, with a view towards minimizing wasteful and unnecessary
Fourth, any concerns regarding the dates set forth in the Scheduling Order should be
raised by counsel in the telephone status conference.
Despite the informal nature of this memorandum, it shall constitute an Order of Court and
be docketed accordingly.
Roger W. Titus
United States District Judge
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