Monteferrante v. Williams-Sonoma
Judge Mark L. Wolf: MEMORANDUM & ORDER entered granting 13 Motion to Strike ; granting 20 Motion for Hearing; (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Scheduling Conference) (Bono, Christine)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
on behalf of herself and all others
NOTICE OF SCHEDULING CONFERENCE
An initial scheduling conference will be held in Courtroom No. 10 on the 5th floor at 2:00 p.m. on May 4,
2017 in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) and Local Rule 16.1. The court considers attendance of the senior
lawyers ultimately responsible for the case and compliance with sections (B), (C), and (D) of Local Rule 16.1 1 to
be of the utmost importance. Counsel may be given a continuance only if actually engaged on trial. Failure to
comply fully with this notice and with sections (B), (C), and (D) of Local Rule 16.1 may result in sanctions under
Local Rule 1.3. Counsel for the plaintiff is responsible for ensuring that all parties and/or their attorneys, who
have not filed an answer or appearance with the court, are notified of the scheduling conference date.
/s/ Mark L. Wolf
United States District Judge
/s/ Christine M. Bono
These sections of Local Rule 16.1 provide:
(B) Obligation of counsel to confer. Unless otherwise ordered by the judge, counsel for the parties shall, pursuant to
Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f), confer no later than twenty-one (21) days before the date for the scheduling conference for the purpose of:
(1) preparing an agenda of matters to be discussed at the scheduling conference,
(2) preparing a proposed pretrial schedule for the case that includes a plan for discovery, and
(3) considering whether they will consent to trial by magistrate judge.
(C) Settlement proposals. Unless otherwise ordered by the judge, the plaintiff shall present written settlement proposals to all
defendants no later than twenty-one (21) days before the date for the scheduling conference. Defense counsel shall have conferred with
their clients on the subject of settlement before the scheduling conference and be prepared to respond to the proposals at the scheduling
(D) Joint statement. Unless otherwise ordered by the judge, the parties are required to file, no later than five (5) business days
before the scheduling conference and after consideration of the topics contemplated by Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(b) and 26(f), a joint statement
containing a proposed pretrial schedule, which shall include:
(1) a joint discovery plan scheduling the time and length for all discovery events, that shall
(a) conform to the obligation to limit discovery set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b), and
(b) take into account the desirability of conducting phased discovery in which the first phase is
limited to developing information needed for a realistic assessment of the case and, if the case does
not terminate, the second phase is directed at information needed to prepare for trial; and
(2) a proposed schedule for the filing of motions; and
(3) certifications signed by counsel and by an authorized representative of each party affirming that each party and that party's
counsel have conferred:
(a) with a view to establishing a budget for the costs of conducting the full course--and various
alternative courses--of the litigation; and
(b) to consider the resolution of the litigation through the use of alternative dispute resolution
programs such as those outlined in Local Rule 16.4.
To the extent that all parties are able to reach agreement on a proposed pretrial schedule, they shall so indicate. To the extent that
the parties differ on what the pretrial schedule should be, they shall set forth separately the items on which they differ and indicate the
nature of that difference. The purpose of the parties' proposed pretrial schedule or schedules shall be to advise the judge of the parties' best
estimates of the amounts of time they will need to accomplish specified pretrial steps. The parties' proposed agenda for the scheduling
conference, and their proposed pretrial schedule or schedules, shall be considered by the judge as advisory only.
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