Baum et al v. Maplewood City Library et al

Filing 12

RULE 16 ORDER This case is assigned to Track: 2 (Standard) Joint Scheduling Plan due by 6/15/2006. Rule 16 Conference set for 6/22/2006 01:00 PM in Chambers before Honorable Catherine D. Perry.. Signed by Judge Catherine D. Perry on 5/23/06. (BAK, )

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Baum et al v. Maplewood City Library et al Doc. 12 Case 4:06-cv-00453-CDP Document 12 Filed 05/23/2006 Page 1 of 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION GORDON LEE BAUM, et al., Plaintiffs, vs. MAPLEWOOD CITY LIBRARY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 4:06CV453 CDP ORDER SETTING RULE 16 CONFERENCE ATTORNEYS PLEASE NOTE: The Court expects you to read and comply with this order in full. When you appear at the Rule 16 conference the Court will expect you to know your case and be prepared to discuss all items in this order and in your joint scheduling plan and be prepared to discuss the facts of your case, the range of damages, your client's settlement posture, what discovery has already been done and what needs to be done, what kind of expert witnesses will be used, whether summary judgment or other dispositive motions are likely, and any unusual evidentiary, factual, or legal issues that are likely to arise. If trial counsel chooses to send a substitute, that substitute must be fully prepared for the conference. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, 1. Scheduling Conference: A Scheduling Conference pursuant to Rule 16, Fed.R.Civ.P., is set for June 22, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. in the chambers of the undersigned. Any counsel may participate in the conference by telephone, if counsel notifies the office of the undersigned of his or her intent to do so at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled conference. At the scheduling conference Case 4:06-cv-00453-CDP Document 12 Filed 05/23/2006 Page 2 of 5 counsel will be expected to discuss in detail all matters covered by Rule 16, Fed.R.Civ.P., as well as all matters set forth in their joint proposed scheduling plan described in paragraph 3, and a firm and realistic trial setting will be established at or shortly after the conference. 2. Meeting of Counsel: Prior to the date for submission of the joint proposed scheduling plan set forth in paragraph 3 below, counsel for the parties shall meet to discuss the following: the nature and basis of the parties' claims and defenses, the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case, the formulation of a discovery plan, and other topics listed below or in Rule 16 and Rule 26(f), Fed.R.Civ.P. Counsel will be asked to report orally on the matters discussed at this meeting when they appear before the undersigned for the scheduling conference, and will specifically be asked to report on the potential for settlement; whether settlement demands or offers have been exchanged, without revealing the content of any offers or demands; and, suitability for Alternative Dispute Resolution. This meeting is expected to result in the parties reaching agreement on the form and content of a joint proposed scheduling plan as described in paragraph 3 below. Only one proposed scheduling plan may be submitted in any case, and it must be signed by counsel for all parties. It will be the responsibility of counsel for the plaintiff to actually submit the joint proposed scheduling plan to the Court. If the parties cannot agree as to any matter required to be contained in the joint plan, the -2- Case 4:06-cv-00453-CDP Document 12 Filed 05/23/2006 Page 3 of 5 disagreement must be set out clearly in the joint proposal, and the Court will resolve the dispute at or shortly after the scheduling conference. 3. Joint Proposed Scheduling Plan: No later than June 15, 2006, counsel shall file with the Clerk of the Court a joint proposed scheduling plan. All dates required to be set forth in the plan shall be within the ranges set forth below for the applicable track: Track 1: Expedited *Disposition w/i 12 mos of filing *120 days for discovery Track 2: Standard *Disposition w/i 18 mos of filing Track 3: Complex *Disposition w/i 24 mos of filing *240-360 days from R16 Conf for discovery/dispositive motions *180-240 days from R16 Conf. for discovery/dispositive motions The parties' joint proposed scheduling plan shall include: (a) whether the Track Assignment is appropriate; NOTE: This case has been assigned to Track 2: ( Standard ). (b) (c) dates for joinder of additional parties or amendment of pleadings; a discovery plan including: (i) a date or dates by which the parties will disclose information and exchange documents pursuant to Rule 26(a)(1), Fed.R.Civ.P., (ii) whether discovery should be conducted in phases or limited to certain issues, (iii) dates by which each party shall disclose its expert witnesses' identities and reports, and dates by which each party shall make its expert witnesses -3- Case 4:06-cv-00453-CDP Document 12 Filed 05/23/2006 Page 4 of 5 available for deposition, giving consideration to whether serial or simultaneous disclosure is appropriate in the case, (iv) whether the presumptive limits of ten (10) depositions per side as set forth in Rule 30(a)(2)(A), Fed.R.Civ.P., and twenty-five (25) interrogatories per party as set forth in Rule 33(a), Fed.R.Civ.P. should apply in this case, and if not, the reasons for the variance from the rules, (v) whether any physical or mental examinations of parties will be requested pursuant to Rule 35, Fed.R.Civ.P., and if so, by what date that request will be made and the date the examination will be completed, (vi) a date by which all discovery will be completed (see applicable track range, Section 3. above); (vii) any other matters pertinent to the completion of discovery in this case, (d) the parties' positions concerning the referral of the action to mediation or early neutral evaluation, and when such a referral would be most productive; (e) dates for the filing of any dispositive motions (see applicable track range, Section 3. above); -4- Case 4:06-cv-00453-CDP Document 12 Filed 05/23/2006 Page 5 of 5 (f) the earliest date by which this case should reasonably be expected to be ready for trial (see applicable track range, Section 3. above); (g) (h) an estimate of the length of time expected to try the case to verdict; and any other matters counsel deem appropriate for inclusion in the Joint Scheduling Plan. 4. Disclosure of Corporation Interests: All non-governmental corporate parties are reminded to comply with Disclosure of Corporate Interests by filing a Certificate of Interest with the Court pursuant to E.D.Mo. L.R. 2.09. 5. Pro Se Parties: If any party appears in this action pro se, such party shall meet with all other parties or counsel, participate in the preparation and filing of a joint proposed scheduling plan, and appear for the scheduling conference, all in the same manner as otherwise required by this order. Dated this 23rd day of May, 2006. _______________________________ CATHERINE D. PERRY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -5-

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