Hunter v. Salem, Missouri, City of et al
ORDER SETTING RULE 16 CONFERENCE. (see order for details) This case is assigned to Track: 2 (Standard). Joint Scheduling Plan due by 4/25/2012. Rule 16 Conference set for 5/2/2012 09:00 AM in Chambers before Honorable E. Richard Webber. Signed by Honorable E. Richard Webber on 04/11/2012. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CITY OF SALEM, MISSOURI, et al.,
Case No. 4:12CV00004 ERW
ORDER SETTING RULE 16 CONFERENCE
Pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act Expense and Delay Reduction Plan and the
Differentiated Case Management Program of the United States District Court of the Eastern District
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the following shall apply to Plaintiff and remaining
Defendants Board of Trustees, Salem Public Library; and Glenda Woffard.
1. Scheduling Conference: A Scheduling Conference pursuant to Rule 16, Fed.R.Civ.P.,
is set for May 2, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the chambers of Judge E. Richard Webber. The attorney
preparing and trying this case must appear for the conference (actual appearance or by telephone)
unless prior permission has been granted by this Court for another to appear. 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 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,
any issues relating to preserving discoverable information,
any issues relating to disclosure or discovery of electronically stored information, including–
(i) the form or forms in which it should be produced,
(ii) the topics for such discovery and the time period for which such discovery will be
(iii) the various sources of such information within a party’s control that should be
searched for electronically stored information, and
(iv) whether the information is reasonably accessible to the party that has it, in terms
of the burden and cost of retrieving and reviewing the information,
any issues relating to claims of privilege or of protection as trial-preparation material,
including - if the parties agree on a procedure to assert such claims after production - whether
to ask the Court to include their agreement in an order, and
other topics listed below or in Fed.R.Civ.P. 16 and 26(f).
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 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 April 25, 2012, 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
Track 2: Standard
Track 3: Complex
*Disposition w/i 12 mos of filing
*Disposition w/i 18 mos of filing
*Disposition w/i 24 mos of filing
*120 days for discovery
*180-240 days from R16 Conf. for
*240-360 days from R16 Conf
for discovery/dispositive motions
The parties’ joint proposed scheduling plan shall include:
whether the Track Assignment is appropriate; NOTE: This case has been assigned
to Track 2: ( Standard ).
dates for joinder of additional parties or amendment of pleadings;
a discovery plan including:
(i) any agreed-upon provisions for disclosure or discovery of electronically stored
(ii) any agreements the parties reach for asserting claims of privilege or of protection
as trial-preparation material after production,
(iii) a date or dates by which the parties will disclose information and exchange
documents pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1),
(iv) whether discovery should be conducted in phases or limited to certain issues,
(v) dates by which each party shall disclose its expert witnesses’ identities and reports,
and dates by which each party shall make its expert witnesses available for deposition, giving
consideration to whether serial or simultaneous disclosure is appropriate in the case,
(vi) whether the presumptive limits of ten (10) depositions per side as set forth in
Fed.R.Civ.P. 30(a)(2)(A), and twenty-five (25) interrogatories per party as set forth in Fed.R.Civ.P.
33(a), should apply in this case, and if not, the reasons for the variance from the rules,
(vii) whether any physical or mental examinations of parties will be requested pursuant
to Fed.R.Civ.P. 35, and if so, by what date that request will be made and the date the examination
will be completed,
(viii) a date by which all discovery will be completed (see applicable track range,
Section 3. above);
(ix) any other matters pertinent to the completion of discovery in this case,
the parties’ positions concerning the referral of the action to mediation or early
neutral evaluation, and when such a referral would be most productive;
date for filing any motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment or motions for
judgment on the pleadings (see applicable track range, Section 3 above).
the earliest date by which this case should reasonably be expected to be ready for trial
(see applicable track range, Section 3. above);
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 Corporate 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.
So Ordered this 11th Day of April, 2012.
E. RICHARD WEBBER
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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