Bowman v. Harris Stowe State University
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Rule 16 conference in this matter is continued October 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chambers of the undersigned. The parties shall submit one revised joint proposed scheduling plan in conformity wi th this Courts prior Order Setting Rule 16 Conference 7 by no later than noon on October 18, 2019. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for extension of time 9 is denied as moot. Signed by District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on 10/8/19. (KEK)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
Case No. 4:19 CV 1910 RWS
HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIV.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This case is currently set for a Rule 16 scheduling conference on Friday,
October 11, 2019. My Order setting that conference, as well as Fed. R. Civ. P.
26(f), requires the parties to meet and discuss, among other things, the deadlines
applicable to the case. The parties are required to use good faith efforts to agree on
the proposed scheduling plan, Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f)(2), and were instructed to file
only one joint proposed plan. [Doc. # 7 at 3] (“Only one proposed plan may be
submitted in any case, and it must be signed by counsel for all parties.”) Despite
these requirements, the parties submitted separate proposed scheduling plans.
Defendant states that during a telephone call “plaintiff indicated he would consider
the dates proposed by defense counsel and indicate whether he had any concerns.
Defense counsel waited for this information but never received it.” [Doc. #8].
Accordingly, defendant filed its version of a scheduling plan. Plaintiff submits, out
of time, his own proposed scheduling plan and claims that he needs “judicial
guidance regarding the timing of the time deadlines in any scheduling order
entered in this case.” [Doc. # 9 at 2].
It is evident that the parties have failed to comply with either the letter or the
spirit of my Order Setting Rule 16 Conference and the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, which requires that the parties actually talk to each other about issues
germane to the resolution of the case, which include the timing and scheduling of
discovery and potential trial dates, and attempt in good faith to reach agreement on
these issues before submitting a proposed scheduling plan to the Court. For these
reasons, the Court will reschedule the Rule 16 conference to afford the parties an
opportunity to comply with my Order and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Rule 16 conference in this matter is
continued October 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chambers of the undersigned.
The parties shall submit one revised joint proposed scheduling plan in conformity
with this Court’s prior Order Setting Rule 16 Conference [Doc. # 7] by no later
than noon on October 18, 2019.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for extension of time
 is denied as moot.
RODNEY W. SIPPEL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 8th day of October, 2019.
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