Western Organization of Resource Councils et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al
ORDER re 35 Joint Case Management Plan, filed by Powder River Basin Resource Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Montana Environmental Information Center, Sierra Club, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Northern Plains Resource Council, All Defendants. Signed by Judge Brian Morris on 2/16/2017. (MMS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
GREAT FALLS DIVISION
WESTERN ORGANIZATION OF )
RESOURCE COUNCILS, et al.,
U.S. BUREAU OF LAND
MANAGEMENT, et al.
Case No. 4:16-cv-00021-BMM
The Court has reviewed the parties’ Joint Proposed Case Management Plan
and hereby enters the following order:
Federal Defendants are not required to file an Answer.
Federal Defendants will serve an administrative record on Plaintiffs’ counsel
and prospective Intervenors’ counsel, if any, on or before March 31, 2017. The
administrative record will be submitted to the parties in electronic format in an
indexed and searchable format to the extent feasible.
After Federal Defendants serve the administrative record on Plaintiffs’
counsel and prospective Intervenors’ counsel, if any, the Parties will endeavor to
resolve any outstanding issues or disputes regarding the content of the
administrative record. Plaintiffs agree to confer with Federal Defendants regarding
any record disputes on or before May 26, 2017.
The Parties shall file any motions other than motions related to the
administrative record or for summary judgment on or before May 26, 2017. This
includes any motions to amend the pleadings.
Federal Defendants will certify and lodge an administrative record with the
Court and serve that administrative record on Plaintiffs’ counsel and prospective
Intervenors’ counsel on or before June 16, 2017.
Plaintiffs will have until June 23, 2017 to file any motions objecting to the
content of the administrative record or seeking to supplement the record. Federal
Defendants reserve the right to oppose any such motions. Such motions, if filed,
will cancel the Parties’ briefing schedule proposed below. The Parties agree to file
a revised briefing schedule within 21 days of the Court’s Order resolving any such
If no motions related to the administrative record are filed, Plaintiffs will file
their motion for summary judgment and memorandum in support, as well as any
declarations in support of their standing, by July 14, 2017. Plaintiffs’ brief shall be
limited to 8000 words.
Federal Defendants will file their combined response to Plaintiffs’ motion
and cross-motion for summary judgment by August 11, 2017. Federal Defendants’
combined brief shall be limited to 8000 words.
Intervenor-Defendants, if any, would file their combined responses to
Plaintiffs’ motion and cross-motion for summary judgment by August 18, 2017.
Intervenor-Defendants’ combined briefs shall be limited to 6500 words.
Plaintiffs will file their combined reply in support of summary judgment and
response to Federal Defendants’ and Intervenor-Defendant’s cross-motions for
summary judgment by September 8, 2017. Plaintiffs’ combined reply-response
brief to both cross-motions shall be limited to 6500 words.
Federal Defendants will file their reply in support of summary judgment by
September 29, 2017. Their reply brief shall be limited to 4000 words.
Intervenor-Defendants, if any, would file their reply in support of summary
judgment by October 6, 2017. Their reply brief shall be limited to 3250 words.
DATED this 16th day of February, 2017
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