Schoemaker v. Sullivan

Filing 30

SCHEDULING PACKET Rule 26 Meeting Report Deadline set for 6/10/2010. (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form, # 2 Rule 26(f) Report Form) Ordered by Magistrate Judge F. A. Gossett. (CLS, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiff(s), vs. Case No. ___________ REPORT OF PARTIES' RULE 26(f) PLANNING CONFERENCE Defendant(s). Counsel for the parties met on ___________________ Gin person Gby telephone. Representing plaintiff was _______________________________________________ Representing defendant was ______________________________________________ The parties discussed the case and jointly (except as noted below) make the following report:1 I. Initial Matters: A. Jurisdiction and Venue The defendant Gdoes Gdoes not contest jurisdiction and/ or venue. If contested, such position is because: 1. Jurisdiction: ______________________________________________________ 2. Venue: __________________________________________________________ B. Immunity The defendant Ghas raised Gwill raise Gwill not raise an immunity defense. If so: 1. Basis of Immunity Defense: _________________________________________ 2. The earliest defendant can file a motion to dismiss on the basis of immunity is: ________________________________________________________________ Counsel are advised to use caution in filing this report as well as other documents so there is no disclosure of in fo r m a tio n required by the E-Government Act of 2002 to be kept non-public, such as addresses, phone numbers, Social S e c u rity numbers, etc. If such identifiers are required to be disclosed to opposing parties, you may wish to file redacted v e r s i o n s for the public court file and serve opposing parties with unredacted versions. See NECivR 5.0.3, available on t h e court's website at 1 C. If either jurisdiction or venue is being challenged, or if a defense of immunity will be raised, state whether counsel wish to delay proceeding with the initial phases of discovery until those issues have been decided, and if so: 1. The earliest a motion to dismiss or transfer will be filed is:_________________ 2. The initial discovery, limited to that issue, that will be necessary to file or respond to the motion is ___________________________________________________ D. Rule 11 Certification. As a result of further investigation as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, after filing the initial pleadings in this case, the parties agree that the following claims and defenses raised in the pleadings do not apply to the facts of this case, and hereby agree the court may dismiss or strike these claims and defenses at this time (an order adopting this agreement will be entered). __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ II. Remaining Claims and Defenses A. Plaintiff's Claims, Elements, Factual Application. The elements of the plaintiff's remaining claims and the elements disputed by defendant are as follows. For each claim, list and number each substantive element of proof and the facts plaintiff claims make it applicable or established in this case (DO NOT repeat boilerplate allegations from pleadings): CLAIM ONE:_______________________________________________________ Elements:___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Factual Application: __________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Of these elements, defendant disputes the following numbered elements: ___________________________________________________________________ (REPEAT FOR EACH CLAIM) 1. -2- B. Defenses. The elements of the remaining affirmative defenses raised by the pleadings are as follows. List each affirmative defense raised or expected to be raised by the defendant(s), the substantive elements of proof for it, and how the defendant claims the facts of this case make such defense applicable or established. (DO NOT repeat boilerplate allegations from pleadings or deny matters on which plaintiff has the burden of proof): FIRST DEFENSE: ___________________________________________________ Elements: __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Factual Application: __________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Of these elements, plaintiff disputes the following elements: __________________ ___________________________________________________________________ (REPEAT FOR EACH DEFENSE) 1. III. Amending Pleadings; Adding Parties: A. The plaintiff Gdoes Gdoes not anticipate need to amend pleadings or add parties. If necessary, plaintiff can file the necessary motions to add parties or amend pleadings by ___________________________________________________ If more than sixty days, the reasons that much time is necessary are _____________ ___________________________________________________________________ B. The defendant Gdoes Gdoes not anticipate need to amend pleadings or add parties. If necessary, defendant can file the necessary motions to add parties or amend pleadings by _____________________ If more than sixty days, the reasons that much time is necessary are _____________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ -3- C. Plaintiff Gwill Gwill not move for class certification. If so, the proposed class is: _____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ The earliest the motion for class certification can be filed is: __________________ ___________________________________________________________________ IV. Dispositive Motion Assessment: A. The following claims and/or defenses may be appropriate for disposition by early motion to dismiss: ____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ B. The following claims and/or defenses may be appropriate for disposition by summary judgment or partial summary judgment:___________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ C. The discovery necessary to determine whether to file dispositive motions on such claims and/or defenses is ______________________________________________ It can be completed, at the earliest, by ____________________________________ V. Settlement: A. Status/Assessment of Settlement Discussions. Counsel state: G There have been no efforts taken yet to resolve this dispute. G This dispute has been the subject of efforts to resolve it G Prior to filing in court G After court filing, but before the filing of this report. Those efforts consisted of: _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ G Counsel believe that with further efforts in the near future, the case can be resolved, and the court is requested to delay entering an initial progression order for _____ days to facilitate immediate negotiations or mediation. Defendant's counsel will report to the court by letter at the end of this period on the status of such discussions. G Counsel have discussed the court's Mediation Plan and its possible application in this case with clients and opposing counsel. Mediation G will be appropriate in this case at some point; G will not be appropriate because: _______________________________________ -4- G This case can be settled, but settlement is not very likely, and negotiations will be difficult because: ______________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ G This case will not be settled because: ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ B. Next Step. The minimum discovery needed to conduct further settlement discussions is: By Plaintiff(s): ________________________________________________________ By Defendant(s): ______________________________________________________ This discovery will be completed by ____________________, and plaintiff(s) will then communicate to defendant(s) a written, updated settlement proposal. VI. Discovery Plan. The parties submit the following plan for their completion of discovery: A. Subjects for Discovery (i.e., factual issues that discovery may resolve): _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ B. Agreed Discovery Procedures. 1. Unique Circumstances. The following facts or circumstances unique to this case will make discovery more difficult or more time consuming: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Counsel have agreed to the following actions to address that difficulty: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 2. Electronic Discovery Provisions. Counsel have conferred regarding the preservation of electronically produced and/or electronically stored information or data that may be relevant­whether privileged or not­to the disposition of this dispute, including: (a) The extent to which disclosure of such data should be limited to that which is available in the normal course of business, or otherwise; (b) The anticipated scope, cost, and time required for disclosure of such information beyond that which is available in the normal course of business; (c) The format and media agreed to by the parties for the production of such data or information as well as agreed procedure for such production; -5- (d) Whether reasonable measures have been implemented to preserve such data; (e) The persons who are responsible for such preservation, including any third parties who may have access to or control over any such information; (f) The form and method of notice of the duty to preserve; (g) Mechanisms for monitoring, certifying, or auditing custodial compliance; (h) Whether preservation will require suspending or modifying any routine business processes or procedures, records management procedures and/or policies, or any procedures for the routine destruction or recycling of data storage media; (i) Methods to preserve any potentially discoverable materials such as voice mail, active data in databases, or electronic messages; (j) The anticipated costs of preserving these materials and how such costs should be allocated; and (k) The entry of and procedure for modifying the preservation order as the case proceeds. The parties agree that: G No special provisions are needed in respect to electronic discovery. The court should order protection and production of such information in accordance with its usual practice. G The following provisions should be included in the court's scheduling order: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. Disclosures2 required by Rule 26(a)(1), including a statement of how each matter disclosed relates to the elements of the disclosing party's claims or defenses G have been completed G will be completed by ______________________________________________ 4. Discovery will be conducted in stages or otherwise restricted, as follows (state agreed restrictions, stages, scheduling stays, etc.). NOTE: The court will expect discovery necessary to considering the matters in Parts IV and V above to be undertaken first, unless there is good reason to delay it. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 2 See note 1, supra. -6- 5. _____ Is the maximum number of interrogatories, including sub-parts, that may be served by any party on any other party. 6. _____ Is the maximum number of depositions that may be taken by plaintiffs as a group and defendants as a group. 7. _____ Depositions will be limited by Rule 30(d)(2), except the depositions of ___________________________, which by agreement shall be limited as follows: __________________________________________________________________ 8. If expert witnesses are expected to testify at the trial, counsel agree to at least identify such experts, by name and address, (i.e., without the full reports required by Rule 26(a)(2)), by: __________________________________________________ 9. The parties stipulate that they will be required to give at least _____ days' notice of their intention to serve records/documents or subpoenas on third parties, to enable court consideration of them, if necessary, prior to issuance. 10. Other special discovery provisions agreed to by the parties or suggested by either party are: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ VII. Consent to Trial Before Magistrate Judge. The parties Gdo Gdo not consent to trial before a magistrate judge. If so, counsel Gwill send Ghave sent the executed consent form to the clerk's office. (The consent forms require original signatures). VIII. Trial Scheduling. A. The parties now anticipate that the case can be ready for trial by __________, 20____, and (if more than eight months from now) the special problems or circumstances that necessitate that much time for trial preparation are: ____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ B. Counsel think that the trial of this case, if necessary, will require _____ trial days. -7- C. Jury Trial: 1. G Having previously demanded jury trial, the plaintiff now waives jury trial. Defendant will file a demand for jury trial within _____ days of the filing of this report, in the absence of which jury trial will be deemed to have been waived. 2. G Having previously demanded jury trial, the defendant now waives jury trial. Plaintiff will file a demand for jury trial within _____ days of the filing of this report, in the absence of which jury trial will be deemed to have been waived. 3. G The parties disagree on whether trial by jury is available in this case. A motion to strike the ___________________'s demand for jury trial will be filed no later than ___________________________________________ IX. Other. Other matters to which the parties stipulate and/or which the court should know or consider: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ /s_________________________________ Counsel for Plaintiff(s) /s_________________________________ Counsel for Defendant(s) -8-

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