Blue Water Petroleum Corp. v. Atakam Group Inc. et al

Filing 19

ORDER SETTING VIDEO CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE - A video case management conference utilizing Zoom video conferencing Technology will be held on TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in Reno Courtroom 2 before Magistrate Judge Craig S. Denne y. The parties are directed to contact the Courtroom Administrator, Ashlyn Bye, at Ashlyn_Bye@nvd.uscourts.gov, by THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2024, to provide the e-mail address of all counsel who will be attending the hearing. The Zoom invi te to the scheduled hearing will be sent via e-mail at least one (1) day prior to the hearing to the participants e-mail provided to the Court. In advance of the mandatory case management conference, the parties shall file a proposed Discov ery Plan and Scheduling Order no later than TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2024. The parties shall file a Joint Case Management Report electronically on CM/ECF by 4:00 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2024. Signed by Magistrate Judge Craig S. Denney on 6/4/2024. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - GA)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 4 BLUE WATER PETROLEUM CORP, 5 Plaintiffs, 6 7 8 Case Number 3:24-cv-00203-MMD-CSD ORDER SETTING VIDEO CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE vs. ATAKAM GROUP INC., et al., Defendants. 9 10 Pursuant to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 and Local Rule (“LR”) 16-2, a 11 case management conference shall be set before United States Magistrate Judge Craig 12 Denney as the court concludes that a Rule 16 case management conference will assist 13 the parties, counsel, and the court. 14 A video case management conference utilizing Zoom video conferencing 15 technology is set before this Court on TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. The 16 parties are directed to contact the Courtroom Administrator, Ashlyn Bye, at 17 Ashlyn_Bye@nvd.uscourts.gov, by THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2024, to provide the e-mail 18 address of all counsel who will be attending the hearing. The Zoom invite to the 19 scheduled hearing will be sent via e-mail at least one (1) day prior to the hearing to the 20 participants e-mail provided to the Court. 21 The case management conference is mandatory and lead counsel or trial 22 counsel are required to appear via video conference for this hearing. 1 If there is a conflict 23 with the date and time for the hearing, counsel have leave to request that the conference 24 be continued. Counsel who have not made a formal appearance in the case or whose 25 26 27 Associate counsel and any other members of the public may attend this hearing via telephone by dialing 1-888-363-4735, Access Code 9235833, Security Code 0716. 1 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 name does not appear on CM/EMF will not be permitted to appear. Moreover, failure to attend the case management conference or attending the case management conference without a thorough familiarity of the facts and the law related to the instant case may result in sanctions. In preparation for this case management conference, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: A. Meet and Confer Within twenty (20) days of the case management conference, lead counsel for each party are ordered to meet and confer either, in person, or telephonically, to discuss the following: 1. Settlement: Counsel shall thoroughly discuss the possibility of 11 settlement before undertaking the preparation of the Joint Case Management Report or 12 engaging in extensive discovery. However, if after the initial meet and confer session, 13 settlement discussions are progressing, the parties must comply still with the 14 requirements of this order unless otherwise excused by the Court. If the entire case is 15 settled, the parties must promptly notify the Court and counsel’s presence, as well as a 16 Joint Case Management Report, will not be required. 17 2. Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”): Prior to the meet and 18 confer session, each counsel should carefully investigate their respective client's 19 information management system so that they are knowledgeable as to its operation, 20 including how information is stored and how it can be retrieved. The parties shall meet 21 and attempt to agree on the following matters related to ESI: 22 a) What types of ESI will be at issue in the case; 23 b) The steps the parties will take to segregate and preserve 24 25 computer−based information in order to avoid accusations of spoliation; c) The scope of e−mail discovery and attempt to agree upon an 26 e−mail search protocol. This should include an agreement regarding inadvertent 27 production of privileged e−mail messages; 28 1 2 3 d) necessary, the extent to which restoration of deleted information is needed, and who will bear the costs of restoration; 4 5 6 e) Whether or not back−up data may be necessary, the extent to which back−up data is needed and who will bear the cost of obtaining back−up data; and, 7 8 Whether or not restoration of deleted information may be f) An agreed upon format of ESI disclosures, such as PDF vs. Native Format, etc. 9 3. Issues Required for Case Management Report: The parties shall 10 meet and confer on all the various other items required in the Joint Case Management 11 Report. 12 B. 13 The parties shall file a Joint Case Management Report electronically on CM/ECF 14 by 4:00 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2024. This report shall not exceed fifteen (15) pages 15 and shall not include any attached exhibits. Joint Case Management Report 16 However, if any party fails to participate in preparing the Joint Case Management 17 Report, the non−offending party shall detail the party's effort to get the offending party to 18 participate in drafting the report. The non−offending party shall still file the report one (1) 19 full week prior to the case management conference. The offending party may be subject 20 to sanctions, including monetary sanctions to compensate the non−offending party's time 21 and effort incurred in seeking compliance with this order. 22 C. 23 The joint case management report shall include the following information in 24 25 26 27 28 Contents of Joint Case Management Report separately numbered paragraphs as designated below: 1. A short statement of the nature of the case (three pages or less), including a description of each claim and defense; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2. The jurisdictional bases for the case, citing specific jurisdictional statutes. If jurisdiction is based on diversity, the citizenship of each party shall be identified and the amount in controversy must be stated; 3. Whether any party expects to add additional parties to the case or otherwise amend the pleadings; 4. Whether there are any pending motions, including a brief description of those motions; 5. Whether this case is related to any other case pending before this court or any other court, including a bankruptcy court, and if so, provide a brief description 10 of the status of those case(s); 11 6. 12 13 14 15 A complete and detailed statement related to discovery, which addresses the following issues: a) The date the Rule 26(f) initial disclosures were provided, or will be provided, by each party; b) A brief statement regarding, what discovery requests have 16 been served by any party, who the requests were served upon, and the due dates for 17 responses to those requests; 18 c) Whether the parties anticipate the need for a protective 19 order relating to the discovery of information relating to a trade secret or other 20 confidential research, development, or commercial information; 21 22 23 d) Any issues or proposals relating to the timing, sequencing, phasing, or scheduling of discovery; e) Whether the parties anticipate the need to take discovery 24 outside of the District of Nevada or the United States and, if so, a description of the 25 proposed discovery; and, 26 27 28 1 2 3 f) anticipates taking, information related to the anticipated location of those depositions, and whether any party anticipates video and/or sound recording of depositions. 4 5 6 7 7. 10 A brief statement regarding the types of ESI expected in the case, where the ESI is located, a statement of any agreements reached by the parties related to ESI on the issues listed above, and any outstanding disagreements between the parties related to ESI. 8 9 A summary of the number of depositions each party 8. Whether a jury trial has been requested, whether the request for a jury trial is contested (if the request is contested, set forth reasons), and an estimated length for trial. 11 9. A statement as to the possibility of settlement and when the parties 12 desire a court sponsored settlement conference, i.e., before further discovery, after 13 discovery, after dispositive motions, etc. 14 10. Whether the parties intend to proceed before the magistrate judge. 15 Presently, when a civil trial is set before the district judges, any criminal trial set that 16 conflicts with the civil trial will take priority, even if the civil trial was set first. 17 Continuances of civil trials under these circumstances may no longer be entertained, 18 absent good cause, but the civil trial may instead trail from day to day or week to week 19 until the completion of either the criminal case or the older civil case. The parties are 20 advised that they are free to withhold consent or decline magistrate jurisdiction without 21 adverse substantive consequences. 2 and, 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 A form to be used for consent to proceed before the Magistrate Judge may be found on the Court’s website, www.nvd.uscourts.gov/Forms.aspx (AO 85, Notice of Availability of a U.S. Magistrate Judge). Consent forms should NOT be electronically filed. Upon consent of all parties, counsel are advised to manually file the form with the Clerk’s Office. 2 1 2 11. other suggestion for shortening or expediting discovery, pre−trial motions or trial. 3 4 5 6 Whether either party requests bifurcation or phasing of trial or has any The parties are reminded that the filing of a dispositive motion does not stay a case in federal court, nor does it excuse the parties with proceeding with their discovery obligations as required by the Local Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Failure to follow the Local Rules and comply with discovery obligations without first 7 obtaining an order from the court either delaying discovery requirements, staying 8 discovery or staying the entire case may result in sanctions. 9 D. Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order 10 In advance of the mandatory case management conference, the parties 11 shall file a proposed Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order no later than TUESDAY, 12 JULY 9, 2024. 13 Following the case management conference, the court will issue a discovery plan 14 and scheduling order (DPSO). Once issued, the dates in the DPSO are firm and no 15 extension will be given without permission from the court based on a showing of good 16 cause. 17 Should counsel fail to appear at the Joint Case Management Conference or 18 fail to comply with the directions as set forth above, an ex parte hearing may be 19 held and contempt sanctions, including monetary sanctions, dismissal, default, or 20 other appropriate judgment, may be imposed and/or ordered. 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 Dated: June 4, 2024 24 25 26 27 28 CRAIG S. DENNEY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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