Gomes - Braga v. Omnibuild Construction Inc. et al
INITIAL CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER: After consultation with the parties, the Court adopts the following case management and scheduling order pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16: Amended pleadings may not be filed and additional parties may not be joined except with leave of the Court. Defendant has leave to amend its answer and/or assert third-party claims no later than June 23, 2023. Thereafter, any motion to amend or to join additional parties will be subject to the "good cause" standa rd in Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4). The parties shall exchange the disclosures required by Fed.R.Civ. P. 26(a)(1) no later than June 18, 2023. The parties shall serve their initial requests for production of documents and any initial interroga tories (in compliance with Local Rule 33.3(a)) no later than June 30, 2023. All remaining fact discovery, including depositions, shall be completed no later than January 15, 2024. Disclosure of expert evidence, including the identities and written reports of experts, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(A), (B), or (C), shall be made no later than February 15, 2024. The disclosure of expert evidence intended solely to contradict or rebut expert evidence on the same subject matte rd is closed by the opposing party shall be made no later than March 15, 2024. Depositions of experts shall be completed no later than April 15, 2024. All discovery shall be completed no later than April 15, 2024. Discovery requests and n otices must be served in time to allow the person served to respond, on the schedule set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, prior to the completion date for such discovery set forth above. Discovery applications, including letter- motions requesting discovery conferences, must be made promptly after the need for such an application arises and must comply with Local Civil Rule 37.2 and § 2(b) of Judge Moses's Individual Practices. Absent extraordinary circumstances , discovery applications made later than 30 days prior to the close of discovery may be denied as untimely. Judge Moses will conduct a status conference on December 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. No later than December 7, 2023, the parties shall submit a joint status letter outlining the progress of discovery to date, as well as any settlement efforts. If no discovery controversies exist at that time, the parties may request that the conference be held telephonically. All court conferences, hearings, and other proceedings will be held in Courtroom 20A of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, unless the Court orders otherwise. If a proceeding takes place via teleconference, the parties must call (888) 557-8511 on their scheduled date, a few minutes before their scheduled time, and enter the access code 7746387. Please treat the teleconference as you would treat a public court appearance. If a conference or hearing in another matter is ongoing, please be silent ( mute your line) until your case is called. If the proceeding takes place via videoconference, chambers will email the appropriate link to counsel in advance of the proceeding. In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(4), the Court authorizes th e parties to conduct any or all depositions in this action via telephone, videoconference, or other remote means, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(3) and(b)(4). This Order does not dispense with the requirements set forth in Fed. R. Civ.P.30(b)( 5), including the requirement that, unless the parties stipulate otherwise,the deposition be "conducted before an officer appointed or designated under Rule 28," and that the deponent be placed under oath by that officer. For avoidance o f doubt, a deposition will be deemed to have been conducted "before" an officer so long as that officer attends the deposition via the same remote means (e.g.,telephone conference call or video conference) used to connect all other remot e participants, and so long as all participants (including the officer) can clearly hear and be heard by all other participants. Summary judgment motions, if any (or, if required by the district judge, pre-motion conference letters with respect to summary judgment) shall be filed no later than 30 days after the close of discovery. Summary judgment motion papers shall conform to the individual practices of the district judge. The parties' proposed joint pretrial order shall be filed n o later than 30 days after the close of discovery, unless there are summary judgment motion(s), in which case the joint pretrial order shall be filed no later than 30 days after the decision on the motion(s). The proposed joint pretrial order shal l conform to the individual practices of the district judge. The parties have stated that the anticipated length of trial is 10 days. Plaintiff has requested a jury trial. Any application for extension or adjournment of the time limits, deadlines or conferences set forth above must be made by letter-motion, in accordance with this Court's Individual Practices, as soon as the need for the extension or adjournment is reasonably apparent to the party making the application. Ap plications made after the expiration of the deadline in question may be summarily denied. If they have not already done so, counsel are hereby directed to confer with one another by telephone or in person within two weeks of the date of this Order regarding potential discovery issues concerning electronically stored information (ESI). An exchange of letters or emails is not sufficient. Counsel must discuss, among other things, sources of relevant ESI; steps taken or to be taken to pre serve relevant ESI; identification of appropriate custodians; ESI search and review procedures; form of production of ESI; any limitations or anticipated difficulties regarding discovery or production of ESI; cost estimates; and proposals for cont aining or sharing costs. Discovery disputes that cannot be resolved after good-faith negotiations may be presented by letter-motion, seeking a discovery conference, in accordance with Local Civil Rule 37.2 and this Court's Individual Pract ices. Such applications must be made promptly after the need for court intervention arises, but in no event before the parties have met and conferred, in-person or via telephone, with respect to all issues in dispute. An exchange of letters or em ails is not sufficient. It is the Court's practice to decide discovery disputes at the Rule 37.2 conference, based on the parties' letters, unless the Court determines that more formal briefing is required. The disclosure of documents or information (electronic or otherwise) subject to the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, or other privilege or immunity from production shall not operate as a waiver of that privilege or immunity in this case or in any other f ederal or state proceeding. This paragraph shall be interpreted to provide the maximum protection permitted by Fed.R.Evid. 502(d). SO ORDERED. ( Depositions due by 4/15/2024., Discovery due by 4/15/2024., Fact Discovery due by 1/15/2024., Status Conference set for 12/14/2023 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 20A, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses.) (Signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses on 5/18/2023) (vfr)
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