US Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Simmons et al
ORDERED that the parties shall conduct an IAC and file a CIAC on or before September 30, 2015. The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order and (Document Nos. 125 and 129) to Defendant Bryan Coats by certified U.S. Mail, return receipt requested. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 09/02/0215. (Pro se litigant served by CERTIFIED US Mail no: 70081830000143770359) (jlk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:11-CV-023-RJC-DCK
US COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING
KEITH F. SIMMONS, et al.,
THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE COURT sua sponte regarding the status of this case.
The undersigned notes that the Honorable Robert J. Conrad, Jr. issued an “Order Lifting Stay”
(Document No. 130) on June 24, 2015. That Order lifted the stay of discovery imposed by the
Court on March 15, 2011, while related criminal cases were still pending. (Document No. 130);
see also (Document No. 69).
Judge Conrad further directed that the undersigned review the status of this matter and
determine how the Court should proceed. Id. As such, the undersigned directed each remaining
party to this action to file a Status Report of five (5) pages or less. (Document No. 134). Status
Reports were timely filed on July 8, 23, and 24, 2015. See (Document Nos. 137, 138, 139 and
After careful review of the parties’ Status Reports, the undersigned finds that, with one or
two possible procedural exceptions, this matter is ripe for the filing of dispositive motions. As
such, the Court will direct that the parties hold an Initial Attorney’s Conference (“IAC”) and then
file a Certification of Initial Attorney’s Conference (“CIAC”). See Local Rule 16.1. The Court
anticipates issuing an abbreviated scheduling order, after the CIAC is filed, that allows for the
prompt filing of motions for default and/or motions for summary judgment.
To the extent it has been suggested that a Judicial Settlement Conference be held, that
request is denied without prejudice. The undersigned is not persuaded that a Judicial Settlement
Conference is likely to be effective here.
In addition, the undersigned observes that Defendant Coats has suggested that there is still
a pending request for the appointment of counsel. (Document No. 139). However, the Court
denied Mr. Coats’ “Motion For Appointment Of Counsel” (Document No. 128) on April 3, 2015.
See (Document No. 129).
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the parties shall conduct an IAC and file a CIAC
on or before September 30, 2015.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this “Order” and (Document Nos. 125 and
129) to Defendant Bryan Coats by certified U.S. Mail, return receipt requested.
Signed: September 1, 2015
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