ME2 Productions Inc v. Doe 1 et al

Filing 67

THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. FRCP 26f Conference Deadline is 9/6/2017, Initial Disclosure Deadline is 9/13/2017, Combined Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan due by 9/20/2017. (PM)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 ME2 PRODUCTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, Case No. C17-99RSL 12 Defendants. THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT 13 I. INITIAL SCHEDULING DATES 9 10 v. 11 DOE 1, et al., 14 The Court sets the following dates for initial disclosure and submission of the Joint Status 15 Report and Discovery Plan: 16 Deadline for FRCP 26(f) Conference: September 6, 2017 17 Initial Disclosures Pursuant to FRCP 26(a)(1): September 13, 2017 Combined Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan as Required by FRCP 26(f) and LCR 26(f): September 20, 2017 18 19 20 The deadlines above may be extended only by the Court. Any request for an extension 21 should be made by telephone to Teri Roberts, the judicial assistant, at (206) 370-8810. The 22 parties who have already appeared in this matter are directed to meet and confer before 23 contacting the court to request an extension. THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 1 1 If this case involves claims which are exempt from the requirements of FRCP 26(a) and 2 26(f), please notify Teri Roberts, the judicial assistant, by telephone at (206) 370-8810. 3 4 II. JOINT STATUS REPORT & DISCOVERY PLAN All counsel and any pro se parties are directed to confer and provide the Court with a 5 combined Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan (the “Report”) by September 4, 2017. This 6 conference shall be by direct and personal communication, whether that be a face-to-face 7 meeting or a telephonic conference. The Report will be used in setting a schedule for the prompt 8 completion of the case and the parties are reminded of their obligation to cooperate to secure the 9 just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of this case. FRCP 1. It must contain the following 10 information by corresponding paragraph numbers: 11 1. A statement of the nature and complexity of the case. 12 2. A proposed deadline for joining additional parties. 13 3. The parties have the right to consent to assignment of this case to a full time 14 United States Magistrate Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(c) and Local Magistrate Judges’ 15 Rule 13 to conduct all proceedings. The Western District of Washington assigns a wide range of 16 cases to Magistrate Judges. The Magistrate Judges of this district thus have significant 17 experience in all types of civil matters filed in our court. Additional information about our 18 district’s Magistrate Judges can be found at The parties 19 should indicate whether they agree that the Honorable James P. Donohue may conduct all 20 proceedings including trial and the entry of judgment. When responding to this question, the 21 parties should only respond "yes" or "no." Individual party responses should not be provided. A 22 "yes" response should be indicated only if all parties consent. Otherwise, a "no" response should 23 be provided. THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 2 1 4. The existence of any related cases pending in this or other jurisdictions and a 2 proposal for how to handle them. 3 5. Whether initial disclosures were timely made under FRCP 26(a)(1) and any issues 4 regarding initial disclosures. If, on the due date of the Joint Status Report, all defendants or 5 respondents had not been served, counsel for plaintiff shall state when service will be effected, 6 why it was not made earlier, and a proposed schedule for the required FRCP 26(f) conference 7 and FRCP 26(a)(1) disclosures. 8 6. What changes, if any, should be made in the timing or form of expert and pretrial 9 disclosures under FRCP 26(a)(2)-(4). 10 7. The subjects, timing, and potential phasing of discovery, and how the parties 11 intend to manage discovery to promote the expeditious and inexpensive resolution of the case, 12 specifically including consideration of the items set forth in LCR 26(f)(1)(D). 13 8. Agreements or issues related to the preservation of discoverable information and 14 the scope of the preservation obligation. 15 9. Whether the case will involve Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”), how the 16 parties intend to preserve and produce ESI, and whether the parties agree to adopt this district’s 17 Model Agreement Regarding Discovery of ESI. 18 10. Whether the case will involve unique or extensive claims of privilege or work 19 product protection. If documents responsive to a discovery request are withheld on a claim of 20 privilege or other protection from disclosure, a privilege log must be produced within the time 21 frames established for discovery responses. Simply asserting an objection on the ground of 22 privilege or noting that privileged documents have been withheld is not sufficient. 23 11. Procedures for handling the inadvertent disclosure of privileged information. THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 3 1 12. What changes, if any, should be made to the limitations on discovery. 2 13. The date discovery can be completed. 3 14. Suggestions for the prompt and efficient resolution of the case, such as the 4 phasing of motions to resolve dispositive issues or the bifurcation of liability and damage issues. 5 15. Whether the parties intend to participate in an alternative dispute resolution 6 process beyond the required settlement conference, such as mediation or the individualized trial 7 program set forth in LCR 39.2. 8 16. The month the case will be ready for trial. The Court expects that most civil cases 9 will be ready for trial within one year of filing the Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan. 10 Identify any calendaring conflicts that should be considered when setting a trial date. 11 17. Whether the case will be jury or non-jury. 12 18. The number of trial days required. 13 19. List the dates on which each and every non-governmental corporate party filed its 14 disclosure statement pursuant to FRCP 7.1 and LCR 7.1. 15 If the parties are unable to agree on any part of the Report, they may answer in separate 16 paragraphs. No separate reports are to be filed. If the parties wish to have a status conference 17 with the Court at any time during the pendency of this action, they should notify Teri Roberts by 18 telephone at (206) 370-8810. 19 20 III. PLAINTIFF'S RESPONSIBILITY This Order is issued at the outset of the case, and a copy is sent by the clerk to counsel for 21 plaintiff (or plaintiff, if pro se) and any defendants who have appeared. Plaintiff's counsel (or 22 plaintiff, if pro se) will be responsible for starting the communications needed to comply with 23 this Order. THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 4 1 IV. ALTERATIONS TO ELECTRONIC FILING PROCEDURES AND COURTESY COPIES 2 Information and procedures for electronic filing can be found on the Western District of 3 Washington’s website at Pro-se litigants may file either 4 electronically or in paper form. The following alterations to the Electronic Filing Procedures 5 apply in all cases pending before Judge Lasnik: 6 - Alteration to LCR 10(e)(9) - Effective July 1, 2014, the Western District of 7 Washington will no longer accept courtesy copies in 3-ring binders. All courtesy copies must be 8 3-hole punched, tabbed, and bound by rubber bands or clips. If any courtesy copies are delivered 9 to the intake desk or chambers in 3-ring binders, the binders will be returned immediately. This 10 policy does NOT apply to the submission of trial exhibits. 11 - Alteration to Section III, Paragraph M - Unless the proposed order is stipulated, agreed, 12 or otherwise uncontested, the parties need not e-mail a copy of the order to the judge’s e-mail 13 address. 14 - Pursuant to LCR 10(e)(10), all references in the parties’ filings to exhibits should be as 15 specific as possible (i.e., the reference should cite the specific page numbers, paragraphs, line 16 numbers, etc.). All exhibits must be marked to designate testimony or evidence referred to in the 17 parties’ filings. Filings that do not comply with LCR 10(e) may be rejected and/or returned to 18 the filing party, particularly if a party submits lengthy deposition testimony without highlighting 19 or other required markings. 20 V. PRIVACY POLICY 21 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2 and LCR 5.2, parties must redact the 22 following information from documents and exhibits before they are filed with the court: 23 * Dates of Birth - redact to the year of birth THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 5 1 * Names of Minor Children - redact to the initials 2 * Social Security Numbers and Taxpayer Identification Numbers - redact in their entirety 3 * Financial Accounting Information - redact to the last four digits 4 * Passport Numbers and Driver License Numbers - redact in their entirety 5 All documents filed in the above-captioned matter must comply with Federal Rule of 6 Civil Procedure 5.2 and LCR 5.2. 7 8 VI. EARLY SETTLEMENT CONSIDERATION AND NOTIFICATION If settlement is achieved, counsel shall immediately notify Kerry Simonds, Deputy Clerk, 9 at (206) 370-8519. The parties are responsible for complying with the terms of this Order. The 10 Court may impose sanctions on any party who fails to comply fully with this Order. 11 12 13 14 15 Dated this 7th day of August, 2017. A Robert S. Lasnik United States District Judge  16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 THIRD AMENDED ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT, AND EARLY SETTLEMENT - 6

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