Geragosian et al v. Tillerson et al
ORDER directing counsel to confer and file a Joint Status Report by 1/22/2018, by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
REX TILLERSON, Secretary of State,
KELLY KNIGHT CRAFT, U.S.
Ambassador to Canada, GREGORY
A. RICHARDSON, Acting Director of
USCIS Nebraska Service Center,
L. FRANCIS CISSNA, Director of
USCIS, and ELAINE DUKE, Acting
Secretary of DHS,
THIS MATTER comes before the Court upon a complaint in the nature of
17 mandamus concerning an I-129F petition for alien spouse. Having reviewed the
18 complaint in this matter, the Court concludes that this proceeding is exempt from the
19 initial disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(A) and the initial conference
20 requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B)(i).
To facilitate entry of an appropriate scheduling order in this matter, and pursuant
22 to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and Local Rule CR 16, counsel are directed to confer and to file a
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1 JOINT STATUS REPORT by January 22, 2018. The conference among counsel shall be
2 by direct and personal communication, whether via face-to-face meeting or telephonic
3 conference. The Joint Status Report must contain the following information by
4 corresponding paragraph numbers:
A concise statement of the positions of the parties concerning the relief
6 requested in the complaint.
A summary of the procedural posture of the case and/or the status of the
8 proceedings before the federal agency at issue, including whether final agency action has
9 occurred or is expected to occur in the near future.
A proposed deadline for filing of the administrative record.
A proposed deadline for filing of dispositive motions.
An indication whether trial will be required in this matter and, if so, an
13 indication (i) when the matter will be ready for trial; (ii) whether such trial will be jury or
14 non-jury; and (iii) how long such trial is anticipated to take.
An indication whether the parties agree that a full-time Magistrate Judge
16 may conduct all proceedings, including trial and the entry of judgment, under 28 U.S.C.
17 § 636(c) and Local Rule MJR 13. The Magistrate Judge who will be assigned the case is
18 The Honorable Brian A. Tsuchida. Agreement in the Joint Status Report will constitute
19 the parties’ consent to referral of the case to the assigned Magistrate Judge.
An indication whether any party wishes a scheduling conference before a
21 scheduling order is entered in this case. If the parties are unable to agree on any part of
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1 the Joint Status Report, they may answer in separate paragraphs. No separate reports
2 are to be filed.
The time for filing the Joint Status Report may be extended only by court order.
4 Any request for extension should be made by telephone to Karen Dews. If the parties
5 wish to have a status conference with the Court at any time during the pendency of this
6 action, they should contact Karen Dews. Finally, if this matter is resolved by further
7 agency action or settled, the parties shall immediately notify Karen Dews. Karen Dews
8 may be reached at 206-370-8832.
This Order is issued at the outset of the case, and a copy is sent by the Clerk to
10 counsel for plaintiff and any defendants who have appeared. Plaintiff’s counsel is
11 directed to serve copies of this Order on all parties who appear after this Order is filed,
12 within fourteen (14) days of receipt of service of each appearance. Plaintiff’s counsel
13 will be responsible for starting the communications needed to comply with this Order.
Failure by any party to fully comply with this Order may result in the imposition
15 of sanctions, including dismissal of the case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 21st day of November, 2017.
Thomas S. Zilly
United States District Judge
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