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PICKAIL v. UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
United States District Court, D. New Jersey
September 19, 2005.
FRANCIS PICKAIL, Plaintiff,
UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, et al., Defendants.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: SUSAN WIGENTON, Magistrate Judge
I. DISCOVERY AND MOTION PRACTICE
1. Discovery shall remain open through November 1,
2005. No discovery is to be issued or engaged in
beyond that date, except upon application and for
good cause shown. The parties shall be limited to 25
interrogatories, including subparts, and 10
depositions of fact witnesses.
2. Objections to questions posed at depositions shall
not be made other than as to lack of foundation, form
or privilege. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 32(d).
Instructions not to answer shall not be given unless
a privilege is implicated.
3. Any discovery dispute shall be brought to the
Court's attention in the first instance by letter
only after the parties' good faith attempt to resolve
the dispute has failed. See L. Civ. R. 37.1.
4. Each party shall designate an electronic
information representative knowledgeable about the
respective party's automation system.
5. No discovery motion or motion for sanctions for
failure to provide discovery shall be made absent
leave of Court.
6. All dispositive motions shall comply with L. Civ.
R. 7.1 and shall be filed not later than December
1, 2005. II. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
7. A Final Pretrial Conference shall be conducted
pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16 on February 8,
8. All counsel shall assemble at the office of
counsel for plaintiff, not later than 10 days prior
to the Final Pretrial Conference, to prepare the
Final Pretrial Order in the form and content required
by the Court. Counsel for plaintiff shall prepare the
Final Pretrial Order and shall submit it to all other
counsel for approval.
9. The original Final Pretrial Order (Joint
Submission) shall be delivered to Chambers not later
than 3 days before the Final Pretrial Conference.
10. All counsel are responsible for the timely
submission of the Final Pretrial Order.
11. The Court will schedule conferences as required,
either sua sponte or at the request of a party.
Counsel shall submit status reports, including a
statement of the progress of discovery, anticipated
discovery disputes, expected motion practices and
settlement positions, at least one day prior to
12. All dates herein are scheduled with the
assistance of counsel. Thus, no extensions shall be
granted absent good cause.
13. Failure to appear at conferences or to comply
with this Order, may result in the imposition of
sanctions. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 16.
14. A copy of every pleading, document or written
communication with the Court shall be served on all
parties to the action. Any said communication that
fails to contain a certification of such service may
be disregarded by the Court.
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