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Kozma v. United States Postal Service

December 20, 2005

DIANE KOZMA PLAINTIFF
v.
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE DEFENDANT



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge

SCHEDULING ORDER IN AN ARBITRATION CASE

THIS MATTER having come before the Court for a scheduling conference pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on December 20, 2005; and for good cause shown,

IT IS on this 20th day of December, 2005,

ORDERED THAT:

I. ARBITRATION

1. This matter is subject/referred to arbitration pursuant to Local R. Civ. P. 201.1. Counsel will receive further instructions and guidelines regarding arbitration directly form the Clerk of the Court. Arbitration shall commence no sooner than June 15, 2006.

II. COURT DATES

2. There will be a settlement conference before the undersigned on April 17, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.. Five (5) business days before the conference, each party should submit a confidential memorandum to the Court, not to exceed 5 pages, summarizing the relevant facts, the respective legal positions, status of the case, and the client's position on settlement. Trial Counsel and clients with full settlement authority must attend the conference. If the trial counsel and client with full settlement authority do not appear, the settlement conference may be cancelled or rescheduled and the noncompliant party and/or attorney may be sanctioned, which may include an assessment of the costs and expenses incurred by those parties who appeared as directed.

III. DISCOVERY AND MOTION PRACTICE

3. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 disclosures are to be exchanged on or before completed.

4. Discovery necessary to engage in meaningful settlement discussions:

Review of medical records__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Review of documents regarding lease__________________________________________________________________________and will be completed by April 16, 2006.

5. The parties may serve interrogatories limited to 25 single questions including subparts and requests for production of documents on or before January 9, 2006, which shall be responded to no later than February 10, 2006.

6. The number of depositions to be taken by each side shall not exceed 10. No objections to questions posed at depositions shall be made other than as to lack of foundation, form or privilege. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 32(d) (3) (A). No instruction not to answer shall be given unless a privilege ...


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