The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge
PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER
THIS MATTER having come before the Court for a scheduling conference pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on March 12, 2008; and for good cause shown, IT IS on this 12th day of March, 2008,
1. There shall be a telephone status conference before the undersigned on March 28, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Plaintiff shall initiate the telephone call.
2. There will be a settlement conference before the undersigned on May 20, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. 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.
3. A final pretrial conference shall be conducted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d) on July 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The Final Pretrial Conference will occur even if there are dispositive motions pending. The Court will adjourn the Final Pretrial conference only if the requesting party makes a compelling showing that manifest injustice would otherwise result absent adjournment.
II. DISCOVERY AND MOTION PRACTICE
4. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 disclosures are to be exchanged on or before March 31, 2008.
5. Discovery necessary to engage in meaningful settlement discussions: none.
6. The parties may serve interrogatories limited to 25 single questions including subparts and requests for production of documents on or before April 7, 2008, which shall be responded to no later than May 16, 2008.
7. The number of depositions to be taken by each side shall not exceed 7. 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 is implicated. The depositions shall be completed no later than June 30, 2008.
8. Fact discovery is to remain open through June 30, 2008. No discovery is to be issued or engaged in beyond that date, except upon application and for good cause shown.
9. Counsel shall confer in a good faith attempt to informally resolve any discovery disputes before seeking the Court's intervention. Should such informal effort fail to resolve the dispute, the matter shall be brought to the Court's attention via a joint letter that sets forth: (a) the request, (b) the response; (c) efforts to resolve the dispute; (d) why the complaining party believes the information is relevant and why the responding party's response continues to be deficient; and (e) why the responding party believes the response is sufficient. No further submissions regarding ...