The opinion of the court was delivered by: Joel Schneider United States Magistrate Judge
SCHEDULING ORDER IN ARBITRATION CASE
This Scheduling Order confirms the directives given to counsel at the initial scheduling conference on May 14, 2008; and the Court noting the following appearances: Elizabeth D. Berenato, appearing by telephone on behalf of plaintiff; and Irene E. Dowdy, Esquire, appearing on behalf of defendants.
IT IS this 14th day of May, 2008, hereby ORDERED:
1. This matter is subject to compulsory arbitration pursuant to L. CIV. R. 201.1.
2. Counsel shall make FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a) disclosures on or before May 30, 2008.
3. Plaintiff shall return signed records authorizations to defendants within three (3) weeks of their receipt.
4. Defendants' medical examination of plaintiff shall be completed before the end of the fact discovery deadline.
5. Initial written discovery requests shall be served by May 30, 2008. Any responses, answers and objections to initial written discovery requests shall be served in accordance with Court Rules.
6. The time within which to seek amendments to the pleadings or to add new parties will expire on July 31, 2008.
7. Pretrial factual discovery is hereby extended to September 30, 2008. All pretrial discovery shall be concluded by that date. All discovery motions and applications pursuant to L. CIV. R. 37.1(a)(1) shall be made returnable before the expiration of pretrial factual discovery.
8. Depositions. All depositions are to be conducted in accordance with the procedures set forth in the order of Judge Gawthrop, in Hall v. Clifton Precision, 150 F.R.D. 525 (E.D.Pa. 1993).
9. All expert reports and expert disclosures pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a)(2) on behalf of plaintiff shall be served upon counsel for defendants not later than September 30, 2008. All expert reports and expert disclosures pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a)(2) on behalf of defendants shall be served upon counsel for plaintiff not later than October 31, 2008. Each such report should be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the proposed expert witness. No expert opinion testimony shall be admitted at trial with respect to any witness for whom this procedure has not been timely followed.
The parties shall reserve their rights to conduct depositions of proposed expert witnesses until after the arbitration process or by leave of the Court to be sought via conference call application.
For purposes of this Scheduling Order, treating physicians shall not be considered expert witnesses and shall be treated as fact witnesses who are, however, required to provide reports and records concerning their treatment. However, any doctor who is going to express an opinion as to the cause of a particular condition or as to the future prognosis of a particular ...