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Spalluto v. City of Atlantic City

August 14, 2008

PETER SPALLUTO PLAINTIFF
v.
CITY OF ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY DEFENDANT



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez

Arbitration: Yes__ No _x_ Jury: Yes __ No _x_

ORDER FOR SCHEDULING CONFERENCE

TO: All Counsel

IT IS on this 14th Day of August, 2008 ORDERED THAT:

(1) A Scheduling Conference shall be conducted before the undersigned on September 30, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.. in room 2010 of the Mitchell H. Cohen Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Camden, New Jersey. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and Local Civil Rule 16.1. The purpose of the conference is to focus counsel's attention on the issues actually in dispute and arrive at a schedule to manage discovery. The Court strives in all cases for a just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action. Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. COUNSEL MUST BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ALL DISCOVERY AND BE READY FOR TRIAL WITHIN SIX (6) TO EIGHT (8) MONTHS OF THE SCHEDULING CONFERENCE IN MOST CASES. The Scheduling Order will reflect these goals.

(2) Counsel are advised that the early disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 (a)(1) will be strictly enforced. Therefore, counsel shall immediately exchange the following information that may be used by a party to support a claim or defense: contested facts,

identities of individuals likely to have knowledge of discoverable facts,

documents and things in the possession of counsel or the party, including

All records of treatment by health care professionals, if a personal injury is claimed,

insurance agreements in force, and

statement of the basis for any damages claimed.

COUNSEL SHOULD NOT FILE ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED WITH THE COURT.

(3) At least twenty-one (21) days prior to the conference scheduled herein, counsel shall confer pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 (f), and shall submit a discovery plan to the undersigned not later than 24 hours prior to the conference with the Court. The discovery plan shall include a brief summary of the facts of the case, the status of settlement negotiations and shall address the parties' views and proposals concerning discovery as set forth in Local Civil Rule 26.1 (b)(2). Prior to the Rule 26 (f) conference, counsel shall also comply with Local Civil Rule 26.1 (d) concerning discovery of digital information.

(4) Counsel are further advised that unless the parties stipulate otherwise, and the Court concurs, the Rules limit the number of interrogatories (25) and depositions (10) which each party may seek. See Rules 26 (b), (d). Fed. R. Civ. P. 30 (d) (2) limits depositions to one day of seven hours. The Court may also regulate the conduct of depositions. ...


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