The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER ON INFORMAL APPLICATION & AMENDED PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER
THIS MATTER having come before the Court by way of letters of counsel concerning the scheduling of depositions; and the Court having convened a telephone conference on the record on November 19, 2008; and the Court having considered the arguments and representations of the parties; and the Court having directed counsel to provide dates on which they are able to conduct the depositions in this case; and the plaintiff requesting an extension of the expert discovery deadlines; and for the reasons discussed on the record on November 19, 2008; and for good cause shown,
IT IS on this 19th day of November, 2008,
1. The request to extend the expert discover deadlines is granted as set forth herein;
2. The following dates shall be deemed court-order dates for depositions in this case: December 2, 15, and 29, 2008 and January 8, 12, and 14, 2009. Counsel shall confer and schedule witnesses to appear on these dates. Nothing herein precludes counsel for selecting additional dates to convene depositions within the fact discovery period as their schedule permits .
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:
1. There shall be a telephone status conference before the undersigned on TO BE SET IF REQUESTED. Plaintiff shall initiate the telephone call.
2. There will be a settlement conference before the Undersigned on November 24, 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 March 31, 2009 at 1:00 p.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 ...