The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mark Falk United States Magistrate Judge
CHAMBERS OF MARK FALK UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE USPO & COURTHOUSE 1 FEDERAL SQ., ROOM 457 NEWARK, NJ 07101 (973) 645-3110
LETTER ORDER SCHEDULING CONFERENCE IN AN ARBITRATION MATTER PURSUANT TO RULE 16
A scheduling conference shall be conducted before the undersigned on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, 1 Federal Square, Fourth Floor, Room 457, Newark, New Jersey. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and General Rule 16A.1.
Counsel are advised that the early disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 will be enforced. Therefore, counsel shall immediately exchange the following information without a formal discovery request:
* identities of individuals likely to have knowledge of discoverable facts,
* documents and things in the possession of counsel or the party,
* identities of experts and their opinions,
* insurance agreements in force, and
* statement of the basis for any damages claimed.
At least fourteen (14) days prior to the conference scheduled herein, counsel shall personally meet and confer pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f), and shall submit a discovery plan to the undersigned not later than 72 hours prior to the conference with the Court. The discovery plan shall include (1) a brief summary of the claims and defenses; and (2) a proposed schedule for completing fact and expert discovery. The discovery plan may include a summary of the status of settlement negotiations.
Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, the case management order will limit the number of interrogatories (25 including subparts) and depositions (10) which each party may seek. See Rules 26(b) and 26(d).
At the conference, the Court will address scheduling of all motions. No motions shall be filed without prior leave of Court. If any motions have already been filed, please advise the Court immediately, in writing, regarding the nature of the motion and its present status.
At the conference, all parties who are not appearing pro se must be represented by counsel who shall have full authority to bind their clients in all pretrial matters. Clients or persons with ...