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Torres v. John D. Crafts Transport

July 8, 2009

STEPHANIE M. TORRES PLAINTIFF
v.
JOHN D. CRAFTS TRANSPORT, ET AL. DEFENDANTS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER ON INFORMAL APPLICATION & AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER IN AN ARBITRATION CASE

THIS MATTER having come before the Court for a telephone status conference pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on July 8, 2009; and the defendants having requested an extension of the pretrial deadlines because they have not received the medical bills from the PIP carrier and have been unable to secure records from Blue Cross and they have had difficulty scheduling defendant Spear's deposition and the N.J. State Police Officer's deposition; and the parties agreeing to conduct plaintiff's deposition on July 21, 2009 and proceed with her defense examination; and the plaintiff's counsel representing that he will also seek more information concerning the Blue Cross records; and plaintiff having no opposition to the requested extension; and for good cause shown,

IT IS on this 8th day of July, 2009,

ORDERED THAT:

The request to extend the pretrial deadlines is granted as set forth herein;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:

I. ARBITRATION

1. This matter is subject/referred to arbitration pursuant to Local R. Civ. P. 201.1. Counsel will receive further instructions and guidelines regarding arbitration directly from the Clerk of the Court. Arbitration shall commence no sooner than December 2, 2009.

II. COURT DATES

2. There shall be a telephone status conference before the undersigned on TO BE SET. Plaintiff shall initiate the telephone call.

3. Unless counsel jointly request an adjournment, there will be a settlement conference before the undersigned on September 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.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.

III. DISCOVERY AND MOTION PRACTICE

4. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 disclosures are to be exchanged on or ...


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