The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge
This matter having come before the Court on its review of the docket; and it appearing that a conference under Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 should be convened;
IT IS THEREFORE ON THIS 4th day of January, 2010,
(1) A scheduling conference shall be conducted before the Undersigned at 3:00 P.M. on February 2, 2010, in Courtroom 10, U.S. Post Office & Courthouse Bldg., 2 Federal Square, Newark, N.J. See Local Civil Rule 16.1(a)(1);
(2) At the conference, all parties who are not appearing pro se must be represented by counsel who is fully familiar with the case and has full authority to bind their clients in all pretrial matters. Because the Court will likely discuss the facts, claims, defenses, settlement and an individualized schedule for pretrial proceedings, counsel with knowledge of these topics and who have authority to bind the client and has settlement authority are required to appear at the conference. Clients or persons with authority over the matter shall be available by telephone. Local Civil Rule 16.1(a)(3);
(3) Early disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 will be enforced. Therefore, the parties shall immediately exchange the information described in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(A)-(D) without awaiting a discovery request;
(4) At least fourteen (14) days before the conference scheduled herein, the parties shall confer pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and shall submit a discovery plan to the Undersigned not later than 72 hours before the conference with the Court. THE DISCOVERY PLAN SHALL BE IN THE FORM OF THE ATTACHED AND SHALL BE SUBMITTED JOINTLY;
(5) The parties are directed to Local Civil Rule 26.1(d), which addresses "discovery of digital information including computer-based information," describes the obligations of counsel with regard to their clients' information management systems, and directs parties to "confer and attempt to agree on computer-based and other digital discovery matters.";
(6) No formal discovery demands may issue before the conference with the Court. Unless the parties stipulate otherwise or leave of Court is obtained, the case management order will limit the number of interrogatories, including subparts, to 25 and depositions that each party may seek to 10. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b), 26(d);
(7) At the conference, the Court will address scheduling of all motions. No motions may be filed without prior leave of the Court. If any motions have already been filed, the parties shall immediately advise the Court in writing regarding the nature of the motions and the present status of same;
(8) Plaintiff(s) shall notify any party who hereafter enters an appearance of the conference scheduled herein and forward to that party a copy of this Order;
(9) The Court has implemented an electronic case filing system for all documents filed with the Clerk of Court. Electronic case filing is mandatory for all cases except those involving a pro se litigant.
(10) To register as an electronic filer, obtain on-line training, and see policies and procedures, contact the Clerk's Office or visit the website at pacer.njd.uscourts.gov. On-site training is also available and can be arranged by contacting 973-645-4439. Orders are electronically filed and paper copies will be provided to pro se litigants only. Registered counsel will be notified via email when an order is filed but are responsible for retrieving and reviewing the Order itself ;
(11) The parties shall advise the Undersigned immediately if this action has been settled or terminated so that the above conference may be cancelled;
(12) Absent permission from Chambers, communications to the Court by facsimile is not permitted;
(13) All communications to the Court shall be in writing or by telephone conference.
(14) Failure to comply with the terms hereof may result in the imposition of sanctions;
1. For each party, set forth the name of the party, attorney appearing, the firm name, address,e-mail address, telephone number and facsimile number.
2. (a) Set forth a brief description of the case, including the facts, causes of action and ...