UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
March 11, 2010
NEW DIMENSION INDUSTRIES PLAINTIFF
GUTTER STUFF, INC. DEFENDANT
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER ON INFORMAL APPLICATION & SECOND AMENDED PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER
THIS MATTER having come before the Court for a telephone conference on March 11, 2010; and the parties reporting on the progress on their settlement discussions and requesting adjustments to certain deadlines to enable them to continue their settlement discussions without expending potentially unnecessary resources; and the requested extensions having no impact on the overall schedule; and for good cause shown;
IT IS on this 11th day of March, 2010
The request to extend the pretrial deadlines is granted as set forth herein;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:
1. The defendant shall identify the patent claims and the infringement contentions no later than deadline passed .
2. The plaintiff shall provide its invalidity contentions no later than deadline passed.
3. The parties shall identify the claims that they believe need to be construed no later than April 15, 2010.
4. The parties shall exchange preliminary claim constructions no later than May 7, 2010.
5. The parties shall submit the joint claims construction chart no later than May 14, 2010.
6. The opening Markman briefs shall be submitted no later than May 28, 2010.
7. The responsive Markman briefs shall be submitted no later than June 14, 2010.
8. The parties shall submit a joint letter that sets forth the information required by proposed Patent Rule 4.6, including the estimated length of the Markman hearing and the names of the witnesses (if any) no later than June 21, 2010.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT:
I. COURT DATES
1. There shall be a telephone conference on March 18, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Defendant shall initiate the telephone call.
2. There will be a settlement conference before the Undersigned on TO BE SET IF REQUESTED. 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. The final pretrial conference shall be conducted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d) on August 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.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. Supplemental Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 disclosures are to be exchanged on or before deadline passed.
5. Discovery necessary to engage in meaningful settlement discussions: information needed to evaluate method to resolve the patent issues, which shall be responded to no later than deadline passed.
6. The parties may serve interrogatories limited to 25 single questions including subparts and requests for production of documents directed to the new patent and new party on or before deadline passed, which shall be responded to no later than deadline passed.
7. The number of depositions to be taken by each side shall not exceed 10. No objections to questions posed at depositions shall be made other than as to lack of foundation, form or privilege. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 32(d) (3) (A). No instruction not to answer shall be given unless a privilege is implicated. The depositions are to be completed no later than May 15, 2010.
8. Fact discovery is to remain open through May 15, 2010. No discovery is to be issued or engaged in beyond that date, except upon application and for good cause shown.
9. Counsel shall confer in a good faith attempt to informally resolve any and all discovery disputes before seeking the Court's intervention. Should such informal effort fail to resolve the dispute, the matter shall be brought to the Court's attention via a joint letter that sets forth: (a) the request, (b) the response; (c) efforts to resolve the dispute; (d) why the complaining party believes the information is relevant and why the responding party's response continues to be deficient; and (e) why the responding party believes the response is sufficient. No further submissions regarding the dispute may be submitted without leave of Court. If necessary, the Court will thereafter schedule a telephone conference to resolve the dispute.
No discovery motion or motion for sanctions for failure to provide discovery shall be filed before utilizing the procedures set forth in these paragraphs without prior leave of Court.
Any unresolved discovery disputes (other than those that arise during depositions) must be brought before the Court no later than April 15, 2010. The Court will not entertain applications concerning discovery matters, informally or otherwise, after this date. If an unresolved dispute arises at a deposition, then the parties shall contact the Chambers of the Undersigned for assistance during the deposition.
10. A. The Amended Complaint that adds two counts, including a count regarding a design patent, and Mr. Jones shall be filed no later than deadline passed.
B. Any Other Motion to Amend Pleadings or Join Parties Must be Filed by Deadline Passed
11. All dispositive motions shall be discussed in advance of filing with the Undersigned either in person or by teleconference. Any and all dispositive motions must be filed no later than June 25, 2010 and must be comply with Local Rule 7.1. No pretrial dispositive motions will be entertained after that date. Any responses shall be submitted no later than July 6, 2010 and any replies shall be submitted no later than July 13, 2010. The return date shall be July 20, 2010 before the Hon. Faith S. Hochberg. Her Honor's chambers will advise the parties if oral argument will be required.
12. All affirmative expert reports shall be delivered by April 22, 2010.
13. All responding expert reports shall be delivered by May 14, 2010.
14. a. All expert reports are to be in the form and content as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a) (2)(B). No expert shall testify at trial as to any opinions or base those opinions on facts not substantially disclosed in the experts report.
b. All expert depositions shall be completed by June 1, 2010.
c. Any Daubert motions must be filed no later than fourteen days after the completion of the expert depositions.
IV. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
15. The final pretrial conference shall be conducted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d) on August 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. The final pretrial conference will occur even if dispositive motions are 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.
16. Not later than 20 working days before the pretrial conference, the parties shall exchange copies of all proposed trial exhibits. Each exhibit shall be pre-marked with an exhibit number conforming to the party's exhibit list.
17. All counsel are directed to assemble at the office of Plaintiff's counsel not later than ten (10) days before the pretrial conference to prepare the proposed Joint Final Pretrial Order in the form and content required by the Court. Plaintiff's counsel shall prepare the Joint Pretrial Order and shall submit it to all other counsel for approval and execution.
18. With respect to non-jury trials, each party shall submit to the District Judge and to opposing counsel proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, trial briefs and any hypothetical questions to be put to an expert witness on direct examination.
19. The original of the Final Pretrial Order shall be delivered to the CHAMBERS of the Undersigned no later than August 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. All counsel are responsible for the timely submission of the Pretrial Order.
20. The Court expects to engage in meaningful settlement discussions at the final pretrial conference. Therefore, trial counsel who actually has full settlement authority must attend the conference and clients or other persons with full settlement authority must be available by telephone.
21. The Court may from time to time schedule conferences as may be required, either sua sponte or at the request of a party.
22. Since all dates set forth herein are established with the assistance and knowledge of counsel, there will be no extensions except for good cause shown and by leave of Court, even with consent of all counsel. Any request to extend any deadline or to adjourn a court event shall be made no later than three days before the scheduled date and shall reflect: (1) the good cause the requesting party believes supports the extension or adjournment and (2) whether or not all parties consent to the request. Absent unforeseen emergent circumstances, the Court will not entertain requests to extend deadlines that have passed as of the date of the request.
23. A copy of every pleading, document or written communication with the Court shall be served on all other parties to the action. Any such communication which does not recite or contain a certification of such service may be disregarded by the Court.
24. Absent permission from Chambers, communications to the Court by facsimile will not be accepted. All communications to the Court shall be in writing or by telephone conference.
25. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF THIS ORDER MAY RESULT IN SANCTIONS.
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