UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
April 23, 2010
STANDARD HOMEOPATHIC CO., ET AL. PLAINTIFFS
PFDC HOLDINGS, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Patty Shwartz United States Magistrate Judge
PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER
THIS MATTER having come before the Court for a scheduling conference pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on April 23, 2010; and for good cause shown,
IT IS on this 23rd day of April, 2010
I. COURT DATES
1. There shall be a telephone status conference before the Undersigned on September 23, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Plaintiff shall initiate the telephone call.
2. Subject to the availability of clients, there will be a settlement conference before the Undersigned on June 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. No later than June 3, 2010 at noon, each party should submit a confidential memorandum to the Court, not to exceed 5 pages, summarizing the relevant facts, the respective legal positions, status of the case, and the client's position on settlement. 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 March 30, 2011 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. a. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 disclosures are to be exchanged on or before completed.
b. No later than June 15, 2010, the parties shall submit a proposed discovery confidentiality order and certification as required by Local Civ. R. 5.3*fn1.
5. Discovery necessary to engage in meaningful settlement discussions: none.
6. a. The parties may serve interrogatories limited to 25 single questions including subparts and requests for production of documents on or before June 8, 2010, which shall be responded to no later than July 8, 2010..
b. Formal foreign evidence collection shall commence no later than none.
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 November 19, 2010.
8. Fact discovery is to remain open through November 19, 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 September 14, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. 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. Any motion to amend pleadings or join parties must be filed by July 21, 2010.
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 and Daubert motions must be filed no later than February 11, 2011 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 February 21, 2011 and any replies shall be submitted no later than February 28, 2011. The return date shall be March 7, 2011 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 November 19, 2010.
13. All responding expert reports shall be delivered by January 12, 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 January 31, 2010.
IV. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
15. The final pretrial conference shall be conducted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d) on March 30, 2011 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 March 22, 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.