The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan
ORDER SETTING SCHEDULING/PLANNING CONFERENCE
The above captioned case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan pursuant to the Order of Reference entered by Judge Robert E. Blackburn on January 4, 2006.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a Scheduling/Planning Conference pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(b) shall be held on March 24, 2006, commencing at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom A501, 5th Floor of the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver. If this date is not convenient for any counsel/pro se party, he/she shall file a motion to reschedule the conference to a more convenient date, and shall list dates in the motion which are available for all counsel/pro se parties.
Absent exceptional circumstances, no request for rescheduling any appearance in this court will be considered unless a motion is made FIVE (5) business days in advance of the date of appearance.
The plaintiff shall notify all parties who have not entered an appearance of the date and time of the Scheduling/Planning Conference.
IT IS ORDERED that counsel/pro se parties in this case are to hold a pre-scheduling conference meeting and prepare a proposed Scheduling Order in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f), as amended, and the instructions accompanying the form scheduling order on or before 21 days before the scheduling conference. Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(d), as amended, no discovery is to be exchanged until after the Rule 26(f) conference meeting.
No later than five (5) calendar days prior to the Scheduling/Planning Conference, counsel/pro se parties shall submit their proposed Scheduling Order in the format available on the Court's website at: www.cod.uscourts.gov under magistrate judges forms (in PDF) in compliance with the Court's Electronic Case Filing Procedures which are also available on the Court's website. An additional copy of the proposed scheduling order is to be provided to my chambers at Coan_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov by e-mail attachment with the subject line stating "proposed Scheduling Order" and in WordPerfect format.
In addition to the instructions for completing the Scheduling Order, which may be found on the court's website with the scheduling order form, counsel and pro se parties should consider whether electronic discovery will be needed. Specifically, in those cases in which: (i) the parties' substantive allegations involve extensive computer-generated records; (ii) a substantial amount of disclosure or discovery will involve information or records in electronic form (i.e., e-mail, word processing, databases); (iii) expert witnesses will develop testimony based in large part on computer data and/or modeling; or (iv) any party plans to present a substantial amount of evidence in digital form at trial, the parties shall confer regarding what efforts will be needed to preserve computer records and data, facilitate computer-based discovery and who will pay costs, resolve privilege issues, limit discovery costs and delay, and avoid discovery disputes relating to electronic discovery. The parties shall include these issues, if appropriate, in the proposed scheduling order and shall be prepared to discuss them at the scheduling/planning conference.
Further, on or before 14 days after the Rule 26(f) pre-scheduling conference meeting, the parties shall comply with the mandatory disclosure requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1), as amended.
Parties who are pro se or do not have access to the internet may obtain the scheduling order form and instructions from the Clerk's Office, Room A105, in the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80294. Scheduling Orders prepared by parties not represented by counsel, or without access to electronic case filing, are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Court on paper.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that at least five (5) calendar days before the Scheduling/Planning Conference, counsel/pro se parties shall submit a brief Confidential Settlement Statement to the Magistrate Judge ONLY, outlining the facts and issues involved in the case, and the possibilities for settlement, including any settlement authority from the client. Electronic case filing participants are to submit their Confidential Settlement statements to chambers at Coan_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. with the subject line stating "Confidential Settlement Statement" along with the case number and case caption. The Confidential Settlement statement should be submitted in PDF format and sent as an attachment to the e-mail. Documents with attachments totaling over 15 pages shall be submitted to the Clerk's office in an envelope labeled "Personal Materials" addressed to Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan.*fn1 Counsel/pro se parties should be prepared to discuss settlement at the Scheduling/Planning Conference and should obtain full settlement authority from the client, or have the client available either in person or by telephone.
All out-of-state counsel shall comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.3 before the Scheduling/Planning Conference.
It is the responsibility of counsel/pro se parties to notify the Court of his/her entry of appearance, notice of withdrawal, notice of substitution of counsel, or notice of change of address, e-mail address, or telephone number by complying with the Court's Electronic Case Filing Procedures or paper-filing the appropriate document with the Court.
The Parties are further advised that they shall not assume that the Court will grant the relief requested in any motion. Failure to appear at a court-ordered conference or to comply with a court-ordered deadline which has not been vacated by court order may ...