BIG CATS OF SERENITY SPRINGS, INC., doing business as Serenity Springs Wildlife Center, NICK SCULAC, JULIE WALKER, and JULES INVESTMENT, INC., Plaintiffs,
THOMAS J. VILSACK, in his official capacity as Secretary of Agriculture, CINDY RHODES, TRACY THOMPSON, and OTHER UNNAMED USDA EMPLOYEES, Defendants.
ORDER SETTING SCHEDULING/PLANNING CONFERENCE (as amended effective December 2, 2013)
KRISTEN L. MIX, Magistrate Judge.
The above captioned case has been referred to Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix pursuant to the Order of Reference [#4] entered by District Judge Robert E. Blackburn on December 5, 2013.
A. Date of Scheduling Conference
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a Scheduling/Planning Conference pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(b) shall be held on April 29, 2013, commencing at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom C-204, Second Floor, Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse, 1929 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado.
B. How to Request Different Date for Scheduling Conference
If this date is not convenient for any counsel or pro se party, he or 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 and 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.
C. How to Request Appearance By Telephone at Scheduling Conference
If you wish to appear at the Scheduling Conference by telephone, you must file a motion seeking permission to appear by telephone and setting forth good cause for a telephonic appearance. No motion for any telephonic appearance will be granted unless it is filed at least five (5) business days in advance of the date of appearance.
D. Plaintiff's Duty to Notify Parties of Scheduling Conference
The plaintiff shall notify all parties who have not entered an appearance as of the date of this Order of the date and time of the Scheduling/Planning Conference set forth above.
E. Parties' Obligations Before Scheduling Conference
1. Scheduling Order
IT IS ORDERED that counsel and pro se parties in this case are to hold a pre-scheduling conference meeting at least twenty-one (21) days before the scheduling conference pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f)(1) and prepare a proposed Scheduling Order in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f), as amended. The instructions for completing the Scheduling Order may be found on the Court's website (www.cod.uscourts.gov) with the scheduling order forms. Please be aware that effective December 1, 2011, there are TWO forms of Scheduling Order available on the Court's website under the "Local Rules" tab: one form for non-administrative review cases and one form for ERISA cases. PLEASE USE THE CURRENT and CORRECT FORM FOR YOUR CASE.
Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(d), as amended, no discovery is to be exchanged until after the Rule 26(f) conference meeting. The parties shall include the following language in Section 8, Paragraph (d) of their proposed Scheduling Order in non-administrative review cases:
"Other Planning or Discovery Orders: No opposed discovery motions are to be filed with the Court until the parties comply with D.C.COLO.LCivR. 7.1A. If the parties are unable to reach agreement on a discovery issue after conferring, they shall arrange a telephone hearing with Magistrate Judge Mix regarding the issue. Both of these steps must be completed before any contested discovery motions are filed with the Court."
No later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the Scheduling/Planning Conference, counsel and pro se parties shall submit their proposed Scheduling Order 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 Mix_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov by e-mail attachment with the subject line stating "proposed Scheduling Order."
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, 90119th 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.
2. Mandatory Disclosures
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that 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.
All counsel shall comply with D.C.COLO.LAttyR 1 through 14 before the Scheduling/Planning Conference.
It is the responsibility of all counsel and pro se parties to notify the Court of his or her entry of appearance, withdrawal of appearance, substitution of counsel, or 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 result in the imposition of sanctions under Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(f).
Anyone seeking entry to the Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse will be required to show valid photo identification. See D.C.COLO.LCivR 83.2(b). Failure to comply with this requirement will result in denial of entry to the courthouse.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF SCHEDULING ORDER
When the court has set a scheduling conference pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P.16 and D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.1 and 16.2, a scheduling order shall be prepared in accordance with these instructions. The rule 26(f) meeting shall be held at least 21 days before the proposed scheduling order is due to be tendered. The disclosures required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1) shall be exchanged at or within 14 days after the rule 26(f) meeting. Do not file any disclosure statements with the court.
Seven days before the scheduling conference (see Fed.R.Civ.P. 6 for all computations of time), counsel are to tender a proposed scheduling order which shall include the signatures of counsel and pro se parties and shall provide for approval by the court as specified on the attached form. Counsel and pro se parties should try, in good faith, to agree upon matters covered in the scheduling order. Any area of disagreement should be set forth with a brief statement concerning the basis for the disagreement. The parties should expect that the court will make modifications in the proposed scheduling order and will want to discuss all issues affecting management of the case.
D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2 authorizes magistrate judges to exercise jurisdiction of civil matters upon the consent of the parties. If all parties have consented to the exercise of jurisdiction by a magistrate judge pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2, the "Notice of Availability of a United States Magistrate Judge to Exercise Jurisdiction and Consent to the Exercise of Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge" form and a proposed order of reference are to be filed promptly with the Clerk of the Court and the consent indicated in section 6. of the proposed scheduling order. Note that D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2D. provides, in part: "Written consent to proceed before a magistrate judge must be filed no later than 14 days after the discovery cut-off date. In cases not requiring discovery, the parties shall have 40 days from the filing of the last responsive pleading to file their unanimous consent." Refer to D.C.COLO.LCivR 72.2F. if all parties have not been served or in the event additional parties are added after the scheduling conference.
Listed on the following pages as Appendix F.1. is the format for the proposed scheduling order. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects.
Also listed on the following pages as Appendix F.2, is the format for the proposed scheduling order in an ERISA action. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects.
Also listed on the following pages as Appendix F.3. is the format for the proposed joint case management plan for social security cases. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects.
Also listed on the following pages as Appendix F.4. is the format for the proposed joint case management plan for petitions for review of agency action in environmental cases. The bracketed and italicized information on the form explains what the court expects.
Scheduling orders shall be double-spaced in accordance with D.C.COLO.LCivR 10.1E., even though the instructions in the following format for the proposed scheduling order are single-spaced.
PARTIES AND COUNSEL ARE DIRECTED TO THE COURT'S WEBSITE, http://www.cod.uscourts.gov/Home.aspx, FOR ITS LOCAL RULES AND THE GENERAL PROCEDURES OF EACH JUDICIAL OFFICER.
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