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Initial Status Hearings

The court will set most newly filed cases for an initial status hearing pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) and LR 16.1 Standing Order ¶ 2 approximately 60 days after the complaint is filed. At least ten business days prior to the hearing, the parties shall conduct the planning conference referenced by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and LR 26.1. Plaintiff shall inform the defendant (s) of the initial status hearing and requirements for the initial status report. At least four business days prior to the hearing or a date set by the court, the parties shall file an Initial Status Report (adhering to this format and not exceeding five single-spaced pages) and shall provide a courtesy copy to the Courtroom Deputy. At the initial status hearing, the parties shall be prepared to discuss any questions regarding the case, including question raised by the pleadings, jurisdiction, venue, pending motions, dispositive and other motions contemplated to be filed, the contemplated joinder of additional parties, the nature and length of discovery necessary to prepare the case for summary judgment motions or trial, and the possibility of settlement. Even if they have not filed a responsive pleading, defendants who have been served with process shall attend the planning conference, shall participate in the drafting and filing of the Initial Status Report, and shall attend the status hearing. Pro se parties (i.e., parties not represented by counsel) must comply with these requirements.



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