Initial Status Hearings
The court will set all newly-filed cases for a status hearing approximately 60 to 90 days from the date the complaint is filed. At least 14 days before the initial status hearing, the parties shall meet to discuss the nature and basis of their claims and defenses, the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case, and the arrangements for making Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures. Plaintiff is responsible for initiating such a meeting, and all parties are required to attend. Failure or refusal to participate in such a meeting may constitute a basis for sanctions. Lead counsel for each party (or, in lieu of lead counsel, local counsel who is knowledgeable about all aspects of the case, including plans for case management) is required to attend the initial status hearing. Parties are directed to file an initial status report at least 3 business days before the initial status hearing.
Joint Initial Status Report