Communication with the Court about a specific case should be with the Courtroom Deputy only, unless Judge Durkin specifically orders that parties may communicate with a law clerk.
Counterfeit Product Cases. Judge Durkin will presumptively require a bond of $1,000 per defendant in counterfeit product cases. Plaintiffs should inform the Court of any circumstances that make such a bond inappropriate.
Motions to seal are not required. For further deails, please see the Case Procedures section, "Sealing Motions."
Motions should not be noticed for presentment in accordance with Local Rule 5.3(b). Instead, counsel must confer prior to the filing of all motions and include an agreed briefing schedule with the motion if at all possible. If agreement cannot be reached, the parties should indicate their positions on scheduling in a joint submission filed with the motion. The Court will then review the motion and any joint submissions to determine the appropriate briefing schedule and whether a hearing is necessary. A hearing is presumptively necessary in cases involving pro se parties. If Judge Durkin determines a hearing is necessary, it will be scheduled by chambers to be conducted telephonically.
Courtesy Copies: In accordance with General Order 21-0027 and its suspension of Local Rule 5.2(F), no courtesy copies may be submitted for filings unless the parties receive case-specific requests for copies from chambers staff.
If chambers staff requests courtesy copies, they should be delivered by first class mail or its equivalent. Next day or otherwise expedited delivery (including delivery by messenger) is unnecessary in the normal course, and such expense is generally not justifiable, unless otherwise instructed
Courtesy copies should always be printed from ECF after electronic filing so that the copies include the ECF header. Courtesy copies should be printed on both sides of the paper whenever possible. All electronically filed documents should be made word searchable before being filed on ECF. The Court prefers that citations to unpublished opinions be Westlaw citations. Please see the link under Case Procedures for further details regarding the Court's rules for courtesy copies.
Pendency of Motions: Parties should jointly inform the Court by contacting Emily Wall if the continuing pendency of a motion has caused or will cause hardship to one or more of the parties. Parties may also follow the procedures set forth in Local Rule 78.5 to inquire as to the status of a pending motion. No offense will be taken by the Court to such an inquiry or notice.