The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Facciola United States Magistrate Judge
This matter having come before the Court for an initial status conference and having considered the requests of the parties, this Court*fn1 issues the following scheduling order. It is hereby,
ORDERED that the parties shall comply will the following directives:
1) Each party is limited to a maximum of 5 depositions and 25 interrogatories.
2) Any dispositive motions or cross-motions are to be filed by March 1, 2006, oppositions to said motions or cross-motions are to be filed by March 15, 2006, and any replies are to be filed by March 22, 2006.
3) All discovery shall be completed by February 1, 2006.
4) Defendant shall have until November 15, 2005 to file any counterclaims.
5) A pretrial conference in this matter will be set for May 16, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Three weeks in advance of the Pretrial Conference, counsel are required to meet and prepare a Joint Pretrial Statement, in accordance with Local Rule 16.4 and the Pretrial Procedures Order which the parties shall receive prior to the Pretrial conference. This Order will give explicit direction on preparation of the Joint Pretrial Statement, which is required to be delivered to chambers not less than eleven (11) days prior to the conference.
6) The trial will be set for May 30, 2006, with an estimated length of 1 day. Trial will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The parties should be aware that all pleadings should contain my initials on the right hand portion of the caption. Additionally, any motions that do not comply with Local Rule 7.1(c) or (m) shall be immediately stricken. Finally, counsel shall confer in good faith in an effort to resolve any discovery disputes before bringing the dispute to the Court. If counsel are unable to resolve the discovery dispute, counsel shall arrange a brief telephone conference with the Court by contacting chambers. Counsel shall not file a discovery motion without following the procedures set forth in this paragraph. If the Court is called upon to resolve a discovery dispute and the Court determines that good faith efforts could have resulted in a resolution of the matter without Court intervention, the Court may consider sanctions pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37.
Dates in this Order are firm and may only be altered by the Court under compelling circumstances.