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Fuentes v. LA Esperanza Meat Market, Inc.

United States District Court, D. New Mexico

March 29, 2019

FERMIN FUENTES, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
v.
LA ESPERANZA MEAT MARKET, INC.; LA ESPERANZA MEAT MARKET-TIHARA, INC; and GUILLERMO OROZCO, Defendants.

          INITIAL SCHEDULING ORDER

          KEVIN R. SWEAZEA UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This case is before the Court for scheduling, case management, discovery, and other non-dispositive matters. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as amended, as well as the Local Rules of the Court, will apply to this lawsuit.

         The parties, appearing through counsel or pro se, shall “meet and confer” no later than April 8, 2018, to formulate a provisional discovery plan. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). As part of this process, the parties are reminded that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f) requires them to exchange views on the “disclosure, discovery, or preservation of electronically stored information, including the form or forms in which it should be produced.” The parties have an attendant duty to preserve all electronically stored information that may be discoverable in this case.

         The time allowed for discovery is generally 120 to 180 days. The parties will cooperate in preparing a Joint Status Report and Provisional Discovery Plan (“JSR”) that follows the sample available on the Court's website.[1] The blanks for suggested/proposed dates in the JSR are to be filled in by the parties. Because Plaintiff seeks class and/or collective action status, the parties shall provide the following information in the JSR in addition to completing all other portions of the document:

(a) Whether they contemplate discovery in separate phases for class (and/or collective) certification purposes and the merits.
(b) If so, specific dates for:
(1) Termination of discovery related to class (collective) certification;
(2) Disclosure of Plaintiff's expert report on class (collective) certification;
(3) Disclosure of Defendant's expert report on class (collective) certification;
(4) Filling of Plaintiff's motion for class (collective) certification; Defendant's response; and Plaintiff's reply.

         Actual dates will be promulgated by order of the Court to be entered after the Rule 16 scheduling conference scheduled pursuant to this order Plaintiff, or Defendant in cases which have been removed from State District Court, is responsible for filing the JSR by April 15, 2019.

         Initial disclosures by a party pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) shall be made within fourteen days after the meet-and-confer session.

         A telephonic Rule 16 scheduling conference will be conducted on April 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.[2]Counsel and parties pro se shall call (888) 398-2342 and enter access code 8193818 to be connected to the telephonic Rule 16 scheduling conference. At the Rule 16 scheduling conference, counsel and parties pro se should be prepared to discuss discovery needs and scheduling, all claims and defenses, the use of scientific evidence, whether a Daubert[3]hearing is necessary, initial disclosures, and the time of expert disclosures and reports under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2). The Court, counsel and parties pro se will also discuss settlement prospects and alternative dispute resolution possibilities. In addition, the scheduling conference participants will address consideration of consent by the parties to a United States Magistrate Judge presiding over dispositive proceedings, including motions and trial, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). Parties represented by counsel may, but are not required to, attend the telephonic scheduling conference.

         If service on all parties is not complete, Plaintiff(s) appearing through counsel or pro se is/are responsible for ...


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