ORDER SETTING RULE 16 PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
STEPHEN M. McNAMEE, Senior District Judge.
This matter now being ready for a pretrial conference,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure a Preliminary Pretrial Conference is set for Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. before the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee in Courtroom #605, sixth floor, Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse, 401 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona.
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IT IS FURTHER ORDERED:
1. COUNSEL WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRIAL OF THE LAWSUIT FOR EACH PARTY SHALL PERSONALLY APPEAR AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. Counsel for all parties are directed to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the objectives of the conference. At least one of the attorneys for each party attending the conference shall have authority to enter into stipulations and make admissions regarding all matters which may be discussed.
2. IN ADDITION TO COUNSEL OF RECORD, EACH PARTY, OR A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PARTY (WHO IS NOT COUNSEL OF RECORD) WITH BINDING SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY IF THE PARTY IS AN ENTITY, SHALL BE PRESENT AT THE PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. NO PARTY OR COUNSEL SHALL BE EXCUSED FROM PERSONALLY APPEARING AT THE CONFERENCE WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE COURT. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(f).
3. Counsel must be prepared to discuss what the parties must prove in order to prevail on their respective claims or defenses at the time of the Preliminary Pretrial Conference.
4. Counsel should be prepared to discuss logistical matters.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all parties are directed to meet at least twenty-one days before the Preliminary Pretrial Conference, in accordance with Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to discuss the following matters:
1. The possibility of consent to trial before a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), the suitability for referral of this matter to this District's court-annexed voluntary arbitration program or any other alternative dispute resolution mechanism, or the reference of this matter to a special master;
2. Any matters relating to jurisdiction or venue or the joinder of additional parties;
3. The nature and bases of their claims and defenses and the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case;
4. A schedule of all pre-trial proceedings;
5. Modification of pre-trial procedures due to the simplicity or complexity of the case;
6. Arrangements for Initial Disclosures in compliance with Rule 26(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Unless otherwise stipulated in writing by the parties or otherwise directed by a written Order of this Court, Initial Disclosures shall be made at the initial Rule 26(f) case management meeting or within fourteen (14) days after the meeting; and
7. Any other matters which counsel may feel will help dispose of the matter in an efficient manner.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that to satisfy the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a) the parties shall file with the Clerk of the Court a Notice of Initial Disclosure; copies of the actual disclosures shall therefore not be filed.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that at the Rule 26(f) case management meeting, the parties shall develop a Proposed Case Management Plan which shall include brief statements or proposals concerning:
1. The nature of the case, setting forth in brief statements the factual and legal basis of Plaintiff's claims and Defendants' defenses;
2. A list of the elements of proof necessary for each count of the complaint and each affirmative defense. Where the burden of proof shifts, each party shall list the elements of the claim or defense that the party must prove in order to prevail. The list of the elements of proof must contain citations to relevant legal authority (i.e., United States statutory and/or administrative law, U.S. Supreme Court case law, Ninth Circuit Court of ...