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August 25, 2003


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Laura Taylor Swain, District Judge

1. It is hereby ORDERED that a pre-trial conference shall be held in the above-captioned matter on September 5, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 444, 40 Foley Square, New York, New York 10007. It is further
2. ORDERED, that the removing defendant(s) shall serve on all other parties and file within ten (10) days following the date of this order a submission providing the following information:
a. A full explanation if all defendants who had been served at the time of removal did not join in the notice of removal.
b. A full explanation if the notice of removal was dated more than thirty (30) days after the first defendant was served.
c. If the action has been removed on grounds of diversity jurisdiction, a statement as to whether any of the defendants who had been served at the time of removal is a citizen of New York State.
d. If the action has been removed on the grounds of diversity jurisdiction, the citizenship of all named plaintiffs and all named defendants (including the citizenship of all members or partners in any non-corporate party), if such states of citizenship were not set forth in the notice of removal.
If any plaintiff has a response to defendant's submission such response, if any, shall be filed and served within fourteen (14) days of service of the submission. Any motion to remand the action to state court based on procedural defects in the removal must be filed, if at all, within thirty (30) days after removal. See 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c).
3. ORDERED that counsel for the parties confer immediately to discuss the following matters:
a. Facts that are not disputed and facts that are in dispute.
b. Contested and uncontested legal issues. [ Page 2]
c. The disclosures required by Fed.R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1).
d. Status of and any anticipated amendments to the pleadings, and an appropriate deadline therefor.
e. Settlement.
f. Whether mediation might facilitate resolution of the case.
g. Whether each party consents to resolution of the case by a magistrate judge.
h. Anticipated discovery and an appropriate deadline for the conclusion of discovery.
i. Whether dispositive motions may be appropriate, and a deadline for such motions.
j. The status of briefing on the stay application and a schedule for any further briefing.
It is further
4. ORDERED that counsel for all parties shall confer and shall prepare, execute and file with the Court, with one courtesy copy provided to chambers of the undersigned, no later than seven (7) calendar days before the date set forth in paragraph 1 above a single document captioned PRELIMINARY PRE-TRIAL STATEMENT, which shall be signed by all counsel, which shall set forth the following information, and which shall constitute the written report required by Fed.R. Civ. P. 26(f):
a. A concise statement of the nature of this action.
b. A concise statement of each party's position as to the basis of this Court's jurisdiction of the action, with citations to all statutes relied upon and relevant facts as to citizenship and jurisdictional amount.
c. A concise statement of all material uncontested or admitted facts.
d. A concise statement of all uncontested legal issues.
e. A concise statement of all legal issues to be decided by the Court.
f. Each party's concise statement of material disputed facts.
g. Whether and to what extent further pleadings and/or the addition or substitution of parties will be required, and proposed deadlines therefor.
h. A statement as to whether all parties consent to resolution of the case by a magistrate judge without identifying which parties have or have not so consented).
i. What, if any, changes should be made in the timing, form or requirements for disclosures under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a), including a statement as to when any disclosures required under Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(1) were made or will be made.
j. The subjects on which disclosure may be needed, and whether discovery should be conducted in phases or be limited to or focus upon particular issues, including a concise description of each party's plan for discovery and a proposed discovery cut-off date.
k. The status of settlement discussions and the prospects for settlement of the action in whole or in part, provided that the Preliminary Pre-Trial Statement shall not disclose to the Court specific settlement offers or demands.
l. Identification of and a proposed schedule for any further briefing that may be required.
It is further
5. ORDERED that counsel shall be prepared to discuss the foregoing at the pre-trial conference, [ Page 3]
as well as whether mediation may be helpful in resolving this case. It is further
6. ORDERED that counsel attending the pre-trial conference shall seek settlement authority from their respective clients prior to such conference. If counsel is not granted such authority, the client must be present in person or available by telephone so that a settlement can be consummated if possible. "Settlement authority," as used herein, includes the power to enter into stipulations and make admissions regarding all matters that the participants may reasonably anticipate discussing at the pre-trial conference including, but not limited to, the matters enumerated in the preceding paragraphs.
7. In the event that any party fails to comply with this Order, the Court may impose sanctions or take other action as appropriate. Such sanctions and action may include assessing costs and attorneys' fees, precluding evidence or defenses, dismissing the action, and/or the imposition of other appropriate penalties.
IS SO ORDERED. [ Page 1]


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