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IN RE WORLDCOM

United States District Court, S.D. New York


January 20, 2004.

IN RE WORLDCOM, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION, This Document Relates to: ALL ACTIONS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: DENISE COTE, District Judge

SCHEDULING ORDER

On January 13, 2004, the WorldCom Director Defendants, the Underwriter Defendants, the Salomon Smith Barney Defendants, defendant Arthur Andersen, and defendant Bernard Ebbers requested a modification of the expert discovery and summary judgment schedule in the Securities Litigation set out in the Scheduling Order of November 14, 2003. Lead Plaintiff in the Securities Litigation and Liason Counsel for plaintiffs in the Individual Actions consent to the proposed alteration of the expert discovery schedule and take no position with respect to the proposed modification of the summary judgment schedule. It is hereby

ORDERED that defendants' application for the requested extensions is granted.

  IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that paragraphs 3 and 5 of the Scheduling Order of November 14, 2003 are modified as follows.

  3. Expert Testimony:

  (a) The parties bearing the burden of proof on an issue must identify the areas on which they intend to offer expert testimony by April 16, 2004. Page 2

 

(b) Identification of all parties' experts must occur by May 28, 2004.
(c) The party bearing the burden of proof on any area for which they seek to submit expert testimony shall make its disclosure of expert testimony conforming to the requirements of Rule 26(a)(2)(B), Fed.R.Civ. P., by July 2, 2004.
(d) Any rebuttal expert testimony shall be disclosed by July 23, 2004.
(e) Any revised expert testimony shall be disclosed by August 6, 2004.
(f) Depositions of the expert witnesses may begin August 16, 2004 and shall conclude by August 27, 2004.
5. Summary Judgment:
Any motion for summary judgment in the Securities Litigation Consolidated Class
Action is due July 30, 2004; any opposition is due August 27, 2004; and any reply is due September 10, 2004.
With the exception of the above modifications, this Court's November 14, 2003 Scheduling Order remains in effect.

  SO ORDERED. Page 1

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