The opinion of the court was delivered by: Marilyn D. GO United States Magistrate Judge (718) 260-2550
ORDER GOVERNING INITIAL CONFERENCE AND REQUIRING MANDATORY ELECTRONIC CASE FILING
An initial conference will be held in the above-captioned case on February 3, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. before Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge, in Courtroom No. 373 at the United States Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. All counsel must be present. The parties should first check-in with Chambers in Room 357. Counsel for plaintiff is responsible for confirming that all necessary participants are aware of this conference and should advise the Court in writing at least three days before the conference to report on the status of service of any sued party that has not appeared.
PRIOR TO THE CONFERENCE, THE PARTIES MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF RULE 26(f) OF THE FED.R.CIV.P. At least five days before the conference, the parties must discuss: (1) the matters specified in Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) and 16(b); and (2) any anticipated electronic discovery, including the scope of such discovery, the preservation of electronically stored data, and the cost of locating, maintaining and producing that data. If the parties anticipate that expert testimony will be presented, counsel should discuss and attempt to reach an agreement on how material exchanged between counsel and any expert witness will be treated, including
(a) the preservation of draft expert reports and written and electronic communications between expert witnesses and counsel and
(b) what material will be exchanged between the parties. Counsel must complete the attached questionnaire to bring to the conference. No written report or discovery plan required by Rule 26(f) should be filed with the Court.
Prior to the conference, the parties must comply with the automatic disclosure requirements in Rule 26(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If plaintiff seeks damages for personal injuries, plaintiff must provide signed authorizations for release of all pertinent records from medical service providers.
At the initial conference, counsel must be fully prepared to discuss any issue regarding this case, including personal and subject matter jurisdiction, venue, potential discovery disputes, insurance coverage and settlement.
All cases have been assigned to this Court's Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Program. Counsel of record must register for ECF and all future submissions must be filed electronically. See our website at http://www.nyed.uscourts.gov for registration forms and other information, including training. Only counsel of record who are registered for ECF in this district will receive notices that a document has been filed via ECF. Any attorney for a party who is not counsel of record wishing to receive ECF notices should promptly register for ECF and file a notice of appearance. Any request for exemption from participation via ECF must be filed with the Court within two weeks. The application must state the specific technological or other reason why counsel is not able to participate.
If this case is referred to Court-Annexed Arbitration, the parties may request in writing either to cancel the initial conference or to attend by telephone, provided they make the arrangements for a conference call.
No request for adjournment will be considered unless made at least seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled conference and only after the parties have consulted with each other.
The parties must observe the following:
* Courtesy copies of submissions filed electronically need not be provided to Magistrate Judge Go unless the submission is over twenty pages or contains more than two exhibits. If no hard copy is provided, the cover letter for the electronically filed document should clearly note that no hard copy is being sent to Judge Go.
* No courtesy copies of dispositive motions returnable before the assigned District Judge ...