Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gee's Bend - Franklin case - Judge Orders Parties to ...

On July 26, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bert W. Milling, Jr issued a Preliminary Scheduling Order to the parties in the case of Lucinda Pettway Franklin vs. Tinwood Ventures, et al. The Judge has ordered that the parties meet as soon as is practical, but no later than a certain date in early September 2007 and complete a Report "in plain English" (Judge's words, not mine!).

What's to be in the Report? There's about a dozen elements of the Report, which seem to set out the big picture for the case. Both sides are to give - "in plain English" - a brief statement of their side of the facts, causes or defenses; an estimated date when they would be ready for a trial, the estimated days for a trial; any request for a pretrial conference, a Discovery Plan, and various Disclosure plans, including estimated due dates for expert reports and final lists of witnesses and exhibits. This Report is also to indicate if a Settlement is likely or unlikely in the matter.

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