UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
ORDER ON PRETRIAL DEADLINES: Civil Action No. (RNC)
(a) In accordance with Local Civil Rule 26(e), within 30 days of the
appearance of a defendant, the parties must confer for the purposes described
in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). Within 10 days thereafter, the parties must
jointly file a report using Form 26(f), which appears in the Appendix to the
Local Civil Rules. The report will be used to establish a scheduling order,
which will include a date by which the case must be ready for trial.
(b) Before a party files a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary
judgment, a prefiling conference will be held. A party wishing to file such
a motion must submit a letter to chambers requesting a prefiling conference
and briefly describing the nature and basis of the proposed motion. The
letter must be submitted no later than 45 days before the discovery deadline.
Failure to request a prefiling conference will result in the waiver of the
right to file a motion. Except in cases involving pro se parties, no request
for a prefiling conference may be submitted unless the attorney making the
request has conferred with other counsel of record and discussed the proposed
motion in a good faith effort to clarify the issues, eliminate or reduce the
area of controversy and arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution. Cf. D.
Conn. L. Civ. R. 37(a)2 (requiring counsel to confer before filing motions
relating to discovery disputes). Except in cases involving pro se parties,
any request for a prefiling conference must include a statement that the
attorney submitting the request has conferred with other counsel and must
briefly describe the results of the conference.
(c) In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b), motions for modification
of the dates set forth in the scheduling order issued pursuant to the
parties' 26(f) report will not be granted except for good cause. This
standard requires a particularized showing that the scheduling order could
not be com