Local Rule 7016. PRETRIAL PROCEDURES

(a) Actions exempt from scheduling order. Except as the court orders, the following categories of cases are exempt from the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) as adopted by Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7016:

(1) Contested matters under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9014; and

(2) Other actions or categories of actions as the court orders.

(b) Time and issuance for scheduling order.

(1) The plaintiff must serve the standard discovery plan form, which may be obtained from the clerk, at the time a summons is issued. The parties must use the standard form.

(2) Within thirty (30) days after the first defendant has answered or otherwise appeared, the parties must meet as required by Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7026 and LR 7026. No later than fourteen (14) days after the meeting, the parties must complete and submit the information required by the discovery plan or request for waiver, and, if required by a judge, a form order.

(3) If the parties agree to the standard deadlines or fail to submit the discovery plan, the standard deadlines will govern.

(4) If the parties have agreed to different deadlines, cannot agree on deadlines, or wish to seek a waiver of the requirement for a discovery plan, they must say so on the front page of the discovery plan.

(5) Unless they are excused, the parties must appear at any scheduling conference.

(6) After the first scheduling conference, the court will approve, disapprove, or modify the discovery plan, enter other orders as appropriate, and issue an order regarding pretrial and trial. The court may order a status hearing or a conference of all the parties at any time.

(c) Time limits for filing certain motions. Unless the court orders otherwise, the following time periods govern filing certain motions:

(1) All motions to amend the pleadings under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7015(a) or for the joinder of parties must be filed in time to be heard no later than the close of discovery. If the amendment or joinder is allowed, unless the court orders otherwise, discovery will be extended for forty-five (45) days for the limited purposes of conducting discovery on the amendments or joinders;

(2) Unless otherwise ordered, all potentially dispositive motions on any issues are normally heard no later than the pretrial conference, or no later than seven (7) days before the start of trial; and,

(3) Motions in limine must be heard no later than the pretrial conference or seven (7) days before the start of trial, unless the Court orders otherwise. No reply will be permitted unless the court requests one.

(d) Pretrial order and trial setting.

(1) The Order Regarding Pretrial and Trial may set the date for filing a joint or separate trial statement(s). The court may, however, order a joint pretrial order at any time. Unless otherwise ordered, the parties must use the prescribed pretrial order and standard trial statement, both of which may be obtained from the clerk or the court's website.

(2) The court may set a trial date in the order regarding pretrial and trial or by separate written or oral order. Continuances are disfavored.

(e) Settlement conference and alternative methods of dispute resolution. The court may set any adversary proceeding for settlement conference, summary jury trial, or other alternative method of dispute resolution.