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Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club v. United States Forest Service

United States District Court, D. Montana, Missoula Division

January 9, 2017

BITTERROOT RIDGE RUNNERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB; RAVALLI COUNTY OFF-ROAD USER ASSOCIATION; BITTERROOT BACKCOUNTRY CYCLISTS; MONTANA TRAIL VEHICLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION; MONTANA SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION; CITIZENS FOR BALANCED USE; AND BACKCOUNTRY SLED PATRIOTS, Plaintiffs,
v.
UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE; U.S. FOREST SERVICE, NORTHERN REGION; BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST; LEANNE MARTEN, REGIONAL FORESTER, NORTHERN REGION; JULIE KING, FOREST SUPERVISOR, BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST; Defendants.

          ORDER

          Dana L. Christensen, Chief Judge.

         The Complaint having been filed in this case, and pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16(b) and 26(f) and L.R. 16.1, 16.2, & 26.1, IT IS ORDERED:

         1. Responsibility of Plaintiffs' Counsel. This order is issued at the outset of the case, and a copy is delivered by the Clerk of Court to counsel for the plaintiff. Plaintiffs' counsel is directed to serve a copy of this order to all parties that have appeared, and to each other party within ten days after receiving notice of that party's appearance. Plaintiffs' case may be dismissed without prejudice if Plaintiffs fail to serve opposing counsel with this order.

         2. Rule 26(f) Conference and Case Management Plan. A Case Management Plan shall be filed on or before 2 MONTHS AFTER COMPLAINT IS FILED/ORDER IS ISSUED. Lead trial counsel for the respective parties shall, at least two weeks before the Case Management Plan is due, meet to discuss the nature and basis of their claims and defenses and the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case and to develop a proposed case management plan. The case management plan resulting from the Rule 26(f) conference is not subject to revision absent compelling reasons.

         3. Contents of Case Management Plan. The Case Management Plan shall contain deadlines for the following pretrial motions and events or shall state that such deadlines are not necessary:

Motions to Dismiss (fully briefed)
Certification of Administrative Record
Motions to Supplement the Administrative Record
Motions to Amend the Pleadings
Completion of Discovery
Motions for Summary Judgment (fully briefed)
Additional Deadlines Agreed to by the Parties

         "Fully briefed" means that the motion, the brief in support of the motion, and the opposing party's response brief are filed with the court by the deadline.

         4. Representation at Rule 26(f) Conference. Each party to the case must be represented at the Rule 26(f) conference by at least one ...


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