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Guardians v. Weber

United States District Court, D. Montana, Missoula Division

June 27, 2019

WILDEARTH GUARDIANS, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CHIP WEBER, et al., Defendants, and SWAN VIEW COALITION, et al., Consolidated Plaintiffs, and David Bernhardt, et al., Consolidated Defendants.

          ORDER

          Donald W. Molloy, District Judge.

         There being common issues of fact and law, consolidation of the above-captioned actions is appropriate pursuant to Rule 42(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the defendants' Motion to Consolidate (Doc. 17) is GRANTED. The above-captioned cases are consolidated for all further proceedings under the case number CV 19-56-M-DWM and captioned as shown above. The Clerk of Court shall file this Order in the docket for each case.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the defendants in each case shall file their respective answers in both the lead and member cases in CM/ECF on or before July 31, 2019. All other documents shall be filed in the lead case CV 19-56-M-DWM and spread to the member case.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that

         1. Preliminary Pretrial Statement. Counsel for the respective parties shall file and serve on all parties a written preliminary pretrial statement on or before September 10, 2019. The statement shall address all matters listed in L.R. 16.2(b)(1).

         2. Rule 26(f) Conference and Case Management Plan. The parties shall file a proposed case management plan on or before September 25, 2019. The parties shall e-mail a copy of the proposed case management plan in Word format to dwmpropord@mtd.uscourts.gov. Lead trial counsel for the respective parties shall, at least two weeks before the proposed case management plan is due, meet to discuss the nature and basis of their claims and defenses, to develop the proposed case management plan, and to discuss the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. 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 proposed case management plan should contain deadlines for the following pretrial motions and events or should 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 ...

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