United States District Court, D. Nebraska
AMENDED INITIAL PROGRESSION ORDER
M. Bazis, United States Magistrate Judge.
matter is before the Court on the unopposed Motion to Extend
Deadlines and Postpone Scheduling Conference. (Filing No.
38.) Good cause having been shown, this motion is granted.
IT IS ORDERED:
Authorization and Sequence of Discovery. The
parties may now commence discovery. That discovery required
to prepare the case for mediation or other
settlement negotiations and that discovery required to
prepare the case for possible summary judgment disposition
shall be conducted before other discovery.
Mediation. If mediation has not already been
conducted, counsel shall immediately advise the parties that
the court expects them to mediate their dispute if they have
not already done so, and may order them to participate in
settlement discussions, in the presence of the judge if
appropriate. Counsel shall notify the assigned magistrate
judge by joint or separate letters by February 2,
2018, addressing the following:
a. That they have advised their clients of the court's
expectations respecting mediation;
b. That they have hired a mediator and the name of the
c. The date of their scheduled mediation;
d. Their joint, or if necessary, separate views on whether
the progression of the case should be stayed pending the
outcome of their mediation;
e. If no mediator has been hired by that time, counsel's
estimate of when a mediator can be hired and a mediation
f. If a mediation previously has been held, the identity of
the mediator, the date of the mediation, and their views as
to whether another mediation at this time might be successful
in resolving the dispute;
g. Whether the parties object to mediation and if so, what
the objections are; and
h. If the parties have not discussed mediation, what
settlement efforts have been undertaken and what actions are
planned for the future, together with the timing of such
to provide the required report will result in postponement of
the planning conference ...