United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Charlotte Division
KENNETH D. BELL, in his capacity as court-appointed Receiver for Rex Venture Group, LLC d/b/a ZeekRewards.com, Plaintiff,
TODD DISNER, in his individual capacity and in his capacity as trustee for Kestrel Spendthrift Trust; TRUDY GILMOND; TRUDY GILMOND, LLC; JERRY NAPIER; DARREN MILLER; RHONDA GATES; DAVID SORRELLS; INNOVATION MARKETING, LLC; AARON ANDREWS; SHARA ANDREWS; GLOBAL INTERNET FORMULA, INC.; T. LEMONT SILVER; KAREN SILVER; MICHAEL VAN LEEUWEN; DURANT BROCKETT; DAVID KETTNER; MARY KETTNER; P.A.W.S. CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC; LORI JEAN WEBER; and a Defendant Class of Net Winners in ZEEKREWARDS.COM; Defendants.
ORDER SETTING INITIAL CONFERENCE
GRAHAM C. MULLEN, District Judge.
On December 19, 2013, this Court gave leave to Kenneth D. Bell, the court-appointed Receiver for Rex Venture Group, LLC (the "Receiver") to file the above captioned action. In seeking leave to file the action, the Receiver requested that the Court take note of the number of parties and potential complexity of the action and enter an order requiring the parties to take steps early in the process to promote efficiency and judicial economy.
After reviewing the Complaint and considering the number of parties and the inclusion of a putative defendant class action, the Court finds that this case may merit special attention as complex litigation. Therefore, in the interests of the thoughtful administration of justice, the court ORDERS as follows:
1. Initial Conference. All parties shall appear for a conference with the undersigned on April 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom # 3 at the United States District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(a) Attendance. To minimize costs and facilitate a manageable conference, parties are not required to attend the conference, and parties with similar interests may agree (and are encouraged to agree) to the extent practicable on a single attorney to act on their joint behalf at the conference. A party will not, by designating an attorney to represent its interests at the conference, be precluded from other representation during the litigation; and attendance at the conference will not waive objections to jurisdiction, venue, or service.
(b) Service. The Receiver is directed to serve a copy of this Order on any counsel who appears in this action within 5 days of that counsel's appearance or similarly on any counsel who he learns intends to appear in the action.
2. Purposes. The conference will be held for the purposes specified in Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(a), 16(b), 16(c), and 26(f) and subject to the sanctions prescribed in Rule 16(f).
3. Preparations for Conference
(a) Initial Conference of Counsel. Before the conference, counsel shall confer and seek consensus to the extent possible with respect to a proposed discovery plan under Rule 26(f) and a suggested schedule under Rule 16(b) for amendment of pleadings, consideration of any class action allegations, motions, and trial.
(b) Preliminary Reports. Counsel will submit to the court no less than 5 days prior to the conference a proposed discovery plan and a suggested schedule as discussed above. In addition, the plan and/or schedule should identify any expected motions (pursuant to Rule 12 or otherwise) or other matters that the parties expect will require a ruling by the Court in the initial stages of the litigation.
(d) List of Affiliated Companies and Counsel. To assist the court in identifying any problems of recusal or disqualification, counsel will submit to the court no less than 5 days prior to the conference a list of all companies affiliated with the parties and all counsel associated in the litigation.
4. Interim Measures. Until otherwise ordered by the court:
(a) Admission of Counsel. Counsel, whether or not admitted in this District, shall file a Notice of Appearance, including any applicable pro hac vice motion, as soon as practicable, but in any event no less than 10 days prior to the Initial Conference.
(b) Pleadings. Each defendant is granted an extension of time for responding by motion or answer to the complaint(s) until a date to ...