Thursday, September 7, 2017

Merck's Federal Court Name Spat/Lanham Act Proceeding: Proposed Scheduling Order Entered...

This was jointly filed last night, prior to the next status hearing on September 12, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.

Not much else to say. . . in truth here, I find myself a little bored by it all -- but this is the very slow road toward a comprehensive global settlement -- that remains my opinion. Full scheduling letter (a three page PDF file), plus a bit:

. . . .1. The parties’ production of documents shall be completed by October 31, 2017.

2. The parties need not produce unresponsive family members in the production, but must produce such family members of specifically identified documents by the opposing party upon request in a reasonable time period.

3. All other fact discovery, including depositions of fact witnesses, shall be completed by April 1, 2018.

4. All fact discovery disputes (other than those arising during depositions) shall be filed with the Court in a joint letter pursuant to the Court’s November 7, 2016 Pretrial Scheduling Order no later than December 15, 2017.

5. Plaintiffs’ affirmative expert reports shall be delivered by May 1, 2018.

6. Defendant’s affirmative and rebuttal expert reports shall be delivered by June26, 2018.

7. Plaintiffs’ rebuttal and reply expert reports shall be delivered by July 16, 2018.

8. All expert depositions, including the completion of expert depositions, shall be completed by August 23, 2018. . . .

Now you know. Onward -- with sweet space science to come. . . late this evening!


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