The hope for early conferencing is that the parties can amicably negotiate some discovery issues without court intervention. Except in a proceeding exempted from initial disclosure under Rule 26(a)(1)(B) or when the court orders otherwise, the parties must confer as soon as practicable—and in any event at least 21 days before a scheduling conference is to be held or a scheduling order is due under Rule 16(b).. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f).
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