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5:13-cv-00077 #56

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Doc 56 - Report of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting
Doc 56 - Report of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIAHARRISONBURG DIVISION
JOANNE HARRIS,
et al.
, ))Plaintiffs, )
)
v. ) Civil Action No. 5:13-cv-00077)ROBERT F. McDONNELL, JANET M. )RAINEY, and THOMAS E. ROBERTS, )in their official capacities ))Defendants. )
RULE 26(f) CONFERENCE REPORT
Plaintiffs challenge various provisions of Virginia law providing that marriage shall be between a man and a woman, seek class certification to represent others similarly situated, andrequest declaratory and injunctive relief as to the constitutionality of Virginia ConstitutionArticle I, § 15-A as well as Virginia Code §§ 20-45.2, and 20-45.3. (Doc. 1 at 27-29, 37-39;Docs. 26, 27.) Motions to dismiss Defendant Robert F. McDonnell and Thomas E. Roberts have been filed, (Docs. 24, 25, 32, 33), as have Defendants' oppositions to the certification of a class.(Docs. 30, 36.) To address discovery issues, and in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) andthis Court's Scheduling Order, (Doc. 43), on Friday, September 20, 2013, the parties conferredtelephonically, and outlined their respective positions with regard to their claims and defensesand the need for and timing of discovery and motions in this case. No agreement with regard toscheduling was reached despite further telephonic discussion on these matters.On September 30, 2013, the Plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment. (Docs. 44,45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50-2.) The parties' positions
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regarding how this case should proceed are
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In parties' October 3 conference call, counsel for Defendant Roberts indicated that she woulddefer to counsel for the State Defendants as to scheduling.
Case 5:13-cv-00077-MFU-RSB Document 56 Filed 10/04/13 Page 1 of 4 Pageid#: 491
 
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outlined in State Defendants' Motion to Suspend Scheduling Order, to Stay Briefing or, in theAlternative, to Establish a Briefing Schedule, (Doc. 53), and Plaintiffs' Response. (Doc. 55.)Respectfully Submitted,ROBERT F. McDONNELLand JANET M. RAINEY, intheir official capacitiesBy: /s/E. Duncan Getchell, Jr.Solicitor General of Virginia(VSB No. 14156)Office of the Attorney General900 East Main StreetRichmond, Virginia 23219(804) 786-7240
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Telephone(804) 371-0200
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Facsimiledgetchell@oag.state.va.usKenneth T. Cuccinelli, IIAttorney General of VirginiaRita W. Beale, VSB #
 
37032Deputy Attorney Generalrbeale@oag.state.va.usAllyson K. Tysinger, VSB # 41982Senior Assistant AttorneyGeneral/Chief atysinger@oag.state.va.usMichael H. Brady, VSB #78309Assistant Solicitor Generalmbrady@oag.state.va.usTHOMAS E. ROBERTS,in his official capacityBy: /s/Rosalie Pemberton Fessier (VSB #39030)Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses,P.C.25 North Central AvenueP.O. Box 108Staunton, VA 24402-0108(804) 786-7240
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Telephone(804) 371-0200
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Facsimilerfessier@tstm.com
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JOANNE HARRIS and JESSICA DUFF,and CHRISTY BERGHOFF andVICTORIA KIDD, on behalf of themselvesand all others similarly situated,By: /s/Rebecca K. Glenberg(VSB No. 44099)AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIESUNIONOF VIRGINIA FOUNDATION, INC.701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 1412Richmond, Virginia 23219Phone: (804) 644-8080Fax: (804) 649-2733rglenberg@acluva.orgJames D. EsseksAmanda C. GoadJoshua A. Block AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIESUNION FOUNDATION125 Broad Street, 18th Floor  New York, New York 10004Phone: (212) 549-2500Fax: (212) 549-2650 jesseks@aclu.orgagoad@aclu.org jblock@aclu.org Greg NevinsLAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE ANDEDUCATION FUND, INC.730 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1070Atlanta, Georgia 30308Phone: (404) 897-1880Fax: (404) 897-1884gnevins@lambdalegal.orgTara L. Borelli3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1300Los Angeles, California 90010Phone: (213) 382-7600Fax: (213) 351-6050tborelli@lambdalegal.orgPaul M. SmithLuke C. Platzer Mark P. Gaber JENNER & BLOCK LLP1099 New York Avenue, NWSuite 900Washington, D.C. 20001-4412Phone: (202) 639-6000Fax: (202) 639-6066 psmith@jenner.comlplatzer@jenner.commgaber@jenner.com
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