Attorney Steve® Civil Procedure - Meet and Confer Obligations - California Central District Rule 7-3
Is your local counsel not playing fair or by the rules? For example, they want to file a motion to dismiss a lawsuit or counterclaim (or file another motion covered under Local Rule 7-3) in the Central District Court of California? If so, the local rules say their counsel needs to "meet and confer" with you, preferably in person, to discuss the merits of the case, pro's and cons, go over caselaw THOROUGHLY. Failure to do that can result in them having their motion to denied. This is why it is important to document your phone calls, emails and other communications because you may need to attach them to your exhibits if you are going to try to point this out to the Court and try to have their motion deemed denied and NOT CONSIDERED for failure to comply with the Local Rules of Court.
If you need help with a copyright infringement case, software audit with the Software Alliance (BSA), Autodesk, Siemens, Vero software or are dealing with Strike 3 Holdings, LLC or Malibu Media in federal court litigation, these rules may come in handy. In many times, because the Plaintiff lawyers have SO MANY CASES they are filing they may not be so keen on the "thorough" requirement.