Technically, the judge wouldn't formally dismiss the case during the pre-motion conference. She'd get to ask attorneys about their rationale, and she might strongly indicate whether proceeding to filing a motion to dismiss would be advisable. If a dismissal motion were to be filed, the judge might not hold any kind of hearing; she might instead simply issue a written ruling. Holding a formal courtroom hearing on top of the motion is up to the judge; it's not a requirement. If Abdin's lawyers fail to file their answer to the defendants' pre-motion letter by the stated deadline, the defense could file for a default judgment against Abdin. In many cases, professional courtesy often grants opposing counsel some grace before moving for a default judgment. However, filing late likely wouldn't positively dispose the judge toward the plaintiff if the case were to move forward.