Garcia v. Masiel et al
ORDER Referring Case to the Prisoner ADR Program for a Settlement Conference on October 27, 2011, signed by Magistrate Judge Sandra M. Snyder on 09/27/2011. Pretrial Statement due by 12/1/2011; Settlement Conference set for 10/27/2011 at 01:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison. (Flores, E)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CASE NO. 1:07-cv-01750-AWI-SMS PC
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO THE
PRISONER ADR PROGRAM FOR A
SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE ON
OCTOBER 27, 2011 (ECF No. 96, 98)
A. MASIEL, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING MODIFICATION OF
Plaintiff Robert Garcia (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma
pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This case has been selected for
the court’s Prisoner ADR Program and will be referred to Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison to
conduct a settlement conference at the U. S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, California
95814 in Courtroom #2 on October 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Defendants’ motion to modify the scheduling order shall be partially granted and the date
for Defendants to file their pretrial statement shall be December 1, 2011.
A separate order and writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum will issue concurrently with
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This case is set for a settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Craig M.
Kellison on October 27, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the U. S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento,
California 95814 in Courtroom #2.
2. Defendants’ lead counsel and a person with full and unlimited authority to
negotiate and enter into a binding settlement on defendants’ behalf shall attend in person.1
3. Those in attendance must be prepared to discuss the claims, defenses and
damages. The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person subject to this order to appear
in person may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, the conference will not proceed
and will be reset to another date.
4. Defendant shall serve and file a pretrial statement on or before December 1,
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 27, 2011
/s/ Sandra M. Snyder
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The term “full authority to settle” means that the individuals attending the mediation
conference must be authorized to fully explore settlement options and to agree at that time to any
settlement terms acceptable to the parties. G. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp.,
871 F.2d 648, 653 (7th Cir. 1989), cited with approval in Official Airline Guides, Inc. v. Goss, 6
F. 3d 1385, 1396 (9th Cir. 1993). The individual with full authority to settle must also have
“unfettered discretion and authority” to change the settlement position of the party, if appropriate.
Pittman v. Brinker Int’l., Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003), amended on recon. in
part, Pitman v. Brinker Int’l, Inc., 2003 WL 23353478 (D. Ariz. 2003). The purpose behind
requiring the attendance of a person with full settlement authority is that the parties’ view of the
case may be altered during the face to face conference. Pitman, 216 F.R.D. at 486. An
authorization to settle for a limited dollar amount or sum certain can be found not to comply with
the requirement of full authority to settle. Nick v. Morgan’s Foods, Inc., 270 F. 3d 590, 596-97
(8th Cir. 2001).
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