Washington et al v. Fresno County Sheriff et al

Filing 105

ORDER VACATING FEBRUARY 23, 2017 SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE. Signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 2/21/2017. (Hernandez, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 PERRY WASHINGTON, et al, Plaintiffs, 12 13 14 15 Case No. 1:14-cv-00129-SAB ORDER VACATING FEBRUARY 23, 2017 SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE v. FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF, et al., Defendants. 16 17 18 On November 7, 2016, the scheduling order in this action issued setting a settlement 19 conference before Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng for February 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. (ECF 20 No. 104.) The order provided that the parties were to submit confidential settlement statements 21 to the court at least one week prior to the settlement conference. (Id. at 6:22-7:10.) The parties 22 did not submit confidential settlement statements in compliance with the November 7, 2016 23 order. See L.R. 270(d) (“If a party is submitting a confidential settlement conference statement, the 24 party must file a one page document entitled ‘Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement 25 Conference Statement.’ ”) 26 The court spends considerable time preparing for settlement conferences so as to make it 27 meaningful to the parties and results in a greater likelihood of settlement success. Settlement is 28 extremely important in this district where the judges have one of the highest caseloads per judge 1 1 in the United States. The settlement conference statement assists the court in adequately 2 preparing for these matters. They are not pro forma. Since the parties have failed to comply with the order requiring the confidential 3 4 settlement statements to be submitted to the Court, the February 23, 2016 settlement conference 5 shall be vacated. Should the parties desire another settlement conference date, they shall confer 6 and contact the courtroom deputy with available dates. However, no settlement conference shall 7 be set until the parties submit a meaningful confidential settlement statement to the court. 8 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 9 1. The settlement conference set before Judge Michael J. Seng on February 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 6 is VACATED; and 10 2. 11 The court will re-set the settlement conference only upon the submission of a 12 meaningful settlement conference statement by the parties and at a time 13 convenient to all parties and the court. 14 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. 16 Dated: February 21, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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