Juarez, et al. v. Villafan, et al.

Filing 27

ORDER regarding settlement conference procedures signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 2/10/2017. (Rooney, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 OCTAVIANO JUAREZ, ET AL., 10 11 12 13 No. 1:16-CV-00688-DAD SKO Plaintiffs, ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE PROCEDURES v. RAFAEL VILLAFAN, ET AL., Defendants. 14 15 The Court sets a settlement conference for May 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., before Magistrate 16 Judge Erica P. Grosjean. Despite the provisions of Local Rule 270(b), the settlement conference 17 will be conducted by the undersigned Magistrate Judge. 18 Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorneys who will try the case 19 shall appear at the Settlement Conference. Pertinent evidence to be offered at trial, documents or 20 otherwise, should be brought to the settlement conference for presentation to the settlement judge. 21 Neither the settlement conference statements nor communications during the settlement 22 conference with the settlement judge can be used by either party in the trial of this case. 23 Absent permission from the Court, in addition to counsel who will try the case being 24 present, in addition to counsel who will try the case being present, the individual parties shall also 25 be present, and in the case of corporate parties, associations or other entities, and insurance 26 carriers, a representative executive with unrestricted authority to discuss, consider, propose and 27 agree, or disagree, to any settlement proposal or offer shall also be present. If for any reason the 28 1 1 representative with unlimited authority cannot attend, such a person must be available by phone 2 throughout the conference. In other words, having settlement authority “up to a certain amount” 3 is not acceptable. 4 In the event settlement authority delegated to any defense representative appearing at the 5 settlement conference has been set by a committee and such authority may not be unilaterally 6 exceeded in any amount by the representative designated to attend the settlement conference, then 7 the entire committee must be fully identified in the defense settlement statement (name, position, 8 work address for each member) AND the entire committee or a quorum thereof empowered to 9 enter into any agreement to settle the case MUST be available in person or by phone, unless the 10 Court grants permission otherwise. Failure to follow this directive may result in a re-scheduled 11 settlement conference AND payment of attorney's fees, expenses and other costs incurred by any 12 other party during preparation for the settlement conference and attendance at the conference. 13 Additional sanctions, including default, may be appropriate. 14 IF ANY PARTY BELIEVES THAT A SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE WOULD 15 BE FUTILE, THEN THAT PARTY SHALL CONTACT THE COURT NOT LATER 16 THAN SEVENTY-TWO HOURS PRECEDING THE SCHEDULED SETTLEMENT 17 CONFERENCE. 18 Confidential Settlement Statements 19 At least five (5) court days prior to the settlement conference, each party shall submit a 20 Confidential Settlement Conference Statement in Word format directly to Judge Grosjean’s 21 Chambers at epgorders@caed.uscourts.gov. The statement shall not be filed on the docket or 22 served on any other party. Each statement shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date 23 and time of the settlement conference clearly noted on the first page. The Confidential Settlement 24 Conference Statement shall include the following: 25 A. A brief statement of the facts of the case. 26 B. A brief statement of the claims and defenses, i.e., statutory or other grounds 27 upon which the claims are founded; a forthright evaluation of the parties' 28 likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses; and a description of the major 2 1 issues in dispute. 2 C. A summary of the proceedings to date. 3 D. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial 4 and trial. 5 E. The relief sought. 6 F. The party's position on settlement, including present demands and offers and a 7 history of past settlement discussions, offers and demands. 8 9 The parties shall contact that the designated settlement conference judge’s chambers to ascertain whether additional settlement conference procedures are required. 10 11 12 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 10, 2017 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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