Hargrove v. City of Bakersfield et al

Filing 36

ORDER re SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE, signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 6/5/2019. (Kusamura, W) (Main Document 36 replaced on 6/5/2019) (Kusamura, W).

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 6 7 8 TATYANA HARGROVE Plaintiff, Case No. 1:17-cv-01743 JLT ORDER re SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 9 v. 10 11 CITY OF BAKERSFIELD, ET. AL., Defendant. 12 _____________________________________/ 13 14 This case is set for a Settlement Conference before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 15 August 8, 2019 at the U. S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California, 93721. 16 Consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires thorough preparation prior to 17 the settlement conference. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 18 1. Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer 19 A settlement conference is more likely to be productive if, before the conference, the 20 parties exchange written settlement proposals. Accordingly, at least 28 days prior to the 21 settlement conference, plaintiff’s counsel shall submit a written itemization of damages and 22 settlement demand to each defense counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis 23 supporting the demand. No later than 21 days prior to the settlement conference, each defense 24 counsel shall submit a written offer to plaintiff’s counsel with a brief summary of the legal and 25 factual basis supporting the offer. 26 27 28 1 2. 2 The parties are to send Confidential Settlement Conference Statements (Settlement 3 Statement) to the following email address: SKOorders@caed.uscourts.gov, to arrive no later than 4 14 days before the conference. Each statement shall be clearly marked “CONFIDENTIAL” with 5 the date and time of the mandatory settlement conference indicated prominently. Each party shall 6 also file a Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement (See L.R. 270 7 (d)). 8 9 10 Submission and Content of Confidential Settlement Conference Statements If the Settlement Conference is continued for any reason, each party must submit a new Settlement Statement that is complete in itself, without reference to any prior Settlement Statements. 11 Each Settlement Statement shall include the following: 12 a. A brief summary of the core facts, allegations, and defenses, a forthright 13 evaluation of the parties’ likelihood of prevailing on the claims and 14 defenses, and a description of the major issues in dispute. 15 b. A summary of the proceedings to date. 16 c. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, 17 pretrial, and trial. 18 d. e. 19 The nature of the relief sought. An outline of past settlement efforts including information regarding the 20 "Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer" required 21 above—including the itemization of damages—and a history of past 22 settlement discussions, offers, and demands. 23 f. 24 A statement of each party’s expectations and goals for the Settlement Conference. 25 26 27 28 2   1 3. 2 The attorneys who will try the case and parties with full and complete settlement authority Attendance of Trial Counsel and Parties Required 3 are required to personally attend the conference.1 An insured party shall appear by a 4 representative of the insurer who is authorized to negotiate, and who has full authority to negotiate 5 and settle the case. An uninsured corporate party shall appear by a representative authorized to 6 negotiate, and who has full authority to negotiate and settle the case. It is difficult for a party who 7 is not present to appreciate the process and the reasons that may justify a change in one’s 8 perspective toward settlement. Accordingly, having a client with authority available by telephone 9 is not an acceptable alternative, except under the most extenuating circumstances.2 10 The Court expects both the lawyers and the party representatives to be fully prepared to 11 participate. The Court encourages all parties to keep an open mind in order to reassess their 12 previous positions and to discover creative means for resolving the dispute. 13 4. 14 The parties shall be prepared to discuss the following at the settlement conference: 15 Issues to Be Discussed a. 16 Goals in the litigation and problems they would like to address in the settlement conference and understanding of the opposing side’s goals. 17 b. The issues (in and outside the lawsuit) that need to be resolved. 18 c. The strengths and weaknesses of their case. d. Their understanding of the opposing side’s view of the case. e. Their points of agreement and disagreement (factual and legal). f. Any financial, emotional, and/or legal impediments to settlement. g. Whether settlement or further litigation better enables the accomplishment 19 20 21 22 23 of their respective goals. 24 25 26 27 28 1 Insurance carriers, business organizations, and governmental bodies or agencies whose settlement agreements are subject to approval by legislative bodies, executive committees, boards of directors or the like shall be represented by a person or persons who occupy high executive positions in the party organization and who will be directly involved in the process of approval of any settlement offers or agreements. 2 Out of town or out of state travel and the purchase of an airplane ticket are not extenuating circumstances. 3   1 h. Any possibilities for a creative resolution of the dispute. 2 5. 3 The parties are expected to address each other with courtesy and respect, and are 4 encouraged to be frank and open in their discussions. Statements made by any party during the 5 settlement conference are not to be used in discovery and will not be admissible at trial. Statements Inadmissible 6 7 6 8 Prior to the Settlement Conference, Magistrate Judge Oberto will hold a brief, telephonic 9 discussion on August 7, 2019 at 4:00pm (dial-in number: 1-888-557-8511; passcode: 6208204#). 10 Pre-Settlement Telephonic Conference Only attorneys and unrepresented parties are required to participate in the conference. 11 12 13 Dated: June 5, 2019 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4   .

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