(PC) Peralta v. Swetalla et al
ORDER Setting Settlement Conference signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 9/8/2021. Settlement Conference set for 12/10/2021 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 6 (HBK) before Magistrate Judge Helena M. Barch-Kuchta. (Jessen, A)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:18-cv-01023-DAD-EPG (PC)
ORDER SETTING SETTLEMENT
J. SWETALLA, et al.,
Plaintiff Cion Peralta is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action filed
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court has determined that this case will benefit from a
settlement conference. Therefore, this case will be referred to Magistrate Judge Helena M.
Barch-Kuchta to conduct a settlement conference at the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street,
Fresno, California 93721 in Courtroom #6 on December 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
The Court will issue the order detailing the procedures for the settlement conference and
the necessary transportation order in due course.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. A settlement conference is set for December 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom #6
before Magistrate Judge Helena M. Barch-Kuchta at the U. S. District Court, 2500
Tulare Street, Fresno, California 93721.1
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the evolving coronavirus protocols, the Court may
issue an order at a later date requiring the parties to appear remotely by video conference.
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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 person2.
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.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 8, 2021
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
While the exercise of its authority is subject to abuse of discretion review, “the district court has the
authority to order parties, including the federal government, to participate in mandatory settlement
conference. . . .” United States v. United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, 694 F.3d
1051, 1053, 1057, 1059 (9th Cir. 2012)(“[T]he district court has broad authority to compel participation in
mandatory settlement conference[s].”). 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. Pitman 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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