Miller v. Woodford et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on 1/26/12 ORDERING that Plaintiff and defendant Adams shall file dispositional documents not later than 90 days from the date of this order. Defendant Adams pending motion to dismiss 193 is denied as moot. This case is set for a second settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison on 6/7/12 at 11:00 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison. This action is STAYED pending the outcome of the 6/7/12 settlement conference. The Clerk of the Court shall serve this order on the Litigation Coordinator at Kern Valley State Prison.(Dillon, M)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GERALD L. MILLER,
No. CIV S-07-1646 LKK EFB P
JANE WOODFORD, et al.,
The January 19, 2012 minutes for the settlement conference held the same day indicate
that the above-captioned case has settled as to defendant Adams. See Dckt. No. 217.
Accordingly, the court hereby orders that:
1. Plaintiff and defendant Adams shall file dispositional documents not later than ninety
days from the date of this order. Failure to comply with this order may be grounds for the
imposition of sanctions on any and all counsel or parties who contributed to the violation of this
2. Defendant Adams’ pending motion to dismiss (Dckt. No. 193) is denied as moot.
3. This case is set for a second settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Craig M.
Kellison on June 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison.
4. Defendants’ lead counsel and a person with full and unlimited authority to negotiate
and enter into a binding settlement on defendants’ behalf shall attend the June 7, 2012 settlement
conference in person.1
5. 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.
6. This action is stayed pending the outcome of the June 7, 2012 settlement conference.
7. The Clerk of the Court shall serve this order on the Litigation Coordinator at Kern
Valley State Prison.
DATED: January 26, 2012.
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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