Jennings v. Moreland et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 8/8/2017 ORDERING plaintiff's 346 notice is placed in the court file and DISREGARDED. (cc: KJN) (Yin, K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MATTHEW G. JENNINGS,
No. 2:08-cv-1305 MCE CKD P
A. MORELAND, et al.,
Plaintiff is a state prisoner, proceeding through counsel. On April 4, 2017, the
undersigned held a settlement conference, during which the parties reached a settlement. The
court read the terms of the settlement on the record to which the parties agreed. On August 13,
2017, plaintiff filed a document styled, “Failure to Follow Settlement Agreement by Plaintiff’s
Counsel.” (ECF No. 346.) On August 10, 2017, counsel for plaintiff was directed to address
plaintiff’s filing. On August 21, 2017, counsel for plaintiff filed a status report, and provided a
corrected exhibit A on August 22, 2017.
Plaintiff’s counsel states that on August 21, 2017, by certified mail, return receipt
requested, he sent plaintiff copies of the following documents: stipulation for voluntary
dismissal; defense counsel Larry Bragg’s letter to the California Victim Compensation Board
notifying the Board of the settlement of this action; Mr. Bragg’s email to plaintiff’s counsel on
August 16, 2017, verifying that Mr. Bragg sent a letter to the victim’s wife advising her of the
settlement; and the Payee Data Record signed by plaintiff on April 14, 2017. (ECF No. 348 at 1-
2.) Plaintiff’s counsel noted that because he does not have the victim’s address, he does not
intend to write the victim’s family.
The undersigned reviewed the terms of the settlement placed on the court record. The
record reflects that all parties agreed to the terms of the settlement in open court, and the
undersigned confirmed that Deputy Attorney General Lawrence Bragg would write a letter to the
Victim Compensation Board advising of the settlement of this case, and provide plaintiff’s
counsel a copy of the letter within thirty days from the settlement conference. In addition, the
undersigned stated that plaintiff’s counsel may write a letter to the victim’s family advising them
of the instant settlement and suggesting they may want to apply for payment to the Victim
Compensation Board. However, the undersigned expressly noted that there was no agreement as
to the outcome of any such correspondence, and that if the Board disagreed, or if the victim’s
family failed to apply, such failed outcome would not serve as a basis to set aside the settlement.
Review of the settlement terms placed on the court record confirms that the court did not
order plaintiff’s counsel to write the victim’s family, and the court did not order anyone to
provide plaintiff copies of any particular document. In any event, plaintiff has now been provided
with copies of the documents identified above, and counsel’s status report confirms that the
provisions of the settlement have been met. Therefore, there is no need for the court to revisit the
settlement of this action.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s notice (ECF No. 346) is placed
in the court file and disregarded.
Dated: August 28, 2017
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