Johnson v. Ballew et al
ORDER signed by District Judge John A. Mendez on 10/16/2017 ORDERING that this action is STAYED pending further order of the Court. The parties are directed to promptly meet and confer to discuss settlement of this action. If the parties have not b een able to informally reach a settlement within 45 days, the parties shall initiate participation in the court's Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program. No later than fourteen (14) days after completion of the VDRP session, the parties shall jointly file their VDRP Completion Report. (Zignago, K.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
2:14-cv-1672 JAM DB
BALLEW, et al
Plaintiff initially commenced this action under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(“ADA”) on July 16, 2014 (ECF No. 1.) Thereafter, on July 21, 2015 defendant filed an answer
to the complaint, (ECF No. 11.)
In the interest of avoiding the accumulation of fees and costs through potentially
unnecessary discovery and motion practice, and to allow the parties sufficient time to pursue an
early informal resolution of this matter, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This action is STAYED pending further order of the court.
2. The parties are directed to promptly meet and confer to discuss settlement of this
action. Settlement discussions require focus and preparation and should involve the
attorneys who will try the case and the person or persons having full authority to
negotiate and settle the case on any terms. Plaintiff should initiate settlement
discussions by providing a written itemization of damages and a meaningful
settlement demand that includes an explanation of why the demand is appropriate.
Defendant should respond with an acceptance of the offer or with a meaningful
counteroffer, and which includes an explanation of why the counteroffer is reasonable.
The parties should continue in this way until they reach settlement or have exhausted
informal settlement efforts.
3. If the parties have not been able to informally reach a settlement within 45 days, the
parties shall initiate participation in the court’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program
(“VDRP”) by contacting the court’s VDRP administrator, Sujean Park, at (916) 9304278 or SPark@caed.uscourts.gov.1
4. The parties shall carefully review and comply with Local Rule 271, which outlines the
specifications and requirements of the VDRP.
5. No later than fourteen (14) days after completion of the VDRP session, the parties
shall jointly file their VDRP Completion Report, consistent with Local Rule 271(o).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: October 16, 2017
/s/ John A. Mendez___________________
John A. Mendez, U.S. District Court Judge
The resources of the VDRP program are limited, and the parties are expected to make good faith
efforts to timely and fully exhaust informal settlement efforts prior to initiating participation in
the VDRP. The court will look with disfavor upon parties stalling or failing to participate in the
above-mentioned initial informal discussions, prompting potentially unnecessary participation in
the VDRP and straining the program’s resources.
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