Brandon v. Williams, et al.

Filing 104

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis M. Cota on 7/10/2020 SETTING a Settlement Conference for 10/13/2020 at 09:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. The parties shall exchange non-confidential settlement statements 7 days prior to the settlement conference. The Clerk shall serve a copy of this order on the Calipatria State Prison Litigation Office via fax. (cc: ADR, KJN) (Yin, K)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 12 KAIAN BRANDON, 13 14 15 16 No. 2:14-CV-2883-TLN-DMC-P Plaintiff, v. ORDER SETTING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE L. WILLIAMS, et al., Defendants. 17 18 Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 19 §1983. The court has determined that this case will benefit from a settlement conference. 20 Therefore, this case will be referred to Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman to conduct a 21 settlement conference on October 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The settlement conference will be 22 conducted by remote means, to be determined at a later date and time. The court will issue the 23 necessary transportation order in due course. 24 In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 25 1. This case is set for a settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Kendall J. 26 Newman on October 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The settlement conference will be 27 conducted by remote means, to be determined at a later date and time. 28 2. A representative with full and unlimited authority to negotiate and enter into a binding 1 1 settlement on the defendants’ behalf shall attend in person.1 2 3 3. Those in attendance must be prepared to discuss the claims, defenses and damages. 4 The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person subject to this order to appear in 5 person may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, the conference will not 6 proceed and will be reset to another date. 7 4. The parties are directed to exchange non-confidential settlement statements seven days 8 prior to the settlement conference. These statements shall simultaneously be delivered 9 to the court using the following email address: Plaintiff 10 shall mail his non-confidential settlement statement Attn: Magistrate Judge Kendall J. 11 Newman, USDC CAED, 501 I Street, Suite 4-200, Sacramento, CA 95814 so that it 12 arrives at least seven (7) days prior to the settlement conference. The envelope shall 13 be marked “SETTLEMENT STATEMENT.” The date and time of the settlement 14 conference shall be prominently indicated on the settlement statement. If a party 15 desires to share additional confidential information with the court, they may do so 16 pursuant to the provisions of Local Rule 270(d) and (e). 17 /// 18 /// 19 /// 20 /// 21 /// 22 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 conferences… .” United States v. United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, 694 F.3d 1051, 1053, 1057, 1059 (9 th Cir. 2012)(“the 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). 1 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 1 2 3 5. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on the Litigation Office at Calipatria State Prison, via facsimile at (760) 348-6064. 4 5 Dated: July 10, 2020 ____________________________________ DENNIS M. COTA UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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