Padilla v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 02/15/17 ORDERING that the 23 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is SUBMITTED on the briefs; defendants' 32 Motion for Sanctions is DENIED without prejudice; plaintiff shall submit to a deposition at a place and time to be noticed by defendants; a Settlement Conference is SET for 3/20/2017 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 25 (KJN) before Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman (cc: KJN). (Benson, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:15-cv-2509 JAM CKD PS
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF
REHABILITATION, et al.,
By minute order filed February 8, 2017, this matter was referred to the undersigned under
Local Rule 302(c)(21). Upon review of the docket and good cause appearing, THE COURT
FINDS AS FOLLOWS:
The court has been advised that plaintiff’s former counsel is deceased.1 It appears that
plaintiff’s failure to appear for her deposition was due, at least in part, to the incapacity of her
counsel. Defendants’ motion for terminating sanctions (ECF No. 32) will therefore be denied
without prejudice. Plaintiff will be directed to appear for a re-noticed deposition.
Prior to the death of plaintiff’s counsel, defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings was
fully briefed. Because oral argument is not of material assistance, that matter will be submitted
on the briefs. E.D. Cal. L.R. 230(g).
The parties have requested referral to the court’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program
(“VDRP”). Because plaintiff is now proceeding pro se, the court finds that referral to VDRP is
inappropriate. See Local Rule 271(a)(2). However, the court will set a settlement conference
before a Magistrate Judge.
By minute order filed February 9, 2017, all scheduled dates in this matter have been
vacated. The court at this time will not further schedule this matter pending completion of
plaintiff’s deposition and the settlement conference.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The motion for judgment on the pleadings (ECF No. 23) is submitted on the briefs.
2. Defendants’ motion for sanctions (ECF No. 32) is denied without prejudice. Plaintiff
is directed to submit to a deposition at a place and time to be noticed by defendants.
3. This matter is set for settlement conference before the Honorable Kendall J. Newman
on March 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom no. 25.
Dated: February 15, 2017
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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