Johnson v. Halk et al

Filing 26

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 6/16/2017 STAYING this action and REFERRING this matter to the court's Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program; ORDERING the parties to contact the court's VDRP Administrator within fourtee n (14) days; DIRECTING the parties to carefully review and comply with Local Rule 271 regarding specifications and requirements of the VDRP; ORDERING the parties to jointly file a VDRP Completion Report within fourteen (14) days after completion of the VDRP session; ORDERING that any objections be filed within seven (7) days. (cc: VDRP) (Michel, G.)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 SCOTT JOHNSON, 12 13 14 No. 2:16-cv-02794-KJM-KJN Plaintiff, v. ORDER HALK et al, 15 Defendants. 16 17 On May 18, 2017, the parties filed a joint status report indicating that they have met and 18 conferred regarding settlement, but have not thus far reached a settlement. (ECF No. 17.) The 19 court held an initial scheduling conference on June 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Plaintiff was 20 represented by Mary Melton and defendants were represented by Davia Weiner. The parties 21 indicated that they are open to further settlement efforts. 22 In the interest of avoiding the accumulation of fees and costs through potentially 23 unnecessary discovery and motion practice, and to allow the parties additional time to pursue an 24 early informal resolution of this matter with the assistance of a third party neutral, the court finds 25 it appropriate to stay the action and refer it to the court’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program 26 (“VDRP”). 27 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 28 1. The action is STAYED until further order of the court and REFERRED to the VDRP. 1 1 2. Within fourteen (14) days of this order, the parties shall contact the court’s VDRP 2 administrator, Sujean Park, at (916) 930-4278 or, to start 3 the process of selecting an appropriate neutral. 4 5 6 3. The parties shall carefully review and comply with Local Rule 271, which outlines the specifications and requirements of the VDRP. 4. No later than fourteen (14) days after completion of the VDRP session, the parties 7 shall jointly file their VDRP Completion Report, consistent with Local Rule 271(o). 8 5. Any party that objects to this referral to the VDRP shall file its objections within seven 9 (7) days of this order. Such objections shall clearly outline why that party believes 10 11 12 that the action is not appropriate for referral to the VDRP. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 16, 2017 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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