Shephard Mechanical Contractors, Inc. v. K.O.O. Construction, Inc. et al

Filing 17

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 12 SHEPHARD MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS, INC., Plaintiff, 13 14 15 16 No. 2:17-cv-00094-KJN ORDER v. K.O.O. CONSTRUCTION, INC. et al, Defendants. 17 18 On June 8, 2017 the parties filed a joint status report requesting that this matter be referred 19 to the court’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program (“VDRP”). (ECF No. 15.) In the interest 20 of avoiding the accumulation of fees and costs through potentially unnecessary discovery and 21 motion practice, and to allow the parties additional time to pursue an early informal resolution of 22 this matter with the assistance of a third party neutral, the court finds it appropriate to stay the 23 action and refer it the court’s VDRP. 24 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 25 1. The action is STAYED until further order of the court and REFERRED to the VDRP. 26 2. Within fourteen (14) days of this order, the parties shall contact the court’s VDRP 27 administrator, Sujean Park, at (916) 930-4278 or, to start 28 1 1 2 3 4 the process of selecting an appropriate neutral. 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 5 shall jointly file their VDRP Completion Report, consistent with Local Rule 271(o). 6 5. Any party that objects to this referral to the VDRP shall file its objections within seven 7 (7) days of this order. Such objections shall clearly outline why that party believes 8 that the action is not appropriate for referral to the VDRP. 9 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 16, 2017 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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