(PC) Johnson v. Blackmon et al

Filing 17

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 10/3/2019 REFERRING CASE TO POST-SCREENING ADR PROJECT AND STAYING CASE FOR 120 DAYS. The parties shall file the attached notice re settlement conference within 30 days of this order. The assign ed DAG shall contact Courtroom Deputy within 30 days to schedule a settlement conference. Each party shall submit a confidential settlement conference statement at least 7 days prior to the conference. If settlement is reached, the parties shall file a Notice of Settlement. The Clerk shall serve copies of (a) plaintiff's complaint, (b) the screening order, and (c) the instant order on Supervising DAG Christopher Becker. (cc: Christopher Becker) (Henshaw, R)

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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 PHILLIP JOSEPH JOHNSON, 12 13 14 15 No. 2:19-cv-1103 CKD P Plaintiff, v. WILLIAM BLACKMON, et al., ORDER REFERRING CASE TO POSTSCREENING ADR PROJECT AND STAYING CASE FOR 120 DAYS Defendants. 16 17 18 19 Plaintiff is a state prisoner, proceeding without counsel. Defendants, through counsel, have waived service of process. (ECF No. 16.) The undersigned is referring all post-screening civil rights cases filed by pro se inmates to 20 the Post-Screening ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Project in an effort to resolve such 21 cases more expeditiously and less expensively. Defense counsel from the Office of the California 22 Attorney General has agreed to participate in this pilot project. No defenses or objections shall be 23 waived by their participation. 24 As set forth in the screening order, plaintiff has stated a potentially cognizable civil rights 25 claim. Thus, the court stays this action for a period of 120 days to allow the parties to investigate 26 plaintiff’s claims, meet and confer, and then participate in a settlement conference. 27 There is a presumption that all post-screening civil rights cases assigned to the 28 undersigned will proceed to settlement conference. However, if after investigating plaintiff’s 1 1 claims and speaking with plaintiff, and after conferring with defense counsel’s supervisor, 2 defense counsel in good faith finds that a settlement conference would be a waste of resources, 3 defense counsel may move to opt out of this pilot project. A motion to opt out must be filed 4 within sixty days of the date of this order. 5 By filing the attached notice within thirty days, the parties shall notify the court whether 6 they waive disqualification for the undersigned to hold the settlement conference or whether they 7 request a different judge. Plaintiff shall also indicate his preference to appear in person or by 8 videoconference, if available. Failure to timely file such notice will result in the case being set 9 for settlement conference before a different judge. 10 Within thirty days, the assigned Deputy Attorney General shall contact the Courtroom 11 Deputy, Judy Streeter, at (916) 930-4004, to schedule the settlement conference. If difficulties 12 arise in scheduling the settlement conference due to the court’s calendar, the parties may seek an 13 extension of the initial 120 day stay. 14 Once the settlement conference is scheduled, at least seven days prior to conference, the 15 parties shall submit to the assigned settlement judge a confidential settlement conference 16 statement. The parties’ confidential settlement conference statement shall include the following: 17 (a) names and locations of the parties; (b) a short statement of the facts and alleged damages; (c) a 18 short procedural history; (d) an analysis of the risk of liability, including a discussion of the 19 efforts made to investigate the allegations; and (e) a discussion of the efforts that have been made 20 to settle the case. 21 In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 22 1. This action is stayed for 120 days to allow the parties an opportunity to settle their 23 dispute before a responsive pleading is filed, or the discovery process begins. Except as provided 24 herein or by subsequent court order, no other pleadings or other documents may be filed in this 25 case during the stay of this action. The parties shall not engage in formal discovery, but the 26 parties may elect to engage in informal discovery. 27 28 2. Within thirty days from the date of this order, the parties shall file the attached notice, informing the court whether they waive disqualification for the undersigned to hold the settlement 2 1 conference, or whether they choose to have the settlement conference held by a different judge. 2 3. Within sixty days from the date of this order, defendants shall file any motion to opt 3 4 out of the Post-Screening ADR Project. 4. Within thirty days from the date of this order, the assigned Deputy Attorney General 5 shall contact this court’s Courtroom Deputy, Judy Streeter, at (916) 930-4004, to schedule the 6 settlement conference. 7 5. At least seven days prior to the settlement conference, each party shall submit a 8 confidential settlement conference statement, as described above, to the judge assigned for 9 settlement. 10 11 12 6. If a settlement is reached at any point during the stay of this action, the parties shall file a Notice of Settlement in accordance with Local Rule 160. 7. The Clerk of the Court shall serve copies of (a) plaintiff’s complaint (ECF No. 11), (b) 13 the screening order (ECF No. 12), and (c) the instant order, on Supervising Deputy Attorney 14 General Christopher Becker. 15 8. The parties remain obligated to keep the court informed of their current address at all 16 times during the stay and while the action is pending. Any change of address must be reported 17 promptly to the court in a separate document captioned for this case and entitled “Notice of 18 Change of Address.” See L.R. 182(f). 19 Dated: October 3, 2019 20 21 22 23 13:john1103.adr.post.usm 24 25 26 27 28 3 1 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 3 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 4 5 PHILLIP JOSEPH JOHNSON, 6 7 8 No. 2:19-cv-1103 CKD P Plaintiff, v. WILLIAM BLACKMON, et al., 9 NOTICE RE: JUDGE ELECTION FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE (POSTSCREENING ADR PROJECT) Defendants. 10 11 12 1. As required by court order, the parties notify the court of the following election: ____ Pursuant to Local Rule 270(b) of the Eastern District of California, the party signing 13 below affirmatively requests that the assigned Magistrate Judge participate in the settlement 14 conference and, further, waives any claim of disqualification of the assigned Magistrate Judge on 15 that basis thereafter. This waiver is not to be construed as consent to the Magistrate Judge’s 16 jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1). 17 18 19 20 OR ____ The party signing below requests that a different judge hold the settlement conference. AND 2. Plaintiff indicates his preference by checking one: 21 _____ Plaintiff would like to participate in the settlement conference in person. 22 OR 23 _____ Plaintiff would like to participate in the settlement conference by video conference, if 24 available. 25 26 DATED: 27 ________________________________ Plaintiff or Counsel for Defendants 28 1

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