Nevarez et al v. City of Fairfield et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 4/26/2021 ORDERING the parties to meet and confer. Not later than 5/12/2021, the parties shall file a joint status report. The parties are informed that they may elect to participate in the co urt's Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program ("VDRP") by contacting the court's VDRP administrator. If the parties agree to participate in VDRP the status conference will be vacated, to be reset if the case fails to settle. Following the submission of the parties' joint statement, the court will either issue a case schedule or set a settlement conference, as necessary and appropriate. (Becknal, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ABDUL NEVAREZ and PRISCILLA
No. 2:20-cv-00317 AC
CITY OF FAIRFIELD,
On April 23, 2021, defendant filed a letter requesting a scheduling conference. ECF No.
19. Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:
1. The parties are ORDERED to meet and confer. Not later than May 12, 2021, the parties
shall file a joint status report addressing the following matters:
a. Service of process;
b. Possible joinder of additional parties;
c. Any expected or desired amendment of the pleadings;
d. Jurisdiction and venue;
e. Anticipated motions and their scheduling;
f. The report required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 outlining the proposed
discovery plan and its scheduling, including disclosure of expert witnesses;
g. Future proceedings, including setting appropriate cut−off dates for discovery and
law and motion, and the scheduling of a pretrial conference and trial;
h. Special procedures, if any;
i. Estimated trial time;
j. Modification of standard pretrial procedures specified by the rules due to the
simplicity or complexity of the proceedings;
k. Whether the case is related to any other cases, including bankruptcy;
l. Whether a second settlement conference should be scheduled;
m. Any other matters that may add to the just and expeditious disposition of this
2. The parties are informed that they may elect to participate in the court’s Voluntary
Dispute Resolution Program (“VDRP”) by contacting the court’s VDRP administrator,
Sujean Park, at (916) 930-4278 or SPark@caed.uscourts.gov.1 The parties shall carefully
review and comply with Local Rule 271, which outlines the specifications and
requirements of the VDRP. The parties are directed to meet and confer regarding
possible VDRP participation, and contact Ms. Park to make the necessary
arrangements if both parties agree that participation may be beneficial, within 45
days of this order. If the parties agree to participate in VDRP the status conference will
be vacated, to be reset if the case fails to settle.
3. Following the submission of the parties’ joint statement, the court will either issue a case
schedule or set a settlement conference, as necessary and appropriate.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: April 26, 2021
The resources of the VDRP program are limited, and the parties are expected to make good
faith efforts to timely and fully exhaust informal settlement efforts prior to initiating participation
in the VDRP. The court will look with disfavor upon parties stalling or failing to participate in
initial informal discussions, prompting potentially unnecessary participation in the VDRP and
straining the program’s resources.
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