(PC) Arteaga v. West et al

Filing 49

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson on 1/18/2023 REFERRING CASE TO POST-SCREENING ADR PROJECT AND STAYING CASE FOR 120 DAYS. The assigned DAG shall contact the 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.(Yin, K)

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Case 2:20-cv-00752-WBS-JDP Document 49 Filed 01/19/23 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOSE O. ARTEAGA, 12 Case No. 2:20-cv-00752-WBS-JDP (PC) Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 N. WEST, et al., 15 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. Defendant has answered the complaint. The undersigned is referring all post-screening civil rights cases filed by pro se state 20 inmates to the Post-Screening Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Project in an effort to 21 resolve such cases more expeditiously and inexpensively. Defense counsel from the Office of the 22 California Attorney General has agreed to participate in this pilot project. No defenses or 23 objections shall be 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 28 1 Case 2:20-cv-00752-WBS-JDP Document 49 Filed 01/19/23 Page 2 of 3 1 There is a presumption that all post-screening prisoner civil rights cases assigned to the 2 undersigned will proceed to settlement conference.1 However, if after investigating plaintiff’s 3 claims and speaking with plaintiff, and after conferring with defense counsel’s supervisor, 4 defense counsel in good faith finds that a settlement conference would be a waste of resources, 5 defense counsel may move to opt out of this pilot project. 6 Within thirty days of the date of this order, the assigned Deputy Attorney General shall 7 contact Courtroom Deputy Nic Cannarozzi, at (916) 930-4172, to schedule the settlement 8 conference. If difficulties arise in scheduling the settlement conference due to the court’s 9 calendar, the parties may seek an extension of the initial 120-day stay. 10 Once the settlement conference is scheduled, at least seven days prior to the conference, 11 the parties shall submit to the assigned settlement judge a confidential settlement conference 12 statement. The parties’ confidential settlement conference statements shall include the following: 13 (a) names and locations of the parties; (b) a short statement of the facts and alleged damages; (c) a 14 short procedural history; (d) an analysis of the risk of liability, including a discussion of the 15 efforts made to investigate the allegations; and (e) a discussion of the efforts that have been made 16 to settle the case. 17 In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 18 1. This action is stayed for 120 days to allow the parties an opportunity to settle their 19 dispute before the discovery process begins. Except as provided herein or by subsequent court 20 order, no other pleadings or other documents may be filed in this case during the stay of this 21 action. The parties shall not engage in formal discovery, but the parties may elect to engage in 22 informal discovery. 23 2. Within thirty days from the date of this order, the assigned Deputy Attorney General 24 shall contact this court’s Courtroom Deputy, Nic Cannarozzi, at (916) 930-4172, to schedule the 25 settlement conference. 26 27 28 1 If the case does not settle, the court will issue a discovery and scheduling order. 2 Case 2:20-cv-00752-WBS-JDP Document 49 Filed 01/19/23 Page 3 of 3 1 3. At least seven days prior to the settlement conference, each party shall submit a 2 confidential settlement conference statement, as described above, to the judge assigned for 3 settlement. 4 5 4. 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. 6 5. The parties remain obligated to keep the court informed of their current addresses at all 7 times during the stay and while the action is pending. Any change of address must be reported 8 promptly to the court in a separate document captioned for this case and entitled “Notice of 9 Change of Address.” See L.R. 182(f). 10 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 Dated: January 18, 2023 13 JEREMY D. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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