Estate of Michael Lee et al v. CDCR et al
ORDER signed by District Judge John A. Mendez on 2/16/2021 SETTING Settlement Conference for 3/3/2021 at 09:00 AM remotely by zoom before Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. Parties are instructed to have a principal with full settlement authority p resent at the settlement conference or to be fully authorized to settle the matter on any terms. The parties are DIRECTED to exchange non-confidential settlement statements 7 days prior to the settlement conference. These statements shall simultaneously be delivered to the court using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Coll, A) Modified on 2/17/2021 (Coll, A).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ESTATE OF MICHAEL LEE, et al.,
ORDER SETTING SETTLEMENT
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF
REHABILITATION, et al.,
The court has determined that this case will benefit from a settlement conference.
Therefore, this case will be referred to Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman to conduct a
settlement conference on March 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. The settlement conference will be
conducted remotely by Zoom video conference.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This case is set for a settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Kendall J.
Newman on March 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. The settlement conference will be conducted
remotely by Zoom video conference.
2. Parties are instructed to have a principal with full settlement authority present at the
settlement conference or to be fully authorized to settle the matter on any terms.1
3. Those in attendance must be prepared to discuss the claims, defenses and damages.
The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person subject to this order to appear in
person may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, the conference will not
proceed and will be reset to another date.
4. The parties are directed to exchange non-confidential settlement statements seven days
prior to the settlement conference. These statements shall simultaneously be delivered
to the court using the following email address: email@example.com. The
date and time of the settlement conference shall be prominently indicated on the
settlement statement. If a party desires to share additional confidential information
with the court, they may do so pursuant to the provisions of Local Rule 270(d) and (e).
DATED: February 16, 2021
/s/ John A. Mendez
THE HONORABLE JOHN A. MENDEZ
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
While the exercise of its authority is subject to abuse of discretion review, “the district court has the authority to
order parties, including the federal government, to participate in mandatory settlement conferences… .” United States
v. United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, 694 F.3d 1051, 1053, 1057, 1059 (9th Cir.
2012)(“the district court has broad authority to compel participation in mandatory settlement conference[s].”). The
term “full authority to settle” means that the individuals attending the mediation conference must be authorized to
fully explore settlement options and to agree at that time to any settlement terms acceptable to the parties. G.
Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648, 653 (7th Cir. 1989), cited with approval in Official
Airline Guides, Inc. v. Goss, 6 F.3d 1385, 1396 (9th Cir. 1993). The individual with full authority to settle must also
have “unfettered discretion and authority” to change the settlement position of the party, if appropriate. Pitman v.
Brinker Int’l., Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003), amended on recon. in part, Pitman v. Brinker Int’l., Inc.,
2003 WL 23353478 (D. Ariz. 2003). The purpose behind requiring the attendance of a person with full settlement
authority is that the parties’ view of the case may be altered during the face to face conference. Pitman, 216 F.R.D.
at 486. An authorization to settle for a limited dollar amount or sum certain can be found not to comply with the
requirement of full authority to settle. Nick v. Morgan’s Foods, Inc., 270 F.3d 590, 596-97 (8th Cir. 2001).
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