James et al v. Ford Motor Company

Filing 29

ORDER FOLLOWING NOVEMBER 24, 2008, CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Signed by Judge Wayne D. Brazil on 11/25/2008. (wdblc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/25/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA JAMES, Plaintiff, v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY, et al. Defendant. _____________________________/ On November 24, 2008, the parties appeared for a Further Case Management Conference. The Initial Case Management Conference ("CMC") in this action was held by Judge Wilken on September 16, 2008. Subsequently, the parties consented to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction and the case was transferred to Magistrate Judge Brazil. The parties confirmed on the record in the CMC before the undersigned that, in their view, the dates set forth in the minute order following the case management conference before Judge Wilken should remain generally intact. In their Joint Case Management Statement and on the record during the CMC, the parties indicated that they were amenable to attempting to resolve this action through private mediation. Accordingly, the Court now ORDERS that by the end of March, 2009, the parties must attend a mediation or some other type of formal settlement process. The Court encouraged the parties to use the time leading up to the mediation to disclose material information and documents to one another and to undertake any surgical discovery that is necessary to have a productive mediation. Specifically, by no later than December 12, No. C 08-2726 WDB ORDER FOLLOWING NOVEMBER 24, 2008, CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE United States District Court 12 For the Northern District of California 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2008, counsel for Plaintiff must provide their initial expert report about potential damages to counsel for Defendants. If the parties are not able to resolve the case through mediation or other settlement process, they must appear before the undersigned on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., for a further case management conference. Counsel may appear by telephone for the conference by notifying the undersigned's administrative law clerk by no later than April 10, 2009, at (510) 637-3324. By no later than Friday, April 10, 2009, at noon, the parties must file a Further Joint Case Management Statement that describes the discovery that has taken place and suggests a specific case development plan and schedule. The parties must not include in this Statement any information about the substance of their settlement negotiations. If the matter settles before April 14, 2009, the parties must promptly prepare and file dismissal papers and notify the Court by calling (510) 637-3324. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 25, 2008 WAYNE D. BRAZIL United States Magistrate Judge 2

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