Zhu v. UCBH Holdings, Inc. et al

Filing 315

ORDER re (312 in 3:09-cv-04208-JSW) Notice (Other), filed by Daniel Gautsch, (313 in 3:09-cv-04208-JSW) MOTION to Appear by Telephone Defendant Thomas S. Wu's Request for Excusal of Personal Attendance and Request for Telephonic Appeareance at Settlement Conference filed by Thomas S. Wu Order re telephonic appearances and logistics (Beeler, Laurel) (Filed on 2/24/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 KYUNG CHO, ET AL., Plaintiff(s), For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 12 13 No. C 09-04208 JSW (LB) ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND LOGISTICS v. UCBH HOLDINGS, INC., ET AL., [ECF Nos. 312, 313] 14 Defendant(s). 15 ___________________________________/ 16 17 18 The parties have a settlement conference set for February 26, 2013. Four people ask to appear telephonically. See ECF Nos. 312, 313. 19 The undersigned observes the following. A, some (but not all) of the parties asking to be 20 excused probably meet the extraordinary and unjustified hardship standard in the undersigned’s 21 standard order. B, there are logistics issues with this many participants, and while the court is still 22 considering the utility of different parties’ participation, the court trusts that counsel would have 23 considered these issues in asking for appearances to be excused. (At the same time, in-person 24 participation can be useful on many levels, and the problem with not attending is that these 25 opportunities are lost.) 26 At this point, the undersigned excuses the in-person attendance and directs the following. 27 First, video conferencing is an option. For the two lawyers representing the four who want to be 28 excused, they should arrange to have their tech people contact (in one email) Stefan Curl (the IT ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-04208 JSW (LB) 1 person here) by email to stefan_curl@cand.uscourts.gov. The lawyers should tell the tech folks in 2 advance that the court’s set-up is Polycam equipment, and we can do both ISDN and IP, although IP 3 would be dial-out only. Also, possibly one location has the best set-up and can run the call. This 4 should be accomplished first thing Monday morning, February 25 (as in, by 10 a.m.) dial-in numbers, both as a back-up in case video conferencing just is too late in the game, and also to 7 allow private consultations. Mr. Bauer should set up a call-in number that will serve as the general 8 call-in number for all parties participating by phone. He should circulate it to all defendants before 9 the hearing and by email to the court’s orders box at lbpo@cand.uscourts.gov. Then, he should 10 have his client’s telephone number should confidential communications be necessary. Ms. Park 11 should arrange a call-in number and circulate it to her clients in case separate confidential 12 For the Northern District of California Second, the undersigned is stilling mulling logistics, but counsel should set up the following 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 communications are necessary with them. (She can bring that to the settlement conference.) She 13 also should have her clients’ individual telephone numbers. All clients must be on the phone or 14 video conference call during the entire settlement conference (as opposed to merely being available 15 for a call) (except to the extent that medical issues preclude full participation). 16 17 Third, Mr. Bauer (or his tech person) should update the undersigned and Mr. Curl by email to the two email addresses above no later than Monday, February 26, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. with the logistics. 18 This disposes of ECF Nos. 312 and 313. 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 Dated: February 24, 2013 LAUREL BEELER United States Magistrate Judge 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-04208 JSW (LB) 2

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