Valenzuela v. Target Corporation et al

Filing 20

ORDER RE: ATTENDANCE AT MEDIATION. Signed by Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James on 5/21/2014. (rmm2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/21/2014)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 Northern District of California 9 San Francisco Division 10 LETICIA VALENZUELA, 11 No. C 13-5607 EDL 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Plaintiff, v. ORDER RE: ATTENDANCE AT MEDIATION 13 TARGET CORPORATION, et al., 14 15 Defendants. _____________________________________/ Date: Mediator: May 28, 2014 Robert Epstein 16 17 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the request to excuse plaintiff Leticia Valenzuela from 18 19 appearing in person at the May 28, 2014, mediation session before Robert Epstein is DENIED. The 20 court finds that Ms. Valenzuela’s reasons for requesting relief from the personal attendance at the 21 mediation do not fulfill the requirements of ADR L.R. 6-10(d) sufficiently to outweigh the 22 requirements of ADR L.R. 6-10(a). Accordingly, the request is DENIED and Ms. Valenzuela shall 23 appear in person at the mediation. The court, however, realizes that this denial will cause Ms. 24 Valenzuela some hardship and so strongly urges the parties to petition Judge Laporte for an 25 extension of the deadline to complete mediation, thereby enabling them to postpone the mediation 26 until such time as Ms. Valenzuela is able to attend in person or is able to provide sufficient 27 justification for her request to be excused to meet the requirements of ADR L.R. 6-10(d). 28 /// 1 2 The court also reminds plaintiff’s counsel that the procedures for submitting a request to be excused from appearing in person at a mediation are clearly set forth in ADR L.R. 6-10(d). 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 MAY 21, 2014 6 7 By: Dated Maria-Elena James United States Magistrate Judge 8 9 10 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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