Collins et al v. County of San Mateo et al
ORDER by the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson granting 50 Administrative motion to reassign settlement judge. The matter shall be reassigned for a settlement conference before a randomly selected magistrate judge. (tehlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/7/2017)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GEORGE COLLINS, et al.,
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, et al.,
Case No. 16-cv-05629-TEH
ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO
REASSIGN SETTLEMENT JUDGE
At the July 31, 2017 case management conference, the parties agreed to a settlement
United States District Court
Northern District of California
conference before Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. Two days later, Defendants filed an
administrative motion seeking reassignment to a different magistrate judge “because
another matter involving the County Counsel’s office is currently pending before
Magistrate Judge Beeler.” ECF No. 50 at 2. Plaintiffs timely opposed the motion.
The Court agrees with Plaintiffs that Defendants’ stated reason does not present
good cause for reassignment. On the other hand, settlement efforts may be hindered if one
side objects to the assigned judge. In this instance, and in this instance only, the Court
therefore GRANTS Defendants’ administrative motion. This matter shall be reassigned
for a settlement conference before a randomly selected magistrate judge. No further
reassignments will be made.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
THELTON E. HENDERSON
United States District Judge
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