Collins et al v. County of San Mateo et al

Filing 52

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)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 GEORGE COLLINS, et al., Plaintiffs, 5 6 7 8 v. COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, et al., Case No. 16-cv-05629-TEH ORDER GRANTING ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO REASSIGN SETTLEMENT JUDGE Defendants. 9 10 At the July 31, 2017 case management conference, the parties agreed to a settlement United States District Court Northern District of California 11 conference before Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. Two days later, Defendants filed an 12 administrative motion seeking reassignment to a different magistrate judge “because 13 another matter involving the County Counsel’s office is currently pending before 14 Magistrate Judge Beeler.” ECF No. 50 at 2. Plaintiffs timely opposed the motion. 15 The Court agrees with Plaintiffs that Defendants’ stated reason does not present 16 good cause for reassignment. On the other hand, settlement efforts may be hindered if one 17 side objects to the assigned judge. In this instance, and in this instance only, the Court 18 therefore GRANTS Defendants’ administrative motion. This matter shall be reassigned 19 for a settlement conference before a randomly selected magistrate judge. No further 20 reassignments will be made. 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: 08/07/17 _____________________________________ THELTON E. HENDERSON United States District Judge

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