Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. NBC General Contractors Corporation et al

Filing 77

AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE. The signature date is only modification of the order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler on 12/14/2011. (lsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/14/2011)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, 11 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Plaintiff(s), No. C 09-05363 SBA (LB) AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE v. 13 14 NBC GENERAL CONTRACTORS CORPORATION, ET AL., 15 Defendant(s). 16 ___________________________________/ 17 18 19 TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL OF RECORD: The above matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler for settlement 20 purposes. 21 A. Time and Location of Settlement Conference 22 You are hereby notified that a settlement conference is been rescheduled to August 3, 2012, at 23 9:30 a.m., 3rd Floor, Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612. The previous set 24 date of January 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. is VACATED. Further details about the location are contained 25 in the last section of this order. The parties shall notify the Court's chambers immediately at 26 (510) 637-3324 if the case settles before the settlement conference. 27 B. Meet-and-Confer For Settlement Conferences Conducted Before Discovery Cut-Off 28 If the settlement conference is being conducted before the discovery cut-off deadline set by the NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 1 trial judge, counsel must meet and confer in person or by telephone no later than 21 days before the 2 settlement conference and before preparing their exchanged and confidential settlement conference 3 statements. The purpose of the meeting is to identify and exchange whatever discovery is needed 4 for all sides to evaluate the case for settlement. Counsel shall cooperate in providing discovery 5 informally and expeditiously before the settlement conference. 6 C. Participants 7 8 9 Lead trial counsel shall attend the settlement conference with the parties and with the person(s) having full authority to negotiate and settle the case. 1. Corporation or Other Non-Government Entity. A party other than a natural person (such than outside counsel) who has final authority to settle and who is knowledgeable about the facts of 12 For the Northern District of California as a corporation or association) satisfies the attendance requirement if represented by a person (other 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 the case. If the authority to settle is vested only in a governing board, claims committee, or 13 equivalent body and cannot be delegated, a party must comply with the requirements of Northern 14 District of California ADR Local Rule 7-4(a) and shall designate a person with authority to 15 participate in the settlement conference and, if a tentative settlement agreement is reached, to 16 recommend the agreement to the approving body for its approval. 17 2. Government Entity. A party that is a government entity satisfies the attendance requirement 18 if represented by a person (in addition to counsel of record) who (a) has, to the greatest extent 19 feasible, authority to settle, (b) is knowledgeable about the facts of the case, the government entity's 20 position, and the positions and policies under which the government entity decides whether to accept 21 proposed settlements, and (c) has the authority, if a tentative settlement agreement is reached, to 22 recommend the agreement to the government entity for its approval. See N.D. Cal. ADR Local R. 7- 23 4(b). If the action is brought by the government on behalf of one or more individuals, at least one 24 such individual also must attend. See id. 25 26 27 28 3. Insured Party. An insured party shall appear with a representative of the carrier with full authority to negotiate up to the limits of coverage. 4. Personal Attendance By Counsel and Parties. Personal attendance by counsel will not be excused, and personal attendance of a party rarely will be excused by the Court. Permission for a NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 2 1 party to attend by telephone may be granted upon a written and e-filed request made at least ten 2 calendar days in advance of the conference if attendance would constitute an extraordinary or 3 unjustified hardship. The nature of the hardship must be explained in detail. A copy of the written 4 request must be served on all other parties. Any objection to the request must be e-filed within 48 5 hours of receipt. If telephone attendance is allowed, the party must be available throughout the 6 entire conference. 7 D. Settlement Conference Statements 8 9 No later than seven days before the settlement conference, each party shall lodge (not e-file or file) two copies of the following settlement conference statements. 1. "Exchanged Settlement Conference Statement," and 11 2. "Additional Settlement Information" to be included either in the exchanged settlement 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 conference statement or in a separate confidential statement. 13 Please three-hole punch the documents at the left side. The settlement conference statements 14 should not be filed and instead should be submitted to the Clerk's Office, 1301 Clay Street, Suite 15 400S, Oakland, CA 94612, in a sealed envelope addressed to Judge Beeler and prominently marked 16 "SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS: DO NOT FILE." The trial judge will not 17 have access to the statements. 18 1. Exchanged Settlement Conference Statement 19 The exchanged settlement conference statement may not exceed ten pages of text and twenty 20 pages of exhibits. (Key documents -- such as the insurance policy in an insurance dispute -- can be 21 very helpful at a settlement conference.) Counsel shall serve the exchanged statement on all parties 22 and should share with their clients the exchanged statement received from opposing counsel. The 23 statement must cite specifically to any supporting exhibits and authorities. The exchanged 24 settlement conference statement may include any information that may be useful to the settlement 25 judge and shall include the following: 26 a. Substance of the Suit. Describe briefly the substance of the suit, including the following: 27 i. The facts giving rise to the case. 28 ii. The claims and defenses, including the statutory or other grounds upon which the claims NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 3 1 are founded. 2 iii. A summary of the proceedings to date, including a list of the motions previously made, 3 the dispositions, and any pending motions. 4 iv. A statement of the facts not reasonably in dispute. 5 v. A list of the key facts in dispute and the specific evidence relevant to a determination of 6 those facts. 7 vi. A brief statement of issues of law with respect to liability and damages. The statement 8 shall include cites to statutes and cases, but no extended legal argument is necessary. 9 10 b. Relief Sought. A statement of the relief sought, including an itemization of damages and any non-monetary relief sought. c. Settlement Discussions. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable rules of privilege, 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 describe the history and current status of any settlement negotiations, including the parties' positions 13 on settlement (including present demands and offers), a summary of past settlement discussions, and 14 a current reasonable proposal of settlement. If there have been no prior settlement discussions, 15 Plaintiff must serve a demand on Defendant in writing no later than fourteen days before the 16 conference, outlining its theories for recovery, the supporting facts, and damages. Plaintiff must 17 include its demand in its exchanged settlement conference statement. Defendant must include its 18 response to the demand in its exchanged settlement conference statement. 19 d. Persons Attending Conference. For each party, a list of names, titles, and positions of 20 persons who will attend the conference. This list does not count toward the ten-page limit. This 21 section should identify by name, title or status, the following persons: (i) the person(s) with 22 decision-making authority who, in addition to counsel, will attend the settlement conference as a 23 representative of the party, and (ii) the person(s) connected with a party opponent (including an 24 insurer representative) whose presence might substantially improve the prospects for settlement. 25 2. Additional Settlement Information 26 The parties must submit the additional information listed below either in the exchanged 27 statement or in a separate confidential statement that is not served on the other parties. The page 28 limits for the additional information are five pages of text and five pages of exhibits. NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 4 1 2 3 a. Litigation Costs. A statement of litigation costs and attorney's fees to date and estimated costs, fees and time projected for further discovery, pretrial proceedings, and trial. b. Settlement Analysis. Describe the party's views of the key liability issues and damages and 4 include a candid evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, and uncertainties of your case (factual and 5 legal) and the probability of prevailing on the major issues and disputes. Include any information 6 about past settlement discussions not suitable for inclusion in the exchanged settlement conference 7 statement. 8 9 10 c. Additional Information. Include any additional information about other needs, interests, or considerations not described elsewhere and that might be pertinent to settlement. That information might include the following: i. What needs of your client must be met for the parties to reach a settlement? 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 ii. What needs of the opposing party must be met to reach a settlement? 13 iii. What do you see as the obstacles to a settlement, and what ideas do you have to overcome 14 them? 15 iv. Do you have enough information to discuss settlement, and if not, what additional 16 information is needed? 17 v. What are the consequences to each side if no settlement is reached? 18 19 E. Settlement Conference Settlement conferences regularly last three or more hours. On the date and time of the settlement 20 conference, please come to Courtroom 4 on the third floor of the Federal Building at 1301 Clay 21 Street, Oakland, California. If the courtroom is in use, come directly to Judge Beeler's chambers, 22 also on the third floor. 23 At the conference, the parties should be prepared to discuss their settlement objectives, the issues 24 discussed in the "additional information" paragraph in the preceding section, and the possibility of a 25 creative resolution of the dispute. 26 F. Continuances 27 28 Any request to continue the settlement conference should be e-filed, should demonstrate a compelling reason for the continuance, should state whether it is joined or opposed by the opposing NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 5 1 party or parties, and should contain three alternate dates agreed to by all parties after review of the 2 Court's publicly-available calendar at http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/CAND/Calendar.nsf. Parties 3 must appear on the already-calendared date unless the Court sets a different date. If the continuance 4 would result in a settlement conference on a date after the deadline set by the trial judge, the parties 5 must obtain the trial judge's written approval to the extension of the deadline. 6 G. Additional Requirements 7 Counsel shall provide a copy of this order to each party who will participate in the conference. 8 Counsel should review Northern District of California ADR Local Rule 7, which is available at 9 http://www.adr.cand.uscourts.gov. IT IS SO ORDERED. 11 Dated: December 14, 2011 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 LAUREL BEELER United States Magistrate Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 NOTICE AND ORDER RE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE C 09-05363 SBA (LB) 6

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