SmartData, S.A. v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 37

ORDER DENYING REQUEST TO APPEAR BY PHONE AT SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE. Signed by Judge Elizabeth D Laporte on 11/21/2012. (knm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/21/2012)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 SMARTDATA, S.A. 8 Plaintiff(s), No. 12-00583 (EDL) 9 v. ORDER DENYING REQUEST TO APPEAR BY PHONE AT SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 APPLE, INC. 12 13 Defendant(s). ___________________________________/ 14 TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL AND PARTIES OF RECORD: 15 By letter dated November 19, 2012, Plaintiff Smartdata S.A.’s representative, Jean-Pierre Buttet, 16 requested to be excused from personally appearing at the settlement conference scheduled for November 17 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. because he is located in Zurich, Switzerland. Apple Inc. has a preference that Mr. 18 Buttet appear in person to facilitate settlement communications. 19 Upon consideration of the request, the Court finds that Mr. Buttet’s personal appearance at the 20 settlement conference would more effectively facilitate settlement negotiations, and hereby DENIES 21 the request. The Court is cognizant of the time and expense of traveling from Switzerland, but given 22 that SmartData chose to litigate in this Court and the settlement conference date was set over two 23 months ago on September 17, 2012, Plaintiff has had ample time to make travel arrangements. 24 IT IS SO ORDERED. 25 26 27 28 Dated: November 21, 2012 _______________________________ ELIZABETH D. LAPORTE United States Magistrate Judge

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