Casas v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc. et al

Filing 13

AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER for Early Neutral Evaluation Conference. Early Neutral Evaluation and Case Management Conference set for 1/5/2018 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Early Neutral Evaluation set for 1/5/2018 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Attorneys-only telephonic Status Conference set for 12/13/2017 09:00 AM before Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. Signed by Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo on 10/23/2017. (jpp)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 Case No.: 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG) RONALD V. CASAS, Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER FOR EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE AND CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 The joint motion to continue the Early Neutral Evaluation is GRANTED. (Doc. No. 20 21 12.) The October 16, 2017 Order (Doc. No. 11) is accordingly VACATED. 22 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that an Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) of your case 23 and Case Management Conference (“CMC”) will be held on January 5, 2018, at 2:00 24 p.m., before United States Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo, United States Courthouse, 25 Courtroom 2A, Second Floor, 221 West Broadway, San Diego, California. 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 1 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG) 1 Additionally, on December 13, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Court will hold 2 an attorneys-only telephonic status conference with each party separately.1 The purpose 3 of this confidential, off-the-record teleconference is for the Court’s benefit in assessing 4 each party’s concerns, challenges, and whether the Court can assist in alleviating these. 5 On or before December 8, 2017, each attorney intending to participate shall lodge, via 6 electronic mail addressed to, (1) the name of each attorney 7 who will participate and (2) a telephone number at which each attorney may be reached 8 directly without fail at the time of the conference. 9 I. 10 11 EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE The following are mandatory guidelines for the parties preparing for the ENE Conference. 12 1. 13 The purpose of the ENE is to permit an informal discussion between the attorneys, 14 parties and the settlement judge of every aspect of the lawsuit in an effort to achieve an 15 early resolution of the case. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, 16 privileged and confidential. Counsel for non-English speaking parties is responsible for 17 arranging for the appearance of an interpreter at the conference. Purpose of Conference 18 2. 19 All parties, adjusters for insured defendants, and other representatives of a party 20 having full and complete authority to enter into a binding settlement, and the principal 21 attorneys responsible for the litigation, must be present in person and legally and factually 22 prepared to discuss settlement of the case. See S.D. Cal. Civ. L. R. 16.1(c). Personal Appearance of Parties Required 23 24 25 26 27 28                                                 1 The Court will contact the first party and proceed to contact the remaining parties one at a time. Each call may be short or lengthy. Counsel are required to be available for the Court’s call beginning at the appointed time and remain available until they are called. 2 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG) 1 3. 2 In addition to counsel who will try the case, a party or party representative with full 3 settlement authority2 must be present for the conference. In the case of a corporate entity, 4 an authorized representative of the corporation who is not retained outside counsel must be 5 present and must have discretionary authority to commit the company to pay an amount up 6 to the amount of the plaintiff’s prayer (excluding punitive damage prayers). The purpose 7 of this requirement is to have representatives present who can settle the case during the 8 course of the conference without consulting a superior. Full Settlement Authority Required 9 Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, persons required to attend the 10 conference pursuant to this Order shall not be excused from personal attendance. Requests 11 for excuse from attendance for extraordinary circumstances shall be made in writing at 12 least one week before the conference. Failure to appear at the ENE conference will be 13 grounds for sanctions. 14 4. 15 No later than November 16, 2017, Plaintiff shall submit to Defendants a written 16 settlement proposal. No later than November 22, 2017, Defendants shall submit a 17 response to Plaintiff’s settlement proposal. All parties shall be prepared to address in their 18 ENE Statements, and discuss at the ENE conference, the settlement proposal and response. Settlement Proposal and Response Required 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28                                                 2 “Full authority to settle” means that the individuals at the settlement conference must be authorized to fully explore settlement options and to agree at that time to any settlement terms acceptable to the parties. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648 (7th Cir. 1989). The person needs to have “unfettered discretion and authority” to change the settlement position of a party. Pitman v. Brinker Intl., Inc., 216 F.R.D. 481, 485-86 (D. Ariz. 2003). The purpose of requiring a person with unlimited settlement authority to attend the conference includes that the person’s view of the case may be altered during the face to face conference. Id. at 486. A limited or a sum certain of authority is not adequate. The person with full settlement authority must be able to negotiate a settlement without being restricted by any predetermined level of authority. Nick v. Morgan’s Foods, Inc., 270 F.3d 590 (8th Cir. 2001). 3 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG) 1 5. 2 In accordance with the Court’s Chambers Rules, each party shall exchange its 3 settlement Statement with all opposing parties. Additionally, in accordance with the 4 Court’s Chambers Rules, each party shall submit a confidential or non-confidential 5 Statement to the Court. Both the exchange of Statements between the parties and 6 submissions of Statements to the Court shall occur on or before December 4, 2017. 7 The Statement each party submits directly to the chambers shall be five pages or less and 8 shall outline the nature of the case, the claims, the defenses, and the parties’ positions 9 regarding settlement of, and attempts to settle the case. All Statements must comply with 10 ENE Statements Required the Court’s Chambers Rules. 11 The parties shall meet and confer in good faith prior to the ENE Conference, and 12 verify that they have done so in their respective ENE Conference statements, outlining the 13 substance of their discussions and negotiations. 14 6. 15 The Court generally allots two hours for ENEs. Counsel should be prepared to be 16 succinct and to the point. Requests for additional time must be made in writing in the 17 party’s ENE statement, accompanied by a short explanation. Time Allotted 18 7. 19 Plaintiff’s counsel shall give notice of the ENE Conference to all parties responding 20 New Parties Must Be Notified by Plaintiff’s Counsel to the Complaint after the date of this Notice. 21 8. 22 Civil Local Rule 16.1(c) requires that an ENE take place within 45 days of the filing 23 of the first answer. Requests to continue ENE conferences are rarely granted. Counsel 24 seeking to reschedule an ENE must first confer with opposing counsel. The Court will 25 consider formal, written ex parte requests to continue an ENE conference when 26 extraordinary circumstances exist that make a continuance appropriate. In and of itself, 27 having to travel a long distance to appear at the ENE conference is not an extraordinary 28 circumstance. Absent extraordinary circumstances, requests for continuances of the Requests to Continue an ENE Conference 4 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG) 1 ENE conference may not be considered unless submitted in writing no less than seven 2 calendar days prior to the scheduled conference. 3 4 Please refer to the undersigned’s Chambers Rules for additional guidance regarding the areas which must be addressed in the request. 5 The parties shall be prepared to engage in good faith settlement discussions with the 6 Court and opposing parties during the ENE Conference. Failure to engage in good faith 7 settlement discussions may result in the imposition of sanctions. 8 II. CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 9 Given the delay in convening the ENE Conference, the parties shall also be prepared 10 for a Case Management Conference on January 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.. Accordingly, the 11 Court issues the following orders: 12 1. The Rule 26(f) conference shall be completed before November 14, 2017; 13 2. The date of initial disclosure pursuant to Rule 26(a)(1)(A)-(D) shall occur before 14 November 22, 2017; and 15 3. A joint discovery plan shall be lodged with Magistrate Judge Gallo on or before December 4, 2017.3 16 17 Questions regarding this case may be directed to the undersigned’s Research 18 Attorney at (619) 557-6384. Please consult the undersigned’s Chambers Rules, which are 19 available on the Court’s website, before contacting chambers with any questions. 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 23, 2017 22 23 24 25                                                 26 3 27 28 Counsel are invited to review the undersigned’s Chambers Rules for guidance on completing the proposed discovery plan. Counsel are further advised to consult the Chambers Rules of the District Judge assigned to this case for case timeline preferences, if any. 5 17-CV-1786-JM(WVG)

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