Colorado Citizens Against Toxic Waste, Inc. et al v. Johnson

Filing 20

Minute ORDER granting 18 Joint Motion to Stay Proceedings and Set Settlement Conference. Until further notice from the Court, proceedings are stayed. Settlement Conference set for 3/2/2009 01:30 PM before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty, by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 2/6/09.(gmssl, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 08-cv-01787-CMA-MEH COLORADO CITIZENS AGAINST TOXIC WASTE, INC., a Colorado non-profit corporation, and ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLEAN AIR ACTION, a Colorado non-profit corporation, Plaintiffs, v. STEPHEN L. JOHNSON, in his official capacity as Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency, Defendant. MINUTE ORDER Entered by Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge, on February 6, 2009. The Joint Motion to Stay Proceedings and Set Settlement Conference [filed February 6, 2009; docket #18] is granted. For good cause shown and until further notice from the Court, proceedings in this matter are hereby stayed. Furthermore, a Settlement Conference is hereby set for Monday, March 2, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. The conference will take place in Courtroom 203 on the second floor of the Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse, 1929 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado. Parties should check-in with Chambers upon arrival using the intercom to the left of the second floor elevators. Counsel shall have all parties present, including all individually named parties or a representative of each named entity. Counsel shall also have in attendance all individuals with full authority to negotiate all terms and demands presented by the case, and full authority to enter into a settlement agreement, including, but not limited to, an adjustor, if an insurance company is involved. "Full authority" means that the person who attends the settlement conference has the complete and unfettered capacity and authority to meet or pay all terms or amounts which are demanded or sought by the other side of the case without consulting with some other person, committee or agency. If any person has limits upon the extent or amount within which he or she is authorized to settle on behalf of a party, that person does not have "full authority." This requirement is not fulfilled by the presence of counsel and/or an insurance adjustor alone. In exceptional circumstances, a party's appearance by phone may be approved by Chambers. Any party seeking such relief should confer with opposing counsel before contacting Chambers directly at 303-844-4507. No person is ever required to settle a case on any particular terms or amounts. However, both parties must participate in the settlement conference in good faith, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(f). If any party or party representative attends the settlement conference without full authority, fails to attend the settlement conference without prior Court approval, or fails to participate in the conference in good faith, and the case fails to settle, that party may be ordered to pay the attorney's fees and costs for the other side. Furthermore, if, prior to the conference, one or both parties believe that the matter may not be ripe for negotiations, the parties may contact Chambers to reschedule the conference to a more appropriate time. So that we may hold productive settlement discussions on the day of the conference, counsel shall prepare and submit two settlement documents: one to be submitted to the other party or parties, and the other to be submitted by email only to the Magistrate Judge. The document(s) which are presented to opposing counsel shall contain an overview of the case from the presenter's point of view, shall summarize the evidence which supports that side's claims, and may present a demand or offer. These documents should be intended to persuade the opposing clients and counsel. The second document shall be emailed to the Magistrate Judge (not submitted for filing to the court) at Hegarty_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. This document shall contain the content or copies of the first document along with any confidential comments the party or counsel wishes to make, including any comments with regard to perceived weaknesses in the case and any comments which would be helpful to the Magistrate Judge in assisting the parties to negotiate a settlement. The settlement documents shall be submitted no later than five business days prior to the date of the settlement conference. Statements and exhibits consisting of more than 30 pages are to be submitted to Chambers in hard copy via regular mail or hand delivery. Please remember that anyone seeking entry into the Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse will be required to show a valid photo identification. See D.C. Colo. LCivR 83.2B. 2

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