Faircloth v. Corrections Corporation of America et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 151 Motion for Order Referring Case to Alternative Dispute Resolution Pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.6 and for Stay. By Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 11/19/2015.(mlace, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Robert E. Blackburn
Civil Action No. 14-cv-00464-REB-KLM
CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA,
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
ORDER RE: MOTION FOR ORDER REFERRING
CASE TO ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The matter before me is plaintiff’s Motion for Order Referring Case to
Alternative Dispute Resolution Pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.6 and for Stay
[#151],1 filed November 16, 2015. Although defendants oppose the motion, I exercise
my prerogative under D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1(d) and rule on the motion without awaiting
the benefit of a response. I grant the motion insofar as it seeks court-ordered ADR, but
deny the request to continue the stay.
This case is but one of three related federal lawsuits which plaintiff has filed in
this district. Also pending before various state courts are seven additional lawsuits
involving the same or related state defendants. Counsel for plaintiff has entered a
“[#151]” is an example of the convention I use to identify the docket number assigned to a
specific paper by the court’s case management and electronic case filing system (CM/ECF). I use this
convention throughout this order.
limited appearance to attempt to effectuate a global resolution of all these claims.
However, counsel represents that her attempts to negotiate a settlement of these
matters has not proved fruitful. She therefore requests that the court order defendants
to participate in ADR before the magistrate judge.
Admittedly, it is unclear whether negotiations will be productive in this case,
especially in light of defendants’ opposition to this motion. Nevertheless, after due
consultation with the magistrate judge, and with her consent, the court concludes that
plaintiff’s request for court-facilitated ADR should be granted. The parties heretofore
have not engaged in any discussions of this nature, and thus it certainly cannot hurt to
attempt to negotiate a resolution.
However, the court declines plaintiff’s invitation to further continue the stay in this
case. Although not quite as old as plaintiff’s two other lawsuits before the court, this
action has been pending nearly two years and, at the moment, there is no operative
complaint. The court has no intention of allowing this matter to languish. There is no
reason why efforts to resolve this lawsuit should not be undertaken on both the ADR
and litigation fronts.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED as follows:
1. That plaintiff’s Motion for Order Referring Case to Alternative Dispute
Resolution Pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 16.6 and for Stay [#151], filed November
16, 2015, is granted in part and denied in part, as follows:
a. That the motion is granted insofar as it seeks referral of this case to the
magistrate judge for alternative dispute resolution proceedings; and
b. That the motion is denied insofar as it seeks a further stay of
proceedings pending ADR; and
2. That this case is referred to United States Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix to
conduct alternative dispute resolution proceedings as soon as is practicable given the
demands of her own calendar and with due consideration of the date of the trial in this
Dated November 19, 2015, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
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