UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. The McCarty Corporation et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 47 Motion to Excuse Certain Parties from in-person attendance at settlement conference. Signed by US Magistrate Judge James E. Gates on 5/30/2014. (Sawyer, D.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
THE MCCARTY CORPORATION, MIKE
MCCARTY, TEMPLE GRADING AND
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., and
JOHN JOSEPH PARDA,
This case is before the court on the motion (D.E. 47) by plaintiff (“the government”) to
excuse certain individuals from in-person attendance at the court-hosted settlement conference
scheduled for 4 June 2014 (see D.E. 44). Defendants The McCarty Corporation and Mike
McCarty oppose the motion. (See D.E. 48). Defendants Temple Grading and Construction
Company, Inc. and John Joseph Parda, Jr. take no position on the government’s motion. (See
After careful consideration of the parties’ respective positions in light of the objective of
having a productive conference, the court excuses United States Attorney Thomas Walker and
Chief Counsel Earl Stockdale of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from in-person attendance at
the 4 June 2014 settlement conference, but directs that Chief Counsel Stockdale be available by
telephone during the conference. Civil Chief Rudy Renfer of the United States Attorney’s Office
is excused from in-person attendance, but shall be available by telephone during the conference
and shall also be available to join the conference in person should the court so direct.
It is the undersigned’s experience in cases similar to this one that the foregoing
arrangements do not impair the effectiveness of a settlement conference. The court does not
believe that such arrangements will impede the settlement conference on 4 June 2014 in this
case. Nevertheless, nothing in this Order shall be deemed to limit the court’s discretion with
respect to arrangements for any other settlement conference sessions in this case. In particular,
the court reserves the prerogative not to excuse the in-person attendance of Chief Counsel
Stockdale at any future sessions should his non-attendance in person at the 4 June 2014 session
prove, unexpectedly, to be problematic.
Except as provided herein, the persons required by Local Civil Rule 101.2(d)(1),
E.D.N.C. to attend the settlement conference on 4 June 2014 in person shall do so.
exclusions from the in-person attendance requirement provided for herein apply only to the 4
June 2014 settlement conference and not any future settlement conference sessions in this case.
For the foregoing reasons, the government’s motion (D.E. 47) is ALLOWED IN PART
and DENIED IN PART on the terms set forth above.
SO ORDERED, this the 30th day of May 2014.
James E. Gates
United States Magistrate Judge
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