The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ruben B. Brooks United States Magistrate Judge
NOTICE AND ORDER FOR EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that an early neutral evaluation of your case will be held on February 12, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. in the chambers of United States Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks, United States Courthouse, 940 Front Street, Room 1185, San Diego, California.
Pursuant to Rule 16.1(c) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, all parties, claims adjusters for insured Defendants and non-lawyer representatives with full and unlimited authority*fn1 to enter into a binding settlement, as well as the principal attorneys responsible for the litigation, must be present and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case. Corporate counsel shall not appear on behalf of a corporation as the party representative who has the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement.
Failure to attend or obtain a proper excusal will be considered grounds for sanctions. (Where the suit involves the United States or one of its agencies, only counsel for the United States with full settlement authority need appear.) (If Plaintiff is incarcerated in a penal institution or other facility, the Plaintiff's presence is not required and Plaintiff may participate by telephone. In that case, defense counsel is to coordinate the Plaintiff's appearance by telephone.)
Plaintiff's(s') counsel shall give notice of the early neutral evaluation conference to all defendants filing an answer after the date of this notice.
All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged and confidential. Absent good cause shown, if any party, counsel or representative fails to promptly appear at the settlement conference, fails to comply with the terms of this Order, including the failure to timely provide the settlement conference memoranda, is substantially unprepared to meaningfully participate in the settlement conference, or fails to participate in good faith in the settlement conference, the settlement conference may be vacated and sanctions may be imposed pursuant to Rules 16(f) and 37(b)(2)(B), (C), and (D), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
In the event the case does not settle at the early neutral evaluation conference, the parties shall also be prepared to discuss the following matters at the conclusion of the conference:
1. Any anticipated objections under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1)(E) to the initial disclosure provisions of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1)(A-D);
2. The scheduling of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 (f) conference;
3. The date of initial disclosure and the date for lodging the discovery plan following the Rule 26(f) conference; and
4. The scheduling of a case management conference pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b).
The Court will issue an order following the early neutral evaluation conference addressing these issues and setting dates as appropriate.
Questions regarding this case may be directed to the magistrate judge's research attorney at (619) 557-3404.
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