The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. William McCurine, Jr. U.S. 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 December 4, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the chambers of the Honorable William McCurine, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge, 940 Front Street, Courtroom C, San Diego, California, 92101. Absent extraordinary circumstances, requests for continuances will be considered unless submitted in writing no less than fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled conference.
Pursuant to Local Rule 16.1(c) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, all named parties, all counsel, and any other person(s) whose authority is required to negotiate and enter into settlement shall appear in person at the conference, shall be prepared to discuss the claims and defenses, and shall be legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the Early Neutral Evaluation conference. Full authority to settle means that the individual present at the settlement conference has the unfettered discretion and authority to: 1) fully explore settlement options and to agree at that time to any settlement options; 2) agree at that time to any settlement terms acceptable to the parties; 3) change the settlement position of a party; and 4) negotiate monetary awards without being restricted to a specific sum certain.
Where the suit involves the United States or one of its agencies, only United States counsel with full settlement authority need appear. As to all other parties, appearance by litigation counsel only is not acceptable.
Requests to be excused from attendance for extraordinary circumstances must be in writing and received by the Court at least fourteen (14) days prior to the conference. Failure of required counsel and parties to appear in person will be cause for the imposition of sanctions. Sanctions will include, but are not limited to, the attorney's fees and travel costs of the other parties in the case. In addition, the conference will not proceed and will be reset to another date. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged, and confidential.
Counsel for any non-English speaking parties is responsible for arranging for the appearance of an interpreter at the conference.
In cases where a party is incarcerated at the time of the scheduled conference, arrangements will be made for the incarcerated party to appear telephonically.
The parties are required to submit a short Early Neutral Evaluation Conference Statement about the case on a confidential basis no later than seven (7) days before the conference.
Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure shall apply to this case. All discovery shall be stayed until after the Rule 26(f) conference, unless otherwise permitted by Rule 26(f) or court order.
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 Rule 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 ...