UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 8, 2008
MARY STRUBLE, AS CONSERVATOR FOR CS, PLAINTIFF,
FALLBROOK UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, A LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cathy Ann Bencivengo United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER REGARDING EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE [Doc. No. 14]
On February 6, 2008, defendant FALLBROOK UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ("defendant") filed an ex parte application to continue the early neutral evaluation ("ENE") conference. [Doc. No. 14.] On February 7, 2008, plaintiff MARY STRUBLE ("plaintiff") filed an opposition to the application. [Doc. No. 16.] After reviewing the application and the opposition, AND GOOD CAUSE APPEARING THEREFOR, the Court HEREBY ORDERS:
1. The ENE Conference set for February 12, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. is hereby vacated. Instead, there will be a telephonic, attorneys only, ENE Conference on February 14, 2008, at 9 a.m. Counsel for defendant shall coordinate and initiate the conference call by first calling plaintiff's counsel at (858) 342-8360 and then calling into the chambers of United States Magistrate Judge Bencivengo at (619) 557- 7688.
2. There will be a Mandatory Settlement Conference on February 29, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. , in the chambers of United States Magistrate Judge Bencivengo. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 16.3, all party representatives and claims adjusters for insured defendants with full and unlimited authority*fn1 to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement, as well as the principal attorney(s) responsible for the litigation, must be present and legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case at the mandatory settlement conference. Retained outside corporate counsel shall not appear on behalf of a corporation as the party who has the authority to negotiate and enter into a settlement. Failure to attend the conference will be considered grounds for sanctions.
3. Given that the parties have already submitted confidential Early Neutral Evaluation conference statements, no further briefing is required for the Mandatory Settlement Conference.
IT IS SO ORDERED.