The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. William McCurine, Jr. U.S. Magistrate Judge United States District Court
TELEPHONIC NOTICE AND ORDER FOR EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a TELEPHONIC Early Neutral Evaluation of your case will be held on May 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Defendants' counsel is ordered to contact Plaintiff's counsel on the day and at the time indicated above and then initiate a JOINT call to the Court at (619) 557-6624. Absent extraordinary circumstances, requests for continuances will not 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 counsel shall be prepared to discuss the claims and defenses, and shall be legally and factually prepared to discuss and resolve the case during the Early Neutral Evaluation conference.
Requests to be excused 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 to appear will be cause for the imposition of sanctions. Sanctions will include, but are not limited to, the attorney's fees and 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 lodge a short Early Neutral Evaluation Conference Statement about the case on a confidential basis no later than May 22, 2008.
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 during the Early Neutral Evaluation Conference, the parties shall 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 Rule 26(f) conference; and
4. The scheduling of a Case Management Conference pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b).
Plaintiff's counsel shall give written notice of the Early Neutral Evaluation Conference to parties responding to the ...