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City of Grass Valley v. Newmont Mining Corp.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 19, 2008

CITY OF GRASS VALLEY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff has filed a motion to continue the trial date by several months and to order David Baker, Vice-President of Environmental Affairs for defendant Newmont Mining Corporation, to participate in a private mediation session prior to any continued trial date. Plaintiff has also requested expedited consideration of its motion. Plaintiff's motion was not noticed for hearing and was not accompanied by an application for order shortening time. Defendants have filed opposition to plaintiff's motion, and plaintiff has filed a reply.

Upon consideration of the history of this case and all papers filed in connection with plaintiff's motion, the undersigned does not find good cause to continue the trial date or to order Mr. Baker to participate in a private mediation session. With regard to the latter, Local Rule 16-270(f) governs the participation of principals in court settlement conferences and is not applicable to private mediation. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(c)(1) permits the court to require that a party or its representative be present or available to consider possible settlement at the court's Pretrial Conference. In G. Heileman Brewing Co. v. Joseph Oat Corp., 871 F.2d 648, 650 (7th Cir. 1989), the question before the court was whether a federal district court may order litigants to appear before it in person for the purpose of discussing settlement of the case. Thus, all of the authorities cited by plaintiff are inapposite.*fn1

IT IS ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff's December 15, 2008 motion to continue trial date and to order David Baker to participate in a private mediation session (Doc. No. 464) is denied;

2. Jury trial is confirmed for Tuesday, January 20, 2009; and

3. The Final Status Conference set for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 is confirmed.


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