UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 20, 2009
PATRICK RICHARDSON, PLAINTIFF,
H. L. BRYANT, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER ADDRESSING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SETTLEMENT
ORDER REQUIRING PARTIES TO NOTIFY COURT WHETHER A SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE BEFORE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE NANDOR VADAS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL THIRTY-DAY DEADLINE
Plaintiff Patrick Richardson ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding on Plaintiff's second amended complaint, filed July 3, 2007, against Captain D. Ortiz for denial of Plaintiff's access to the courts. (Doc. 85.) On May 18, 2009, Plaintiff filed a motion for the Court to schedule a settlement conference for the parties to resolve this action. (Doc. 113.) In the motion, plaintiff expressed his willingness to discuss settlement and his belief that "a settlement hearing can eliminate any further and tedious litigation." (Doc. 13 at 2:2-3.)
This Court has been provided with the opportunity to refer cases for settlement to the Honorable Nandor Vadas, a United States Magistrate Judge with the Northern District of California. Settlement conferences are held in person at a prison in the Sacramento Division of the Eastern District of California. Plaintiff and Defendant shall notify the Court whether they believe, in good faith, that settlement in this case is a possibility and whether they are interested in having a settlement conference with Judge Vadas.*fn1
The facility at which the settlement conferences are conducted is not a Level IV prison. Therefore, Defendant's counsel shall notify the Court whether there are security concerns that would prohibit scheduling a settlement conference. If Plaintiff is a Level IV inmate and security concerns exist, counsel shall notify the Court whether those concerns can be adequately addressed if Plaintiff is transferred to the prison for settlement only and then returned to a Level IV prison for housing. Counsel shall also notify the Court of any other security concerns.
Accordingly, within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff and Defendant shall file a written response to this order.*fn2
IT IS SO ORDERED.