IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 14, 2009
LAWRENCE R. MOYER, PLAINTIFF,
JAMES E. TILTON, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
On March 26, 2009, the court ordered both parties to file status reports. On July 7, 2009, defense counsel filed a status report that indicated that the parties had briefly discussed the possibility of a settlement in this case. Defense counsel further indicated that a settlement conference may be helpful in the near future and that the case may be amenable to mediation.
Good cause appearing, the court will not issue a scheduling order at this time. Rather, the court will direct the parties to confer and file a stipulation indicating whether they desire that a settlement conference be set before the undersigned or before a randomly-assigned magistrate judge. Alternatively, if the parties determine they do not wish that a settlement conference be set, the court directs the parties to confer and file a stipulation proposing dates to be included in the court's scheduling order, including deadlines for discovery and dispositive motions.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that within forty-five days of the date of this order the parties shall either:
a. file a stipulation indicating whether they are interested in a settlement conference before the undersigned or before a randomly-assigned magistrate judge; or
b. file a stipulation proposing dates for a scheduling order, including deadlines for discovery and dispositive motions.
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