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Gonzalez v. Higgins

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 15, 2009

JUAN GONZALEZ, PLAINTIFF,
v.
HIGGINS, CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.

STIPULATED REQUEST TO EXTEND DATE FOR SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS AND FOR PLAINTIFF AND DEFENDANTS TO FILE PRE-TRIAL STATEMENTS; ORDER

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED, by and between the parties hereto, that the Court extend the time for the parties to discuss settlement options an additional thirty days. Since the Court granted an additional sixty days to discuss settlement on August 21, 2009,

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has reduced days available for visitation to just Friday and weekends. While there have been meaningful settlement discussions during the last sixty days, recently, the parties have significantly closed the difference between settlement offers. Counsel for plaintiff will not be able to discuss the latest settlement offer for at least a week due to scheduling conflicts. The parties expect to reach a mutually agreeable settlement within the next thirty days. In the event that the case is not settled in the next thirty days, the parties agree that this case would be appropriate for an informal settlement conference. Therefore, the parties respectfully request the Court grant them an additional thirty days for settlement discussions.

The parties further respectfully request that the Court vacate the deadlines for plaintiff to file a pretrial statement on October 29, 2009 and defendant's pretrial statement twenty days after service of the plaintiff's pretrial statement.

ORDER

Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties are granted an additional thirty days to resolve this matter and so notify the Court, or by Monday, November 9, 2009. If the case is not settled by November 9, 2009, the parties shall request to schedule this case for an informal settlement conference. The dates established for the filing of pretrial statements are vacated. Those dates will be reset, if necessary, at a later date.

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