UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Northern District of California San Jose Division
September 7, 2010
MICHAEL GIOSSO, PLAINTIFF,
OWENS CORNING, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Elizabeth D. Laporte United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR DEFENDANT'S REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND THE MEDIATION TELEPHONICALLY
As yet unscheduled Mediator: Michael Timpane
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the request for defendant Owens Corning's representative, before Michael Timpane is DENIED. The court finds that Mr. Gibb has not demonstrated that his James Gibb, to be excused from personally attending the as yet unscheduled mediation session personal attendance at the mediation would "impose an extraordinary or otherwise unjustifiable hardship" in accordance with ADR L.R. 6-10(d). Accordingly, the court DENIES Mr. Gibb's request to be relieved from compliance with the ADR Local Rules and ORDERS Mr. Gibb to appear at the mediation in person. Since the mediation has not yet been scheduled and the parties are having difficulty with scheduling, the court strongly encourages the parties to seek a date on which the key decision makers are available, even if it means seeking an extension of the deadline to complete the mediation.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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