The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck
STIPULATION TO CONTINUE JOINT SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE and ORDER Pre-Trial Conference: Nov. 18, 2011 Trial: January 31, 2012
COMES NOW, the Parties herein, by and through their respective counsel of record, Tyler R. Dowdall, Esq. of SAYRE & LEVITT, LLP for Plaintiff LaToya McKenzie, Brenda McKenzie, Chastity McKenzie, Rory McKenzie, Jr., Zilah Peeples, Amiya McKenzie, Zikirah Harris, Jamarri Joiner and the Estate of Rory McKenzie (hereinafter collectively "Plaintiffs"), Andrew C. Thomson, Deputy, Office of Kern County Counsel, for Defendants County of Kern, Kern County Sheriff's Office, Otis Whinery, Douglas Jauch, Edward Tucker and Patrick Neal (hereinafter collectively "Kern Defendants") and Tony M. Sain, Esq. of Manning & Marder Kass Ellrod Ramirez, counsel for Defendant Taser International, Inc. with the authority of their respective clients, agree as follows:
1. The parties have repeatedly met and conferred regarding various issues, including the filing of a First Amended Complaint and a responsive pleading. On or about December 1, 2009 Plaintiffs filed a First Amended Complaint (Docket Document No. 39).
2. On or about January 13, 2010, Kern Defendants filed an Answer to Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint (Docket Document No. 53).
3. On or about April 6, 2010, Defendant Taser International filed an Answer to Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint (Docket Document No. 64).
4. On April 29, 2010 a scheduling conference was held before Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck. During that scheduling conference, Judge Beck set numerous dates, including a trial date of January 31, 2012 and a settlement conference for November 17, 2010.
5. During the pendency of this litigation, counsel have worked together in a spirit of collegiality and good-will in an effort to further this matter in a civilized fashion, while appropriately representing their respective clients.
6. The parties have begun written discovery in earnest. Defendants and plaintiffs have begun to acquire all necessary records and other documentation, and have propounded and responded to written discovery. Additional written discovery will be propounded prior to the commencement of percipient and party depositions.
7. Given the infancy of discovery, and the numerous and complex issues pertinent to this case that have yet to be discovered and analyzed, the parties agree that a Settlement Conference November 17, 2010 would be an inappropriate and inefficient use of the court's time.
8. The parties have agreed that a more appropriate time for a settlement conference would be at the close of fact discovery and after disclosure of expert witnesses, in June 2011.
9. Additionally, counsel for Plaintiff is expected to be engaged in trial in Los Angeles Superior Court for the first three weeks of November, starting November 1, 2010 and continuing through November 19, 2010.
The parties agree to continue the Settlement Conference, currently scheduled for November 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., ...