UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 1, 2011
DANNY ALLEN, JR., INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED, PLAINTIFF,
WELLS FARGO AUTO FINANCE, INC.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jan M. Adler U.S. Magistrate Judge
ORDER (1) DEFERRING ISSUANCE OF FED. R. CIV. P. 26 DATES, (2) SCHEDULING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND (3) REQUIRING FILING OF NOTICE OF RELATED CASE
The Court convened an Early Neutral Evaluation Conference on March 30, 2011.
During the conference, counsel advised the Court that mediation is scheduled in early June in a case entitled Malta v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Case No. 10-CV-1290-L (NLS).
According to counsel, the allegations in Malta are similar to the allegations in this case, and a settlement in Malta could lead to a settlement of the claims asserted in this case.
The parties accordingly requested that the Court defer issuing Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 dates and a pretrial schedule until after the mediation in Malta.
1. Upon good cause appearing, the Court hereby DEFERS the issuance of Rule 26 dates at this time.
2. The Court will convene a telephonic Case Management Conference on June 17, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Counsel for each party shall appear for the conference. The Court will initiate the conference call.
3. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 40.1:
Whenever counsel has reason to believe that a pending action or proceeding on file or about to be filed is related to another pending action or proceeding on file in this or any other federal or state court . . ., counsel must promptly file and serve on all known parties to each related action or proceeding a notice of related case, stating the title, number and filing date of each action or proceeding believed to be related, together with a brief statement of their relationship and the reasons why assignment to a single district judge is or is not likely to effect a saving of judicial effort and other economies. . . .
Civ. L.R. 40.1 e. The undersigned makes no finding as to whether this matter should be low-numbered to Malta under Civ. L.R. 40.1 d. However, the Court does believe it appropriate for counsel to file a notice of related case as required by Civ. L.R. 40.1 e.*fn1
Accordingly, counsel shall comply with the requirements of Civ. L.R. 40.1 e. by no later than April 6, 2011.
IT IS SO ORDERED.