The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER REQUIRING PARTIES TO SUBMIT
CONFERENCE STATEMENTS DIRECTLY
TO JUDGE SNYDER'S CHAMBERS ON
OR BEFORE APRIL 15, 2011
Settlement Conference: April 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7 (SMS)
On March 31, 2011, a telephonic trial confirmation hearing was held before the Honorable Lawrence J. O'Neill. The parties indicated that they are agreeable to settlement discussions and a settlement conference was set for April 20, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. before the Honorable Sandra M. Snyder. The Court prefers that plaintiff be present for settlement discussions and therefore, plaintiff shall be transported to the Court for the conference. Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorney(s) who will try the caseshall appear at the mandatory settlement conference with the person or persons having full authorityto negotiate and settle the case, on any terms, at the conference.
On or before April 18, 2011, the parties shall submit directly to the settlement conference judge's chambers a confidential settlement conference statement. This statement should not be filed with the Clerk's Office and should not be served on the other party. It should be mailed directly to chambers at the following address: Chambers of Magistrate Judge Sandra M. Snyder, 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 1501, Fresno, California, 93721. Each statement shall be clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" with the date and time of the mandatory settlement conference indicated prominently. The parties are urged to request the return of their statements. If such request is not made, the Court will dispose of the statements.
The Confidential Settlement Conference Statement shall include the following:
A. A brief statement of the facts of the case;
B. The relief sought; and
C. The party's position on settlement, including realistic settlement expectations, present demands and offers, and a history of past settlement discussions, offers, and demands.
Defendants shall include an estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further pretrial and trial matters.
If, after reviewing the statements, it appears unlikely that the parties will be able to reach an agreement, the Court may in its discretion hold a telephonic hearing in place of the settlement conference to discuss its concerns. Should the parties' statements give rise to these concerns and the conference be converted to a telephonic hearing, the parties will be notified by order.
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