The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
Date: 6/21/11 Time: 10:30 a.m. Ctrm: 7
ORDER RE: SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES IN RELATED CASES
Based on the agreement of counsel at the Scheduling Conference held in case No. 1:10-cv-00362-OWW-SMS on July 14, 2010, and that which is set forth in the Scheduling Conference Order (Doc. 20, page 10, XVI. Related Matters Pending), specifically, that the schedule in both of the above-captioned cases shall be identical (except for pretrial and trial) for case management purposes only, the Settlement Conferences in both cases are currently set for June 21, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 7 before the Honorable Sandra M. Snyder, United States Magistrate Judge.
As such, consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires thorough preparation prior to the Settlement Conference. Accordingly, the following is HEREBY ORDERED:
1. Pre-Settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer
A Settlement Conference is more likely to be productive if, prior thereto, the parties exchange written settlement proposals. Accordingly, plaintiff's counsel shall submit a written itemization of damages and settlement demand to defense counsel, together with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the demand, in a timely manner (usually required 15 days prior to the Settlement Conference). In turn, defense counsel shall submit a written offer to plaintiff's counsel, together with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the offer, in a timely manner (usually required no later than 10 days prior to the Settlement Conference).
2. Submission and Content of Confidential Settlement Conference Statements Confidential Settlement Conference Statements from each party are mandatory, and shall be submitted to Judge Snyder's chambers, at least five (5) court days prior to the Settlement Conference, either by e-mail to SMSOrders@caed.uscourts.gov or via U.S. Mail to: Hon. Sandra M. Snyder
United States District Court 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 1501 Fresno, CA 93721 depending on the length thereof, including the number of attachments, exhibits, tabs, etc. See Local Rule 133(f). Additionally, each party shall file a Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement in compliance with Local Rule 270(d).
Confidential Settlement Conference Statements shall include the following:
a. A brief summary of the core facts, allegations, and defenses.
b. A summary of the proceedings to date. c. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial, and trial.
d. The nature of the relief sought.
e. An outline of past settlement efforts, including information regarding the "Pre-Settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer" required in No. 1 above, and a history of ...