The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER RE: SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE Date: 7/13/11 Time: 10:30 a.m. Ctrm: 7
Pursuant to the Minutes (Doc. 381) issued following the Status Conference held on May 25, 2011 at the request of the parties (Doc. 379), this case is set for a Mandatory Settlement Conference on July 13, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 7 on the Sixth Floor before the Honorable Sandra M. Snyder (SMS), United States Magistrate Judge, to whom this case is assigned.
Therefore, 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, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the Settlement Conference, plaintiffs' 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. No later than ten (10) days prior to the Settlement Conference, defense counsel shall submit a written offer to plaintiffs' counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the offer.
2. Submission and Content of Mandatory Confidential Settlement Conference Statements The parties are to e-mail Confidential Settlement
Conference Statements to SMSOrders@caed.uscourts.gov, no later than five (5) business days prior to the conference, or by July 6, 2011. The Pro Se Defendants George and Mary Vieira are to mail their Confidential Settlement Conference Statement directly to Judge Snyder as follows: Hon. Sandra M. Snyder
United States Magistrate Judge UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 1501 Fresno, CA 93721 Additionally, each party represented by counsel shall e-file a Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement in compliance with Local Rule 270(d).
Confidential Settlement Conference Statements (are typically typed and double spaced and) 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 above, and a history of past ...