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Keith Zavala v. Chris Chrones

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 6, 2011

KEITH ZAVALA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
CHRIS CHRONES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE (DOC. 45)

Plaintiff Keith Zavala ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding against Defendants S. Chandler, Chris Chrones, S. Kays, C. Martin, D. Smith, and Soto. Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's motion for a mandatory settlement conference, filed January 18, 2011. Defendants Martin and Soto filed an opposition on January 21, 2011. Plaintiff field a reply on February 7, 2011. The matter is submitted pursuant to Local Rule 230(l).

Plaintiff moves for the Court to require the parties to attend a settlement conference regarding this action. Defendants contend that settlement is premature, as discovery had yet to be completed, and Defendants contend that they are not liable.

As of the date of this order, Defendants Chandler, Chrones, Kays, and Smith have appeared , and discovery was recently opened for those Defendants in this action. It appears that Defendants are unwilling at this time to pursue settlement in this action. The Court will not order a settlement conference if both parties are not in agreement that settlement is a viable option in the action. Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for a settlement conference, filed January 18, 2011, is denied, without prejudice.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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