The opinion of the court was delivered by: Joseph C. Spero United States Magistrate
STIPULATION AND [PROPOSED] ORDER TO ADJOURN SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
Plaintiff Dana May Casperson ("Plaintiff") by and through her counsel, The Law Office of James J. Bergmann, and Defendants Bank of America Corporation and FIA Card Services, N.A. ("Defendants"), by and through their counsel, McGuireWoods LLP, hereby stipulate, pursuant to Civil Local Rule 6-2, for an order from Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero to adjourn the Settlement Conference now scheduled for October 5, 2011. The following is a brief chronology and the reasons supporting this joint request:
1. On July 12, 2011, the Court entered a Stipulation and Order Selecting ADR Process and setting mediation for 90 days from the date thereof, thus setting a deadline of October 11, 2011. (Docket Entry # 19)
2. On August 8, 2011, the Court held an Initial Case Management Conference. (Docket Entry # 34)
3. On August 8, 2011, the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Spero for Settlement. (No docket entry)
4. On August 9, 2011, the Court entered the Order for Pretrial Preparation, setting forth in Paragraph 8 thereof a provision for a settlement conference, the parties being ordered to "arrange for a mandatory settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Spero of this Court. This conference shall be scheduled to take place no later than 5 calendar days before the pretrial conference" which pretrial conference is, by the terms of the same order, scheduled for March 12, 2012.
5. On August 9, 2011, a Notice of Settlement Conference and Settlement Conference Order was entered setting the case for a settlement conference with Judge Spero on October 5, 2011. (Docket Entry # 36)
6. Throughout this time, the parties have undertaken steps to obtain a refund for the Plaintiff in connection with her credit card claim. As of this date the process has experienced a delay through no fault of either party. The process through which a refund is being attempted may take up to 8 weeks to resolve through the credit card association rules and procedures.
7. On September 28, 2011, court-appointed mediator Marc Fong reached out to the parties to discuss mediation. All parties and Mr. Fong agree that the parties would benefit from an adjournment of the Settlement Conference and postponement of mediation pending the outcome of the attempted refund through the credit card association rules and procedures. No mediation session has been scheduled.
8. On September 28, 2011, the parties jointly filed a Stipulation to Adjourn Settlement Conference and Extend Deadline to Complete Mediation, requesting an order from presiding Judge Henderson on those matters.
9. On September 29, 2011, Judge Henderson entered an order extending the parties' deadline to complete mediation to November 18, 2011; however, Judge Henderson ordered the parties to direct their request for adjournment of the October 5, 2011 Settlement Conference to Judge Spero, "whose calendar the request impacts." (See Docket Entry #50, Judge Henderson's September 29, 2011 Order, at p. 1, lines 22-24).
10. To date, there have been no previous requests to amend the date of the Settlement Conference (other than the parties' September 28, 2011 request to Judge Henderson).
11. Modification of the dates for Mediation and Settlement Conference will have no effect on the deadlines set forth in ...