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Sheema Koloff v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 5, 2012

SHEEMA KOLOFF,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY,
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jennifer L. Thurston United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER RE BRIEFING ON EXHAUSTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES

On January 5, 2012, the Court conducted the settlement conference in this matter. At the time, the issue of Plaintiff's failure complete an administrative appeal was presented by the parties. The Court expressed an intention to require briefing on topics related to the exhaustion issue and its impact on these proceedings. As a result, counsel conferred with their clients and indicated that they wished to consent to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction for the limited purpose of deciding what would be treated as dispositive motion on this issue.

Given this background, and though recognizing that the failure to exhaust administrative remedies is "prudential rather that jurisdictional" (Mack v. Kuckenmeister, 619 F.3d 1010, 1020 (9th Cir. 2010), the Court ORDERS:

1. The parties SHALL brief the following issues:

a. Whether Plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies,

b. If Plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies, whether she should be relieved of her obligation to exhaust her administrative remedies,

c. If Plaintiff should not be excused from exhausting her administrative remedies, whether the matter should be dismissed or remanded for further administrative proceedings,

d. Any other related topics deemed pertinent by counsel.

2. Opening briefs SHALL be filed no later than January 27, 2012;

3. Responding briefs SHALL be filed no later than February 10, 2012;

4. Based upon the oral consent of the parties to the Magistrate Judge's jurisdiction for this motion only, the telephonic hearing on this motion SHALL occur on February 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Thurston. The parties' request to appear via teleconference is GRANTED. Counsel SHALL determine which of them will initiate the conference call. Once all counsel are on the line, the call SHALL be placed to chambers at (661) 326-6624;

5. Counsel are ORDERED to file their consent to the Magistrate Judge jurisdiction for the limited purpose of this motion, no later than January 10, 2012;

6. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to provide a copy to the parties of the Magistrate Judge the modified "consent form" reflecting the limited purpose consent.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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