The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER re SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
This case is set for a Settlement Conference before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on January 31, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the U. S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California, 93721.
Consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires thorough preparation prior to the settlement conference. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer
A settlement conference is more likely to be productive if, before the conference, the parties exchange written settlement proposals. Accordingly, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the settlement conference, plaintiff's counsel shall submit a written itemization of damages and settlement demand to each defense counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the demand. No later than ten (10) days prior to the settlement conference, each defense counsel shall submit a written offer to plaintiff's counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the offer.
2. Submission and Content of Confidential Settlement Conference Statements
The parties are to send Confidential Settlement Conference Statements (Settlement Statement) to the following email address: SKOorders@caed.uscourts.gov, to arrive no later than five (5) business days before the conference. Additionally, each party shall file a Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement (See L.R. 270 (d)).
If the Settlement Conference is continued for any reason, each party must submit a new Settlement Statement that is complete in itself, without reference to any prior Settlement Statements.
Settlement Statements must be typed and double spaced. Each Settlement Statement 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 (including the itemization of damages), and a history ...