The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: Hon. Garland E. Burrell, Jr.
STIPULATION AND ORDER STAYING PROCEEDINGS AND VACATING EXISTING DEADLINES; AND ORDER SCHEDULING STATUS REPORT AND HEARING IN SHOULD A PROPOSED CONSENT DECREENOT BE FILED
Notice of Settlement; Stipulation and [Proposed] Order Staying Proceedings and Vacating Existing Deadlines
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the parties have reached a settlement resolving all claims in this action. The settlement is contingent upon the expiration of the federal agencies' 45-day review period required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1365(c)(2).*fn1
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, in accordance with federal law, no judgment disposing of this action may be entered prior to 45 days following the receipt of the proposed settlement agreement by the United States Department of Justice and the national and Region IX offices of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. See 40 C.F.R. § 135.5 (requiring the parties to provide notice to the court of the 45-day agency review period under 33 U.S.C. § 1365(c)). Such notice will be mailed to the agencies on or about March 7, 2012. The regulatory agencies' review period will end by approximately April 30, 2012 (allowing forty-five days for agency review and approximately nine days for mailing time). If any of the reviewing agencies object to the proposed Consent Decree, the parties would require additional time to meet and confer and attempt to resolve the agencies' concerns. At the end of the 45-day review period, the parties will file either the proposed Consent Decree for review and approval by the Court or a notice that the agencies objected to the proposed Consent Decree.
In light of the settlement agreement entered into by the parties and the need to await the conclusion of the agencies' 45-day review period, Plaintiff California Sportfishing Protection Alliance ("CSPA") and Defendant Davis Waste Removal Co., Inc. ("Davis Waste Removal"), through their respective counsel, stipulate and agree as follows:
WHEREAS, on August 5, 2010, CSPA filed its complaint in this action;
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Court's February 16, 2012 Order Amending the Status (Pretrial Scheduling) Order, the following actions are currently scheduled in this matter: all discovery is due by February 25, 2013; initial expert witness disclosure requirements on or before September 28, 2012, and any contradictory and/or rebuttal expert disclosure on or before October 29, 2012; last hearing date for motions set for March 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m; Final Pretrial Conference set for May 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m; Trial set for August 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 10 before Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.
WHEREAS, Davis Waste Removal and CSPA have been diligently engaged in settlement discussions the filing of the complaint;
WHEREAS, the parties successfully completed and executed a proposed Consent Decree on March 5, 2012;
WHEREAS, on March 6, 2012, CSPA will submit the proposed Consent Decree via certified mail, return receipt requested, to the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice and must then await the completion of the 45-day review period set forth at 40 C.F.R. § 135.5 and 33 U.S.C. § 1365(c)(2);
WHEREAS, in the interests of efficiency and judicial economy, the parties wish to preserve costs incurred in this matter pending the agencies review of the executed settlement agreement;
WHEREAS, in light of the parties' entering into the settlement agreement and the need to allow the federal agencies 45 days to review the proposed Consent Decree, the parties further request that the Court immediately stay all proceedings in this action until May 18, 2012, by which date the parties expect to have filed the proposed Consent Decree with the Court. The parties further request that all deadlines and dates currently scheduled by the Court be vacated.
THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between CSPA and Davis Waste Removal, through their respective counsel of record, that the Court stay all proceedings in this action until May 18, 2012 and, with the exception of this Stipulation, ...