The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. William V. Gallo U.S. Magistrate Judge
NOTICE AND ORDER FOR SECOND EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION CONFERENCE
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a second Early Neutral Evaluation ("ENE") of your case will be held on June 1, 2012, at 9:00 AM before United States Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo, United States Courthouse, Courtroom F, First Floor, 940 Front Street, San Diego, California. The second Early Neutral Evaluation Conference set for May 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM is vacated.
The following are mandatory guidelines for the parties preparing for the Early Neutral Evaluation Conference.
1. Purpose of the Conference
The purpose of the ENE is to permit an informal discussion between the attorneys, parties and the settlement judge of every aspect of the lawsuit in an effort to achieve an early resolution of the case. All conference discussions will be informal, off the record, privileged and confidential. Counsel for non-English speaking parties is responsible for arranging for the appearance of an interpreter at the conference.
2. Personal Appearance of Parties Is Required:
All parties, adjusters for insured defendants, and other representatives of a party having full and complete authority*fn1 to enter into a binding settlement, and the principal attorneys responsible for the litigation, must be present in person and legally and factually prepared to discuss settlement of the case. See S.D. Cal. Civ. L. R. 16.1(c).
3. Full Settlement Authority Required
In addition to counsel who will try the case, a party or party representative with full settlement authority must be present for the conference. In the case of a corporate entity, an authorized representative of the corporation who is not retained outside counsel must be present and must have discretionary authority to commit the company to pay an amount up to the amount of the plaintiff's prayer (excluding punitive damage prayers). The purpose of this requirement is to have representatives present who can settle the case during the course of the conference without consulting a superior.
Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, persons required to attend the conference pursuant to this Order shall not be excused from personal attendance. Requests for excuse from attendance for extraordinary circumstances shall be made in writing at least one week before the conference. Failure to appear at the ENE conference will be grounds for sanctions.
4. Settlement Proposal and Response Required
No later than fifteen (15) days before the scheduled ENE Conference, Plaintiff(s) shall submit to Defendant(s) a written settlement proposal. No later than ten (10) days before the scheduled ENE Conference, Defendant(s) shall submit a response to Plaintiff(s)' settlement proposal. All parties shall be prepared to address in their ENE ...