IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 24, 2012
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., DEFENDANT.
ORDER STAYING CASE PENDING MEDIATION
On February 27, 2012, Plaintiff Richard Sowinski ("Plaintiff") filed his First Amended Complaint against Defendant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. ("Defendant"). ECF No. 14 ("FAC"). Generally, Plaintiff alleges that Defendant improperly foreclosed on and sold 19 at a trustee sale his Walnut Creek residence. Id. Two motions are 20 currently pending before the Court: (1) Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the FAC, ECF No. 18; and (2) Defendant's Motion to Expunge 22 Lis Pendens, ECF No. 19. Both motions were filed on March 9, 2012, 23 and noticed for hearing on May 4, 2012. Accordingly, any response 24 from Plaintiff was due on March 23, 2012, and any reply from 25
Defendant was due on March 30, 2012. However, neither party 26 submitted additional briefing. 27
In these circumstances, the Court normally would issue an Order to Show Cause ("OSC") why the case should not be dismissed for Plaintiff's failure to prosecute. However, on May 18, 2012, 2 the parties filed a stipulation to undergo private mediation. ECF No. 25. The Court approved the stipulation on May 22, 2012. ECF
No. 26 ("ADR Order"). 5
Rather than issue an OSC at this time, the Court will stay the 6 matter pending the parties' attendance at mediation. The parties 7 agreed to attend mediation by the presumptive deadline of 90 days 8 after entry of the ADR Order, i.e., August 22, 2012. Accordingly, 9 on or before Friday, August 24, 2012, the Court shall receive 10 through its electronic filing system either (1) a notice of court 11 voluntary dismissal, if the parties reach settlement, or (2) a 12 single, joint statement advising the Court whether the pending Motions to Dismiss and to Expunge Lis Pendens are ripe for decision. Any joint statement shall conform to the Court's local rules and general orders, and shall not exceed three (3) pages.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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