IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 11, 2012
A. SANTOS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER SETTING TELEPHONIC SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE BEFORE MAGISTRATE JUDGE GARY S. AUSTIN
Date: July 12, 2012 Time: 10:30 a.m.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE STATEMENTS DUE June 28, 2012
Whittier Buchanan ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court has determined that this case would benefit from inclusion in the Court's prisoner case settlement program. A telephonic settlement conference will be conducted at the United States District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California, on July 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. before the undersigned. Counsel for Defendants are required to arrange for the participation of Plaintiff in the telephonic settlement conference and to initiate the conference by first connecting Plaintiff to a conference call, then calling the Court with all parties on one line at (559) 499-5960. If defense counsel has questions concerning the logistics of the call, they are to contact the Courtroom Deputy at (559) 499-5962.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This case is set for a telephonic settlement conference before the undersigned on July 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the United States District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California 93721. Counsel for defendants are ordered to arrange for the participation of Plaintiff in the telephonic settlement conference and to initiate the conference by first connecting Plaintiff to a conference call, then calling the Court with all parties on one line at (559) 499-5960.
2. Defendants' lead counsel and a person with full and unlimited authority to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement on Defendants' behalf shall actively participate in and be on the call for the telephonic settlement conference.*fn1
3. Those participating in the telephonic settlement conference must be prepared to discuss the claims, defenses and damages. The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person subject to this order to participate in the telephonic settlement conference may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, the conference will not proceed and will be reset to another date.
4. Each party shall provide a Confidential Settlement Conference Statement to Sujean Park, 501 I Street, Suite 4-200, Sacramento, California 95814, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrive no later than June 28, 2012, and file a Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement (See Local Rule 270(d)).
Settlement Conference Statements should not be filed with the Clerk of the Court nor served on any other party. Settlement Conference Statements shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date and time of the settlement conference indicated prominently thereon. The Confidential Settlement Conference Statement shall be no longer than five pages in length, typed or neatly printed, and include the following:
a. A brief statement of the facts of the case.
b. A brief statement of the claims and defenses, i.e., statutory or other grounds upon which the claims are founded; a forthright evaluation of the parties' likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses; and a description of the major issues in dispute.
c. A summary of the proceedings to date.
d. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial, and trial.
e. The relief sought.
f. The party's position on settlement, including present demands and offers and a history of past settlement discussions, offers, and demands.
g. A brief statement of each party's expectations and goals for the settlement conference.
5. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order on the Litigation Office at Kern Valley State Prison via facsimile at (661) 720-4949.
IT IS SO ORDERED.