UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 2, 2012
NIPPON STEEL TRADING AMERICA, INC.
PAUL FAUSTIN, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Percy Anderson, United States District Judge
CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
Present: The Honorable PERCY ANDERSON, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Paul Songco Not Reported N/A
Deputy Clerk Court Reporter Tape No.
Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:
Proceedings: IN CHAMBERS - COURT ORDER
According to the Mediation Report submitted by the court-appointed mediator, defendants Paul Faustin ("Faustin") and Wall Street Cargo, Inc. ("WSC") (collectively "Defendants") did not personally attend the mediation on June 26, 2012, in violation of Local Rule 16-15.5(b), which states: "Each party shall appear at the settlement proceeding in person or by a representative with final authority to settle the case . . . ."
The Court therefore orders Defendants to show cause why they should not be sanctioned for violating Local Rule 16-15.5(b). In light of the issues raised in the pending motion by Defendants' counsel to withdraw, Defendants' failure to attend the mediation may provide additional support for a conclusion that Defendants have abandoned their defense of this action and the prosecution of their Counterclaim. The Court's contemplated sanctions for the violation of Local Rule 16-15.5(b) include the striking of Defendants' Answer and the dismissal of their Counterclaim. Defendants response to this order to show cause shall be heard on July 9, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 15 of the U.S. Courthouse, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California. The Court orders Defendants' counsel to provide Defendants with a copy of this Order by July 3, 2012.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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