IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 2, 2012
TIM O'CONNOR, PLAINTIFF,
CITIMORTGAGE, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
On October 29, 2012, the court ordered the parties to file a joint statement no later than November 1, 2012, advising the court of their chosen date for a settlement conference before the undersigned. (Dkt. No. 20.)*fn1 The order further provided that the joint statement shall include a written agreement or stipulation by the parties to waive any conflict or disqualification by virtue of the undersigned, as the assigned trial judge, also acting as the settlement judge. (Id.) On November 1, 2012, the parties filed a joint statement indicating that they are amenable to a January 8, 2013 settlement conference. (Dkt. No. 21.) However, the joint statement failed to include the required stipulation regarding waiver of any conflict or disqualification by virtue of the trial judge acting as the settlement judge.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. A settlement conference is set for January 8, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., before the undersigned. In addition to counsel, a client representative(s) with full settlement authority shall be personally present at the settlement conference.
2. The parties shall submit settlement conference statements drafted in conformity with Local Rule 270 no later than fourteen (14) days before the settlement conference.
3. Within fourteen (14) days of this order, the parties shall file a stipulation regarding waiver of any conflict or disqualification by virtue of the undersigned, as the assigned trial judge, also acting as the settlement judge.
IT IS SO ORDERED.