UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Northern District of California San Francisco Division
November 19, 2012
TRIBAIR, INC., ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Elizabeth D. Laporte United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER RE: ATTENDANCE AT MEDIATION COURT OURT
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the request to excuse defendant Eric Reiher from personal attendance at the not yet scheduled mediation session before Jo Saxe Levy is GRANTED. The representative is excused from appearing in person at the session but shall appear by videoconference for the duration of the mediation unless or until excused by the mediator in U U accordance with ADR L.R. 6-10(f).
The court also DENIES, without prejudice, plaintiff's request to excuse its principal from appearing in person at the mediation. Requests to be excused from attending in person a mediation must comply with ADR L.R. 6-10(d), and at the very least, include a reason why requiring an individual to appear would cause him or her 'extraordinary or otherwise unjustifiable hardship.' A single line inserted into another attendance request with no justification is not a sufficient request.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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