IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 7, 2013
SEAN SHIELDS, PLAINTIFF,
SERGEANT KOELING, ET AL.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner, proceeding through counsel, in an action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The court has determined that this case would benefit from a settlement conference. Therefore, this case will be referred to Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan to conduct a settlement conference at the U.S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814, in Courtroom #8 on March 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
A separate order and writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum will issue concurrently with this order.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that:
1. This case is set for a settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on March 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the U. S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814 in Courtroom #8;
2. Defendants' lead counsel and a person with full and unlimited authority to negotiate and enter into a binding settlement on defendants' behalf shall attend in person.*fn1
3. Those in attendance must be prepared to discuss the claims, defenses and damages. The failure of any counsel, party or authorized person subject to this order to appear in person 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 submit confidential settlement conference statements to chambers seven days prior to the settlement conference. Statements may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Such statements are neither to be filed with the clerk nor served on opposing counsel. However, each party shall e-file a one page document entitled Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Conference Statement (See L.R. 270(d)). Settlement statements shall be clearly marked "confidential" with the date and time of the settlement conference indicated prominently thereon. The parties may agree, or not, to serve each other with the settlement statements. Each party is reminded of the requirement that it be represented in person at the settlement conference by a person able to dispose of the case or fully authorized to settle the matter at the settlement conference on any terms. See Local Rule 270.
The confidential settlement statement shall be no longer than five pages in length 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.