UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 28, 2013
SOLOMON T. STANLEY,
STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE PROCEDURES
Consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires thorough preparation prior to the settlement conference. Provided below are the procedures this Court will employ when conducting the settlement conference scheduled for May 1, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.
A. Required Pre-Settlement Conference Communications A settlement
conference is more likely to be productive if the parties have
exchanged written settlement proposals in advance of the conference.
Accordingly, at least twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the
settlement conference, plaintiff's counsel shall submit a written
itemization of damages and a good faith settlement demand
to defendant's counsel with a brief explanation of why the
demand is appropriate. Thereafter, but no later than seven (7)
calendar days prior to the settlement conference, defendant's counsel
shall submit a good faith written offer to
plaintiff's counsel with a brief explanation of why the offer is
On occasion, this process will lead directly to a settlement. If
settlement is not achieved, plaintiff's counsel shall deliver or fax
copies of all settlement proposals along with his/her
Confidential Settlement Conference Statement to
chambers. Copies of these documents are not to be filed
on the court docket.
B. Confidential Settlement Conference Statement
At least four (4) calendar days prior to the settlement conference, the parties shall submit the Confidential Settlement Conference Statement to Judge Austin's chambers via firstname.lastname@example.org. This statement shall include the following:
1. A list of all elements of each cause of action or affirmative defense pled in the party's respective complaint or answer;
2. A brief statement identifying those facts that support each cause of action or affirmative defense;
3. A description outlining the factual and legal contentions upon which the parties agree or disagree;
4. A description identifying the impediments to settlement, including financial, emotional or legal concerns;
5. A summary of the settlement attempts to date;
6. A statement of the specific relief sought; and
7. A statement identifying any third party (i.e., lien holder, etc.) with a legal interest in this action.
The attorneys who will try the case shall appear at the
settlement conference accompanied by the named parties and all persons
having authority to negotiate the settlement. *fn1
the principal representative shall have approval to settle the
action on the terms consistent with the opposing party's most recent
D. Mediation Format
A mediation format will be employed during the settlement conference. The lawyers, the parties, and all representatives must be fully prepared and will be expected to participate. The Court encourages all participants to be flexible and to reassess their previous positions, as well as put to forth their best efforts toward reaching a mutually agreeable settlement.
E. Statements Inadmissible
The Court expects full and candid participation during the settlement conference. With this in mind, statements made by any party or attorney during the settlement conference are not to be used in discovery and will not be admissible at trial.
Failure to follow this procedure will result in removal of the settlement conference from the Court's calendar and may result in additional sanctions.
IT IS SO ORDERED.