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Lewis v. County of Colusa

United States District Court, E.D. California

May 30, 2018

MILES LEWIS, et al, Plaintiff,
v.
COUNTY OF COLUSA, Defendants.

          NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE AND SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE RE: DKT. NO. 86

          DONNA M. RYU, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         TO ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL OF RECORD:

         The above matter was referred to Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu for settlement purposes.

         You are hereby notified that a settlement conference is scheduled for September 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom No. 4, Third Floor, U.S. District Court, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California 94612.

         If all parties, counsel, and other mandatory attendees are not available on the above date, counsel shall notify the court in writing within 3 business days. The parties should be mindful of any time limits set by the judge to whom the case is assigned. If written notice is not provided within 3 business days, the settlement conference date as stated above shall remain in effect.

         It is the responsibility of counsel to ensure that whatever formal or informal discovery is needed for all sides to evaluate the case for settlement purposes is completed by the date of the settlement conference.

         A. Meet and Confer Requirement.

         No later than fourteen (14) calendar days before the settlement conference and prior to the preparation of their Exchanged Settlement Conference Statements and Confidential Settlement Letters, counsel for the parties must meet and confer (in person or by phone) to discuss matters pertinent to improving the prospects that the settlement negotiations will be productive. During the meet and confer, counsel may address any subjects they feel are appropriate, but they must discuss the following:

         1. Who will attend the conference on behalf of each party, including counsel and identification of the person(s) with full authority to make the final decision as to whether any settlement offer is made, accepted, or rejected (e.g., either the party or another person(s) if full authority does not rest with the party).

         2. Which persons or entities must approve a proposed settlement agreement before it can be executed, as well as the nature and duration of any such approval process.

         3. Whether insurance is available to cover all or part of the claimed losses or to fund all or part of any party's defense; whether tenders have been made to any insurance companies; and if insurance is available, the name of and position held by each claims representative who will be attending the settlement conference.

         4. Whether it would be useful for settlement demands and/or offers to be made before the settlement conference is convened.

         5. Whether there are particular documents or other tangible things that should be brought to the conference (e.g., to educate the settlement judge or to support or explain significant contentions).

         6. Any unusual issues or factors that could come into play in the settlement negotiations or any especially sensitive matters that other ...


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