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Villery v. Crounse

United States District Court, E.D. California

June 27, 2019

JARED M. VILLERY, Plaintiff,
v.
CROUNSE, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER SETTING SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

          SHEILA K. OBERTO, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         On May 29, 2019, the parties were ordered to notify the court whether a settlement conference would be beneficial. (Doc. 14.) As both sides responded in the affirmative, (Docs. 15, 16), the Court has determined that this case will benefit from a settlement conference.[1]

         Therefore, this case will be set for a settlement conference before the undersigned at the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California 93721 in Courtroom #7, on August 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Court will issue the necessary transportation order in due course.

         The Court ORDERS:

         1. This case is set for a settlement conference before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto, on August 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California 93721 in Courtroom #7.

         2. Unless otherwise permitted in advance by the Court, the attorneys who will try the case shall appear at the Settlement Conference with the parties and the person or persons having full authority to negotiate and settle the case on any reasonable terms[2] discussed at the conference. Consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires preparation prior to the settlement conference. Set forth below are the procedures the Court will employ, absent good cause, in conducting the conference.

         3. The parties 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 may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, the conference will not proceed and will be reset to another date.

         4. No later than July 15, 2019, Plaintiff SHALL submit to Defendants, by mail, a written itemization of damages and a meaningful[3] settlement demand, which includes a brief explanation of why such a settlement is appropriate, not to exceed ten pages in length.

         5. No later than July 27, 2019, Defendants SHALL respond, by telephone or in person, with an acceptance of the offer or with a meaningful counteroffer, which includes a brief explanation of why such a settlement is appropriate. If settlement is achieved, defense counsel is to immediately inform the Courtroom Deputy of Magistrate Judge Oberto.

         6. If settlement is not achieved informally, the defendant is directed to submit confidential settlement statements no later than August 7, 2019 to the following email address: skoorders@caed.uscourts.gov. Plaintiff shall mail his confidential settlement statement Attn: Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto, USDC CAED, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California 93721 so it arrives no later than August 10, 2019. The envelope shall be marked “Confidential Settlement Statement.” Parties shall also file a “Notice of Submission of Confidential Settlement Statement.” (See Local Rule 270(d).) Settlement statements should not be filed with the Clerk of the Court nor served on any other party. Settlement statements shall be clearly marked “confidential” with the date and time of the settlement conference indicated prominently thereon. The confidential settlement statement shall be no longer than five pages in length, typed or neatly printed, 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. An estimate of the cost and time to be expended for further discovery, pretrial, and trial.
d. An outline of past settlement efforts including information regarding the “Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer” required above -- including the itemization of damages -- and a ...

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