ORDER re SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
SHEILA K. OBERTO, Magistrate Judge.
This case is set for a Settlement Conference before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on February 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the U. S. District Court, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, California, 93721.
Consideration of settlement is a serious matter that requires thorough preparation prior to the settlement conference. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Demand and Offer
A settlement conference is more likely to be productive if, before the conference, the parties exchange written settlement proposals. Accordingly, by no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on February 14, 2017, plaintiffs' counsel shall submit a written itemization of damages and settlement demand to each defense counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the demand. No later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on February 16, 2017, defense counsel shall submit a written offer to plaintiffs' counsel with a brief summary of the legal and factual basis supporting the offer.
2. Submission and Content of Confidential Settlement Conference Statements
The parties are to send Confidential Settlement Conference Statements (Settlement Statement) to the following email address:
If the Settlement Conference is continued for any reason, each party must submit a new Settlement Statement that is complete in itself, without reference to any prior Settlement Statements.
Settlement Statements must be typed and double spaced. Each Settlement Statement shall include the following:
3. Attendance of Trial Counsel and Parties Required
The attorneys who will try the case and parties with full and complete settlement authority are required to personally attend the conference.
The Court expects both the lawyers and the party representatives to be fully prepared to participate. The Court encourages all parties to keep an open mind in order to reassess their previous positions and to discover creative means for resolving the dispute.
4. Issues to Be Discussed
The parties shall be prepared to discuss the following at the settlement conference:
5. Statements Inadmissible
The parties are expected to address each other with courtesy and respect, and are encouraged to be frank and open in their discussions. Statements made by any party during the settlement conference are not to be used in discovery and will not be admissible at trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.