The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary R. Jones United States Magistrate Judge
Pending before the Court is the Plaintiff's Partially Unopposed Motion For Magistrate Settlement Conference. (Doc. 20.) Plaintiff requests the Court to schedule a settlement conference before the undersigned in an attempt to achieve early resolution of this lawsuit. Plaintiff advises that at least two of the four Defendants do not object to a settlement conference.
Upon due consideration, the Court concludes that this case may benefit from an early settlement conference conducted by the undersigned. Accordingly, Plaintiff's Partially Unopposed Motion For Magistrate Settlement Conference (Doc. 20) is due to be GRANTED.
A settlement conference is scheduled before the undersigned on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse, 401 S.E. First Avenue, Third Floor Courtroom, Gainesville, Florida.
As general guidance to the parties the parties should be aware that the mediation will be conducted in such a manner as not to prejudice any party in the event settlement is not reached. To that end, all matters communicated to the undersigned in confidence will be kept confidential, pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 408,*fn1 and will not be disclosed to any other party, or to the district judge.
At least two (2) days prior to the settlement conference, each party shall provide the undersigned, in confidence, a concise statement of the evidence supporting the position of the party, the relevant positions of the parties concerning factual issues, issues of law, damages, and the settlement negotiation history of the case, including a recitation of any specific demands and offers that have been conveyed. The mediation statement shall not exceed seven (7) pages in length and will not be made a part of the case file.
At the mediation, the parties, by counsel, shall give a brief (five -ten minute) presentation, outlining the factual and legal highlights of their case. Subsequently, separate confidential caucuses will be held with each party and the party's representative(s). In the event there are any scheduling problems counsel should contact Adelita Tinaya-Miller, courtroom deputy to the undersigned, at (352) 380-2402.