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Villaverde v. Aranas

United States District Court, D. Nevada

September 20, 2019

ROMEO ARANAS,, Defendant.


         This case has been referred to the District Court’s Inmate Early Mediation Program. The Court has appointed KATHLEEN BERGQUIST, ESQ., as mediator in this case. These mediators are independent, neutral and impartial attorneys who are trained in mediation and who will assist the parties in attempting to settle this case without further court action. The mediation conference will take place on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019, to commence at 8:30 a.m., in Room Number 3054, at the Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse, at 333 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, Nevada. The defendants are not required to serve or file an answer or other response to plaintiff’s complaint before the early mediation conference.


         The mediator assigned to this case has the authority of the court to do the following:

         a. Conduct a Telephonic Conference

         At any time prior to the date set for mediation, the mediator may contact the parties to arrange an informal telephone conference to discuss any issues concerning the mediation. In the case of an inmate plaintiff, the mediator may contact the Deputy Attorney General assigned to this case to arrange an informal telephonic conference among the parties. The telephonic conference is confidential and will not be recorded or reported on the record and no transcript will be prepared.

         b. Request Additional Information

         The mediator may request additional information and/or documents concerning the case at any time prior to or during the mediation.


         a. Plaintiff

         The Plaintiff will appear and participate in the mediation conference through video conferencing. The Attorney General’s Office will make the necessary arrangements for Plaintiff to appear by video conference and will provide ELVIA GARCIA, Courtroom Administrator, with the video conference reservation number and the telephone number at which the plaintiff can be reached at least two days prior to the early mediation conference. If the video conferencing equipment is not available at the correctional institution, the court may order the inmate to be transported to the court.

         b. Non-Inmate Individual Defendants

         Any person who is a defendant and is not a current or former employee of the Nevada Department of Corrections must also attend the mediation conference in person, unless his or her presence is excused by the Court.

         c. Representatives of Defendant Agencies or Other Defendant Entities

         Representatives of the Nevada Department of Corrections who have the authority to settle this case, are required to attend the mediation conference. The Warden, Associate Warden or other NDOC Administrator with settlement authority at the institution where plaintiff’s claims arose shall be available to be contacted by telephone during the mediation, if requested by the mediator. If the deputy attorney general believes that the presence of a particular Nevada Department of Corrections representative would facilitate mediation, he or she may seek leave of court to direct that such person be present.

         d. Attorneys

         All attorneys who will be participating in the trial of this case are also required to attend the mediation conference.

         e. Excused Attendance

         All persons attending the mediation conference are required to be present for the entire conference. Any request to be excused from attending the mediation conference must be made in writing to the Court at least a week prior to the mediation conference. Such requests shall be filed with the Clerk of Court.

         f. Settlement Authority of Persons Attending Mediation Conference

         The persons attending the mediation conference must have full authority to settle the case. If the defendant is a governmental agency, private company, corporation, partnership or similar entity, it must be represented at the early mediation conference by a person who has the full authority, subject to any legally required board approval, to settle the case on that defendant’s behalf. If a defendant has insurance that may provide coverage for the claims in this case, then a representative of the insurance company with full settlement authority must also be present at the mediation conference.

         g. Sanctions for Failure to Attend Mediation Conference

         If a party or its attorney fails to have the necessary person(s) with settlement authority physically present during the mediation conference, then the mediator may cancel the mediation conference. The mediator will promptly notify the Court of the reason for the cancellation and the Court may require the party or its attorney to pay the reasonable expenses of the other parties or the mediator caused by the cancellation. The Court may also impose additional sanctions on the party or its attorney if facts and circumstances justify such sanctions.


         The purpose of the early mediation conference is to assist the parties in settling this case without the need for any further court action. The parties and the attorneys should be prepared to explain to the mediator the facts and legal issues involved in the case. The mediator will meet separately and confidentially with each party and his or her attorney to discuss the case and to obtain and present settlement offers or proposals. The discussions and negotiations that occur during the mediation conference are confidential. The judges assigned to this case will not be informed by the mediator or by any party or attorney about what was discussed or what offer were made during the mediation conference. The parties should take full advantage of the settlement opportunity provided by the mediation conference. This requires that each party make a good faith effort to settle the case based on a fair and reasonable view of the facts and the law.


         The Deputy Attorney General assigned to this case shall contact the plaintiff by telephone in advance of the mediation to meet and confer about the mediation process and settlement options. The Deputy Attorney General may decide, at his or her own discretion, to ...

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