Moralez v. Circle A Foodmart and Gas et al

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-02759

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO ENFORCE GENERAL ORDER 56 AND FOR SANCTIONS {{16}}.

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 FRANCISCA MORALEZ, 8 Case No. 15-cv-02759-SI Plaintiff, 9 v. ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S 10 MOTION TO ENFORCE GENERAL CIRCLE A FOODMART AND GAS, et al., ORDER 56 AND FOR SANCTIONS 11 Defendants. Re: Dkt. No. 16 12 Northern District of California United States District Court 13 14 On April 1, 2016, the Court held a hearing on plaintiff's motion to enforce General Order 15 56 and for sanctions. Plaintiff's counsel did not appear at the hearing, and no explanation has been 16 provided to the Court regarding counsel's failure to appear. Defense counsel was present at the 17 hearing. 18 Plaintiff's motion states that although plaintiff executed the settlement agreement, 19 defendants never signed the agreement. Plaintiff's motion seeks an order compelling defense 20 counsel to conduct a site visit, and seeking sanctions against defense counsel regarding a site 21 inspection scheduled for February 10, 2016 that did not happen. Defendants oppose the motion, 22 and defense counsel filed a declaration stating that he was, in fact, present at the Circle A 23 Foodmart and Gas for the February 10, 2016 site inspection, and that plaintiff's counsel left the 24 site while defense counsel was on a phone call. 25 As the Court stated at the hearing, this case is closed, and plaintiff's motion requesting a 26 site visit is procedurally improper. On November 2, 2015, plaintiff's counsel filed a "Notice of 27 Settlement" informing the Court that this case had been settled. In an order filed November 4, 28 2015, the Court dismissed this case. That order provided that "if any party hereto certifies to this 1 court, with proof of service of a copy thereon on opposing counsel, within ninety days from the 2 date hereof, that settlement has not in fact occurred, the foregoing order shall be vacated and this 3 cause shall forthwith be restored to the calendar for further proceedings." Dkt. No. 15. No party 4 sought to reopen the case within ninety days of the November 4, 2015 order (February 2, 2016), 5 and there is no explanation in plaintiff's current motion regarding why plaintiff did not inform the 6 Court prior to February 2, 2016 that the settlement had not in fact occurred.1 7 For the foregoing reasons, the Court DENIES plaintiff's motion. 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 10 11 Dated: April 1, 2016 12 ______________________________________ Northern District of California United States District Court SUSAN ILLSTON 13 United States District Judge 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1 28 The Court notes that defense counsel represented at the hearing that the barriers alleged in the complaint have all been fixed. 2