Smith v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-01779

ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers denying {{39}} Motion to Appear by Telephone.

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 MELVIN SMITH, 4 Case No. 15-cv-01779-YGR Plaintiff, 5 v. ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR 6 TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., ET AL., 7 Re: Dkt. No. 39 Defendants. 8 9 Defendant requests permission to appear by telephone at the Case Management 10 Conference ("CMC") set for February 29, 2016. The basis for the request is to reduce expenses 11 associated with counsel's travel from Southern California for the CMC. The request is DENIED. 12 The Court directs counsel to review the Court's Standing Order in Civil Cases, which provides: Northern District of California United States District Court 13 These conferences are intended to be substantive and productive. Accordingly, each party shall be represented at case management 14 conferences by lead trial counsel or counsel with authority to enter into stipulations and make admissions pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 15 16(a) and (c), as well as fully prepared to address all of the matters in the CAND CMC Order and Civil L.R. 16-10(b). Failure to do so 16 shall be considered grounds for sanctions. Because of the substantive discussions that occur during case management 17 conferences, telephonic appearances are disfavored. The Court will grant requests to appear by telephone only upon a compelling 18 showing of good cause. The routine inconveniences of travel do not constitute good cause. 19 20 Standing Order in Civil Cases § 6 (emphasis supplied).1 21 This Order terminates Docket Number 39. 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. 23 Dated: February 23, 2016 24 ______________________________________ YVONNE GONZALEZ ROGERS 25 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE 26 27 1 The Court previously informed the parties that personal appearances are typically 28 required. (See Dkt. No. 25 at 2.)