What is an Informal Discovery Conference?

Informal resolution of discovery disputes is a centerpiece of California civil practice, requiring civil litigants to make “a serious attempt to obtain an informal resolution of each issue.” (Code of Civ. Proc., § 2025(o).)

This rule is designed “to encourage the parties to work out their differences informally so as to avoid the necessity for a formal order.” (McElhaney v. Cessna Aircraft Co. (1982) 134 Cal.App.3d 285, 289, 184 Cal.Rptr. 547.) “This, in turn, will lessen the burden on the court and reduce the unnecessary expenditure of resources by litigants through promotion of informal, extrajudicial resolution of discovery disputes.” (Townsend v. Super. Ct. (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 1431, 1435.)

Legal Standard

The Legislature passed AB 383, which adds Section 2016.080 to the Code of Civil Procedure, effective January 1, 2018. According to this section, “[i]f an informal resolution is not reached by the parties, as described in Section 2016.040, the court may conduct an informal discovery conference upon request by a party or on the court's own motion for the purpose of discussing discovery matters in dispute between the parties.” (Code of Civ. Proc., § 2016.080(a).)

A determination of whether an attempt at informal resolution is adequate involves the exercise of discretion. (Stewart v. Colonial Western Agency, Inc. (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 1006, 1012-1013.) Among the factors the court should consider are the history of the litigation, the nature of the interaction between counsel, the nature of the issues, the type and scope of discovery requested, and the prospects for success. (Id.) A trial judge's perceptions on such matters, inherently factual in nature at least in part, must not be lightly disturbed. (Id.)

Timelines

“If an informal discovery conference is granted or ordered, the court may toll the deadline for filing a discovery motion.” (Code of Civ. Proc., § 2016.080(c)(2).)

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Declaration of Stephanie L. Quinn in Support of Defendant BNSF Railway C...

Murpuy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN, win 2 Oo NI DN (SPACE BELOW FOR FI ONLY) STEPHANIE L. QUINN (SBN 216655) FILED / C MaRIEL COVARRUBIAS (SBN 274784) LAURA GALE SIMPSON (SBN 122439) oe Murpuy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN AH 9: 20 8801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 230 Sacramento, CA 95826 wa Telephone: (916) 400-2300 A oir Fax: (916) 400-2311 a Gi Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] dela Attorneys for Defendant BNSF RAILWAY COMP...

ORDER - CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER NO. 5 (TRANSACTION 64133054)

Co ee Dt DAH FF YW YN RP NMR NRRN Ne ee Boe eee BSR RRESBKRESSCeBDAAEBHe SY San Francisco County Superior Court AUG 28 2019 CHEROF JHE! BY: Deputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA. | COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 304 COORDINATION PROCEEDING JUDICIAL COUNCIL COORDINATION SPECIAL TITLE [RULE 3.550] PROCEEDING NO. 4994 | DILANTIN PRODUCT CASES CASE MANAGEMENT ORDERNO.5 | ' A case management conference was held with the Court on August 22, 2019. Counsel for the parties were eith...

Declaration of Stephanie L. Quinn in Support of Motion to Compel Plainti...

Murpuy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN vw Fw Ww oa od (SPACE BELOW FOR FILING STAMP OM:¥}-— STEPHANIE L, QUINN (SBN 216655) - MARIEL COV ARRUBIAS (SBN 274784) FILED | ¢ LAURA GALE SIMPSON (SBN 122439) Murpny, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN 8801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 230 Sacramento, CA 95826 Telephone: (916) 400-2300 Fax: (916) 400-2311 Email: [email protected] . ( [email protected] [email protected] Attorneys for Defendant BNSF RAILWAY COM...

ORDER - CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER NO. 5 (TRANSACTION 64133054)

Co ee Dt DAH FF YW YN RP NMR NRRN Ne ee Boe eee BSR RRESBKRESSCeBDAAEBHe SY San Francisco County Superior Court AUG 28 2019 CHEROF JHE! BY: Deputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA. | COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT 304 COORDINATION PROCEEDING JUDICIAL COUNCIL COORDINATION SPECIAL TITLE [RULE 3.550] PROCEEDING NO. 4994 | DILANTIN PRODUCT CASES CASE MANAGEMENT ORDERNO.5 | ' A case management conference was held with the Court on August 22, 2019. Counsel for the parties were eith...

Declaration of Stephanie L. Quinn in Support of Motion to Compel Plainti...

Murpry, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN CO ND WH BR BW we BG = Ss (SPACE BEI I<. STEPHANIE L. QUINN (SBN 216655)" PRED MARIEL COVARRUBIAS (SBN 274784) LAURA GALE SIMPSON (SBN 122439) 19 AUG 26 PH 3: 32 Murpuy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN 8801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 230 Sacramento, CA 95826 4 Telephone: (916) 400-2300 i) I” Fax: (916) 400-2311 ‘ Email: [email protected] + [email protected] [email protected] Attorneys for Defendant BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY ...

MINUTES FOR AUG-22-2019 9:15 AM

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO MINUTES Date entered: August 22, 2019 Department: 304 COORDINATION PROCEEDING SPECIAL TITLE [RULE 1550(b)] Judicial Coun...

Response/Reply - Plaintiff's Reply in Support of Plaintiff's Motion to C...

0 Om QD Dw RF BW NY Be NY N NY N NY NY NN Rm ek ed DA A FB NH &— SD ew AW DA BF YW NH SF SS Shaun Setareh (SBN 204514) [email protected] William M. Pao (SBN 219846) [email protected] Alexandra R. McIntosh (SBN 320904) [email protected] SETAREH LAW GROUP 315 South Beverly Drive, Suite 315 Beverly Hills, California 90212 Telephone: (310) 888-7771 Facsimile: (310) 888-0109 Attorneys for Plaintiff MARCELO A. IGNELZI SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF ...

JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENTY (TRANSACTION ID # 64104589) FILED BY DE...

oc Om YN DHA BF BW NY BN Ye NY BY YN NY NY Bee ee we em eB eB eB oN DWH BF YW YN FF SOB we IA DAHA RW NH SB S MORIS DAVIDOVITZ (SBN #70581) CHARLES BOLCOM (SBN #193762) COOPER & SCULLY, P.C. 505 Sansome St., Suite 1550 San Francisco, CA. 94111 Tel: (415) 956-9700 Fax: (415) 391-0274 Attorneys for Defendant H. K. FIRE PROTECTION, INC. SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO AMCO INSURANCE COMPANY, Case No, CGC-17-557590 (Lead) Plaintiff. (Conso...

CASE MANAGENT STATEMENT (TRANSACTION ID # 64106437) FILED BY PLAINTIFF W...

David C. Parisi (SBN# 162248) 1 Suzanne Havens Beckman (SBN# 188814) PARISI & HAVENS LLP 2 100 Pine Street, Suite 1250 San Francisco, California 94111 3 (818) 990-1299 (telephone) (818) 501-7852 (facsimile) 4 [email protected] [email protected] ...

JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT (TRANSACTION ID # 64097274) FILED BY PLA...

1 AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP MARK BURTON (SBN 154061) 2 Email: [email protected] MICHAEL MCSHANE (SBN 127944) ELECTRONICALLY 3 Email: [email protected] F I L E D ELVIN MINH HUY VU (SBN 303068) ...

Response/Reply - to Informal Discovery Conf Brief

JOSEPH M. SWEENEY, ESQ. (78363) WILLIAM M. KAUFMAN, ESQ. (242196) SWEENEY, MASON, WILSON & BOSOMWORTH A Professional Law Corporation 983 University Avenue, Suite 104C Los Gatos, CA 95032-7637 Telephone: (408) 356-3000 Facsimile: (408) 354-8839 Attorneys for RANA CREEK HABITAT RESTORATION, INC. SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA JENSEN LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, LLC, a California limited liability company, Plaintiff, Vv. BRIGHTVIEW LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT, INC., et al., Defen...

Statement: Case Management Conference - Joint Case Management Statement

14 is 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 28 Shaun Setareh (SBN 204514) [email protected] William M. Pao (SBN 219846) [email protected] Alexandra R. McIntosh (SBN 320904) [email protected] SETAREH LAW GROUP 315 South Beverly Drive, Suite 315 Beverly Hills, California 90212 Telephone: (310) 888-7771 Facsimile: (310) 888-0109 Attorneys for Plaintiff SYLVESTER LACY SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA SYLVESTER LACY, on behalf of himself, Cas...

Memorandum of Points & Authorities - Memorandum of Points and Authorities

JONATHAN ALLAN KLEIN (SBN 162071) THOMAS K. HOCKEL (SBN 172367) MELIS ATALAY (SBN 301373) KLEIN, HOCKEL, IEZZA & PATEL P.C. 455 Market Street, Suite 1480 San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel.: (415) 951-0535 Fax: (415) 391-7808 Attorneys for Defendant ...

Brief - Hearing on 08/16/19 - Plaintiff Jensen Landscape Contractor, LLC...

Meredith Jones-McKeown, Park East Date: Not LLC'S INFORMAL the construction 2 Campus located ...

Ex Parte Application - for Extended Page Limits HRG 8/8/19

Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley A Professional Corporation Redwood City oe ND A BF Ww NY - 3S 12 TODD A. ROBERTS (SBN 129722) LAEL D. ANDARA (SBN 215416) DANIEL E. GAITAN (SBN 326413) ROPERS, MAJESKI, KOHN & BENTLEY 1001 Marshall Street, Suite 500 Redwood City, CA 94063 Telephone: (650) 364-8200 Facsimile: (650) 780-1701 Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Attorneys for Plaintiff SINCO TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD. SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIF...

Declaration of Stephanie L. Quinn in Support of Motion to Compel Plainti...

Murruy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN BR wih co Om I KN 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Suara, FILE * {hence Puno STAMP ONLY) STEPHANIE L. QUINN (SBN 216655) n POCk Ion MARIEL COVARRUBIAS (SBN 274784) 19 AUG ~ 6 PH 9. LAURA GALE SIMPSON (SBN 122439) ROSA 3:03 Murpuy, CAMPBELL, ALLISTON & QUINN 4 WeouE, 20 8801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 230 « CLERK Sacramento, CA 95826 oy Telephone: (916) 400-2300 Ly > we —~ Fax: (916) 400-2311 . Email: [email protected]

ORDER RE: JOINT LETTER BRIEF (TRANSACTION 64052796)

oO ND WH RF Ww YN yb RNR RK WN oo BNHRRRBBRESE SE BDWABZEBSHE KS San Francisco County Superior Court AUG 0-2 2019 CKERK OF THE CO! . oC Z t Z > eputy Cit SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO "DEPARTMENT 304 BROADBAND ITV, INC., a Delaware Case No. CGC-17-561922 corporation, Plaintiff, ‘| ORDER RE: JOINT LETTER BRIEF Vv. OPENTV, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendants. Pursuant to Order re: OpenTV, Inc.’s Motion to Compel (entered June 20, 2019), the parties submitt...

DECLARATION OF JOSHUA LIPSHUTZ IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT NEUTRON HOLDINGS,...

1 JOSHUA S. LIPSHUTZ, Bar No. 242557 MICHAEL HOLECEK, Bar No. 281034 2 STEPHANIE BALITZER, Bar No. 316133 GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP 555 Mission Street ELECTRONICALLY 3 San Francisco, CA 94105 F I L E D ...

Brief - COUCHBASE, INC. S SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF RE HAMLIN S COMPUTER DEVICE...

AMY K. VAN ZANT (SBN 197426) [email protected] EVAN BREWER (SBN 304411) [email protected] Telephone: (650) 614-7400 Facsimile: (650) 614-7401 [email protected] Telephone: (650) 612-2372 Facsimile: (650) 6...

REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES TO SPECIAL INTERR...

[email protected] ESENSTEN LAW 12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1660 Facsimile: (310) 207-5969 LOYR, APC 3130 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 402 Telephone: (888) 365 – 8686 Facsimile: (800) 576 – 1170 Attorneys for Plaintiff YOUMEE KIM and a...

DECLARATION OF JORDAN S. ESENSTEN IN SUPPORT OF REPLY RE PLAINTIFF MOTIO...

[email protected] ESENSTEN LAW 12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1660 Facsimile: (310) 207-5969 LOYR, APC 3130 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 402 Telephone: (888) 365 – 8686 Facsimile: (800) 576 – 1170 Attorneys for Plaintiff YOUMEE KIM and a...

Memorandum: Points and Authorities - REDACTED HRG 8/30/19

RIMON, P.C. Karineh Khachatourian (SBN 202634) [email protected] Nikolaus A. Woloszczuk (SBN 286633) [email protected] 2479 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 210 Palo Alto, California 94303 Telephone: 650.461.4433 Facsimile: 650.461.4433 ...

JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT (TRANSACTION ID # 63621127) FILED BY PLA...

Tiseme G. Zegeye (State Bar No. 319927) [email protected] LIEFF CABRASER HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP Facsimile: 415.956.1008 [ADDITIONAL COUNSEL LISTED SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO ...

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