You can talk to the other side and if they agree, you can ask the court and see if you can also set it for a settlement conference at the same time or even court mediation program in Los Angeles?
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I assume this is work comp. You should talk to your lawyer. The parties can always negotiate and try to reach a settlement at any time. The rating conference may help facilitate that. Certain calendars and time is set forth to focus on the subject of the conference. The trail date may be set, but again, the parties can settle before that. If they havent done so, the court wants to take one more shot at facilitating settlement, and thus there is a settlement conference held before trial.
They probably will try to settle at the Rating MSC. The only difference is that Discovery does not close. Sometimes a Cross-Examination of doctor or supplemental report is needed if something is missing.
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