The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
Status and settlement conferences are scheduled as to all claims related to the interpleader action for Friday, June 26, 2009. In light of the recent motion to dismiss interpleader claims (Doc. 376) and the notice of settlement (Doc. 377), the Court hereby CLARIFIES which parties must attend the status and settlement conferences set for Friday, June 26, 2009, given its understanding of the pending claims relating to the interpleader action.
In addition to the parties' actions against the stake, the Court's review of the docket sheet shows that various claims remain pending against Peerless and Big Dog for the amounts owed for services performed, whether included in the interpleader stake or not.*fn1 This includes the various carriers' counterclaims to collect deficiencies not recovered from the stake. The remaining counterclaims appear to be as follows:*fn2
* CSX has counterclaims pending against Peerless and Big Dog (Docs. 64 & 127).
* Overnite has counterclaims pending against Peerless and Big Dog (see Doc. 239).
* Estes has a claim pending against Peerless only (which came into the case when 07-CV-0361-MJR was consolidated with 07-CV-0187-MJR) (Doc. 141).
* Landstar has counterclaims pending against Peerless and Big Dog (Doc. 78).*fn3
* Schneider has counterclaims pending against Big Dog (Docs. 91 & 146), and though summary judgment was granted in its favor as to its counterclaims against Peerless (Doc. 359), there are still outstanding questions regarding the amount of damages.
* Summit's claims against Peerless also remain pending, though the resolution of the interpleader action likely also resolves these claims.
The Court understands that Summit, Landstar, CSX, and Schneider wish to be excused from tomorrow's conferences, but the Court declines to do so in light of the pendency of the above-described claims.
Thus, at this time, the following parties shall attend the status conference: Summit, Peerless, Landstar, CSX, Overnite, Estes, and Schneider. However, the Court notes that if any of these parties no longer wish to pursue the cross-claims and counterclaims described above, or if these claims have been settled, any party may file a motion to voluntarily dismiss these claims, in which the case the Court will excuse that party from the conferences. If such a motion is filed, the party shall contact Judge Reagan's law clerk, David Pfeffer, 618-482-9424, no later than 4:30 p.m. CST in order to confirm that they are in fact excused from attending the June 26th settings.
Obviously, unless all of these claims are voluntarily dismissed, Peerless must attend.
Unless explicitly excused by the Court, a party's failure to attend the June 26, 2009 settings may result in dismissal of their ...