The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier
Name of Assigned Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer Sitting Judge if Other or Magistrate Judge than Assigned Judge Sidney I. Schenkier
Settlement conference is set for 11/02/12 at 9:30 a.m. The settlement conference will be held in chambers, Rm. 1846. The settlement conference will be conducted in accordance with the Court's Standing Order on Instructions for Settlement Conference, which is enclosed and which can also be accessed from the Court's webpage at http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/JUDGE/ SCHENKIER/sispage.htm. The schedule for exchange of settlement letters required by the Standing Order is as follows: plaintiff's counsel shall serve a settlement letter on defense counsel by 10/08/12, and defendant's counsel shall serve a settlement letter on plaintiff's counsel by 10/25/12. The parties may not change these dates for exchange without either written agreement of the parties or court order. The plaintiff's counsel shall deliver copies of the settlement letters to chambers by noon on 10/26/12. The parties may not change this date absent court order. Parties with "full and complete settlement authority," as defined in the Standing Order, must personally attend the conference. The parties who attend the conference shall read all settlement letters prior to the commencement of the conference. Failure to comply with the Standing Order or with the schedule set in this order may result in sanctions. The status hearing set for 10/16/12 is stricken.
Notified counsel by telephone. *Copy to judge/magistrate judge.
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219 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60604
Courtroom 1843 Telephone: (312) 435-5609 Chambers 1846 Fax Number: (312) 554-8677
INSTRUCTION FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
The Court believes that the parties should fully explore and consider settlement, and should do so at the earliest reasonable opportunity in the case. For those cases that can be resolved through settlement, early consideration of settlement can allow the parties to avoid unnecessary litigation. This will allow the parties to also avoid the substantial cost, expenditure of time, and distractions that are typically a part of the litigation process. Even for those cases that cannot be resolved through settlement, early consideration of settlement can allow the parties to better understand the factual and legal nature of their dispute. This often can result in focusing and streamlining the issues to be litigated -- which again, can save the parties considerable time and money.
Consideration of settlement is a serious matter; it therefore deserves and requires serious and thorough preparation prior to the settlement conference. Set forth below are the procedures that the Court will require the parties to follow in preparing for the settlement conference, and the procedures that the Court typically will employ in conducting the conference. Counsel are directed to provide a copy of this Standing Order to their clients, and to discuss these procedures with them.
* Pre-settlement Conference Exchange of Proposals. The Court has found that settlement conferences are more likely to be productive if, before the conference, the parties have had a written exchange of their settlement positions. Accordingly, at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the date of the settlement conference, plaintiff's counsel shall serve on defense counsel a letter that sets forth at least the following information: (a) a brief summary of the evidence and legal principles that plaintiff asserts will allow it to establish liability, (b) a brief explanation of why damages or other relief would appropriately be granted at trial, (c) an itemization of the damages plaintiff believes can be proven at trial, and a brief summary of the evidence and legal principles supporting those damage, and (d) a ...