G&K Services Company v. Bill's Super Foods Inc
ORDER, the Court prepared for a March 27, 2012 settlement conference, and thus learned facts and formed opinions and judgments about the merits of this case, accordingly, he must recuse. Therefore, the Court directs the Clerk to randomly reassign this case to another United States Magistrate Judge. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 04/25/2012. (kcs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
G&K SERVICES COMPANY
BILL’S SUPER FOODS, INC.; and
ORDER OF RECUSAL
On February 9, 2012, United States District Judge Susan Webber Wright
referred this case to the Court for a settlement conference. (Docket entry #132). In
preparing for the March 27, 2012 settlement conference, the Court reviewed a
confidential settlement letter from Plaintiff’s counsel dated March 15, 2012. In this
letter, Plaintiff’s counsel discussed the underlying facts of the case, the merits of
Plaintiff’s claims, the reasons Defendants’ defenses would fail, and the reasons
Defendants’ counterclaims were without merit. The Court then called Plaintiff’s
counsel and raised and discussed numerous questions about the underlying facts,
Plaintiff’s damages, the merits of Plaintiff’s claims and Defendants’ counterclaims
and potential damages.
Later that day, counsel for Defendants contacted the Court and indicated that
his clients no longer wished to participate in the upcoming settlement conference.
Accordingly, the March 27, 2012 settlement conference was cancelled. (Docket entry
On April 24, 2012, United States District Judge Susan Webber Wright
rescheduled this case for a jury trial on January 14, 2013. (Docket entry #138). On
April 25, 2012, the parties consented to proceeding before a United States Magistrate
Judge. (Docket entry #139).
As previously discussed, during preparation for the March 27, 2012 settlement
conference, the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge learned facts and formed
opinions and judgments about the merits of this case. Accordingly, he must now
The Clerk is directed to randomly reassign this case to another United States
IT IS SO ORDERED this 25th day of April, 2012.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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