Nelson v. City of Hope Hempstead County Arkansas et al
SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE SCHEDULING ORDER. (Initial Settlement Conference set for 5/8/2017 10:00 AM in Texarkana -- 3rd flr (AR side) before Honorable Barry A. Bryant.) Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on April 19, 2017. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Case No. 4:16-cv-04009
CITY OF HOPE, et al
SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE SCHEDULING ORDER
This case is set for a Settlement Conference before U. S. Magistrate Judge Barry A. Bryant.
All parties and their lead counsel are ORDERED TO APPEAR at the U. S. District Court, 500 N.
Stateline Ave., 3rd Floor District Courtroom, Texarkana, Arkansas on MONDAY, May 8, 2017 at
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
You must bring with you to the settlement conference the client or client representative who
has the authority to agree to a full and complete settlement in this case. The conference will be held
informally, and all in attendance may feel free to dress casually.
To assist me in preparing for this settlement conference, I ask that each of you provide me
with one copy of a confidential letter, not later than seven (7) days prior to the scheduled settlement
conference. Do not exchange your letter with opposing counsel and do not file it with the Clerk's
office. I will not disclose anything contained in this confidential letter to opposing counsel or to the
Judge assigned this case for trial before, during, or after the settlement conference.
Your confidential letters to the Court should candidly discuss the following issues:
(1) The current status of settlement negotiations, including the most recent settlement
demand and settlement offer that has been exchanged between counsel.
(2) Your current realistic assessment of the actual range within which this case should be
settled, including a breakdown of the dollar settlement value that should be assigned
to each element of Plaintiff's damages.
(3) The major obstacles to reaching settlement and your best ideas on how each of these
obstacles can be overcome.
(4) Defense counsel should identify and explain all legal issues that you contend may bar the
Plaintiff from recovering on her claims.
(5) Plaintiff's counsel should identify and explain why Defendant's defenses to each of
Plaintiff's claims will fail.
Settlement conference statements may be mailed to U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry A. Bryant,
500 N. Stateline Ave, Suite 202, Texarkana, AR 71854; faxed to (870) 773-2014, or emailed [Adobe
Acrobat preferred] to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, feel free to
call my Courtroom Deputy, Danita Gallagher at (870-773-2005)
2. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE FORMAT. The Court will generally use a mediation
format: an opening joint discussion followed by private caucusing by the Court with each side. The
Court expects both the lawyers and the party representatives to be fully prepared to participate. The
Court encourages all parties to keep an open mind in order to reassess their previous positions and
to find creative means for resolving the dispute. The undersigned will not serve as the trial judge
in this case.
3. INVOLVEMENT OF CLIENTS
For many clients, this will be the first time they have participated in a court supervised
settlement conference. Therefore, counsel shall provide a copy of this Scheduling Order to the client
and shall discuss the points contained herein with the client prior to the settlement conference.
IT IS SO ORDERED April 19, 2017.
/s/ Barry A. Bryant
HON. BARRY A. BRYANT
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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