Engel & Reiman, P.C. et al v. State National Insurance Company, The et al
MINUTE ORDER granting 37 Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Reset Settlement Conference. Settlement Conference set for 2/19/2010 is VACATED and RESET to 4/5/2010 10:00 AM in Courtroom C203 before Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty. By Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 2/3/2010. (mehcd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 09-cv-00914-WYD-MEH ENGEL & REIMAN, P.C, a Colorado professional corporation, BARRY S. ENGEL, and EDWARD D. BROWN, Plaintiffs, v. THE STATE NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY, a Texas corporation, and FIRST MERCURY INSURANCE COMPANY, an Illinois corporation, Defendants. MINUTE ORDER Entered by Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge, on February 3, 2010. Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Reset Settlement Conference [filed February 1, 2010; docket #37] is granted. The Settlement Conference set for February 19, 2010, is vacated and rescheduled to April 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 203 on the second floor of the Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse, 1929 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado. Counsel shall have all parties present, including, but not limited to, an adjustor if an insurance company is involved, who shall have full authority to negotiate all terms and demands presented by the case, and full authority to enter into a settlement agreement. "Full authority" means that the person who attends the settlement conference has the complete and unfettered capacity and authority to meet or pay all terms or amounts which are demanded or sought by the other side of the case without consulting with some other person, committee or agency. If any person has limits upon the extent or amount within which he or she is authorized to settle on behalf of a party, that person does not have "full authority." This requirement is not fulfilled by the presence of counsel or an insurance adjustor alone. In exceptional circumstances only, the appearance of an insurance representative by telephone may be approved in advance of the conference. Any party seeking such relief should file the appropriate motion with the Court. No person is ever required to settle a case on any particular terms or amounts. However, if any person attends the settlement conference without full authority, or if a party or insurance representative fails to attend the settlement conference without prior Court approval, and the case fails to settle, that party may be ordered to pay the attorney's fees and costs for the other side. Furthermore, if, prior to the conference, one or both parties believe that the matter may not be ripe for negotiations, the parties may contact Chambers to reschedule the conference to a more
appropriate time. So that we may hold productive settlement discussions on the day of the conference, counsel shall prepare and submit two settlement documents: one to be submitted to the other party or parties, and the other to be submitted by email only to the Magistrate Judge. The document(s) which are presented to opposing counsel shall contain an overview of the case from the presenter's point of view, shall summarize the evidence which supports that side's claims, and may present a demand or offer. These documents should be intended to persuade the opposing clients and counsel. The second document shall be emailed to the Magistrate Judge (not submitted for filing to the court) at Hegarty_Chambers@cod.uscourts.gov. This document shall contain the content or copies of the first document along with any confidential comments the party or counsel wishes to make, including any comments with regard to perceived weaknesses in the case and any comments which would be helpful to the Magistrate Judge in assisting the parties to negotiate a settlement. The settlement documents shall be submitted no later than five business days prior to the date of the settlement conference. Statements and exhibits consisting of more than 30 pages are to be submitted to Chambers in hard copy via regular mail or hand delivery. Please remember that anyone seeking entry into the Byron G. Rogers United States Courthouse will be required to show a valid photo identification. See D.C. Colo. LCivR 83.2B.
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